Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Grounded Hearts


A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.

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?


Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer's conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.

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Grounded Hearts Jeanne M. Dickson


This book is unlike any I have read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read other books based in WWII but never one based in Ireland. I actually did not know that it was Ireland chose to be a neutral country until this book. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book.

Nan O'Neil became my favorite character. I loved her strength and faith, even though she carries around guilt about her husband's death. She has compassion, yet common sense, and I found this appealing in a main character. Dutch is a Canadian flyer who crashes in the Irish bog and stumbles into Nan's life wounded and needing help. They have an instant attraction for one another and the story develops romantically.

One thing I really like about this book is the cast of characters the author introduces us to. It makes for a realistic and entertaining story. The horrible Shamus Finn is a constant burr for Nan and I found myself holding my breath every time he came into the story.

Although I did enjoy this book, there were times that the story seemed to drag and the writing rather typical of a romance. I felt like there were times I knew what was going to happen before I even read it. It was still a good book and I do think most would enjoy it but there are those times where you want it to move along quicker. It give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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