Code Name Hélène (by Ariel Lawhon) … more about Nancy Wake’s relationship with Henri Fiocca

I love WWII historical fiction books. And I was excited at the opportunity to read this one since it was about Nancy Wake. I was looking forward to story that was full of danger, bravery, and intrigue. Unfortunately, this was focused more on Nancy’s relationship with Henri Fiocca…more of a romance novel. The author should be commended on the amount and quality of research she conducted. However, the manner in which she presented Nancy Wake drew away from the extraordinary influence she had on bringing an end of Hitler’s horrendous acts. I felt like Nancy’s reputation was tarnished by focusing on aspects that did not highlight her extreme bravery and willingness to be such an integral part of the French Resistance. I believe I am in the minority in my low opinion of the book, so I would encourage you to read it for yourself to see if it appeals to you.

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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