Title: Not by Sight
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
“I felt I was aiding my country and Colin. I didn’t know Jack would be at the ball, but he was a known pacifist who had dodged the conscription,” Grace confesses in Kate Breslin’s novel, Not by Sight.
This three hundred and eighty-four page paperback targets those who enjoy historical fiction with a blend of romance. Using the word hell, topics of prostitution and espionage may not be appropriate for immature readers. At the end of the story, there are author’s note, a dozen discussion questions, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and advertisements.
In this tale set in 1917 in England, twenty-year-old Grace Mabry’s mantra is “For God, For King, and For Country” when her twin brother goes off to war. The woman who promotes patriotism and woman’s rights will stop at nothing to further the cause, even sneaking into a ritzy masquerade ball and passing out shameful white feathers to those she feels are cowards.
When Jack Benningham receives a feather by the beautiful woman dressed as Pandora, he cannot take his eyes off her; she is seared in his memory. Being the Viscount of Walenford, the Casanova who appears to be a ladies man and conscientious objector has secrets of his own.
When Grace’s father hears of her silly, disgraceful antics at the ball, he agrees to have her and her maid work with the Women’s Forage Corps at a farm near Jack’s his estate. Initially feeling like she cannot do any of her required tasks correctly, she slowly warms up to the other girls in the WFC as she keeps an eye on the mysterious man living nearby.
With spy accusations spreading across Europe such as Mata Hari’s trial, many get caught up in assuming and suggesting false information. With friction between Jack and Grace as well as other characters, the theme of forgiveness, courage, and honesty are weaved between their lives.
Including twists and turns in the plot, the ending is predictable as one learns to trust not by sight but by faith in regard to God and those they love.
Former bookseller and finalist of a Christy and RITA Award, author Breslin lives in Washington with her family.
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