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    •°o•:*:•.LIKE READING A MEMOIR.•:*:• o°•

    Opening Scripture: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12 ** This story is filled with intrigue and takes place during WWI. It focuses on the Marche family and how war has torn them apart and turned their worlds into something inside a bad dream. It is a very real look at what it must have been like to live during those times and cling desperately to hope, faith, and your loved ones, never knowing what the next moment might hold. There is a gentle romance, but it takes a back seat to the reality of living, operating and SPYING within a small, German occupied town. The horrors the people faced are unimaginable, and yet, where our world seems to be headed today, it is a good reminder of how to survive and what may await us in the days ahead. Eve March is beyond brave, as are her brother and sister who now survive far from their family. Even her own frail mother, who weaves secret messages into lace collars blew me away. There are multiple daring rescues that kept my stomach in knots. In many instances, the book jumps back and forth between flashbacks and the present, and also gives you a look at multiple characters point of view. I thought it all worked well. The story is well written, albeit a heavy topic. The descriptions and attention to detail are extensive. I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Being clever is the only way to survive.

    High as the Heavens, by Kate Breslin is an incredibly well-written historical novel that gives the reader a fresh understanding of the severity of World War I on the Belgian homefront. The severity that brings to light the devastation and losses of war--loss of limb, livelihood and often life is softened with the grace of relationships with those who are loved and can be trusted and with the hope that lights the soul and brings anticipation of joy. Eve, an English nurse working in a German run hospital in Belgium, is living by her wits in the midst of the enemy. She is beautiful, competent and yet full of secrets. Simon, a British pilot, is injured in a plane crash in Belgium. Eve wears a German Iron Cross award? Why? Can he trust Eve with his life? Was there any hope for a relationship? What was in her past that continues to haunt her? Would the nightmares ever stop? Would guilt continue to hold her hostage? The author draws the reader in immediately with the richness of the characters and their emotions--they resonate in one's soul. Anguish, grief, fear, regret, remorse come across so realistically. Readers early on are compelled to see that war destroys more than men. Dreams, hopes, love, they are all tainted by so much death. Relationships are fraught with secrets ad half-truths. The intrigue of war clearly stands out as the author has done her research and tells of spy networks, secret passageways, everyday people working together to get messages to the Allies, traitors and dangerous escapes. The plot is strong with a number of twists and turns. The tension and suspense are powerfully riveting. High as the Heavens is an amazing story of the courage and conviction of individuals fighting in a war, and some who are fighting a war within. The strong thread of a faith in a God who extends mercy is interwoven with the story of friends and family who would do anything for each other because that truly is what matters most. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
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    Riveting!

    Set in Belgium and (briefly) France against the backdrop of World War I, this novel is absolutely riveting! British nurse Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at her uncle and aunt's café...so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group. When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts alarmingly high, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive? Kate Breslin works this novel amazingly well. She pulls the reader into the drama seamlessly and weaves it all together so very well. The intrigue and danger of that time in history is played out and played well indeed. Her research is impeccable and her dramatization of the era is spot on. Every move Eve makes, she is watched, everything she does is watched. She must be so incredibly careful in everything, even tiny details, to avoid being shot as a spy. Breslin makes this time in history come alive for the reader and I was on pins and needles through the last half of the book! I enjoyed it tremendously. Highly recommended. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are my own and honest.
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