Becoming Clementine

Becoming Clementine

Book - 2012
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After her B-15 Flying Fortress is shot down over Normandy, Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux and works as a spy with the Resistance, during which time she falls in love with a fellow agent and ends up in a brutal prison.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2012
ISBN: 9780452298101
Branch Call Number: F NIVEN-J
Characteristics: xii, 351 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 18, 2014

Previous books in this series take us from rural North Carolina social life, through Nashville city life in the 30's, and, in this book, the terrors of WWII both on the home front and in combat, focusing on the roles of women. Velva Jean's life takes a turn when, having flown a B-19 to Britain, she asks to stay in Britain and do non-combat flying, as she hopes to find her brother, Johnny Clay, who seems to have disappeared. She is assigned to flying a group of agents to France. They are shot down and Velva Jean manages to save a few of them, then sticks with them, although they try to leave her various places. She accompanies them to Paris and is left at a Resistance household, while they carry on with their assigned mission. Her adventures from there, include carrying messages, and being arrested and imprisoned. Her friend, Gossie, also plays a part in this fast paced novel. Velva Jean becomes Clementine Roux and by the end of the book has to deal with who she really is. I could hardly put it down.


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