A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson
Published by Amazon Publishing on June 13th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
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?
I’m struggling with the best way to review this book. I’m torn because part of me wants to slap a 4.5-5 star on this book and the other part compares it to other books in a Christian genre.
If you’re reading this book as a secular book with faith elements then it is a fantastic romance set in Ireland during World War 2. Nan is adorable and a little naive and Dutch manages to be sexy and irresistible while still being a gentleman.
If you’re reading this and comparing it to other Christian fiction, the innuendo and use of derogatory terms such as “lard-arse” can be rather surprising.
This left me in the awkward position of how to rate this book. Do I rate it solely on the story or do I take into account genre expectations?
I went somewhere in between and chose a four-star rating. This book is a good, clean, solid romance by worldly standards. I mean, there is a remark about a man’s “third leg” and many mentions of desire. But, the novel is not nasty or graphic.
Having said that, I think that people who read Christian fiction regularly will see this as being outside the norm for the genre and I have to take that into account.
I would love to read more from this author and I think she has a lot of promise. I appreciated her character building and the way that I was invested in the lives of Nan and Dutch from early in the book.