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Penny is hell bent on revenge on the man who caused her to flee France as a teenager with little more than the clothes on her back. She lost everything, her friends, her home and her family. She is desperate to find love and to go back home. The Nazis have occupied her country. To return now means she will risk arrest, imprisonment, hideous torture and perhaps even death. Penny is hell bent on revenge on the man who caused her to flee France as a teenager with little more than the clothes on her back. She lost everything, her friends, her home and her family. She is desperate to find love and to go back home. The Nazis have occupied her country. To return now means she will risk arrest, imprisonment, hideous torture and perhaps even death. Her British friends and adoptive family don't understand her need to go back. It's the second year of the war. Britain stands alone. Civilians face death and destruction on a daily basis through the Blitz. Penny throws herself into her translation job in order to forget about the man that broke her heart. Yearning to do more, she convinces her bosses to drop her behind enemy lines in Northern France as a spy. Working with the resistance in the darkness of occupied France her bravery, skills and resourcefulness are tested to the limit. Now a trained killer, she comes face to face with the man she holds responsible for the loss of everything she held dear. Will she let revenge destroy any chance of happiness the future may hold? Or will she give in to the love she has waited a lifetime to find?


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Penny is hell bent on revenge on the man who caused her to flee France as a teenager with little more than the clothes on her back. She lost everything, her friends, her home and her family. She is desperate to find love and to go back home. The Nazis have occupied her country. To return now means she will risk arrest, imprisonment, hideous torture and perhaps even death. Penny is hell bent on revenge on the man who caused her to flee France as a teenager with little more than the clothes on her back. She lost everything, her friends, her home and her family. She is desperate to find love and to go back home. The Nazis have occupied her country. To return now means she will risk arrest, imprisonment, hideous torture and perhaps even death. Her British friends and adoptive family don't understand her need to go back. It's the second year of the war. Britain stands alone. Civilians face death and destruction on a daily basis through the Blitz. Penny throws herself into her translation job in order to forget about the man that broke her heart. Yearning to do more, she convinces her bosses to drop her behind enemy lines in Northern France as a spy. Working with the resistance in the darkness of occupied France her bravery, skills and resourcefulness are tested to the limit. Now a trained killer, she comes face to face with the man she holds responsible for the loss of everything she held dear. Will she let revenge destroy any chance of happiness the future may hold? Or will she give in to the love she has waited a lifetime to find?

30 review for Penny

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    Five Words: Loyalty, love, friendship, war, espionage. This was a fantastic read. I really really enjoyed it. I read Penny so quickly, I got so engrossed in the story that I could hardly put it down. Ellie Keaton's Women & War series is going from strength to strength. I love how each of these books has a little feminist streak in them. Nothing much, just a hint of dissatisfaction at how things are, how things should change, how these women are often more than capable of doing the same job. Five Words: Loyalty, love, friendship, war, espionage. This was a fantastic read. I really really enjoyed it. I read Penny so quickly, I got so engrossed in the story that I could hardly put it down. Ellie Keaton's Women & War series is going from strength to strength. I love how each of these books has a little feminist streak in them. Nothing much, just a hint of dissatisfaction at how things are, how things should change, how these women are often more than capable of doing the same job.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Crystal

    Penelope (or Penny as she is called herein) is a French woman who has lost both of her parents due to the cruelty of Alain, the man who controls most of the small French town where Penny lived for most of her life. It is a neighborly and elderly woman whose kindness to Penny builds up her strength to travel to England and meet the relatives she’s never known in the past. As Penny has been raised as a farmer’s daughter and is totally unused to the world of aristocracy, she is hard-put to conform Penelope (or Penny as she is called herein) is a French woman who has lost both of her parents due to the cruelty of Alain, the man who controls most of the small French town where Penny lived for most of her life. It is a neighborly and elderly woman whose kindness to Penny builds up her strength to travel to England and meet the relatives she’s never known in the past. As Penny has been raised as a farmer’s daughter and is totally unused to the world of aristocracy, she is hard-put to conform to the expectations of her rich Aunt and cousin. However, her grandmother, Meme, is determined to build up Penny with love in the present, disregarding the past in which so much harm was done to so many people in this family. None of this warm and hostile treatment deters Penny from her decision to do what she can for the war effort and to exact revenge on the man responsible for the death of her parents! This is the story of Penny’s training and activities as a member of the French Resistance during WWII. She is hired by England because she passes all of the tests, speaks fluent French and passes with great skill the training for her work as a British spy. During her training she’s attracted to someone she thinks is enlisted as a Royal Air Force member. Is this real love or just an initial infatuation? That picture will change during her time in France when she is even more attracted to a fellow spy, Victor. While in that service, she observes the brutal attacks of German soldiers, the arresting and torture of innocent French men, women and children by Germans and the fact that she can and does kill when the need arises. Penny is challenged further when she is arrested and tortured as a spy. However, the war story needs to be told. Penny is a survivor but the obstacles she faces test every mental, physical and emotional ability she possesses. Even more distressing is the fact that many of her people are traitors in order to survive. That makes it no less evil to Penny who does what she has to do. She also learns that she may have to make a choice about her dream for revenge, one that may hurt her more than the one who she hates more than anyone in the entire world. Penny: Women and War is a great read and shows a maturity in Ellie Keaton’s writing skills as she has crafted a more complex plot than in her previous novel in this series. Finely written, Ms. Keaton and highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Penny is French and is forced to leave her childhood home and go to her deceased father's family in London to escape an evil man in her village. She is taken in and treated as one of their own. But as the Nazi's invade and take over France, her desire to return and help her country makes her go and train as a translator and later, an assassin. Sent into France to work with the resistance she manages to return to her town where all is worse, her enemy is in league with the Nazi's and her friends Penny is French and is forced to leave her childhood home and go to her deceased father's family in London to escape an evil man in her village. She is taken in and treated as one of their own. But as the Nazi's invade and take over France, her desire to return and help her country makes her go and train as a translator and later, an assassin. Sent into France to work with the resistance she manages to return to her town where all is worse, her enemy is in league with the Nazi's and her friends protect her while there, but she has to leave and continue her espionage work. This is a good read with suspense and romance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    4.5 stars I read this book right after finishing the author's first book in the series "Ellie". In that book I was introduced to the character of Penny, a teen-age girl who has left her homeland of France to get away from a very dangerous man.Penny features frequently in this first book and as the author noted - began to overtake the story in some respects thereby earning herself a book of her own. In this second book in the series Women and War, we learn more of Penny's story from the time she l 4.5 stars I read this book right after finishing the author's first book in the series "Ellie". In that book I was introduced to the character of Penny, a teen-age girl who has left her homeland of France to get away from a very dangerous man.Penny features frequently in this first book and as the author noted - began to overtake the story in some respects thereby earning herself a book of her own. In this second book in the series Women and War, we learn more of Penny's story from the time she leaves France, her arrival in England to a family that was only partially welcoming to her, her time in England and her eventual return to France to help fight for her countries freedom and perhaps right a few personal wrongs at the same time. This is a longer book than the first one in the series and the characters are a little more fully developed. Historically it made me feel that it was true to the era. I definitely enjoyed reading it but I have also read quite number of true-life stories of women who played important roles i the war and fiction can't quite match up with fact.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    The book, Penny, by Ellie Keaton, stole my heart. The heroine was genuine and true, a person with whom the reader could relate. I really like Ellie Keaton's understanding of not only the events relating to the war in Europe, but the emotions, the relationships, the actions and consequences. I had difficulty putting Penny down after I started it and I look forward to more books by this author. Enjoyable historical fiction but also educated me!!! Can't go wrong with it. The book, Penny, by Ellie Keaton, stole my heart. The heroine was genuine and true, a person with whom the reader could relate. I really like Ellie Keaton's understanding of not only the events relating to the war in Europe, but the emotions, the relationships, the actions and consequences. I had difficulty putting Penny down after I started it and I look forward to more books by this author. Enjoyable historical fiction but also educated me!!! Can't go wrong with it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thelma Branam

    Penny Loved this book. As soon as I finish this, going straight to order the third book. Didn't get me at first, I was a little confused after just finishing Gracie, but it only got better . Penny Loved this book. As soon as I finish this, going straight to order the third book. Didn't get me at first, I was a little confused after just finishing Gracie, but it only got better .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Brilliant read, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Can't wait for the third book :-) Brilliant read, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Can't wait for the third book :-)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Wright Aumock

    Probably 3.5 stars. Good story, but I've read better books about women in WW2. It needs a bit more depth...and an epilogue. Probably 3.5 stars. Good story, but I've read better books about women in WW2. It needs a bit more depth...and an epilogue.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Midwood

    As much as I loved “Gracie,” “Penny” (book 2 in the series) was even better! This time action takes place not only in wartime England but in France, to where Penny is parachuted as part of the SOE cell. After making a short acquaintance with Penny in book 1, I enjoyed getting to know her better in book 2, where the tragic story of her childhood has been revealed and her personality truly shone as the plot unraveled. Selfless, smart, loving and incredibly brave, Penny proved that women did much m As much as I loved “Gracie,” “Penny” (book 2 in the series) was even better! This time action takes place not only in wartime England but in France, to where Penny is parachuted as part of the SOE cell. After making a short acquaintance with Penny in book 1, I enjoyed getting to know her better in book 2, where the tragic story of her childhood has been revealed and her personality truly shone as the plot unraveled. Selfless, smart, loving and incredibly brave, Penny proved that women did much more than contributed to the war effort on the home front. The setting of Occupied France was authentic and the details - meticulously researched. I particularly enjoyed reading about the SOE “school” and the different ways in which future agents were tested. If you love WW2 fiction, you need to read this series! And now I’m ready for book 3!

  10. 4 out of 5

    susan suydam

    Women and war Ellie Keaton certainty has created some enjoyable characters. This is book 2 in the series . Penny a young French born woman, has been living with her father's English titled family is our heroin. I'm this novel the reader will get to know Penny more in depth as her strong and willful character develops. This novel gives a view of WWII, from inside France, among the French resistance. I'm an always sadden yet fascinated to learn something new about this war and it's true horrific gl Women and war Ellie Keaton certainty has created some enjoyable characters. This is book 2 in the series . Penny a young French born woman, has been living with her father's English titled family is our heroin. I'm this novel the reader will get to know Penny more in depth as her strong and willful character develops. This novel gives a view of WWII, from inside France, among the French resistance. I'm an always sadden yet fascinated to learn something new about this war and it's true horrific global impact. I personally appreciate the innuendo of violence and torture, without the graph descriptions. Thank you Good read

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Vandeneynden

    Well put together book. The characters are well-defined and the story is interesting and suspenseful. The main character is named Penny. At the beginning of the book, she is French and lives with her Mother. After her Mother is murdered, she leaves France for England where her deceased Father's family lives. Penny fears for her home country and for justice for her Mother. She wishes to help in London's endeavor to defeat the Germans in France and becomes a spy. As a spy, she has adventures, very Well put together book. The characters are well-defined and the story is interesting and suspenseful. The main character is named Penny. At the beginning of the book, she is French and lives with her Mother. After her Mother is murdered, she leaves France for England where her deceased Father's family lives. Penny fears for her home country and for justice for her Mother. She wishes to help in London's endeavor to defeat the Germans in France and becomes a spy. As a spy, she has adventures, very close calls and finds love. I didn't want this book to end and wished it were longer!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was a story of courage, wanting revenge and love. Penny's story was fascinating and makes you think if you could possibly have had the courage this young woman had during a fearful time. The French resistance have always been hero's to me and a story about a girl who could have stayed in a safe place during the war yet went to help her countrymen was thrilling, courageous and kept me glued to this book. Loved it! This was a story of courage, wanting revenge and love. Penny's story was fascinating and makes you think if you could possibly have had the courage this young woman had during a fearful time. The French resistance have always been hero's to me and a story about a girl who could have stayed in a safe place during the war yet went to help her countrymen was thrilling, courageous and kept me glued to this book. Loved it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is an excellent book of a young girl who grows up in France in difficult circumstances. When her mother dies she moves to London to live with an uncle and his family. She meets a grandmother she didn't know about. When the war starts in Europe her only thought is to help but her family objects to her becoming a nurse. She gets a job as translator and moves into a job as a spy. This is mostly about her work. But she has time to fall in love. This is a very well written book. This is an excellent book of a young girl who grows up in France in difficult circumstances. When her mother dies she moves to London to live with an uncle and his family. She meets a grandmother she didn't know about. When the war starts in Europe her only thought is to help but her family objects to her becoming a nurse. She gets a job as translator and moves into a job as a spy. This is mostly about her work. But she has time to fall in love. This is a very well written book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    War story to enjoy This book will take you in the heart of the fighting in France during world war l. Penny has survived a tough childhood and now wants to help others. Will she get to enlist or will she have to obey her Aunt? I really enjoyed this book and believe others will too if they like historical fiction.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pauline J

    Exciting read! I really enjoyed reading this author's work. This is my first time with this author. I never really knew what the next twist or turn would bring. Very enjoyable book. Exciting read! I really enjoyed reading this author's work. This is my first time with this author. I never really knew what the next twist or turn would bring. Very enjoyable book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandie Parrish

    Penny I loved Penny, I was very hesitant about reading the book as I was very tired of books on Hitler and the Germans on WWII. However by the end of the second chapter I was hooked. I'm sure you will enjoy Penny as much as I did. ❤ Penny I loved Penny, I was very hesitant about reading the book as I was very tired of books on Hitler and the Germans on WWII. However by the end of the second chapter I was hooked. I'm sure you will enjoy Penny as much as I did. ❤

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Davis

    Intriguing Fantastic, liked it much better than the first book. It was faded paced with lots of danger. Yes, there is romance too. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the traitors of war. Who can you trust?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Shows how the women went into the war as undercover agency. The courage that they show and the danger they faced. After you read the first three chapters it get very good and interesting. Enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    i really enjoyed this book. Adventure, love, deception; everything you want in a story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Trammell

    Real!y good book Enjoyed this book from start to finish! Loved the characters! Can't wait to read next book in series. And, more by this Author. Real!y good book Enjoyed this book from start to finish! Loved the characters! Can't wait to read next book in series. And, more by this Author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bettyboop

    Joined the resistance to fight for her France against Germany. This storyline was the basis of a great goodread. Don’t miss it, read it, it’s worth your time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This is a great book. Effective writing skills. Just love it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    I picked this novel due to it centring around a female spy & my personal fascination with the female spies of the SOE. The novel opens up & we are instantly engaged with the relationship between Penny and her Grandmother Meme. Their relationship is extremely relatable as a reader. As many readers of my generation grew up with tales of the war from their grandparents (I know I did). Their relationship has its issues may they be cultural (French/English) or due to a class divide (working/upper cla I picked this novel due to it centring around a female spy & my personal fascination with the female spies of the SOE. The novel opens up & we are instantly engaged with the relationship between Penny and her Grandmother Meme. Their relationship is extremely relatable as a reader. As many readers of my generation grew up with tales of the war from their grandparents (I know I did). Their relationship has its issues may they be cultural (French/English) or due to a class divide (working/upper class). Never the less, Penelope & Meme learn to put their differences aside. As the novel progresses the reader is well aware the effects & repercussions of ww1 are still being felt within society. Yet we are also aware that war is upon the horizon. The novel has so many themes and to detail them too much would in effect ruin the novel. So I shall merely list them, the novel features: rationing, SOE, Guinea pig club, POW’s, evacuation, land girls, French occupation, collaboration with Germans, devastation of the blitz, revenge, betrayal, soldier’s injuries and the dangers posed to British spies in occupied France. The relationship between Penny & Meme progresses and we see that for Penny the war provides a ‘coming of age’ moment & she may live a freer existence than women previously have done so. Penny is very similar to real-life Spy Violette Szabo, in many ways and the novel details the importance of female spies in ww2. There are moments of happiness, love & hope. This novel would hugely appeal to fans of Josephine Cox or Lesley Pearse. That being said the novel has its dark gritty moments & I couldn’t read the last 10% quick enough. The ending is haunting & has the reader well & truly hooked! The novel is well written, very well research and in my opinion is the perfect escape novel to the ww2 era. The novel is available free for kindle unlimited members & for the bargain price of £1.99 on amazon kindle store. Enjoy X My review & Q&A with the author can be found at my blog: annebonnybookreviews.wordpress.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars The author has done a fantastic job in upping her game with world-building and historical details in this latest volume of Women & War. I was swept away in even greater measure than the last volume, sucked into this world of survival, growing up, love, and war. There is a lot more descriptive detail in this book, exploring the world in which her characters inhabit. The little details of life in bombed out London and occupied France were very vivid (let's just say I don't think I'll look 3.5 stars The author has done a fantastic job in upping her game with world-building and historical details in this latest volume of Women & War. I was swept away in even greater measure than the last volume, sucked into this world of survival, growing up, love, and war. There is a lot more descriptive detail in this book, exploring the world in which her characters inhabit. The little details of life in bombed out London and occupied France were very vivid (let's just say I don't think I'll look at bacon the same way again!). The story itself was mostly engaging but halfway frustrating as well. The parts actually in occupied France sucked me in like nobody's business. I was kept on the edge of my seat reading about the shadowy corners and heart-pounding escapes of the Resistance as well as Penny's involvement with them. However, the parts with Gracie and Nell in Britain didn't seem to jive with the rest of the engaging story. They were interesting and informative, don't get me wrong. But the narrative would jump between them and Penny in France and I felt jarred. Both story lines had very different atmospheres and levels of tension that when I was flipped between them, I felt disengaged and just thrown around. Now as for Penny.... This is a hard assessment to make. I found her likable enough to obviously be engaged in her story and to want to know what happens to her. Yet, I found her far, far too perfect to be all that relatable. She was beautiful, helpful, courageous, intelligent, strategic..... The list goes on. I found very few negative qualities to balance all that good out. And yeah, I like my heroines to be good guys with straight priorities. But come on... Can't she have a few warts and be stubborn or sometimes silly too? This is a good installment to this series and one that shows some real growth, in both the world-building and story. While I felt jarred at times by the story flipping and found the main character a bit too perfect, it in no way made me hate this book. I'll definitely keep an eye peeled for book 3! Note: Book received for free from author in exchange for review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike Hodgkinson

    Good book I read this book and barely managed to put it down. One cannot say one enjoyed it - a story of war. But itis a good book

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz Balaam

    Much like my review of Gracie, I feel the story of this book is good. Penny's origins are more fully explained, which was lacking in the first book. This book is also very badly edited and the numerous typing errors are a distraction. I also found the author could have been more original with the naming of her minor characters. There are too many characters with the name Peter, Betty or Mary. I do appreciate that many people had those names in those times, but I think she could have thought up s Much like my review of Gracie, I feel the story of this book is good. Penny's origins are more fully explained, which was lacking in the first book. This book is also very badly edited and the numerous typing errors are a distraction. I also found the author could have been more original with the naming of her minor characters. There are too many characters with the name Peter, Betty or Mary. I do appreciate that many people had those names in those times, but I think she could have thought up some different ones.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    We meet Penny in the first book in the series, Gracie. Penny grew up in France, daughter of a French mother and a father who was a British peer. In Gracie, we learn of her flight to London at the age of 13. In this book, Penny has reached adulthood and is determined to do her part to free France from the Germans. She returns home and works with the French resistance. This book was fascinating. I can't imagine how awful it would have been not only to fear the Germans but to worry your own people, We meet Penny in the first book in the series, Gracie. Penny grew up in France, daughter of a French mother and a father who was a British peer. In Gracie, we learn of her flight to London at the age of 13. In this book, Penny has reached adulthood and is determined to do her part to free France from the Germans. She returns home and works with the French resistance. This book was fascinating. I can't imagine how awful it would have been not only to fear the Germans but to worry your own people, friends and family, might betray you. A compelling story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patti Fischetti

    Good story about women and their roles in the war. Having read Gracie I had to read Penny. Ellie writes very telling stories about young girls who know what they want and how to achieve it. Penny is a French girl who ends up in England after her mother's murder. She vows to return someday to get revenge but has to become a spy to finally return home. In the meantime she finds love, makes new friends and meeting new ones while family ing danger in Nazi occupied France. Good story about women and their roles in the war. Having read Gracie I had to read Penny. Ellie writes very telling stories about young girls who know what they want and how to achieve it. Penny is a French girl who ends up in England after her mother's murder. She vows to return someday to get revenge but has to become a spy to finally return home. In the meantime she finds love, makes new friends and meeting new ones while family ing danger in Nazi occupied France.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane Bleyer

    Too many characters I enjoyed this book, but the characters kept changing names not once but twice. I kept losing track of what name they were currently using. Also, one minute they were either the traitor or patriot, then that would also switch. I understand this story would require the need for these changes, but I believe it was excessive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie Gonzalez

    Penny A fascinating story. Was totally engrossed. Penny was a person I would love to know. Loved her spunk. Loved Gracie and her family. I was torn between the two men, Paul and David. I liked each of them in their own way. I don't want to give away who she chose. Penny A fascinating story. Was totally engrossed. Penny was a person I would love to know. Loved her spunk. Loved Gracie and her family. I was torn between the two men, Paul and David. I liked each of them in their own way. I don't want to give away who she chose.

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