My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.
Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country's cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she'll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.
And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them--or the faith they'll need to maintain hope.
This was a really good book! The story flowed smoothly and you are drawn into it from the first. There are twists and turns that you don't anticipate. And although the espionage and intrigue is more behind the scenes, it does fuel aspects and attitudes in the book. Most of the book focuses on Grace and Jack's relationship. And although Grace can be quite feisty and Jack can be somewhat grumpy, they develop a sweet relationship that will make you laugh and cry!
I really liked the character of Grace. She's fiercely patriotic and although she's a wealthy suffragette, she's willing to work hard to help provide for the troops. She's a little naive but she does show character growth during the story. She's loyal to her friends and is caring and giving to everyone she meets.
Jacks's character is a little less likable but the reasons for this are understandable and he does mellow as the story goes on. I loved how he supported and encouraged Grace to be more descriptive of what she was seeing in order to enhance her novelist aspirations. Grace, in turn, helps Jack to start living again and to not be afraid of the future.
When the espionage escalates and the danger becomes real, the betrayals will force Jack and Grace to make decisions that will change their lives. They also learn to lean on their faith in God to bring them through the hard times.
*Thanks to Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.*
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE AUTHOR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is the author of For Such A Time and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com