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Kate Breslin’s Not By Sight

In the spring of 1917, all of Britain’s attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country on the front lines. Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, is young and able-bodied but refuses to enlist despite the contempt of his peers.

A wealthy young suffragette, Grace Mabry will do anything to assist her country’s cause. Men like Jack infuriate her when she thinks of her own brother fighting in the trenches of France, so she has no reservations about handing him a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball.

But Grace could not anticipate the danger and betrayal set into motion by her actions, and soon she and Jack are forced to learn the true meaning of courage when the war raging overseas suddenly strikes much closer to home and their fervent beliefs become a matter of life and death.


Kate Breslin’s novel For Such a Time, was a real winner for me. Of course I had to read her next book. My thoughts:

What I liked:

The time period. There are too many books out there that deal with WWI and all the issues it tackled. I felt like the author was able to handle Women’s rights, working during the war, spying, and the horrors of WWI really well without making me, the reader, feel at any point like I was reading a textbook.

Grace. I will admit that sometimes her naivete was annoying, but at the same time she was refreshing. She was excited about life (even when things she set out to do didn’t work out), she was excited about people, and I liked how even though there was a moment of miscommunication, she turns around and fixes it.

Romance. I really enjoyed it because Grace and Jack spent time together, learning how each other ticked.

Beauty and the Beast. This book had so many shades of Beauty and the Beast and since B&B is my favorite fairytale, I loved every reference.

Spiritually, the novel deals with the theme of forgiveness and of course, not walking by sight, but by faith.

What I didn’t like

Some things felt a bit rushed to me.

Romantic Scale: 7.9

Overall, a very cute read. I really enjoyed it.

** I received a copy of this book from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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