Book Review: High As The Heavens by Kate Breslin (+Goodreads Giveaway)

"She raised a finger to her lips, where he'd kissed her. A slow warmth of assurance spread through her limbs, and she smiled, not a little awestruck. Her birthday wish had come true." (43)

Title:  High As The Heavens
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Audio Release Date:  June 6, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.



I had the pleasure of having author Kate Breslin on the blog a few weeks ago in a little interview to chat about her and her latest release, High as the Heavens. The interview was conducted before I received the book and obviously before I read it. There were quite a few little tidbits about High as the Heavens that I was looking forward to. So I jumped at the open chance I had to read this, and boy am I glad I did. Let's start from the beginning.

Ever since the author's sophomore release, Not By Sight, I've been patiently (*cough cough) waiting for her next one. During the waiting period, I also picked up her debut, For Such A Time and loved it as well. So as you can see, by the time High as the Heavens made its way to my hands, I was in big Kate Breslin withdrawal. I'm happy to say, this one was definitely worth the wait. As you can tell from the opening quote, High as the Heavens have a "melt your heart" type of romance, but it also contains the emotional angst one feels with a very good novel.

From the get go, our main heroine, Evelyn Marche is truly a hero. She spends her days as a nurse, helping people, and at night, a skilled spy for a Belgian resistance group. Her life and those she love are in constant danger, yet her courage and endurance are admirable, even if it was fueled by heartbreak.

"She was caught between two worlds: the one her desperation had forced upon her, and the other a world she'd once dreamed of sharing with him." (69)

Soul rendering, heart pounding, and mind riveting, High as the Heavens is a perfect combination of romance, history and suspense. The spy aspect comes with danger of a double agent lurking closely. Eve and Simon may have more than what Eve's been hiding in her heart to overcome.

"I'm terrified that once you know the truth. . . you'll never look at me again with those same loving eyes, that smile." (203)

Yet, within all the danger, the disappointments, the mis-communications and the uncertainty of the future, there's a message of truth, of love and ultimately of mercy that flies out of the pages and takes hold. Beautifully written and exquisitely told through time jumps, High as the Heavens is one to not miss at all, no matter your genre preference.



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate's third novel, High As The Heavens, releases June, 2017. When she's not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington's beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at www.katebreslin.com.

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6 comments:

  1. Thank for the review and the Goodreads headsup. :)

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    1. Thanks Kay! Good luck! I hope you'll get the chance to read this! Love it!

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  2. Annie, thank you for a fabulous review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading High As The Heavens. And the graphics you created for the story are stunning!

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    1. Aww. Thanks KATE!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

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  3. Lovely review and yes your graphics are really nice.

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    1. Thanks Sharlene. I hope you'll get to read it soon!

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