Code Name Hélène



➧ Code Name Hélène Ebook ➭ Author Ariel Lawhon – E17streets4all.co.uk This book is based on the life of Nancy Wake, an Australian expat who worked as a reporter for Hearst in Paris just before WWII and later as a spy for the British Lawhon throws readers into the middle This book is based on the life of Nancy Wake, an Australian expat who worked as a reporter for Hearst in Paris just before WWII and later as a spy for the British Lawhon throws readers into the middle of the action, as Nancy, under the alias H l ne, prepares to parachute from an RAF Code Name ePUB Æ plane into France to help the Resistance in , carrying in her head memorized lists of vital data, including bridges targeted for destruction and safe house addresses After she lands, the story flashes back eight years, as Nancy struggles for respect and recognition as a journalist despite her firsthand observations of Nazi brutality in s Vienna, her editor is reluctant to publish a story about what she s seen Frequent jumps in time draw out the arc of Wake s remarkable life despite her statement early on that women s weapons of warfare were limited to silk stockings and red lipstick, by the end she s proven herself skillful at physical combat as well.Code Name Hélène

Ariel Lawhon is the critically acclaimed, New York Times Bestselling author of THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS, FLIGHT OF DREAMS, I WAS ANASTASIA, and CODE NAME HELENE Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, and Book of the Month Club selections Code Name ePUB Æ She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab who is, thankfully, a girl Ariel splits her time between the grocery store and the baseball field.

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Code Name Hélène
  • Ariel Lawhon
  • English
  • 20 June 2019
  • 0385544685

10 thoughts on “Code Name Hélène

  1. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books and movies about women spies I have read quite a few about WWII and even WWI, though those women are not as well recognized.This is the first book that I have read by this author From the blurb of the book you know that It is 1936 and Nancy Wake is an intrepid Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job for Hearst newspaper She is fighting to cover the disturbing reports of violence NOW AVAILABLE Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books and movies about women spies I have read quite a few about WWII and even WWI, though those women are not as well recognized.This is the first book that I have read by this author From the blurb of the book you know that It is 1936 and Nancy Wake is an intrepid Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job for Hearst newspaper She is fighting to cover the disturbing reports of violence coming out of Vienna and Berlin when she meets the wealthy French industrialist Henri Fiocca No sooner does Henri sweep Nancy off her feet and convince her to become Mrs Fiocca than the Germans invade France and she takes yet another name a code name.I had hoped for a fast paced, intriguing story about Nancy Wake and her operations during the war However I found that this book spent an inordinate amount of time on the love and romance between Henri and Nancy I didn t need to know about their dinners or their sexual exploits in such detail Certainly the relationship was important to Henri and Nancy but this book seemed to revolve a lot around this This is quite a long book at 464 pages and I found myself bored during much of the first half of the book I wantedinsight into the other characters andaction and suspense I found the last quarter of the book to be the most interesting, along with the author s notes It s during this part of the book that Nancy is operating as the White Mouse and is now known to the Germans and so there is a price on her head and she is leading very dangerous missions This part was fascinating.When I read the author s notes I found that my feelings about the amount of time spent on their relationship wasn t far from what the author intended She states This is a novel about marriage Yes, of course, it s also about war and friendship and bravery and tragedy and one of the most important conflicts of the 20th centuryBut to me, at its heart, this is a novel about a woman and her husband and the sacrifices made by both in the midst of extraordinary circumstances I felt that the author s notes were a better description of the book than the blurb that accompanied the book s title.I thought that this was a good book but not one that I could really highly recommend It was very well researched and brought to life a women spy during WWII but I think there was a point whenediting would have helped this story There are, however, many 5 star reviews for this book so read a variety of reviews, or just go in blind, and see how you feel about it Reading is such a personal experience and I m sure that this book will find it s audience.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss It is set to publish on March 31, 2020

  2. says:

    Fictionally, Nancy is presented as a chic tough heroine who never fights without a fresh application of lipstick The character of Nancy Wake holistically is interesting and I enjoyed her unapologetic nature A lot of the past, 1936, is about how Nancy met her husband, Henri The development of their relationship takes the limelight for the first half of the book Nancy s different identities, totaling four, are not exactly told chronologically The book is told in dual timelines, but two of her Fictionally, Nancy is presented as a chic tough heroine who never fights without a fresh application of lipstick The character of Nancy Wake holistically is interesting and I enjoyed her unapologetic nature A lot of the past, 1936, is about how Nancy met her husband, Henri The development of their relationship takes the limelight for the first half of the book Nancy s different identities, totaling four, are not exactly told chronologically The book is told in dual timelines, but two of her identities are not described until much later in the second half of the book But, what happens is kind of all over the place The story of Nancy as the WWII heroine was scattered and rambling The story of what she did under each identity isn t balanced, and the reader seesfrom her as the fighter Madame Andr e Every little thing seems to be dictated in the narrative, making it much much longer than it needs to be As an example, a detailed description of hair color and hair texture is specified for nearly everyone that Nancy Wake meets or sees whether a significant character or just a character passing by There was excessive dialogue that didn t progress the plot about day to day things unrelated to the major storyline The book is 464 pages, but probably could have been 100 200 pages shorter if these extraneous details were cut Because of this, I was often bored and the prose didn t flow for me.This was an okay read, and I would rate this 2.5 stars I am rounding up because I did enjoy reading the Author s Note at the end which caused me to look up the real Nancy Wake Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy Opinions are my own

  3. says:

    Nancy Wake was a New Zealand born, Australian raised nurse and journalist who joined the French Resistance and later the British SOE Special Operations Executive during World War II Her exploits during the war earned her the George Medal from the UK, the Medal of Freedom from the US, the L gion d honneur from France and medals from Australia and New Zealand she became Australia s most decorated heroine in World War II Her exploits also earned her the title The White Mouse from the Gest Nancy Wake was a New Zealand born, Australian raised nurse and journalist who joined the French Resistance and later the British SOE Special Operations Executive during World War II Her exploits during the war earned her the George Medal from the UK, the Medal of Freedom from the US, the L gion d honneur from France and medals from Australia and New Zealand she became Australia s most decorated heroine in World War II Her exploits also earned her the title The White Mouse from the Gestapo because she was so difficult to catch Author, Ariel Lawhon has penned her historical fiction novel, Code Name H l ne using facts gleaned from Nancy s autobiography, The White Mouse as well as from the works of other biographers to paint as accurate a picture as possible of this extremely brave and unique person The story covers Nancy s life from the early 1930s when she was a journalist based in Paris at one time she interviewed one Adolph Hitler through her time with the French Resistance and finally, the SOE It is an extraordinary journey by a remarkable woman.Author, Ariel Lawhon has done a creditable job in turning Nancy Wake s exploits into a hard to put down thriller The characters, most of them real, come to life and when it comes to the character of Nancy s husband, Henri it brings a heart warming touch to the otherwise gruesome exploits that are so well told, at times all too vividly, in Code Name H l ne There are scenes which are not for the faint hearted Flashbacks occur from time to time as the reader is taken to Nancy s earlier life in Paris and later, in the earlier years of the war, assisting Jews to get across the border to safety but at times the story loses momentum and becomes almost boring until the commencement of the war The flashbacks can become a distraction as they inevitably occur just at the point of a knife edge part of the narrative, especially when Nancy is working for the SOE That aside, it is a fascinating insight into the life of a heroine the likes of which the world does not often see At times, it appears that the story is so far fetched it could not possibly be true, but a few Google searches will reveal just how accurate the author s research has been Despite the minor negativity in structure of the book, Code Name H l ne is a great story, well told

  4. says:

    Q Nancy Wake Nancy Fiocca is the kind of woman who conquers the world Fearless Ferocious Nancy is the sort of woman who bathes in a meteor shower She is not the kind of woman who concedes to anyone c The ragged timeline actually made this novel a lot worse than it could have been This is not anywhere close to a contender for the title of the best book about WW2 Lots is severely watered down For example, I was extremely irritated with that lipstick nonsense going on for people who ac Q Nancy Wake Nancy Fiocca is the kind of woman who conquers the world Fearless Ferocious Nancy is the sort of woman who bathes in a meteor shower She is not the kind of woman who concedes to anyone c The ragged timeline actually made this novel a lot worse than it could have been This is not anywhere close to a contender for the title of the best book about WW2 Lots is severely watered down For example, I was extremely irritated with that lipstick nonsense going on for people who actually fought Hitler, lipstick wasn t a priority, no matter what Still, a passable read with other good points going for it.The ending s ughhh definitely not what I like Sadly, it s cQ I have gone by many names My identity is an ever shifting thing that adapts to the need at hand c Q Are you always so difficult I assure you, this is the agreeable version of myself Q We have a problem More than one, apparently, by the look on your face But start with the most urgent c Q You have no idea where my mind is Quite happily frolicking about the gutter, I d say c Q The friendships of women are strange and wonderful Fraught and irreplaceable c Q It means, ma ch re, that one day we will remember our friends and count the dead c Q People might get the wrong idea What people You Henri asked me to look out for you while he is gone He didn t mention that He wouldn t want you to know, of course My husband and I do not keep secrets from each other, Commissioner The commissioner s mustache twitches in anger Then he will not mind hearing that you have been entertaining strange men in his absence There is nothing strange about the men in my flat And I am certain that my husband will be delighted to hear that my cousins have come to visit me He s rather fond of them Cousins Yes The sons of my mother s brothers Have you no cousins of your own I find it difficult to believe that Are we really going to stand here and argue about the tangled nature of my family tree while my guests are left unattended c Q Your wife is a criminal, Henri Fiocca All the air rushes from his lungs in a grunt His wife hasn t been sleeping with other men Is that all I thought you d be furious And I thought you were about to say you d taken a lover By comparison, espionage seems saintly c Q It was just gibberish at first A good hour of it You know, the typical nonsense The crocodile is thirsty or You may now shake the trees and gather the pears or Is Mrs Munchkin ready to play a game of boules in the yonder dark forest Just all that garbage they spout every night as misinformation But then it came That one phrase I wish I was by the seaside at sunrise And everyone knew c Q I m fairly certain there is pond scum in my bra Possibly my underwear as well The thought of what I ll find when I get to the shower makes me a little uneasy c Q If you tell me I have failed this test I am going to wring your neck c

  5. says:

    I m a sucker for a true story Although categorized as historical fiction, the core characters and events in this book are real I was sitting on a solid 4 stars throughout 75% of this book, but the last quarter and also the author s note at the end blew it up to a 5 star read for me Color me obsessed with Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, aka The White Mouse Madame Andree, code name Helene She was fierce, salty, irreverent, strong, and unapologetic She threw on a coat of Lizzie Arden s Victory Red I m a sucker for a true story Although categorized as historical fiction, the core characters and events in this book are real I was sitting on a solid 4 stars throughout 75% of this book, but the last quarter and also the author s note at the end blew it up to a 5 star read for me Color me obsessed with Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, aka The White Mouse Madame Andree, code name Helene She was fierce, salty, irreverent, strong, and unapologetic She threw on a coat of Lizzie Arden s Victory Red and BROKE BAT on some Nazis I loved every minute of her adventures as soon as I finished the last page I immediately pushed this book on every member of my IRL book club, along with doing the same on my bookish Facebook account It s that good DO NOT GOOGLE HER STORY BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK There will be spoilers The author did an incredible job sticking as closely to the real story as she could, and in her notes at the end lays out exactly where and when she altered the timeline and or any characters.Publishing March 31, 2020, I am deeply grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me an early peek at this gem of a novel PUT IT ON YOUR READING LIST NOW.PS This would make an amazing book club book.PPS Someone better adapt this for film It would be incredible

  6. says:

    4 strong historical fiction starsAt 464 pages, this one is a tale you can really sink your teeth into It has many elements of historical fiction that I love strong female character, WWII France, resistance efforts, a bit of a love story, espionage, dastardly Germans It s even better that it is based on a real person Nancy Wake Fiocca, an Australian woman who becomes fiercely French and is determined to drive the Nazis out of her adopted country.The book takes the alternate storyline approa 4 strong historical fiction starsAt 464 pages, this one is a tale you can really sink your teeth into It has many elements of historical fiction that I love strong female character, WWII France, resistance efforts, a bit of a love story, espionage, dastardly Germans It s even better that it is based on a real person Nancy Wake Fiocca, an Australian woman who becomes fiercely French and is determined to drive the Nazis out of her adopted country.The book takes the alternate storyline approach, so I had to pay some attention to characters and what happens to them Nancy aka Helene aka Lucienne Carlier aka the White Mouse aka Madam Andree all wrapped up into an amazingly brave woman Her trademark is to wear bright red lipstick and she commands the respect of the Maquis forces that she is arming with help from London I love the fact that her husband has taught her the full range of swear words in French those come in handy dealing with these Frenchmen There is a terrific love story with Henri, but muchfocus is on her resistance efforts and how she comes to be such a formidable presence in the war She is a fascinating character and I was completely sucked into the story, especially the second half She started out as a journalist and one of her early assignments was interviewing Adolf Hitler before he came to power She also attends a Nazi rally I know it shouldn t shock me, but her magazine wouldn t publish the bylines for women writers at this time, they could choose a male pseudonym or be not listed at all.There are tense scenes through the book with harrowing escapes, torture, details on how the British helped the French patriots, training to become a British agent all of it was highly researched by the author Near the end of her life, she became highly decorated and recognized for her strong contributions to the war.If you like historical fiction, I think this one you would enjoy It doesn t earn the full 5 stars because I think it could have been edited down a bit.Thank to Edelweiss, Doubleday, and author Ariel Lawhon for a copy of this one to read and review This one is available now

  7. says:

    I have read many stories of the famous Australian, Nancy Wake I even have her biography autographed by Nancy herself I found Code Name Helene to be refreshing and heartwarmingly real Nancy Wake went through several years of pure hell during WWII but it was when she met her husband to be, Henri Fiocca in 1936 that she found, for the first time in her life, true love Nancy and Henri hadn t been married long when war was declared and Henri was called up to fight, leaving Nancy home alone It di I have read many stories of the famous Australian, Nancy Wake I even have her biography autographed by Nancy herself I found Code Name Helene to be refreshing and heartwarmingly real Nancy Wake went through several years of pure hell during WWII but it was when she met her husband to be, Henri Fiocca in 1936 that she found, for the first time in her life, true love Nancy and Henri hadn t been married long when war was declared and Henri was called up to fight, leaving Nancy home alone It didn t take her long to start working for the French Resistance and she eventually became the White Mouse, named because the Germans were unable to find and capture her.Leading the Resistance, Nancy was a formidable force Strength of character, her determination to never give up, her loyalty to the men she worked with, and her hatred of the brutality of the Bosch gave her the respect that kept her men by her side The memorable push bike ride over rough terrain through France, avoiding German patrols, pedalling for 250kms to her destination, then discovering she had to return immediately to notify her men in the camp of a drop almost 500kms in 72 hours the admiration of her men, but the exhaustion and pain for Nancy was just one of the many feats by this astonishing woman Code Name Helene was a thoroughly enjoyable read by Ariel Lawhon Nancy s dry wit had me laughing out loud her signature red lipstick and her supreme courage, plus her normal, every day life when she was with Henri made Code Name Helene a well researched, exceptionally put together novel Although based heavily on fact, this is a fictional tale, well told Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    Unputdownable Nancy Wake is every writer s dream of a real life person s life story to fictionalize And Ariel Lawhon handles the details flawlessly Highly recommend

  9. says:

    This is strong historical WWII fiction based on the resistance work of glamorous socialite turned secret agent, Nancy Wake Fearless, audacious, and resolute, Wake was a force to be reckoned with all while wearing red Chanel lipstick Now there s a woman after my heart Going by four different code names she thwarted the Nazis at every turn and became the most wanted with a sizable price on her head She also took on members of the resistance who balked at taking orders from a woman with the p This is strong historical WWII fiction based on the resistance work of glamorous socialite turned secret agent, Nancy Wake Fearless, audacious, and resolute, Wake was a force to be reckoned with all while wearing red Chanel lipstick Now there s a woman after my heart Going by four different code names she thwarted the Nazis at every turn and became the most wanted with a sizable price on her head She also took on members of the resistance who balked at taking orders from a woman with the power to deliver arms from the Allies Wakes was larger than life and what a life she had

  10. says:

    So here I am once again in the land of the wish I could have liked it better I am an avid fan of well done historical fiction, and of course looking at all the raving reviews on this story, I was ready to settle in and be amazed and awed by this tale.What I liked about the book it did allow me to learn about a woman who I had never heard of As a teacher for thirty plus years, it often amazes and disappoints me that I never knew of these courageous, fearless, and audacious women of the So here I am once again in the land of the wish I could have liked it better I am an avid fan of well done historical fiction, and of course looking at all the raving reviews on this story, I was ready to settle in and be amazed and awed by this tale.What I liked about the book it did allow me to learn about a woman who I had never heard of As a teacher for thirty plus years, it often amazes and disappoints me that I never knew of these courageous, fearless, and audacious women of the war, and could not extend that knowledge to my students I developed a keen admiration for Nancy Wake and her heroics during a time when it seemed heroics were secret, scary, and death defying The descriptions of her trials and what she accomplished were mesmerizing and worthy of the highest note and regard It made the reader once again realize that women, along with men, fought for freedom, for justice for all, and for the ability to throw off oppression and totalitarianism It also made me see that we need Nancy s strength and daring in the challenges that face us as a nation and as a world It encouraged me to learnabout Nancy WakeWhat I disliked First and foremost was the sexual descriptions and the fact that the author felt that including these made Nancy perhapspalpable Could this woman not stand on her own without the references to her beauty, her sexual prowess, and her ability to attract any man I felt it cheapened the story for once again a woman became something because of her looks The story was too long The first half was dull and boring For me the story only caught on in the second half of the book It once again disappointed me because I felt that this courageous stalwart woman s story was overwhelmed by the love at first sight and titillation of the sexual attraction between her virile, gorgeous wealthy husband and herself Was this not a story of how Nancy could and did stand on her own So maybe. My mood was not right for this book I expect too much from an historical fiction book My patience and concentration was off I need to stay away from this genre for awhileAll in all it was not a bad book It did irk me though that the story seemed to play up Nancy s sexual beauty and ability to attract any man, instead of her overwhelming courage, bravery, and resilience in the time where these attributes were most needed Please do look at the amazing reviews that others have written about this story It s probably me, but I wantedfrom this story

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