Mission of Mercy: Virtues and Valor series #6
By Hallee Bridgeman
Doctor BETTY GRIMES, miraculously survives the Nazi bombing of her hospital but suffers the loss of her fiancé in the raid. She goes to the countryside to grieve and recuperate and there meets the leader of the Virtues team who recruits the brilliant surgeon.
After months of training, Betty, code-named MERCY, now works in Occupied France as a nurse, where she garners information from patients and passes it to the Allies. Secretly, she tends to injured Resistance operatives, treating gunshots and other wounds that would otherwise draw the attention of the Third Reich.
When Betty is sent to the local prison to see to a prisoner who has taken ill, her shock at finding TEMPERANCE nearly blows her cover. Now Temperance is sick and Mercy needs to get her well enough for the coming rescue operation to succeed.
Can MERCY save TEMPERANCE in time for her rescue, or will her patient succumb to the disease brought on by the torture of the Gestapo?
This is #6 in the Virtues and Valor series and Mercy’s story parallels every single other story in this series, except for Charity’s. The timelines are essentially the same. They all leave around the same time and enter Occupied France, then embark on different missions given to them based on their specific abilities. All of their stories have now collided with one another in an action packed ending sequence. It keeps breaking off at different points.
Anyone seen the movie Vantage Point? It’s similar, but better executed, in my opinion. And there are no villain point of views.
Mercy is an interesting character. She is a doctor, but is now pretending to be a nurse as a cover job. The leader of the Virtues recruited her specifically because she predicted – and rightly so – that her medical expertise will be necessary to help out agents in the field while they plan a huge mission involving breaking out multiple POWs from a prison within Occupied France. And indeed the need arises and she is called on to assist covertly, while still attending to her day job as a nurse.
This story answers a significant amount of questions that the other stories leave us with, which is why I enjoyed it so much. The ending is action-packed and rather abrupt.
It’s a quick read. This entire series is easy and fun to read, and I recommend the full set to fans of historical fiction. I’m excited to finish the next 2.