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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.
“. . . a timeless love story. . . . Breslin has done her research, unfolding her story with impeccable attention to historical detail.”— Library Journal
“Breslin’s latest has non-stop action and intrigue set in the fascinating time period of World War I. The characters are detailed and realistic, reflecting emotions that speak to a broad audience in any era. The storyline is intricately plotted and filled with incredible detail that will keep readers engaged and desperate to know what will happen. The romance is tender and the historical events are captivating, making this a book that is not to be missed.”— RT Book Reviews Top Pick
rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful ReadSeptember 20, 2017rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Overview: High as the Heavens was written by Kate Breslin. It takes place during World War I in German-occupied Brussels and follows the story of Evelyn Marche.
Evelyn has suffered much at the hands of the Germans-the death of her husband, the loss of her brother and sister, and the indignities of treating the Germans she works for, and is forced to house in her familys home, with respect while they go about destroying the land that she loves.
But Evelyn has a secret. She is a spy for the Belgian resistance, and when she discovers that her brother and sister might still be alive in France, she determines she must do whatever it takes to save them.
All her plans change however, when a British plane crashes and she discovers Captain Simon Forrester in the wreckage. Can she save Simon from the Germans? Will she find her brother and sister? And what can she do when she discovers that someone is using her code name to leak resistance intelligence to the enemy?
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. I enjoy reading historical fiction-especially those books that take place during World Wars 1 and 2-and this one was a delight to read. The author did a wonderful job describing what it would be like to live as a civilian during the war-everything to the lack of decent food, to the fact that people were forced to house German soldiers in their homes. I really felt like I was in the story, and could see how this was affecting the people of that time period.
The story is well-written, with tons of action, plot twists, and a nice love story to boot. I dont believe I have read anything by Kate previously, but this book definitely made me want to read more.
This was a wonderful book, and one I will be keeping on my shelves. If you enjoy war-time books, or books that are filled with action and suspense and a romantic twist-this one is for you. Enjoy!
And, as always, I am grateful to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Thank you!
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5World War IISeptember 7, 2017rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't normally read "war" books, but what an amazing World War II Christian Fiction and it has made me want to pursue reading others in the future! This one kept me reading page after page after page. With all the situations that the characters were facing with war coming, it being all around them and everything, it was really intense and exciting to follow. To see a glimpse in a fictional way of what those days looked like for the people living through... WOW. The author, Kate, does an amazing job at painting this historical fiction in such a way that it will bring you anticipation, fear and relief with other feelings along the way.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent WWI fiction!August 31, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Due to the nature of this story, my review will be relatively brief in order to avoid spoilers. I highly recommend this book!
Eve is the kind of heroine readers love wholeheartedly! I admire her courage, intelligence, and loyalty. While she wrestles with her faith and grief, Eve's work with the Belgian resistance makes it necessary for her to keep secrets from her loved ones and take risks with their safety as well as her own.
The challenges and pressures of the folks have who have experienced war at this level are hard to comprehend yet the author gives readers a glimpse of their story. High as the Heavens reveals not only the bravery of the characters but also their heart, resilient spirit, and faith! May we never forget.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent war storyAugust 28, 2017Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book had a slightly darker tone than Im used to in the historical books I read because of the setting and storyline. It was a different take on World War I than what I've read before with the heroine of the story already being married yet not being with her husband. I liked the few flashbacks of Simon & Evelyn's love story. It made me root for them that much more. I also liked that the ending wasn't completely happy because it made it more realistic and still maintained the overall tone of the book. The ending still brought a close to Simon & Evelyn's story just with not everything resolved as the war hadn't ended. It is an excellent book for those who enjoy war stories and prefer some darker or more melancholy themes.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Underwhelming storyAugust 24, 2017LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2This review is a struggle for me...when I requested High As The Heavens from Bethany House for their blogger review program, I didn't know the main characters were Catholic. As a protestant Christian I wish that the religious background had been referenced in the book's description.
I have a very high standard that I expect from Bethany House Publishers books; High As The Heavens, while an entertaining story at times, did not meet that standard. High As The Heavens was an okay read, it was not bad, but nothing really stood out to me. I found the plot to be underwhelming, the characters lacked likability, and the faith themes were weak.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.