On My Honor

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Pub Date 01 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Barbour Publishing, Barbour Fiction

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A Girl Scout Troop Joins the Battle of the Atlantic
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
Ginny Mathis was finished with nursing school and had no intention of staying rooted in the Outer Banks—then war broke out. With her father away, she feels duty-bound to stay and help her mother and younger sister. While working as a clerk for the Oregon Inlet ferry, naval officers ask Ginny and others to be watchful for German U-boats reportedly spotted in the area. So to help occupy her teenage sister, Ginny enlists the Girl Scout troop she leads to help watch for suspicious activity along the coast. 
Timothy Elliott is no stranger to death. As a British reporter working with the M-6, he’s numb to the losses of war after two years of fighting the Germans. Maybe that’s why he volunteered for this mission—to connect with an ex-German naval officer who stole the Furor’s battle plan for the Atlantic war. When the boat giving him passage to New York is bombed near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Tim is thrown from the boat and wakes up in the care of a group of young girls.
Ginny follows her sneaky sister on a clandestine mission and discovers the shipwreck victim. Ginny knows she must take charge, but is this man the enemy, or does he hold secrets that could turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic in the allies’ favor?
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A Girl Scout Troop Joins the Battle of the Atlantic
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
Ginny Mathis was finished with...

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A great read with a new to me author.
I think that what I most liked about this book was the setting of the Outer Banks. I learned much about this place.
The author has described this place so well that I could visualize it and pretend that I was there without leaving the comfort of my home.
I really enjoyed Ginny and Belle's journey of growing up and learning to do things on their own. I feel like they deserved a medal of honor of their own.
This book gave Girl Scouts a new meaning to me. The way this version of Girl Scouts puts today's Scouts in a not so good way.
I was in the Scouts and we did nothing but sit around and talk. No earning badges or nothing. I was so disappointed. However; we did sell cookies and oh my those are my most favorite cookies! Particularly Shortbread and Peanut butter patties. Yum!
So yes, I can relate to this story some.
I felt sorry for April. Caught in the middle of some nasty business with her dad.
I didn't like Rolf from the get go. The author did a fantastic job with him. Pretty sneaky if you ask me.
Overall, a great story and one I highly recommend!
Well done for keeping my interest all the way through.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Probably one of the more relatable books in this series for American readers, and in particular younger readers, this book looks at the homefront battle on the Outer Banks. U-boats were a menace along the eastern seaboard during WW2, but aren't something featured in most history lessons. This book puts them front and center, along with German spies, and other issues that were dealt with on American soil. The Girl Guide aspect brings it down to a younger level, with a refreshingly innocent tone that makes it a lighter read for adults and more accessible for younger readers interested in learning about this era.

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When I was young and going through elementary school, I wanted to be in the Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, my mom was teaching in a district 20 miles from where I lived, and my dad worked a semi-swing shift. I would have no ride home. I also wanted piano lessons, but we didn't have a piano, but that's another story for another time. 😆

"On My Honor" is part of the Girl Scout Pledge that is recited at every meeting and sets the stage for the premise of this Heroines of WWII series. Ginny has come home right before her last semester of nursing school to help take care of her mother and younger sister. In taking on her younger sister's Girl Scout troop, she begins teaching them the skills they need to be of service during the war, even though they are too young to actively serve in any of the auxiliaries to the military.

After an oil tanker is torpedoed by a German U-Boat, the girls find a man washed up on the beach from the tanker explosion and take him to the cottage by the lighthouse to treat his wounds and give him a warm place to stay. Ginny's sister, Belle, ends up stitching a wound in his side, while Clementine, another troop member resets his dislocated shoulder.

The man, Tim Elliott, had been guarding a German soldier and was taking him to New York because he had vital information about German U-Boat movements. Tim lost the soldier in the explosion and eventually enlisted the help of Ginny to find the soldier. With the help of the Girl Scouts under her charge.

Barbour Books has partnered with quite a few authors to write this series of ordinary women aiding in the homefront during World War II. These books are always interesting with great plots and relatable characters. Patty Smith Hall has done a wonderful job in detailing this plot and making it move at a readable pace.

This is a five star book, two thumbs up, and a crab bake on the beach.

Barbour Books provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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A little different setting for a WWII novel, set in the OuterBanks area. A group of Girl Scouts, rescue a man who had been injured after a tanker he was on sunk. Belle has a hard time keeping a secret from her older sister, Ginny. A fierce Girl Scout leader and the girls in her troop, are doing what she can to keep everyone safe. Once Ginny knows about the girls secret, the story takes on a different tone. I enjoyed this book, it would be good for young readers.

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I really enjoyed ON MY HONOR by PATTY SMITH HALL and highly recommend this novel, first of all for the strong Christian message running through it and the way the main characters hold onto their faith in this traumatic time, also for their courage in facing the danger that has come to the Outer Banks, and for their loyalty and service to their country. The book forms part of the Heroines of WW11 collection and it is easy to see why, as we follow Ginny Mathis and her younger sister Belle, together with the rest of the Girl Scouts, on their quest to do their duty to their country. I like the friendship amongst the girls and Belle’s relationship with Ginny, who is also her Girl Scout leader. There are many secrets and there is much intrigue as they befriend Tim Elliot, a reporter and M6 operative who is washed ashore, and try to help him find Rolf Schmidt, whose knowledge of Germany’s attacks in the Atlantic could save lives and even shorten the war……
The book is full of thrilling adventure, sweet romance and unforgettable characters.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Barbour Publishing. The opinions in this review arec completely my own.

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