Duty Brought Them Together. Will Secrets Destroy Their Love?
American Emma Hanson came to England to study at Oxford, but joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at the height of World War II. She is stationed at beautiful and historic Danesfield House west of London as part of the highly secretive Photographic Reconnaissance Unit.
Englishman Will Fleming is a handsome young artist who has been commissioned by the British government to record the changing landscape in paintings. His path intersects with Emma's when his real mission—tracking Nazi spies—leads him to Danesfield House, the target of a sinister plot.
Emma and Will become friends, but neither can reveal the true nature of their assignment. Can their relationship grow amid such secrecy? And can Will save Danesfield House—and Emma and her coworkers—before it's too late?
Enjoy a sneak peek from A Secret Courage
by Tricia Goyer
October 15, 1940
Will Fleming sprinted down the street. The soles of his black Oxfords pounded the cobblestones, yet his footfalls went unheard over the air raid sirens’ howl. The acrid smell of smoke and broken gas lines from last night’s raid, and those of the nights before, stung his sinuses and brought tears to his eyes. How many days had German bombs rained from the sky? Thirty-seven? Thirty-eight? The Nazi bombers swooped in just after dark, terrorizing the night. He hated to think how many more nights of horror they’d have to endure.
Would the Nazis allow the people of London no peace? Not until the hated swastika waved from Ten Downing Street. But the secret dispatch Will carried in his satchel placed Britain one step closer to ensuring that wouldn’t happen.
The grind of Ferman bombers roared overhead, and the air around him vibrated with the concussion of antiaircraft artillery. He came upon an alley to the left. Will turned the corner and stopped in his tracks. Before him were the remains of an apartment building that a bomb had half destroyed. Open rooms displayed their disheveled contents where the walls were ripped away. He peered inside, having the disorienting feeling he had been shrunk down and was gazing into a child’s ruined doll house. Smoldering piles of rubble and stone blocked his retreat. The booms of more bombs exploding filled the air, followed by the shattering, tearing sounds of buildings crumbling throughout the city. Will had no time to consider the destruction or fear the enemy’s closeness. The papers he carried were the only thing that mattered.
Behind him, his pursuers. Before him, a mountain of rubble. To the right a wall, but to the left a centuries-old arched entrance, a gate, and an empty, overgrown courtyard. He pulled and pushed the cast iron gate, but its only response was a loud rattling. Locked.
He couldn’t hear the footsteps following him over the bombers’ roaring engines, but he knew the two officers must have already rounded the main road to the alleyway.
Although the gate reached higher than his head, there was a three-foot gap between the top of the black iron and the brick. Not wasting a moment, he slung his satchel across his back and grabbed the top of the gate. One shoe’s toe found the tiniest crevice in the bricks, and he hauled himself up and over the gate. Will dropped toward the ground but stopped short. The satchel caught fast, slamming him hard against the wrought iron, knocking the wind out of him.
Then, with a flip of the wrist, he produced a knife from his coat sleeve. He slid the blade under the strap, jerked it away from himself, and dropped to the cobblestones. In a single, quick move he grabbed the sliced strap and then slid to the side — behind the cover of a brick pillar — just in time. Aat movement outside the gate, he sucked in a breath.
“Hold up!” one constable called to the other. “He must have gone in this gate. There’s nowhere else to go. Follow him!”
“You sure now?” The other officer’s voice attempted to rise above the sound of the siren. “Shouldn’t we give up chase? Head back to the shelter?”
“And let that blighter get away?”
A flashlight’s dim beam swept from side to side, and Will heard more rattling on the gate. Then a creaking as the gate swung open.
Drat. Will’s teeth clenched. It must have just been stuck, not locked. The two policemen hurried into the courtyard. Because of blackout conditions they carried only a dim flashlight, but their guns were drawn. They peered the opposite direction from him, looking behind a wide bush.
“Might as well surrender now. I’m not afraid to shoot!” the older officer called.
End of Excerpt
Copyright © by Tricia Goyer
Learn more by visiting the author's website. A SECRET COURAGE released April 2017 from Harvest House Publishers. Don't miss A Daring Escape, book two in the London Chronicles.
Meet the Author
Tricia Goyer writes out of her passion for God and her love for family and others. The author of more than 70 books, she writes both historical fiction and nonfiction related to family and parenting.
This USA-Today Best-selling Author has also won two Carol Awards and a Retailer’s Best Award. She was also an ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee and a Christy Award Nominee and won Writer of the Year from the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
Tricia’s contemporary and historical novels feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through comprehensive research and is a beloved author of Amish fiction, as well, having written the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.
Whether for fiction or nonfiction, Tricia’s writing style is vivid and heartwarming, allowing readers to take home more than engaging stories, but also messages that inspire faith and hope. Her goal is to write stories that matter.
Tricia is a popular conference speaker. She has spoken at events such as MomCon, Raising Generations, and Teach Them Diligently conferences and been interviewed by numerous national TV and radio programs and magazines. Her new podcast, Walk It Out, can be found on iTunes or downloaded on any podcasting app. Whether through writing, blogging, speaking or podcast, Tricia loves sharing messages of inspiration and hope.
A homeschooling mom of ten, including seven by adoption, Tricia is also a grandmother of four and wife to John. With a busy life, she understands the importance of making every word count.
A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer
Genre: Historical Fiction
Heat Level: 1
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 2
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