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During the dangerous times of war, it took courage for Emma to pretend she was an ally, when she was really decoding German secrets. At the same time Will was pretending he was a hired artist when his real mission was tracking Nazi spies. When the two met and became friends, oblivious to each other’s secrets. How could their relationship grow when it was built on lies? 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736965122
ISBN-13: 9780736965125
Series: London Chronicles

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  1. Gloria
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Secret Courage
    May 28, 2017
    Gloria
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tricia Goyer, as always, has written another can't-put-it-down winner with A Secret Courage. She obviously did her research homework concerning the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit which was based at the Danesfield House west of London during World War II. I learned so much about this fascinating and highly-confidential work conducted by the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. And the characters in this book! So well-written and believable as Emma and Will struggled with their growing attraction to each other while not being able to reveal their true work in the war effort. The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing through most of the book. Along with Emma, I wasn't sure about Will's loyalties for several chapters. I highly recommend this book to everyone who's interested in World War II historical fiction.
  2. Rachel H.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another well crafted story from the queen of historical fiction!
    May 11, 2017
    Rachel H.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a must read for lovers of historical fiction, particularly the WWII era. It's quite a unique perspective, not just the typical "girl falls in love with boy off to war" novel that most books in that time frame are about. This has a strong heroine, who not only cares about her friends and family, but has a strong sense of purpose, and is willing to work hard to accomplish her goals.

    The book is written from a pair of dual perspectives - Will, a secret spy, and Emma, whose real part in fighting the war must remain hidden. Both have quite a time keeping their real jobs a secret and their cover stories intact, while being true to who they are.

    The twists and turns in the story keep you engaged til the last page of the book. The author wove the suspense even into the setting, making you wonder if each detail simply added to the story, or if it was part of an overarching mystery. I loved it!

    I highly recommend this book (and this author!) to anyone who loves historical fiction, with a good romance and some suspense pulling it together.

    I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review.
  3. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Too Many Mistakes
    May 8, 2017
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Tricia Goyer has written over fifty novels, but I think this is the first Ive read. The big-picture historical background was new to me, and fascinating. Ive heard of the codebreaking work that went on at Bletchley Park in World War II England, but Id never heard of the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at Dansefield House near Henley, England. Reading about the work these men and women did was fascinating, and was the novel's greatest strength.

    The details were less strongtea with cream, a fried egg for breakfast (rationing, anyone?), references to sidewalks, signposts, the United Nations, and majoring in history in college (a Brit would read history at university).

    There was unintentional comedy in the references to British efficiency (if were talking national stereotypes, Germans are efficient. The British are bureaucratic). And while Id like to think the typos in my review copy were all were corrected in the final published version, I dont think thats the case. I was able to search the Kindle Look Inside and find Blenheim Place (should be Palace), and American accident (should be accent). Awkward

    In terms of the plot, I found the first quarter confusing. While it was obvious Will was a double agent, it was less obvious where his true allegiance lay. This made it difficult to engage in the developing romance as I didnt know whether I was supposed to like Will or loathe him. This made it impossible to engage in what was supposed to be a romance. The middle of the novel often dragged to the point where I considered giving up several times, and I didnt feel the suspense aspect of the plot really kick in until the last quarter.

    This is the first book in The London Chronicles series, but I cant say Im interested enough to follow the rest of the series, even though World War II is one of my favourite historical fiction genres.

    Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  4. taralynee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    so worth the wait:)
    May 3, 2017
    taralynee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've been waiting for this book since before it was ever announced. For real. Tricia Goyer's World War 2 novels are some that I always know I can pick up and adore. They are creative, thought-provoking, heart-stirring, and thoroughly researched. This one was no different. And it was completely worth the wait.

    A Secret Courage made me smile for this reason and so many others.

    I loved the history in this book. I loved the research that went into it. Photographic reconnaissance wasn't an aspect of WW2 that I'd read about before, and it intrigued me. One mark of a good historical read for me is that I find myself wanting to know more... I do this frequently; I begin googling pictures of the area, the landmarks/settings described, potential real people, etc. What I discovered this time just fascinated me, although I can't say that it surprised me, due to the research that I know goes into Tricia Goyer's writing -- not only was Danesfield House a real life high security place during the war, Grace Darling, Emma's lifelong inspiration, was a real life British young woman who lived in the 1800s. And investigating photos.. well, that is right up my alley.

    The storyline, the spies, the trust in Jesus, the characters, the surprises... I loved everything about this book. The romance that was sweetly there but not overpowering was a beautiful touch to the story. The friendship that sprouted and bloomed between two young people who were determined to find the lovely even in the midst of such an ugly war brought a smile to my lips. The courage to put others' needs ahead of their own and to trust God in everything... Yeah. I really, really liked this book.

    What food can I relate this one to? A cup of tea. Probably because I've been reading Tricia Goyer's work since her first novel was newly published in 2003 (?!), and probably also due to the fact that I saw some of myself in Emma, this book felt like home to me. Just right for a nice big cup of tea.
  5. benm
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a secret courage
    April 20, 2017
    benm
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    i enjoyed the book.
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