Revisiting the Mabry family from Not by Sight (you should read it if you haven’t!), this book follows the story of Colin, a veteran whose life was forever changed with his war injuries and experiences. He’s taken a job decoding messages received from carrier pigeons, and when he discovers one that’s directed at him, Colin decides he has no choice but to travel to Paris to take action and keep a promise he made.
Colin is surprised when he meets Johanna, having not expected this spunky young woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and those she loves. The two of them set out on a daring rescue mission to find Johanna’s sister, the puzzle piece that Colin and Johanna have in common.
This is such a fast-paced book that keeps the reader turning pages while following along on this adventure. With World War 1 in full swing, nobody knows who is to be trusted, and many risks are necessary. The faith element included is beautiful and thought provoking while not being at all preachy.
Kate Breslin’s latest is truly an excellent read, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The research and care that go into her books are impeccable. I also love the audio book, which is read by Sarah Zimmerman. She is one of the best audio book readers I’ve ever heard, with accents and expression that further put the listener right in the middle of the story.
Having never really ever known much about the Easter Rising in Ireland until just recently, it surprised me to find that it factors into the background of Far Side of the Sea.
I think I’ll compare this book to potato soup. Think creamy soup with potatoes, carrots, celery, onion. Bacon crumbled on top, with green onion and cheese sprinkled on. Really, really good, with substance that fills you in the best of ways.