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Intrigue, Danger, Romance In WWI

A good example of historical fiction and a great summertime read.

The publisher’s blurb:

Page-Turning Intrigue and Romance from an Up-and-Coming Historical Romance Talent

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

What I thought of the book:

This is a good page-turner. Author Kate Breslin pulled me in immediately with the story and brought the characters to vivid life. I’ll admit, there were times where I felt like shaking some sense into one or the other of the characters, but it wasn’t that often.

One of the main things I liked about this book was the way the author has incorporated real life history into the story. It’s rare that we see historical fiction set during World War I (at least it has seemed so to me). Not only does this book take the reader back to the early 20th Century, but most of the story takes place in Belgium, showing stories of the resistance and the dangerous lengths people went to. The author has also taken the chance of including some gritty, ugly reality in the story. There are attacks, some violence, and the aftermath. It’s not over the top or cringe-worthy, but it’s there, and I for one am glad she didn’t shy away from including this.

If you feel like delving into a story that’s not just summer reading fluff, this would be a great book to pick up, especially if you are excited about history.

 

 

**I was sent this copy from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**

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Author:

Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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