Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Year: 2019
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SG’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sarah Grace’s Review
The author of just four published novels, Breslin writes with a polish and finesse that few more experienced authors have. The attention to detail is incredible, as if each and every word is chosen with specific care. And the amount of historical detail she includes in her novels is always spectacular. I love a historical author that can teach me something about the time period.
I was so excited to finally read Colin’s story. We got only a brief glimpse of him in Not by Sight, but I already knew he was a character with the potential for so much depth. And Breslin did not disappoint on this front. Lieutenant Mabry is such a complex and realistic character, you can’t help but empathize with him. Literally from page one, I fell in love with him. Johanna Reyer, our female MC, is also an incredibly multiplex character, and I particularly related to her love of her sister and father and her desire to be reunited with them.
This story, set mainly in WW1 France, is full of intrigue, spies, suspense, and so much historical beauty. What a stellar combination! I could not put this down. Both plot and characters kept me engaged from the very beginning and I didn’t want to let them go at the end. The complexity of this story is so mind-blowing. Hats off to the author! I particularly loved the historical and regional accuracy in the dialogue. From the accents and the French and Catalan language included, all the way down to the lovely British phrases. With the attention to detail in both dialogue and description, I felt like I was living the story along with the characters. I savored every word of this magnificent story.
The themes of faith, purpose, and love spread throughout this book just put everything over the top. I was so inspired by these characters and their journey.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed Breslin’s newest release, and Far Side of the Sea only cements this author’s place as one of my favorites. If you enjoy suspense, intrigue, history (particularly WW1-related history), spy stories, and sweet romance, definitely check this one out! I promise you won’t regret it.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review; these are my honest thoughts and opinions.