Grounded Hearts

Grounded Hearts

by Jeanne M. Dickson


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ISBN-13: 9781542045537
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. Her grandmother lived with them and was a constant source of stories about life in Ireland and the saints and ancestors long gone from this earth. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling.

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Grounded Hearts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CisnerosCafe More than 1 year ago
Grounded Hearts, written by Jeanne M. Dickson, is a novel set in Ireland during World World II. I enjoyed how the novel got right to the point in the first chapter. I liked Nan O'Neil. Her character was written really well. Ms. Dickson wrote her very well. I enjoyed getting to know her and how seemingly shy she seemed but really wasn't.  The novel uses a lot of tense moments to have the readers buy in. It worked for me! I recommend Grounded Hearts. I would read another Jeanne M. Dickson book. I like her style and approach to the characters. I could almost hear their accents.  I recommend this book. It's a great one to pack for the beach!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Grounded Hearts by new to me author Jeanne M. Dickson was a World War II story that takes place in Ireland, who declared neutrality. This was the first time I had read a novel during that time period that took place on neutral grounds and I found the historical information fascinating. We have a small town/village of people that know each other very well and are oftentimes in everyone’s business and all around busy bodies. The story focuses on midwife and widow, Nan who happens to have a knock on her door one night from the downed and injured RAF bomber pilot Dutch Whitney. Cursing the fact that she has been drawn into his struggle to escape imprisonment and more the dire need of his health, Nan does all she can on her own. I appreciated how the author showed the comradeship of women, especially when Nan had to seek outside help. The women did not just sit around in Ireland but were actually very much involved in the war effort, at least in this novel. There are quite a few characters that make up this eccentric cast: the priest, the town drunk, and the officers of the LDF, especially the officer Finn who doesn’t know how to take no for an answer, and of course all of Nan’s close friends. Secrets abound, especially one that lays heavy upon Nan, and there is an instant attraction between her and Dutch. I liked how the author showed the women in this era as strong and fully capable individuals even though most of the men looked at them as just weak and ogled them more than not. This novel was rich in time, place, and characterization that the country of Ireland became alive to me. This read almost like a miniseries and I think it would be a great one dealing with midwifery, small town, war and the war efforts from a neutral country and all the politics that entailed. I look forward to more from the pen of author Dickson. I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Grounded Hearts fully captured my attention and reader heart! This book is delightfully immersive and engaging and reading it is an experience I won't soon forget! The rich setting and intriguing historical circumstances saturate the story with a cozy rainy day atmosphere. Bake some cookies and grab your favorite blanket, reader friends, you won't want to put this one down! Nan O'Neil is a compassionate and self-sacrificing young woman in need of a big ol' hug! The demands of her position as the village midwife and the hardships she has faced weigh her down. Dutch Whitney is a natural leader and protector with a strong sense of duty. He has a wholesome boy-next-door charm and a genuine tender heart. I can't think of anything I don't like about Dutch! Overall, I am amazed and delighted that this is Ms. Dickson's debut novel, just WOW! I can't wait to read more stories from this promising author. I requested the opportunity to read this book through Litfuse. The opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, I loved roaming the hills of Ireland, and the concept presented by the author is one that peeked my interest immediately! Even though I’ve never been there I have always been proud of my Irish heritage, and I knew that Ireland was neutral during the war, but I never knew that they had interment camps, this book is full of interesting and fun facts, along with Irish Gypsies, the Tinkers. We have a RAF airman, Dutch, shot down with his crew in Southern Ireland, and he ends up at a mid-wife’s door, Nan. What happens from here with warm your heart, and cringe at Finn, and the strong women from doctors to mechanics, and they are there for their own. Dealing with their demons both Nan and Dutch are survivors, and we see them bond, but can anything come from their relationship, he is actually now a wanted man and she is harboring a fugitive. I was sure surprised at the turn of events here, and sure wish I could go back, a real page-turner and a book that is going to linger with you. I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
During the onset of WWII, countries were almost asked to chose a side. Either on the side of the Axis powers or the Allies, for the small country of Ireland, they choose neither, to remain completely neutral since they didn't have enough military might to join either cause and neither did they have the resources to defend themselves. If you should find yourself unexpectedly in the country, if you remained close to the Northern border, you were allowed to cross and no one would try to stop you, however if you were caught in the middle or southern borders, all service personnel on either side would be held in respectable internment camps until the war was over. There would be no negotiations from their country to get them back into the war. So when RAF pilot Dutch Whitney found himself in the bogs of Ireland after his plane crashed, his concern was initially where in Ireland was he, and how could he get back to his crew in London again. He wasn't even certain if any of the men he told to jump even made it and he had no clue where to begin looking for them. All he understood is that he had to get away from the crash site before anyone came looking for him. He managed to make his way to the doorstep of Irish midwife Nan O'Neil and she knew without a doubt the choices she had to make. Knowing she simply couldn't turn him in initially, not when he needed medical help, she had hoped she could doctor him up and point him to the way home before anyone in her city of County Clare discovered him. Not only would it be dangerous for him, but hiding a pilot could land her in jail. Knowing she must keep things as normal as possible while still trying to care for Dutch, she has ton negotiate a persistent man, Finn, who believes if he can find this missing pilot, he will be in a much better position to be head of the Garda, in Ireland and then gain a respect within the community he struggles to find now. All he knows is Nan is the only woman for him, because not only is she single, beautiful but she also possesses nursing skills that would enable her to care for his aging mother. Now all he has to do is convince her that they would make a suitable couple. I received Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Waterfall Press. Being a huge fan of anything to do with WWI or WWII, I immediately felt a connection to Nan's character. Not only is the position she finds herself in the midst of compromising, she follows her heart to care for a man, no matter which side of the war he is on. It conveys the difficulty of any country that tries to remain neutral in a war which is happening all around you , not knowing if you might find yourself being pressured to make a decision to choose sides or face a hostile takeover of your own country. I love Nan's cat, Mr. Dee, who finds an unlikely partner in the war effort every time Finn comes knocking and I love how this all ended. Not as you might think but I'll leave it there for those that want to read this amazing novel. For me, hands down earned itself a 5 out of 5 stars for keeping me up well past my bedtime so I can finish it.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Grounded Hearts by Jeanne Dickson is a romantic and compelling tale. The details on wartime life in neutral Ireland are fascinating, and the village is filled with a charmingly humorous populace. Dutch and Nan are appealing characters with depth, and their relationship sizzles as they both find healing. Exciting, romantic, funny…don’t miss Grounded Hearts! I loved this book.