Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is an incredible biography based on the life of Odette Sansom who left three young daughters alone while at the same time, her husband was serving in the military and away from home. Odette believed it was her duty to serve England as a courier behind enemy lines in occupied France.
The way this all came about and Odette’s early health encumbrances, which include being blind, are beyond belief, but it’s all true. Her bravery in circumstances before and after her capture left me speechless.
Ironically, Odette served under a man with the surname of Churchill and her cleverness turned this to their advantage after they were captured; ultimately saving their lives.
This story is even more intense than the previous book about the Alice Network. I believe this is the better of the two. This is a book I will remember for a very long time. It honors many brave women and men who risked their lives in the name of freedom.
Odette endured more suffering than one can even imagine. She sacrificed years with the children she loved which would never be regained. I am leaving much of her story for my readers to experience because I don’t wish to reveal more than I think necessary. The writing is superb. This is a story which gripped me to my soul. Highly recommended.