It’s a wonderful feeling to have a book catch you by surprise. That’s what happened to me with Kate Breslin’s Not By Sight. It wasn’t that I expected to be disappointed, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to be as thrilled about this story as I was.
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
In the spring of 1917, all of Britain’s attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country on the front lines. Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, is young and able-bodied but refuses to enlist despite the contempt of his peers.
A wealthy young suffragette, Grace Mabry will do anything to assist her country’s cause. Men like Jack infuriate her when she thinks of her own brother fighting in the trenches of France, so she has no reservations about handing him a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball.
But Grace could not anticipate the danger and betrayal set into motion by her actions, and soon she and Jack are forced to learn the true meaning of courage when the war raging overseas suddenly strikes much closer to home and their fervent beliefs become a matter of life and death.
“Just like an artist captures an image on canvas, a good writer must paint a picture with words.”
-Jack Benningham, The Princess Spy
Not By Sight has quite the cast of characters. There are the main characters– Grace and Jack. Both of which are very well developed and I loved getting to know them both. Then, there are a whole cast of minor characters that are both fully developed and fabulous as well. Secrets abound within this cast and learning more and more about them made me enjoy this story even more.
As for the plot, this one had me hooked. Beyond the love story within the pages, we see the characters learning who they are, learning to have faith, and then there is a storyline dealing with espionage. With Britain involved in the war, the threat of spying adds a tension to this story with some wonderful surprises.
After I finished this story, I couldn’t help but wonder why I have not read Breslin’s debut novel yet, but it is certainly getting bumped upon my reading list. This novel was just fantastic.
About the Author:
A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. These days, when she’s not writing inspirational fiction or spending time with her author friends, she’s reading books, watching anything Jane Austen on BBC, or following John’s musical career as his #1 fan. An avid “tree-hugger” she often enjoys long walks in the forests or playing in the garden. Kate’s also a traveler–she and John have toured most of Washington state and many places in the U.S. And with her intrepid mom as traveling companion, Kate’s also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’s always looking for the next story idea!
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