Monday, April 3, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Code Name Elodie



1943, Bletchley Park: In the dark of night, my heart is pumping with adrenalin as I wait for news of the secret agent operating under the code name Elodie. She has a dangerous part to play in the Normandy landings and so many lives are at stake. But I couldn’t bear to lose her…

Inspired by the brave women of Bletchley Park, this is a totally gripping World War Two novel of friendship, heartbreak and hope. Perfect for fans of The Rose CodeThe Alice Network and The Nightingale.

Valerie Rousseau is burning with determination to help free her beloved France from the Nazi regime. Working at the mysterious Bletchley Park, she strikes up an unexpected bond with smart, fiercely loyal Fran Morgan as they spend long days together with their heads bent over maps of France in preparation for the Allied invasion.

Their friendship grows increasingly important as they distract themselves from the dark days of war with afternoons skating across the icy pond at the heart of Bletchley Park and evenings talking late into the night. But Valerie’s wartime role is shrouded in secrecy and there are things that she can’t even tell Fran.

When Valerie volunteers for a dangerous mission linked to the D-Day landings in Normandy, Fran is devastated. Valerie has knowingly put her life on the line and Fran is terrified that she will never see her again.

Soon, Fran hears about the bravery of the agent operating under the code name Elodie. She’s certain it’s Valerie and she knows the work she is doing in her little office, overlooking the green fields of England, could be the difference between life and death for this secret agent…

Can both women secure victory for their country? Or will the fight for freedom cost them their love – and their lives?


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Title:   Code Name Elodie
Author:  Anna Stewart 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Series:  The Bletchley Girls
Genre:   Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   382
Date of Publication:   March 29, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Three friends, Fran, Stefania and Ailsa, go above and beyond with regard to their efforts towards winning the war in 1943. With D-Day on the horizon, their work was critical. Reunited again at Bletchley Park, each of them faced serious duty as well as heartbreak while the brutal war just might be nearing its end. 

Fran is living unconventionally, and in fact, this is in part where the title of this book comes into play. For Ailsa, being newly married and separated from her husband due to the war, this is not the only change her life takes on. Then there is Stefania, missing her new love and facing tragedy while never giving up hope or in her efforts.

This second book in the Bletchley Girls series is just as emotional and as captivating as was the first. These women were strong and all had great value when it came to military strength and intelligence. This was also a powerful story of friendship and dedication. While individually their lives could not be more different, the strength of their friendship and the important nature of their work proved to be strong and lasting bond for all of them. 

Anna Stuart has once again written a pivotal story that showed both great research as well as wonderful writing talent, thus making this book a compelling read. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers. You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks. 

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