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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Niven Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Velva Jean Series Release Date:
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Summer 1944, Paris, a secret mission, a dangerous passion—a spellbinding story you will never forget

After delivering a B-17 Flying Fortress to Britain, an American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives.

As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on a mission with her team to capture an operative known only as Swan. Once settled on Rue de la Néva, Clementine works as a spy with the Resistance and finds herself falling in love with her fellow agent Émile, a handsome and mysterious Frenchman with secrets of his own. When Clementine ends up in the most brutal prison in Paris while trying to help Émile and the team rescue Swan, she discovers the depths of human cruelty, the triumph of her own spirit, and the bravery of her team, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Becoming Clementine is a spirited tale of courage, honor, and loyalty. Jennifer Niven succeeds in not only illuminating an important and little-known role played by women during the war, but creating an unforgettable and heartfelt story that will resonate with readers far and wide.”

    Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl

  • “Jennifer Niven has done something I didn’t think was possible. She has topped Velva Jean Hart’s first two stirring adventures with a third that is an epic—powerful, gripping, tragic, romantic, and inspiring. Becoming Clementine, like all Niven’s books, is a page-turner of a story, with its riveting, insightful, on-the-ground perspectives of World War II. The time, the place, and the events are as authentic as Velva Jean herself. Spellbinding.”

    James Earl Jones, award-winning actor

  • “In her third book featuring hardscrabble Appalachian girl Velva Jean Hart, Niven delivers a heart-stopping tale of wartime intrigue, romance, and high adventure. Given Velva Jean’s preternaturally wise Southern outlook on human nature, one wonders if Scout Finch Goes to War wouldn’t be a more appropriate title.”

    RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

  • “The author gives [her heroine] plenty of hurdles to overcome, as well as a bit of romance, while readers learn more about the role women played in World War II. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Marie Bostwick’s On Wings of the Morning.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jennifer Niven has done it again!…A riveting, ‘can’t put it down,’ must-read.”

    Dr. Margaret S. Emanuelson, author of Company of Spies

  • “Things that are truly satisfying: the pull-through parking spot, finding a twenty in your jeans pocket, Velva Jean Hart. The woman you wish you could be, Velva Jean takes readers on a third superb adventure, this time through World War II France. Richly textured, historically evocative, emotionally mesmerizing, Becoming Clementine takes you on a journey so gripping you can smell the gun smoke. Jennifer Niven’s deft prose transports readers on a finely blended internal and external voyage, where Velva Jean’s physical adventures are as engrossing as her emotional exploration. Satisfying indeed, Becoming Clementine leaves you both satiated and yearning for more. I eagerly await Velva Jean’s next adventure.”

    Kerry Reichs, author of Leaving Unknown

  • “A proud descendant of Revolutionary War espionage heroine Jane Black Thomas, author Jennifer Niven comes by her appetite and aptitude for spy fiction instinctively and naturally. In Velva Jean’s latest adventure, cloak-and-dagger buffs will recognize and appreciate Niven’s artful and knowing introduction of tradecraft—techniques used to carry out covert operations…As a collector of ‘spy gadgets,’ and as a fan and student of real-life female agents, I found Niven’s authentic application of tradecraft a hidden gift in the espionage thriller that is Becoming Clementine. Read it for the intriguing tale and the intriguing tradecraft.”

    Linda McCarthy, founding curator of the CIA Museum

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikki France darnes | 2/13/2014

    " I could not put this book down! Powerful and wonderfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/10/2014

    " Another really good WW2 novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michele | 2/5/2014

    " Wow! I wonder how many young women (Velva Jean is only 22 at the end of the story) had these types of experiences during WW2. Becoming a spy, assisting on the Freedom Line, being captured by Germans... I won't go on because I don't want to spoil the story, but WOW! I love seeing the growth in the character and how she comes to believe in what she is doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brittany | 12/29/2013

    " Very interesting story. Very different from what I normally read. I really loved the characters. I might have to think about reading some of the other books. I hadn't realized it was connected to anything till after the fact. "

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