“Downton Abbey meets The Scarlet Pimpernel in Kate Breslin’s wonderful historical novel set amidst the drama of England’s World War I home front.”–award-winning author Elizabeth Camden
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.
I read Kate’s debut novel last year, For Such A Time and it still ranks up there with one of my all time favorite books I’ve ever read, which is saying a lot because I read A LOT. So when I saw her second novel release I couldn’t wait to read it.
This one is very different but so good. Kate has a way of crafting a novel that is beautiful.
It wasn’t what I was expecting, the tone of this book isn’t as dark as the first and had more of the tone of most books I read, but I enjoyed it very much and couldn’t wait to get back to the characters.
Grace lives up to her name. She is truly grace to those she comes in contact with, she touches her friends lives and encourages them to be all God created them to be. She see’s beyond the wounds of people into their heart. This should be the person each of us strives to be.
Jack is a stubborn man yet likable. His wounds are very visible yet he continually rejects the One who can fully heal Him. His wounds have changed him, now if only he can use that change for good.
This had almost a Beauty and the Beast feel to it, you’ll know what I mean as you read the book.
I also loved the faith theme found throughout the book that ties into the title of the book. Faith is something we all need to work on because it is something we can’t see but we must believe.
Overall, a wonderful read that I highly recommend.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.