Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Grounded Hearts By Jeanne M. Dickson

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity and the author for no charge, in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

My Thoughts:  

Grounded Hearts is the latest book from Jeanne M. Dickson and it is fantastic. I absolutely love to read debit books and authors and Jeanne M. Dickson is definitely a new author that is one my to read list. Besides this book being a debut it is also Christian Historical Fiction and Romance, so this book really drew my interest. Jeanne M. Dickson writes with authority on: World War II, our world during this time, Ireland,Canada, midwifery, and RAF pilots (Flyboys). As a fan of Historical Fiction I have read many books about WWII but haven't ever read about Ireland during this time. I love learning new things and this book definitely taught me a lot. I am part Irish and I am Catholic so I found a real connection with this book. I could not put this book down, start to finish it kept my interest and left me wanting more, signs of a great book. I truly enjoyed the cast of characters, the character that I really connected with is Nan O'Neil. She is Irish Catholic and she lives the Catholic life. Her Catholicism guides everything Nan does including the Catholic church’s views on suicide, confession, doing penance, Saints, and worship. Her heart to want to help Dutch, despite Ireland's neutrality law, which if Nan is caught, she faces imprisonment. As Nan takes care of Dutch, they find a connection that is so strong. I loved learning about my roots in this book. I found myself feeling a spectrum of emotions, I found myself laughing, holding my breath, and crying. This book really touched me. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction Historical Romance, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Jeanne M. Dickson, she is a must read author. I give this book 5 STARS. 

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