Review: Not By Sight
Gripping Sophomore Novel From a Rising Historical Romance Talent • “. . . [a] heart-rending tale of love, loss, and redemption.”—Library Journal Starred Review on For Such a Time
• Set in 1917 England and features the relationships of the glittering aristocracy with the gentry and working classes
• Breslin’s deeply romantic story, skillful drama, and exquisite historical detail will appeal to fans of Lynn Austin and Francine Rivers
• “Breslin’s debut novel is a must read.” —RT Book Reviews on For Such a Time, Top Pick and 4 ½ stars
With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.
Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.
And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them—or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope.
“Set in Great Britain during the first World War, readers will feel that they have been transported to the world of Downton Abbey. With a great deal of romance, along with intrigue, espionage, and suspense, Breslin creates a tale difficult to put down until its touching, soul-satisfying ending.” —RT Book Reviews
`Not By Sight` is a 20th-century historical fiction book written by author Kate Breslin. Kate Breslin enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family.
The title suggests the Bible verse II Corinthians 5:7, "We live by faith, not by sight." The setting is in London-1917.
Because this is an ebook I was able to look up word meanings that were unfamiliar to me as I read. Example, a lorry is a truck.
The story reminded me of `Beauty and the Beast`. Grace is a beautiful lady who lived next door to a man known as the Tin Man. The Tin Man lived and stayed by himself. Rumors were said that he wore a tin mask and had a hunch back. When Grace did get an up-close view of the Tin Man and his outlandish disguise she couldn't help but think of some eerie, otherworldly being. Yet he wasn't a monster as the rumors were spreading. He was blind and disfigured because of an explosion.
The Tin Man hired Grace to be his eyes and has her drive the countryside looking at the beautiful landscape through her eyes.
This is a beautiful book that fans of historical romance are sure to love. I am positive I will read more books by author Kate Breslin.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
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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