Code Name Lily

But how many civilian women can say they saved the lives of at least 250 downed airmen in just over two years?
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World War II certainly had its share of deserving heroes and heroines, many of whom have received their due recognition. But how many civilian women can say they saved the lives of at least 250 downed airmen in just over two years?”Code Name Lily” takes you on an unforgettable journey from Belgium, into France, and over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain. An extremely clever and persuasive young Belgian nurse outsmarts the Nazis time and again, risking her life if she is caught, but protecting every airman she successfully aids to evade the Germans.”Code Name Lily” is based on the true story of Micheline “Michou” Dumon-Ugeux, a legend in the Comet Line escape network from 1940-1944 who went only by the name of Lily. You, too, will fall in love with Lily.

Code Name Lily: Legend of the Belgian Resistance: Based on a True Story was written by Julien Ayotte. To be honest, I had my doubts about this book as I started reading it. It seemed to bounce around from one person to another without a purpose. I thought it was just another historical romance where someone told the story from the present and someone told the story from the past as those in the present found clues to follow. Then, in the end, there would be a meeting of the main characters once more. That wasn’t what I got with this book. I was surprised. The book does begin with the family finding a clue as to what their Father did during the war. It goes back through a journal to the past and is brought up to the present. Then it diversifies and talks about other people in the Comet Line and their exploits and includes those working against the Comet Line. The people of Belgium who set up the Comet Line are talked about in detail in the novel. The background and exploits of the Comet Line were real. The people who manned the Comet Line were real. The men who infiltrated the Comet Line and tried to destroy it were real. Those who gave their lives without giving information to the Gestapo were real. The airmen they rescued and escorted from Belgium to Spain and back to the UK were real. Their humbleness and not wanting to publicize their achievements were true of many of those men who came back from being overseas. They had done their duty and it was over and now they had their lives to go on with sums up most of the men who served in the armed forces during World War II. I was especially interested to find out about the Comet Line as I had heard about rescue and escape efforts but had not read how much the men and women who manned the line. I knew many inhabitants of the various countries helped; but didn’t realize those were true stories. It makes you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. Would you actively help or just watch from a distance? The book is definitely one worth reading and one which should not be missed.

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Julien Ayotte (Author)

Julien Ayotte was born in 1941 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He graduated high school in 1959 from Mt. St. Charles Academy, received a B.S. and MBA from the University of Rhode Island in 1963 and 1968 respectively, attended the Harvard Business School Management Development Program, and received his PhD in 1992 from Columbia Pacific University. He worked in the corporate world for most of his career while also teaching at the graduate level at several colleges and universities in the RI/MA area. The last fourteen years of his career were spent as the executive director and chief operating officer of two prominent law firms in Providence and Worcester. Julien began writing Flower of Heaven in 1987, and completed the novel in 2012. He completed the sequel, Dangerous Bloodlines, in 2014, and released his third novel, A Life Before, in April, 2016. His fourth novel, Disappearance, was released in early December, 2017. In December 0f 2018, Code Name Lily, his first historical fiction, was released. He has an extensive array of articles in the legal administration field, especially with the Association of Legal Administrators. He lives in Cumberland, RI with his wife, Pauline. They have three grown children.

But how many civilian women can say they saved the lives of at least 250 downed airmen in just over two years?

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