A World War I story that is unique, engaging, and romantic? Look no further than Kate Breslin’s The Far Side of the Sea. I mean, nothing says romance like Paris and carrier pigeons, right?
About the Book
In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life–a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield.
Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel’s half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel’s diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.
When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.
In My Opinion
I look forward to every book with Kate Breslin’s name on the cover and snapped up the opportunity to read her March release. Astute readers will remember briefly meeting Colin Mabry in Not By Sight. And now he gets his own book.
This World War I romance introduced me to the use of carrier pigeons during the war. The entire book is so well researched, I felt like I was right there with these characters are they travel from England to France to Spain.
Now, let’s talk Colin and Johanna, a hero and heroine who are excellently developed through the course of the story. Despite Colin’s past war experiences—which certainly could make a man bitter—this particular man is kind, loyal, and filled with integrity. And Johanna. Oh, I just loved her. She’s courageous yet vulnerable, and sometime just a tad hilarious (as are Colin’s thoughts toward her schedule-keeping).
The mystery woven throughout Far Side of the Sea is revealed in a way that leaves several surprises in store for readers. A romance that seems doomed to fail steadily takes root in the midst of danger, and the spiritual thread is spot-on.
Bottom line, if you haven’t read a book by Breslin yet, you need to so why not start here?
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