Courage, Bravery, Resilience, thy name is Virginia Hall.
I am willing to bet you never heard of this woman as I know with all my time spent in school, that I never did. Yet this woman was responsible for establishing an enormous amount of spy networks through out France, making her a person the Nazis were dying to find, capture, and eliminate.
She came from wealth, lost her leg in a hunting accident, and yet nothing held Virginia back. Even after escaping, because the Nazis were hot on her trail, across a mountain pass, where so many others had perished, she went back into France, into danger, into a perilous environment where her life constantly was in danger.
Yes, she was a woman, and because of that was oftentimes looked down upon by men, denied awards because they weren’t given to women, and after the war ended, she arrived at the newly established CIA and was relegated to a job sitting at a desk.
“Valor rarely reaps the dividends it should.”
Virginia never let anything stand in her way. She was resourceful, brilliant, and a true patriot dedicated to put an end to the evil that pervaded the world, especially that present in France. Her contributions were monumental, truly a major asset to ending the war.
Sonia Purnell did an amazing job of portraying this woman, her research was stellar, and she was able to give to readers a portrait of a woman who history really had little knowledge of. Recommended to those who love learning the little known but highly important facts that led us to the end of the horrendous Nazi regime.
Thank you to Sonia Purcell, Viking, and Edelweiss for a copy of this amazing story.