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Number of Pages: 337
Vendor: Waterfall Press
|Publication Date: 2017|
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?
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5CharmingAugust 14, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I've spent time in Ireland and frankly always been displeased with the issue of their WWII neutrality; based upon their hatred for England and strong IRA influence. Having said that, "Grounded Hearts" was charming from beginning to end. The plot lines, characters, setting, and conflicts were well-developed and moved at a solid pace. Yes, some parts were predictable, others not. This is my first read by this author and I'm hoping she continues with Tuda, Juliet, or Kelly. These characters all have a lot to share. Some reviews were critical of the influence of Catholicism on Nan - I find that odd; given So. Ireland in primarily Catholic. I appreciated a heroine with a highly defined sense of her faith and how to stay its course.
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5An enjoyable book to readAugust 7, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4There was a lot about this book that made me excited to read it. The first is that it is a story set in Ireland. Having family that were from Ireland, I'm always looking for books that help me grow in my knowledge of Ireland and it's history. Historical fiction is a fun way to learn about history! The second is the opening sentence on the back of the book: "In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral." I never knew that somehow! I guess so much emphasis in school is put on the other countries, so I never knew this about Ireland. Right away, it told me that history was to be found within these pages.
One thing that stood out to me in the story was that the "flaw" in these characters didn't overpower the huge risk that they both had to take. Sometimes authors add in insecurity, not wanting to trust again, or other things that actually take away from a story like this. She does have guilt, but it's not portrayed in the way where you get a little frustrated with the way it has drawn itself out. For these characters, all they needed was the risk. Anything else would have been too much, so I was glad that she didn't add to it. Instead Nan, who is the midwife, and Whitney, the RAF pilot, are confident people. They aren't afraid to take a risk, especially because they kind of have to.
Some parts were a little predictable. In some places, it read exactly like other books have played out. I was looking for something new to help set it apart from other World War II fiction novels. It did set itself apart by the focus on Ireland, but I felt like it could do a little more to make it an unforgettable story.
I would definitely recommend others to read this book, even though she's a rather new author. However, I would do so with the mindset that she's going to be an author to watch progress over the next few books that she writes. She's going to be one, in my opinion, that gets better and better and will be at the top of my list of favorites!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Frosty5 Stars Out Of 5Really Enjoyed this StoryJuly 18, 2017FrostyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grounded Hearts tells a beautiful story of strong women in Ireland in World War 2. I didn't know that Ireland was neutral during World War 2, nor did I know anything about their internment camps. Jeanne M. Dickson did her homework on the history of the area and the role Ireland played during the war. I like the main character, midwife Nan. She has a heart of gold, that's been broken. Yet, she's selfless when it comes to taking care of others. I love the strong and loyal bond the women of the story share, as well as the setting. Nan's cottage is cozy. Then there is the flyboy, "Dutch". He's a strong, yet tender man who wants nothing more than to fly his fighter plane against the evils of Hitler. As I read the book, I didn't want to put it down. It's not a gentle inspirational book. Instead, the story deals with emotions, passion, sin, war, and love. The men of Ireland were drinkers and the women said what was on their minds. But the story is a beautiful tale of redemption, second chances, forgiveness, loyalty, and love. If you enjoy honest, historical fiction, you'll want to read Grounded Hearts. I give it five stars for the excellent writing and moving story. I received this book for free.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Ireland during the Second World WarJuly 18, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grounded Hearts by new to me author Jeanne M. Dickson was a World War II story that takes place in Ireland, who declared neutrality. This was the first time I had read a novel during that time period that took place on neutral grounds and I found the historical information fascinating. We have a small town/village of people that know each other very well and are oftentimes in everyone's business and all around busy bodies.
The story focuses on midwife and widow, Nan who happens to have a knock on her door one night from the downed and injured RAF bomber pilot Dutch Whitney. Cursing the fact that she has been drawn into his struggle to escape imprisonment and more the dire need of his health, Nan does all she can on her own. I appreciated how the author showed the comradeship of women, especially when Nan had to seek outside help. The women did not just sit around in Ireland but were actually very much involved in the war effort, at least in this novel.
There are quite a few characters that make up this eccentric cast: the priest, the town drunk, and the officers of the LDF, especially the officer Finn who doesn't know how to take no for an answer, and of course all of Nan's close friends.
Secrets abound, especially one that lays heavy upon Nan, and there is an instant attraction between her and Dutch. I liked how the author showed the women in this era as strong and fully capable individuals even though most of the men looked at them as just weak and ogled them more than not. This novel was rich in time, place, and characterization that the country of Ireland became alive to me. This read almost like a miniseries and I think it would be a great one dealing with midwifery, small town, war and the war efforts from a neutral country and all the politics that entailed. I look forward to more from the pen of author Dickson.
I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Superb WWII romance!July 15, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grounded Hearts fully captured my attention and reader heart! This book is delightfully immersive and engaging and reading it is an experience I won't soon forget!
The rich setting and intriguinghistorical circumstances saturate the story with a cozy rainy day atmosphere. Bake some cookies and grab your favorite blanket, reader friends, you won't want to put this one down!
Nan O'Neil is a compassionate and self-sacrificing young woman in need of a big ol' hug! The demands of her position as the village midwife and the hardships she has faced weigh her down.
Dutch Whitney is a natural leader and protector with a strong sense of duty. He has a wholesome boy-next-door charm and a genuine tender heart. I can't think of anything Idon'tlike about Dutch!
Overall, I am amazed and delighted that this is Ms. Dickson's debut novel, just WOW! I can't wait to read more stories from this promising author.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through Litfuse. The opinions expressed are my own.