Title: High as the Heavens
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House
“Would Simon forgive her? Would she ever forgive herself?’ Eve ponders in Kate Breslin’s novel, High as the Heavens.
~ What ~
At four-hundred pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy a romantic historical story of two living in a war-torn environment while working for the underground. Topics of war, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
When British Eve Marche learns her husband has died in an airplane crash, she moves to Brussels with her mother and siblings, only to be caught up in supporting the Belgian resistance when Germans take over the area. As a nurse, she has access to war information that she secretly sends to the spy network, La Dame Blanche.
After saving downed pilot Captain Simon Forrester, the woman must keep her movements in check while hiding the man who means a lot to her from being found by the Boche. As both deal with the guilt and shame of the past, Eve feels she is beyond forgiveness while Simon does all he can to help them find their way.
~ Why ~
With spy operations abounding during World War I, it is hard to know the true loyalties of those struggling to survive. In this story, the main character must come to the point of acceptance as she deals with pretending who she is not, overcoming the atrocities surrounding her, and moving on in life by learning God is always with her.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tales of a war that tragically alter the lives of so many people will avoid this fiction that contains spies, a double agent, and those innocent. Others may feel some of the events that take place seem too easily resolved by the protagonists involved.
~ Wish ~
Although I appreciate Breslin’s accurate depictions, detailed research, extensive war knowledge, and endearing characters who have flaws, I wish the story had a more realistic ending.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a romance during World War I in German-occupied Brussels of two who have to overcome their pasts to survive, this is an engaging story.
Thanks to Bethany House and the author for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.