Saturday, April 13, 2019

Book Review - Far Side of the Sea


In 1918 England, Lieutenant Colin Mabry spends his days decoding messages for MI8 after suffering injuries at the front. When he receives an urgent summons by carrier pigeon from Jewel Reyer--a woman who saved his life and whom he believed to be dead--he can only hope he'll regain the courage he lost on the front lines as he's driven back into war-torn France.

But Jewel isn't the one waiting for him in Paris. Instead, it is a stranger who claims to be her half sister, Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence. She found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive and in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust grows.

That trust is quickly put to the test, however, when their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot and their search for answers quickly turns into a battle for their lives.


A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at


I have enjoyed all the books by Kate Breslin and this book is no exception!

This book is set in war torn Europe during WWI and it is about a woman, Johanna, who is trying to find her family. In her journey's, she meets an old friend of her sisters, Colin. Immediately, we see the sparks flying as they navigate this difficult season of life for both of them.

I really loved the mystery and suspense woven through this novel. It kept me intrigued throughout and I was anxious to see what would happen next. There are a lot of twists and turns to this story that keep the reader guessing.

I also enjoyed the historical facts that the author wove into this story. I could tell that there was a lot of research done for this story and I really enjoyed the information about how the carrier pigeon was used in war.

My favorite part of this book is how beautifully the faith of these people is woven through. Kate Breslin always does this in her book and I just love how she makes faith such an integral part of her books. I enjoyed this book so much and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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