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Nurse Evelyn Marche is a war widow in occupied Belgium with a secret life as a British spy. When a plane crashes nearby, she recognizes the badly injured pilot and risks everything to hide him from the Germans. Even if they both survive, is the truth of what lies between them more than love can overcome?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.
When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bookshelf keeper!August 9, 2017SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A beautifully written and wonderfully thought out story of epic proportions once again! This author knows how to weave a story and grab a hold of your heart strings. I never fail to laugh, cry, cheer and go through all the feels with her stories. She reveals the hardships of war and the realities of those who went through it. Eve and Simon have gone through so much and yet need to keep on being strong enough to make it through the war and hope to be together! The in-depth detail of the spying, Red Cross hospitals, rules of occupied cities, romance in war time, and the horrors of war all made this story real and a page turner. This story deserves the 5 stars!
A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Historical FictionAugust 1, 2017A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book may be unsuitable for some readers. It may contain upsetting subject matter such as; drugs/alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and/or sexual content.
High as the Heavens is the first book that Ive read by Kate Breslin. What impressed me about this author was her ability to say much while saying little. Does that even make sense? This writer pulled me into the scene in a way that let me experience life as it was for her characters. I loved that. I felt as if for the duration of this book, I was transported to another time and place.
As Im sure you can see, if youre reading this review on my blog, Ive attached a trigger warning. I want to talk about that for a moment because I dont want to scare anyone away from this book.
Though it is not graphic, this book contains content that some readers may find upsetting.
I do not with discourage anyone from reading as it is still a good, solid story. But, I feel it is my duty as a reviewer to warn my blog audience about content that may trigger painful memories.
A young widowed woman recalls the horror of a sexual assault through a series of flashbacks. As the story progresses, we also learn of a miscarriage that resulted from the attack. While this scene is not overly graphic, this will be a trigger for some and I felt the need to caution.
Moving along, I loved that this story took place in World War 1. It seems as if most of the historical fiction that I pick up is from the World War 2 era so this was a nice change of pace.
I picked this book up expecting a typical war-torn romance. And while I still feel that some of the story was a bit clicheit was also so much more than that.
While I enjoyed the romance in High as the Heavens, I was more impressed by Eves gutsy acts of rebellion. Eve was a woman who was willing to risk it all to fight for what she believed in.
Christian fiction definitely needs more strong women like Evelyn Marche! I would read more by this author and despite the trigger warning, I would suggest this book to others.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
DaphneWake Forest, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5WW1 Intrique, bravery, reminiscent of true war nurse heroes like Edith Cavell and a love story all in one.July 31, 2017DaphneWake Forest, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If I may first mention two things about "High as the Heavens". Book cover art is what first draws me to a book or can turn me off. The artwork in this case by Kathleen Lynch of Black Kat Designs deserves attention for a beautiful cover that made me want to explore further. The second thing is Kate Breslin's book is published by Bethany House Publishers which indicates quality of story and editing. And it proved true in the case of this historical fiction.
I don't often read historical fiction though I do enjoy history. I think it requires more research by the author and in this case I think Breslin did her homework. I'm more familiar with WWII history than WWI so it made for an interesting story as I explored that time period. The story is from the point of view of Evelyn Marche, a British Red Cross nurse living in Brussels in 1917. Though Breslin's story is fiction it closely aligns with WWI times in Brussels during German occupation. This fiction work does not shy from the atrocities of war but is carefully scripted.
Eve's (aka Evelyn) character is believeable. You have a nurse who honors her profession under difficult times and circumstances when Germans had control of the city and its people. Eve did what was necessary to survive and protect those she loved. Eve's work as a spy is a main plot which was well written. Belgians were proud people and did what they could to protect their own. The story is further complicated when Eve's dead Scottish pilot husband shows up as a wounded soldier and becomes her patient while the German officers grow suspicious putting Eve at risk.
Historically WWI Belgium was a neutral country. There was an economic collapse during the German occupation and survival of those living in Brussels was made difficult as the Germans confiscated much of their resources. It was a time of not knowing who was watching you or whom to trust.
War was not for the faint of heart and the author weaved a good story that helped you connect with the characters. There were some pivotal moments that had my blood pressure up.
The faith thread was there but not overly done or forced. This was my first time reading Kate Breslin's writing and I would be interested in reading her other books. I did receive this book from the publisher in return for my review. I haven't written many reviews and reviews can be subjective. If you enjoy historical fiction particularly this era you will enjoy Breslin's book. I think "High as the Heavens" is a 4.6 star rating for the writing, storyline and historical information. I'm purposely not giving away too much information because that would spoil your fun in reading. Kate Breslin did a great job in description and dialogue to put you in the scene. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
daleenc3 Stars Out Of 5Loved La Dame BlancheJuly 29, 2017daleencQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospiutal and her nights working at a caf... or 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 she is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester, her "dead" husband. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?
Okay. First off... the cover is gorgeous. I absolutelylove the cover. Kudos to Kathleen Lynch! It definitely made picking this book an easier choice. ;)
The second reason I picked this book was because it was about La Dame Blanche. That network has intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. It was composed of 30% female agents... something unheard of at the time and by the end of the war, its 1,300 agents gathered an estimated 70% ofall military intelligence. Amazing or what?
High as the Heavens starts off well. Because of Edith Cavell's (yeah, also look up her. Amazing woman!) work, Evelyn, also a British nurse, has to be extremely careful in her dealings with La Dame Blanche. It helps that she has an Iron Cross to make the soldiers trust her more. She brings home the information to her mother, who then codes the information into lace and sends it to the British. She's playing with fire as her double-agent relationship with Major Reinhardt. To top it all off, members of her local resistance are being arrested because of, she thinks, a traitor in the network. But who?
And then her dead husband arrives.
Yes, the story starts off well.
However, I feel it stalls. I'm sure there are many people who wouldn't agree with me, but it seems like more of the book is about Eve and Simon's relationship than about La Dame Blanche or her other work. I can definitely see how having a resurrecting husband can be a little... interesting, but I picked it up to read about La Dame Blanche!
Other than that little hitch, I loved the book. The plot was amazing, the characters vivid, the traitor devastating, and the ending strong. I liked the peek into the world of La Dame Blanche, learning about the different ways that messages were sent and received, about the ingenuity of people and such. Eve's mother used lace, Zoe used shopping lists. There were hollowed out broomsticks, hastily given messages passed from person to person. Somehow, they made it all the way to safe territory where they could be used for good.
If you like a bit of romance mixed together with the suspense of being an agent, definitely pick this book up. Hopefully, it'll become a new favorite!
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All views are my own.*
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5IncredibleJuly 28, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Voraciously stunning. I couldn't put it down until about two thirds the way through when I was so invested in these characters that I almost didn't want to keep reading because...well....occupied Brussels...resistance groups...spies!!!! I knew it was going to get worse before it got better and I was about jumping out of my skin in fear and trepidation all the while yearning for Eve and Simon to overcome and rejoice in the possibility of a future together. Honestly, my heart was hammering so hard I think I have bruised ribs!
And -- clueless me -- I had no idea there were resistance groups in World War I. Thankfully Kate Breslin has opened my eyes and increased my knowledge in a delightfully captivating way. And be sure to read the author's notes at the back of the book -- even more eye opening and explains the inspiration behind heroine Evelyn Marche.
What an incredible woman! Deeply wounded emotionally but with an inner core of strength that compels her to do amazing things. And I love the contrast the author gives us through flashbacks of Eve before the war. My heart ached for the loss of innocence but I can also see how even the most negative circumstances have shaped the woman she has become.
And Simon with his Scottish bur...fainting couches are a definite requirement for this read! Think brawny and tender and an outrageous tease. When he winks at me...er...at Eve...well, my butterflies have butterflies.
This isn't an easy story to read -- partly because Eve and Simon and a host of other characters are reflections of real life heroes who stood for right in whatever way they could. I dream about having that kind of courage, but I'm honest enough to say I'm not sure I would.
A sensational Historical Romance that educates and inspires even as it entertains.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.