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    Christian Historical Mystery Suspense Romance Thri

    Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin is a Christian Historical with mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. I confess to being biased, having enjoyed all of the author’s previous books. The setting is in the World War I Europe and has many interesting historical details of the people, places and era. There is plenty of action with espionage and spies with unknown loyalties. I enjoyed reading about the commitment and trust in God resulting in changed lives of some of the characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book.
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    Adventure, Love and Stopping the War!

    The constant noise of WWI bombs exploding in France is unnerving for Lieutenant Colin Mabry as he translates coded messages snuck out by homing pigeons. Despite being across the water in England, he can clearly hear them. When translating one day, he is surprised to discover one of the messages is addressed to Colin from Jewel. She is the young woman behind enemy lines who tended his wounds, and gave her love to him. She writes that Colin is the only one she trusts, and he must come to Paris to help her. As a war veteran who suffers nightmares from battles that almost took his life—and did take his arm—Colin fights PTSD constantly. His states his strong faith in God has given him the strength to carry on. The idea of going to Paris where bombing takes place day and night is unwelcome. But Colin has never forgiven himself for not taking Jewel when he left, and vows he will help her this time. Before leaving, Colin is warned that Paris is full of spies, and Jewel might be one of them. She wouldn’t be the first to play on a soldier’s feelings to gain information or capture. He pushes on, but arrives in Paris to discover Jewell isn’t there. Instead, another woman claims to want to take Colin to her, but is she a spy? A simple meeting turns into an escapade that will include journeying through many areas with people he shouldn’t trust, with others he should, but not always picking the right ones. He rubs shoulders with notorious spies, traitors, and attempts to save something that just might end the war. This is a thrilling story that will open the eyes of readers to what it was like to be a part of WWI, including fun information about how much homing pigeons helped the war effort. It is easy to put yourself in the shoes of Colin, and understand how he feels. A romance develops that seems doomed the more the story develops, and the entire tale is told from a very clear Christian point of view. I enjoyed this 5-star book and recommend it to lovers of history, thrillers, and romance. Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Far Side of the Sea, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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    Historical Romance at its best

    With her fourth novel, Far Side of the Sea, Kate Breslin once again expertly gives a glimpse into the life and time of World War I. With vivid portrayals of the elegance and beauty of the French countryside and architect, the charm of an English wedding as well as the despair and deceit of war, I was drawn into the story immediately and captivated to the last page. Johanna is an outrageous and daring young woman who is willing to do anything and go anywhere to find a sister she has never even met. Colin, hero extraordinaire, is compelled to go back into the fray of the war to rescue the woman he left behind. As Colin and Johanna meet and begin their mission, they find an adventure of a lifetime. Watching their story unfold is almost magical as they take risks, overcome obstacles, and oftentimes do not know who they can trust. And yet throughout it all, Colin recognizes that what first looked like a mistake, his return to Paris, might just have been in God's plan after all and Johanna begins to recognize that she can trust God to guide her and to always be with her. The author does an excellent job keeping the reader's interest in historical events and intriguing details of WWI. The information regarding the use of carrier pigeons was fascinating. I enjoyed her occasional word plays such as one character's use of the alias Monsieur Outis which is a Greek word meaning nobody. Far Side of the Sea is a captivating story of overcoming fears and guilt, of the intrigue and suspense of war, and a beautiful romance. For lovers of historical romance, not to be missed. I read a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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    What a Grand Reading Experience!

    4.5 stars "We've had quite the adventure together, haven't we, Lieutenant?" When British Lieutenant Colin Mabry is skillfully coerced into a covert meeting with a women he feared to be dead, his life takes on new meaning. . . . .if he remains alive to live it. However, it's a stranger who meets him in Paris; a lovely young woman with her half-sister's diary and a fiery determination to find the woman that Colin once fancied himself to love, but regrettably left behind to brave the ravages of war-torn France on her own. Johanna Reyer is also following her father's trail; a man who spoke with both tenderness and regret upon their only meeting. Working at a dovecote for the French Army Intelligence, Johanna is well versed in subterfuge, which proves to be a distinct advantage, for it's going to take every bit of military savvy that Colin Mabry possesses to lead Johanna through the twisted trails of messages and messengers that they encounter on their trek across France and Spain. In reality, their mission is not at all what it seems. What a sweet, brilliant mix of hold-your-breath intrigue and be-still-my- heart romance! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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    Mystery, intrege romance

    This book has mystery, romance, history and spies. I found it an entertaining fast read. It had many twists and turns in it. I liked reading about how Intelligent Agencies used carrier pigeons in WWI. It was interesting how you couldn’t always tell whose side someone was on. Reading this book and other historical fiction books has helped me to enjoy history. I find myself researching the different things mentioned in the book. Far Side of the Sea is the first book I’ve read of Kate Breslin’s. It will not be the last one I read of hers. Although it is the second book it can be read as a stand-alone. I am thankful to have received a copy of Far Side of the Sea from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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