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“An extraordinary profile of the immense courage and daring of Virginia Hall and an intimate look at the cost of war, The Invisible Woman is a must-read. Emotionally charged, compulsively readable, richly detailed and meticulously researched, Robuck’s novel brings a forgotten World War II heroine to life and thrusts the reader into a dangerous world of espionage. An unforgettable book!”—Chanel Cleeton
“A alpha female heroine, along with an engaging plot loaded with realism, makes for a captivating historical thriller. Even better, it’s all drawn from the life of a real American hero.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Protocol
"In this captivating, page-turning read, the talented Erika Robuck plunges her readers deep into the little-known, critical espionage undertaken by the brilliant and brave spy Virginia Hall during World War II. The Invisible Woman shines a light on this courageous historical woman, whose pioneering work as an agent deserves recognition.”—Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room
"In The Invisible Woman, Erika Robuck shows us exactly how biographical fiction should be written: with respect for the historical record, a deep understanding of the subject, and the empathy to allow the character at the heart of the novel to shine through. Virginia Hall was a true hero and she comes to extraordinary life in this book. I loved everything about it, from Virginia’s bravery to her frailties, to the enthralling evocation of life with the French Resistance during WWII, to the incredible courage of the ordinary people who fought for freedom and who are honoured here. If you only read one WWII book this year, make it this one."—Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphans
Erika Robuck has given readers a precious gift. Her heroine, Virginia Hall, was a singular figure whose true life story is the stuff of inspiration and legend—Nazi hunters, secret spy work from Paris to the Pyrenees, and epic feats of human goodness and bravery amid some of modern history’s darkest moments. Robuck combines meticulous historical research with stunning prose and unforgettable characters to offer a book that is breathtakingly beautiful, and readers will not be able to put it down.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune
"Robuck has mastered the balance of weaving fact with imagination to bring history’s intriguing and under-appreciated female figures to life. The harrowing exploits of WWII secret agent Virginia Hall are told with such nail-biting detail, there were times I had to close the book and wait for my pulse to drop. Absolutely riveting.”—Lee Woodruff, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most
“The Invisible Woman is THE book for current times. The bigger-than-life heroine, Virginia Hall, and her band of Resistance fighters are ripped from the history books and put into glorious technicolor by talented author Erika Robuck. As a WW2 super-spy and French Resistance leader, Hall's sacrifices, courage, and endurance—all done with a prosthetic leg improbably named "Cuthbert"—was instrumental in expelling the Nazis from France. With gripping prose that brings the terror of war onto the pages, and highlights the selflessness of ordinary people fighting together for a cause, The Invisible Woman should be required reading for everyone today.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
“If you love historical fiction with a huge-hearted juggernaut of a heroine, The Invisible Woman is for you. This tense and vivid novel stands out because of its unforgettable main character. Virginia is a vigilant spy, a fearless soldier and an unflinching commander. And yet, despite her vows to remain otherwise, she also becomes a person with great love for the people she is striving to liberate. Her desire for victory and vengeance animates every chapter, and her conscience enlivens every page. When you like a character, and then admire her, and then want to meet her, you know the author has made her come uniquely alive. I read this book in a blur -- that's how compelling it was.”—Stephen P. Kiernan, author of Universe of Two and The Baker’s Secret
About the Author
- ASIN : B088179S5K
- Publisher : Berkley (February 9, 2021)
- Publication date : February 9, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2815 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593102142
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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An American from Baltimore, Virginia Hall considered France to be second home. Virginia volunteers to work with the SOE and the OSS to coordinate the response of the French Resistance with the Allies, prior to D-Day.
A wanted woman, the Nazis know who Virginia Hall is and what she looks like. The French Resistance, on the other hand, hold her in such high regard that they could blow her cover. The fact that she has a prosthetic below the knee doesn’t help her hide.
This book is the tale of Virginia Hall’s time in Occupied France. Virginia Hall was an American spy working for England and the US during the war. Ms. Hall had skills which a spy needs, a knack for languages, a sense of adventure, and as an embassy worker knew her way around politics.
The American Foreign Service refused to employ her due to her disability, a wooden leg she called “Cuthbert”, which she acquired after a hunting accident. A woman that could not be deterred, Virginia Hall applied, and got accepted, into the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). There she was trained in spy craft and sabotage.
Virginal spent time in occupied France, organizing spy networks, gathering intelligence, and running safehouses. Germany’s Gestapo called her “The Limping Lady”, and while she managed to leave France in 1942, she came back in 1944 to organize resistance before the Allied invasion.
The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck is a wonderful novel, a true to life heroine, flowing narrative and excellent prose. I believe the author captured the essence of Ms. Hall, and of the time – something that every historical fiction novel attempts to do. The hardships and dangers which are around every corner in Occupied France during World War II are always present, even though they are not forefront and center.
My favorite line from this book is: "My name is Virginia Hall."
WOW! This book was so good. I've not read a historical fiction book like this before. It has enough truth in it to make it great and enough fiction to work its magic. Though it is very sad in parts it's also very inspiring. The main character, Virginia, is a very strong female. She takes nothing from anyone if she can help it. She's fierce and a force in the job she does. She demands respect and gets it. She radiates strength. Even with one leg....
This book starts out with a group of young women about to start college. It is light hearted and grabs you. It then jumps to the war and all that is happening in the country Virginia loves. Though she is from America, she loves France. She considers it her home. Her heart. She will and does do anything and everything she can to make it safe again. As a resistance fighter, Virginia becomes a fast and strong woman. She fights for what she believes in and takes not prisoners so to speak. She goes through a lot and does all she can to help the people in her care. From each place she is sent she makes friends. She is well respected and loved by these people she is leading to freedom. Bringing them supplies and teaching them so much. I admire this woman and what she goes through.
This book brought me to tears in many places. It also added a few chuckles along the way. But most of all it had me in awe. I was fully in awe of the resistance fighters in this story. What they did to help. The many ways they fought to bring the Nazis down. This book just made me see things that I forgot about learning in school. The sadness in hearing about the many people who were almost dead from starvation. From being kept in prison camps. Though this book did not go into that a lot it did touch on it and it's awful what happened. I hope people learned from this war. I hope they won't ever let this history be repeated.
From the towns and streets of Paris to the hidden areas in the middle of a wooded area you will find out things that happened. How people banned together to stop a group of horrible Nazis. This story is told in a way that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. One you will not want to put down. The "afterword" and the "What became of Virginia's Network" are very interesting also. Be sure and read that at the end. So much is told in those few paragraphs. Some of it made me break down again as I felt like I knew these people. They became like friends in many ways. Relatable and real. The descriptions are so well written that you will have many feelings.
Such a good book!!
Thank you to #NetGalley, #ErikaRobuck, #BerkleyPublishingGroup, #PenguinRandomHouse, #TheInvisibleWoman for this ARC... These are my own true thoughts about this book.
5/5 huge stars and a very high recommendation.