Review: Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

"You have an injury resulting from an act of bravery. And despite what you may think, it does not change who you are." (217)

Title: Far Side of the Sea
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance

In 1918 England, Lieutenant Colin Mabry spends his days decoding messages for MI8 after suffering injuries at the front. When he receives an urgent summons by carrier pigeon from Jewel Reyer--a woman who saved his life and whom he believed to be dead--he can only hope he'll regain the courage he lost on the front lines as he's driven back into war-torn France. 

But Jewel isn't the one waiting for him in Paris. Instead, it is a stranger who claims to be her half sister, Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence. She found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive and in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust grows.

That trust is quickly put to the test, however, when their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot and their search for answers quickly turns into a battle for their lives.


"We've had quite the adventure together, haven't we, Lieutenant?" (338)

Adventure it is! Readers will pick up this riveting tale of history filled with spies, love, and war and fall in love! Kate Breslin has done it again in her latest, Far Side of the Sea. 

Kate Breslin always manages to instill such great and rich historical details in her stories that are educational as well as entertaining. It's been a while since Not by Sight, so it took a few more chapters into Far Side of the Sea for me to remember Colin Mabry. However, despite that, it was quite easy to read this as a new standalone novel. One characteristic of the author's writing that I particularly love is her ability to really develop each of her main characters. With depth and an inspirational thread that dives and leaves a mark on readers' minds, both Colin and Johanna, even secondary characters like Petit left an impression.

". . . the man I love would be perfectly whole in my eyes. Because my heart would see his integrity, his humor, his kindness, and his wit. It would see his honor." (217)

From the first page to the last, intrigue, suspense, lingering and the build up of romance lead readers on a compelling and exciting journey with war and danger lurking in the background. Add in a sweet inspirational message will keep readers going until the very last page.

"God sees us with the heart . . . Today, tomorrow and forever." (217, 367)

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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A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. 

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