Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Litfuse Review: Grounded Hearts by:Jeanne M. Dickson

 Grounded Hearts
About the Book:
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?

My Review:
 First of all, I love anything dramatically related to wartime. Especially, the romance and this book and its fantastic story has the violence along with the romance throughout. World War II was a touching time of uncertainty. Americans were sticking by their radios for any detail on their loved ones whereabouts as well as the happenings of the war. Many people were ready to take a stand and fight but after many years of no word on their families or the end to this war, many were weary, and rightfully so.

 My father fought in World War II but it was only after much of the war had been fought. He was part of the generation that would take that stand and do it bravely. Nan, the lead character comes from World War II but from a different perspective. She is in Ireland and she has put herself in harms way and it doesn't seem like she will come out on top, but if you know love and romance like I do--she may get a second chance at love by the end of this story.

 Nan knows that it is against the rules of her home country to take in a soldier but yet she has to do something to help him and helping him is exactly what she intends to do. But this secret isn't the only one that Nan holds deep within her heart. Will she give love a second chance and will Dutch accept her past?

 A well written and researched read! The background story was fascinating and lots of fun! The ending was a little different than what I expected, but overall loved the story!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

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