A captivating read: Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

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about the book....

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.

my review....

Kate Breslin's "Not by Sight" is a remarkable novel, one that captivated me with it's loveable characters, the interesting historical contexts, and the poetic language that permeates the pages. Although I felt that some parts of the book were more engaging than others, on the whole I greatly enjoyed this unique take on a World War I themed novel, especially as I learned more about the role women played on the home front. I've never stopped to consider how crops continued to be harvested after the men left for the front lines, or how farm animals continued to be cared for. I enjoyed watching Grace be pushed out of her comfort zone learning farm duties, while forming special friendships with the other woman all proving they could work just as hard as the men. And then as the intrigue and suspense built slowly but surely over the course of the story, it came to the point that I simply couldn't put the book down! The interactions between Grace and Jack made for some truly entertaining scenes as they explore where their relationship could be headed; I think the only thing that gave me pause is that Jack was engaged to a different woman for much of the book, which felt a bit awkward at times. However, that aside, as Grace finds her very life in danger, I forgot about the world around me and my thoughts about the book and simply lost myself in the story. That, to me, is a sign of a good book!

Fans of historical fiction that will provide them with a new appreciation for history, characters they will appreciate, and an ending that will leave a smile on their face, should pick up a copy of Breslin's latest book. 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Kate Breslin

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is the author of For Such a Time and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com.

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