Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M Dickson

A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson was a well written and heart warming story detailing an aspect of WWII that is not usually present in WWII novels. Ireland is not typically a setting used or discussed in the WWII books I read, and it was very interesting to see the decisions this Irish community had to make concerning aiding an RAF pilot when they secretly were in support of his mission. I thought that the plot line was engaging and included sufficient suspense, danger, and romance for me to devour the novel in one sitting. I really enjoyed the characters, particularly Nan and Dutch. I loved Nan's community, especially her closest friends, and how they looked after one another and pulled together when time called for it. The other minor characters also had many different quirks and amusing characteristics that helped me remember them as the reader and added flavour and depth to the story. Nan and Dutch were both well developed and interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how Dutch and other characters slowly were able to help Nan move past her guilt and realize that she is forgiven by God. There were some aspects of the theology in this novel that I did disagree with, but it did add authenticity to the area where Nan lived. Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I cannot wait to read more of Jeanne Dickson's novels. 

I received this novel from Litfuse Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
Landing Page for other Grounded Hearts Reviews:  http://litfusegroup.com/author/JMDickson

About the author:

Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer's conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
Find out more about Jeanne M. at http://www.jeannemdickson.com.
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