I have read dozens, perhaps hundreds of World War II stories. I thought I had heard it all. But my book review A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell captures a remarkable tale. A story of an amazing, brave and determined American woman, who has gotten lost in history, despite the very important role she played.
I have never heard the name Virginia Hall. And yet thousands owe her their lives. And countries owe her their freedom. American Virginia Hall was the most unlikely of heroines and spies. The most unlikely of people to lead the French resistance against the Gestapo and live to tell about.
It’s almost like a dime store novel – a one legged beautiful woman who nearly single handedly takes down a regime. But it’s not a dime store novel. It’s a true story of a significant hero whose story has been left untold until now.
The odds were against her. She was gorgeous, smart and brave. But she also was a woman, with a disability. Somehow she percivered and changed the course of history.
My only complaint about this book is it was a bit dry…lots of detail. I wish it could have been written less in a chronological historic tone and more in a spy novel thriller tone…because it was all of that, but some readers might find it too detailed.
I enjoyed learning about this amazing woman, and wish she could have been recognized more publicly before her death.
****Four stars for A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.
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