There 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! Read more reviews about this book at http://litfusegroup.com/author/jmdickson.
Grounded Hearts (Waterfall Press, July 2017)
A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.
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?
JEANNE M. DICKSON
Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.