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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.
This story is a worthy tribute to the many brave men and women who served in the background and shadows of the war. The twists, turns, and unknowns kept me on the edge of my seat as the plot unfolded and the characters worked their way into my heart. Due to the nature of this story, my review will be relatively brief in order to avoid spoilers. I highly recommend this book!
Eve is the kind of heroine readers love wholeheartedly! She is a widowed nurse/waitress/spy with a broken heart and a heavy conscience. I admire her courage, intelligence, and loyalty. While she wrestles with her faith and grief, Eve’s work with the Belgian resistance makes it necessary for her to keep secrets from her loved ones and take risks with their safety as well as her own. She must constantly keep her cool while working with hostile coworkers and patients from both sides of the battle.
The challenges and pressures of the folks have who have experienced war at this level are hard to comprehend yet the author gives readers a glimpse of their story. High as the Heavens reveals not only the bravery of the characters but also their heart, resilient spirit, and faith! May we never forget.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
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 first novel, For Such A Time, won American Christian Fiction Writers 2015 Carol Award. Kate’s second novel, Not By Sight released in August, 2015.
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.
What do you like about stories set in times of war, reader friends?