Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Kate Breslin has delivered another intriguing story in her new historical novel Not by Sight. Set during WWI, Breslin introduces us to wealthy, bold Grace Mabry, a suffragette wanting to do her part for the war effort.

Breslin seamlessly weaves the devastating details of a war weary country with Grace’s struggles to do her part to help her brother who is fighting in France. As Grace forges ahead and joins the Women’s Forage Corps, she encounters Jack Benningham, a wealthy young man she hoped to never see again. Jack is injured and hiding from life, while Grace must learn to live as a farm laborer instead of a wealthy socialite.

I love how Breslin develops the characters of Grace and Jack and how as their stories intertwine and progress, they become more authentic and human. With historically rich details and compelling supporting characters and sub-plots, Breslin shows us a vivid portrayal of people struggling to survive the physical and emotional scars of war, and of people who find hope in difficult circumstances.

I highly recommend reading Not by Sight for the moving story and historical drama Breslin shares with us. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Not by Sight by Kate Breslin for my candid review.

Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes

I have loved reading every novel in Michele Paige Holmes’ Hearthfire Romance series and Marrying Christopher was no exception. The unexpected plot, authentic characters, and touching romance are essential elements that I have come to anticipate in Michele’s novels.

Christopher and Marsali meet as fellow passengers on the new Amanda May steam ship while traveling to America. Amid an eclectic group of passengers, Christopher and Marsali find they are attracted to each other despite Marsali indenture in Virginia and Christopher’s desire to establish a new life before marrying.

With true skill Michele Paige Holmes creates a delightful story of making the best of hard situations. I particularly enjoyed the historical aspect of the stream ship and how she wove those details effortlessly into her story. I received a complimentary copy of Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes for my candid review.