Category Archives: World War 1

Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. And.. Maisie is unlike any other detective I’ve ever read about. She is the epitome of rising above stereotypes and circumstances, and an inspiration to me. 

The mystery in this first Maisie Dobbs novel is interwoven with a heartachingly told tale of love found and snatched away by the cruelty of war. It tells of Maisie’s early years and how she comes from an impoverished family… and doesn’t let anything stop her or stand in the way of learning everything she can. Her background story is told bit by bit as it fits into the mystery storyline. A voracious reader, hard worker, and loyal friend, Maisie Dobbs uses her uniquely perceptive approach to detective work to solve nontraditional cases. 

This book was my first by Jacqueline Winspear, and I really found it a delight. Rita Barrington was an excellent choice for the reading of the audio book; she occasionally switched accents/dialects in the middle of what someone was saying, which I found a little confusing, but I would listen to more books read by her. 

I would liken this book to a cup of tea. Sweet, but not overly. There’s a lot of hard in this story, but it’s beautiful at the same time. 


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High as the Heavens, by Kate BreslinĀ 

The tension of living in war-torn Belgium and France is very well-captured in this book. A World War 1 story, it covers an era that I don’t know nearly as well as WW2.

High as the Heavens tells us of Eve, a young woman who finds herself in Brussels, caught up in more levels of intrigue and deceit than she even realizes. Due to guilt she carries around with her through each moment of her present life, Eve believes herself unlovable and unforgivable.

Eve unexpectedly recognizes a victim in a plane crash, and the resulting danger in which she finds herself carries Eve and those close to her into some very dark places. This book is a beautiful picture of the hope that can only be found in Jesus. I love how Eve’s heart battle for hope and faith is so very real on these pages. It’s something that’s been difficult for me to read over the course of this summer (resulting in this book taking me much longer to read than it normally would) but so so necessary because of the beautiful hope that is reinforced.

I honestly can’t speak highly enough of Kate Breslin’s work – she may only have three novels in print thus far, but each of these three books is truly a story that will draw you in and make you forget that you’re not right there, going about everyday life with these beloved characters.

I would classify this book as a spicy chai, because of the deeply rich layers of flavor. Please read this book.

I was honored to be on the launch team for this book and received a copy in exchange for my honest review.


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Not By Sight, by Kate Breslin

Do you ever find that you don’t want to finish reading a book? That’s how I was with this one. Not because I didn’t want to read it, and not because I didn’t want to know how everything was going to play out.. but because I simply didn’t want my time with my friend Grace to be over. And that’s exactly how I see the heroine of this truly beautiful book.. as my friend.

Not By Sight is the tale of Grace Mabry, a young woman with high ideals and even higher ambitions. She has her sights set on gaining the vote for women, as well as on doing everything she can to aid in World War 1 so that her brother can come home. She is a fiery spirit who goes to great lengths showing her loyalty as a friend.

It is also Jack Benningham’s story. Jack, who is quite the dashing, handsome, ladies’ man with a reputation.. but also Jack, to whom there is so much more than meets the eye.

This historical novel is so very aptly named. Throughout its pages, both Grace and Jack learn, on several different levels, what it really means to live and walk by faith.. and Not By Sight. From chasing potential spies to helping friends make a new start in life, from learning who to trust (and how to trust them) to navigating the complex nature of love, the fact that all is not always as it seems becomes increasingly obvious to them. Even when we think we know the right path, it’s important to keep at the forefront of our minds that “it’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going” (2 Corinthians 5:7, The Message).

Trusting God even when we can’t see how things could possibly work out.. this is what this book is all about. Whether it is through compensating for physical blindness or more on a spiritual level, the stars of this sweet story are confronted with learning to walk by faith at every turn and pothole in the road.

I highly recommend this Beauty and the Beast tale that Kate Breslin has woven. Personally, I think I’d classify it as a chicken salad sandwich type book. How did I come to this conclusion, you ask? This is something I’ve been considering since early on in my reading, and I decided on a chicken salad sandwich because it has substance.. this book has much meat to it, but also sweetness. I like craisins and apples in my chicken salad, so the combination of substantial meat to fill me up while at the same time getting the sweet flavor and variety of chewy versus crispy with the apples, craisins, and maybe a few nuts.. well, it seemed like the perfect comparison.

*I have had the privilege and honor of being on Kate Breslin’s launch team for Not By Sight and received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Historical fiction, Kate Breslin, Spies, World War 1