Friday, June 23, 2017

High as the Heavens

     BOOK REVIEW:   A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafe.....or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.
      When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgian alive?

      MY REVIEW:   This book tells the story of Eve Marche, a Red Cross nurse fighting for freedom while working among the Germans. She uses her job to collect intel for the Allies, but is hounded by a co-worker to report for the Germans. Add to all this the mysterious British pilot who crashes over her town. But wait, she knows this pilot! This launches a risky venture to save him from the Germans who want to imprison him as a spy. Little do they know, he is more than just a spy. He is....... ah, a surprise!
     I won't tell you who the pilot is, though it comes out early on in the book. When I read the cover, I missed the part about Eve knowing who the pilot was, so I was quite surprised to find out his identity while reading. This only made the story more interesting, I thought.
     Eve is battling memories from early in the war, when she and her family were forced to flee their home. As the story progresses, she finds the courage and faith she needs to share these memories and be free from their hold.
     As with all groups risking everything to pass intel on to one another, there are traitors around. And people who seem to know more than they should. How to tell if one is true or not? Involved or well-informed? Trustworthy or traitor? It all makes me quite content to have missed that era! :)
     This is not the first book Kate Bresslin has written. Her first is For Such a Time, set in 1944. Her second is Not by Sight, set in WWI. High as the Heavens is her third book.
   I received a copy of this book from BETHANY HOUSE per their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. 

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