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.

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

from the book’s cover . . 

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?