About the Book:
In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life–a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield.
Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel’s half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel’s diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.
When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.
Far Side of the Sea is my first read by author Kate Breslin. As soon as I read the Book Blurb, I said to my husband, “if this book is everything it promises to be, it’s going to be good.” Far Side of the Sea did not disappoint.
I loved learning so many new things about WWI, the carry pigeons specifically. This book was intriguing and mysterious. You never knew who to trust and it kept you on your toes.
Far Side of the Sea is heavily descriptive and slow of pace (it took a main character a page and a half to dress). Personally, I enjoyed all the descriptions. I love reading about the way of life in the past, but some readers may find this excessive.
I recommend this book for history lovers and suspenseful spy stories.
The only element I found disappointing was that the author used a version of the Bible that did not exist at the time of the story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions 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 debut novel, For Such A Time, was shortlisted for both the Christy and RITA awards and received the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 Carol Award for Debut Novel. Kate’s third novel, High As The Heavens, released 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 http://www.katebreslin.com.