Litfuse Publicity Group: Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson (Review + Giveaway!)
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?
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Grounded Hearts is just the book I was looking for having come off of watching My Mother and Other Strangers (WWII drama set in Ireland) on PBS this past week. I'm such a sucker for a WWII story and Grounded Hearts is one of the best I've read in the genre in a long while. Ms. Dickson paints Ireland with the brush of seasoned artist. I could feel the cool mud of the bog pulling at my feet and see the mist heavy in the air. Her eye for detail is clear in every line of prose.
Nan, Dutch, and even Nan's furry friend, Mr. Dee are simply delightful. The chemistry is immediate and off the charts between conservative Catholic Nan and the wounded, but still brash, RAF pilot. I can't remember the last time I read a story with characters who were so fascinating. Even though Grounded Hearts is a romance, I still found myself really caring about the townsfolk and friends of Nan, too. That Dr. Mann has a big secret and I need to know more! Her story deserves to be told as well.
I hope this isn't a one off book and that Jeanne chooses to take us readers to Ireland again soon! Fans of WWII stories, PBS drama, and romance alike will enjoy this vivid, and breathtaking historical from the pen of Jeanne Dickson. I know I'll be on the lookout for her next book. Hopefully, it's another marvelous historical!
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot, and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson's new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts. 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. 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.
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