High As The Heavens Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

High as the Heavens, Kate Breslin’s latest book, takes place in German occupied Brussels during World War I. The main character, Eve Marche, leads a double life. Between her duties as a British Red Cross nurse and her work at her aunt and uncle’s cafe, Eve manages to provide intelligence to the Belgian underground resistance group, Le Dame Blanche. There are many twists and turns in High as the Heavens that keep you guessing as the plot unfolds.

Among Eve’s many secrets is the deadly secret that haunts her days and puts a barrier between herself and God’s free gift of grace.

I appreciated all the fascinating well-researched details Breslin populated High as the Heavens with which brought the time period to life, and added authenticity to her story.

For me, though, there were far too many characters to keep track of. I also found the frequent switch from present day 1917 to “three years earlier” in the beginning of the book rather distracting.

With that said, I would recommend High as the Heavens to all those who enjoy reading historical fiction with a touch of romance.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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With Love, Wherever You Are – Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

With Love, Wherever You Are, written by Dandi Daley Mackall, tells the love story of her parents during World War II as each of them served in different areas of Europe. Helen as an Army nurse. Frank as an Army doctor.

Faced with deployment overseas, they decide to marry after a VERY brief time together against their parents’ protests. Their main link during their separation was the letters they daily wrote each other. With the inconsistency of mail delivery, misunderstandings, hurt, and doubt arose in both Helen and Frank that threatened their marriage .

What I appreciated most about With Love, Wherever You Are was the honest way Dandi portrayed her parents and the war. The details included in this story provide a richer understanding of the emotions, fears, doubts, and questions those fighting during World War II struggled with.

If you have an interest in seeing what life was like for those in the Army who had the job of treating the war wounded on foreign soil, then With Love, Wherever You Are may just be the book for you.

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Sandy

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To Follow Her Heart – Book Review

To Follow Her Heart

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

To Follow Her Heart, the third book in Rebecca DeMarino’s Southold Chronicles Series, tells the story of Patience Terry and Jeremy Horton.

As those who read historical romance know, the formula for these books is the heroine and hero end up together by the end of the book. Their journey is what makes the book interesting. So it is a given Patience and Jeremy will marry eventually. However, I found the number of times Jeremy returned to Patience, promised they would marry, only to have him turn around and be off the next day or two, return, leave, and repeat the process over and over and over … rather tedious.

Before I reached the middle of the book Jeremy left and returned so many times, I no longer cared whether they married or not. Perhaps if I read the previous two books I would care more about what happened to these characters.

Although To Follow Her Heart was not the book for me, that’s not to say you won’t enjoy it.

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Sandy

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Anchor in the Storm – Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Sarah Sundin’s historical romance set during World War II, Anchor in the Storm, pharmacist Lillian Avery grows suspicious over the numerous prescriptions for large quantities of the barbiturate, Phenobarbital, that come across her drug store counter. Her suspicions lead to a large drug ring and dangers she could never imagine.

While Lillian works on shore to solve the mystery, her brother’s best friend, Ensign Arch Vandenberg, works on two goals he has in mind as his ship patrols the Atlantic waters hunting for German U-boats that are sinking merchant ships along the East Coast. Win Lillian’s affections, and solve the problem on board ship of sailors reporting to duty too drowsy to function, putting their lives and the lives of those around them in danger.

Will he succeed at accomplishing either goal?

Is there a connection between Lillian’s suspicions and the sailors’ behavior?

When danger looms for both of them, will working together to solve the mystery draw Lillian and Arch closer, or will it push them further apart?

Fears, romance, misunderstandings, danger, accusations, accidents … you’ll find these and more in the pages of Anchor in the Storm. A book full of historical details that bring this time period in our nation’s history to life.

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Sandy

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