High as the Heavens

High as the Heavens

by Kate Breslin
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High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Page-Turning Intrigue and Romance from an Up-and-Coming Historical Romance Talent

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

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ISBN-13: 9781441231222
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 58,670
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

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 www.katebreslin.com.
A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is the author of For Such a Time and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com.

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High as the Heavens 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Lattebooks 11 days ago
A beautifully written and wonderfully thought out story of epic proportions once again! This author knows how to weave a story and grab a hold of your heart strings. I never fail to laugh, cry, cheer and go through all the feels with her stories. She reveals the hardships of war and the realities of those who went through it. Eve and Simon have gone through so much and yet need to keep on being strong enough to make it through the war and hope to be together! The in-depth detail of the spying, Red Cross hospitals, rules of occupied cities, romance in war time, and the horrors of war all made this story real and a page turner. This story deserves the 5 stars!
ASimplyEnchantedLife 19 days ago
This book may be unsuitable for some readers. It may contain upsetting subject matter such as; drugs/alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and/or sexual content. High as the Heavens is the first book that I’ve read by Kate Breslin. What impressed me about this author was her ability to say much while saying little. Does that even make sense? This writer pulled me into the scene in a way that let me experience life as it was for her characters. I loved that. I felt as if for the duration of this book, I was transported to another time and place. As I’m sure you can see, if you’re reading this review on my blog, I’ve attached a trigger warning. I want to talk about that for a moment because I don’t want to scare anyone away from this book. Though it is not graphic, this book contains content that some readers may find upsetting. I do not with discourage anyone from reading as it is still a good, solid story. But, I feel it is my duty as a reviewer to warn my blog audience about content that may trigger painful memories. A young widowed woman recalls the horror of a sexual assault through a series of flashbacks. As the story progresses, we also learn of a miscarriage that resulted from the attack. While this scene is not overly graphic, this will be a trigger for some and I felt the need to caution. Moving along, I loved that this story took place in World War 1. It seems as if most of the historical fiction that I pick up is from the World War 2 era so this was a nice change of pace. I picked this book up expecting a typical war-torn romance. And while I still feel that some of the story was a bit cliche—it was also so much more than that. While I enjoyed the romance in High as the Heavens, I was more impressed by Eve’s gutsy acts of rebellion. Eve was a woman who was willing to risk it all to fight for what she believed in. Christian fiction definitely needs more strong women like Evelyn Marche! I would read more by this author and despite the trigger warning, I would suggest this book to others. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
rubber_duckie91 20 days ago
To be perfectly honest this book ended up being amazing but didn’t blow me away immediatley. I’m not sure if it was because of all I have going on right now or if it was just the lead up in the book but it was very hard for me to enjoy this book until about half way through. I am, however, very glad that I powered through and continued to read because the ending was very much worth it. Once I got over the initial issue with this book it became impossible to put down and had me up till 3am finishing it. Eve is such an incredibly strong character who overcomes so much and never gives up. She suffers through so much loss, heartbreak, and disaster but somehow she finds it in her to keep pushing and fighting back. And somehow despite all that she suffers she finds hope and she finds faith in the Lord. The twist at the end on who the enemy agent was completely unexpected and the confrontation did not go at all the way I was expecting. I for some reason expected him to change at least a little bit and that things wouldn’t end so drastically and such violence. This book in it’s entirety was beautifully written and exceptionally researched. Every character in the story comes to life and feels like they a real piece of history. Not only did I enjoy this story but it also led me to do my own research and I learned so much more about World War I and all that went on behind the scenes to help the resistance.
Jaylee_Morgan 23 days ago
A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospiutal and her nights working at a café... or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group. When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and she is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester, her "dead" husband. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive? Okay. First off... the cover is gorgeous. I absolutely love the cover. Kudos to Kathleen Lynch! It definitely made picking this book an easier choice. ;) The second reason I picked this book was because it was about La Dame Blanche. That network has intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. It was composed of 30% female agents... something unheard of at the time and by the end of the war, its 1,300 agents gathered an estimated 70% of all military intelligence. Amazing or what? High as the Heavens starts off well. Because of Edith Cavell's (yeah, also look up her. Amazing woman!) work, Evelyn, also a British nurse, has to be extremely careful in her dealings with La Dame Blanche. It helps that she has an Iron Cross to make the soldiers trust her more. She brings home the information to her mother, who then codes the information into lace and sends it to the British. She's playing with fire as her double-agent relationship with Major Reinhardt. To top it all off, members of her local resistance are being arrested because of, she thinks, a traitor in the network. But who? And then her dead husband arrives. Yes, the story starts off well. However, I feel it stalls. I'm sure there are many people who wouldn't agree with me, but it seems like more of the book is about Eve and Simon's relationship than about La Dame Blanche or her other work. I can definitely see how having a resurrecting husband can be a little... interesting, but I picked it up to read about La Dame Blanche! Other than that little hitch, I loved the book. The plot was amazing, the characters vivid, the traitor devastating, and the ending strong. I liked the peek into the world of La Dame Blanche, learning about the different ways that messages were sent and received, about the ingenuity of people and such. Eve's mother used lace, Zoe used shopping lists. There were hollowed out broomsticks, hastily given messages passed from person to person. Somehow, they made it all the way to safe territory where they could be used for good. If you like a bit of romance mixed together with the suspense of being an agent, definitely pick this book up. Hopefully, it'll become a new favorite! *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All views are my own.*
KathrynVoss 27 days ago
Having read all of Kate Breslin's previous books, I can honestly say her latest, As High as the Heavens, is her best yet. Taking place in German occupied Belgium during WWI, this book is filled with intrigue, plot twists, and a message of forgiveness that will resonate with all readers. One of the strongest aspects of Breslin's writing is her characters. They are complex, with real depth that draws the readers inside, able to identify and walk the pages of history right along with them. In this story, readers discover first-hand the perils of the Belgian Resistance and spy organizations. As the characters struggle to remain true to their beliefs in lieu of infiltrators and the ever changing tide of war, readers are engulfed in a plot that keeps them turning page after page. The interplay between the characters and tension throughout the plot make this a first rate novel. I highly recommend Breslin's writing. With diverse characters, a page turning plot, and a strong message throughout, you will not be disappointed. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
elfosterreviews 29 days ago
I loved this book. How much, you ask? Enough to finish it in one sitting. I originally tucked into this book intending to read a few chapters before bed…and suddenly it was over and my clock read 2 am. This book can be categorized in a number of ways: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance. I want to start by addressing this book from a religious outsider’s point of view. I was raised in a noncommittal relationship with Christianity; I’ve never actually been to church services, I don’t personally identify as Christian, but my family celebrates Christmas and Easter, in the sense that we all get together and eat a ridiculous amount. All that being said, I have a pretty good grasp on all of the major religions, and I’ve read a lot of religious fiction over the years. I found this book lovely, on the religion front. The messages, about God and forgiveness and mercy, were all woven into the story seamlessly. As someone who is not religious, I didn’t feel affronted after I finished this novel. But for someone who is religious, I’m sure they would walk away from this novel having fully received those messages and appreciating their inclusion in this book. Now, as a work of Romance. This was adorable. I love Evelyn and Simon’s relationship. I think the most important thing about their relationship was that it wasn’t perfect. Breslin didn’t try to force them together, and that made the relationship so stronger, in my eyes. She was able to capture and replicate the effect that personal experiences—such as being a POW or suffering from a violent assault— have on relationships, both old and new. Additionally, I just loved how devoted Evelyn and Simon were to one another, how much they understood what was important to one another, and how much they valued family, even if they were not always related by blood. Given the above mention of troubling personal experiences, I think it’s important to warn readers that this novel does contain violence. Evelyn is assaulted, and while the writing is not particularly graphic, it might be enough to upset some. As a Historical work, this novel was spot on. I’m a European History major, and while I tend to prefer Europe before the 1900s, I still spend a lot of time studying the World Wars. And oddly enough, I don’t come across a lot of work that addresses Belgium in WWI. I was pleasantly surprised by this setting, and while I’m not one to nitpick historical fiction, I didn’t come across any glaring inaccuracies. As a matter of fact, I was surprised by how accurate this novel was. The major events of the war and the conditions of the soldiers, the occupation, and the fighting were all credible in terms of accuracy. As for the plot itself, I was super invested in this book (hence, why I read it in one sitting). There were enough plot elements, that it didn’t drag, but not so many that I felt like I needed to take notes. None of the plot lines felt forced, it wasn’t like Breslin was forcing the spy line or the romance plot, they meshed, they were intertwined, and there were enough background events that nothing felt rushed. The flashbacks to Evelyn’s life in Britain were a wonderful way to flesh out her character. And the varying point of view between Evelyn in Belgium, and her siblings in France helped to endear the reader before they were reunited. I would also like to say that I sincerely appreciate Evelyn’s many relationships with those around here. Often where I read romance novels, the heroi
sc2424 3 months ago
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Are you looking for something to read? :) It sometimes seems like historical fiction is all set in the old west, a spinster schoolteacher or a widow looking for a husband...and it turns into just a plain old romance. Well, that is not the case for this book! High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin is a book set in World War 2, in Belgium! It is about a British nurse, Eve, with Belgian family ties who loses her husband to war, moves with her mother to be with family in Belgium, loses her siblings and uncle to the war, and serves as a nurse while trying to survive the German oppression/slaughter. She not only serves as a nurse, she is also a part of an espionage ring. Eve is hurrying to a rendezvous with a British plane when she happens on a plane crash...the very plane she was supposed to meet. She finds the pilot dead and the passenger severely wounded--and the passenger's face sends her into amazed shock because it is...(ummm, did you think I was going to tell you????? You'll have to read it yourself!) Eve's mission becomes more complicated as she tries to save the life of this person as well as two other people who she has learned are alive in France. She continues her work with the wounded, gathering information and sending it to the Allied forces, while working to save this other soldier and retrieve and ensure the safety of the other 2 she is searching for. This story is very complex, you have to think while you're reading it :) I wouldn't call it a light fluffy read at all. It is hard. It is war. It doesn't overly-romanticize war. Eve has her own ghosts to reconcile (a lot of them, actually) and peace to search for. She has lost hope in one sense, while she works guided by hope in a different sense. I know my review is a bit enigmatic, but so many of the key points are things you should discover for yourself. I like this book, I would recommend it. It is not my favorite, but it is a good book and does show a different side of the war -- and it's World War I, which I rarely find fictional books set in. Give it a try! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MelissaF 3 months ago
I loved Katie’s first too books so I was very excited when this book came out. Honestly, it didn’t’ even matter to me what it was about because it was by Kate. Eve is a woman with great strength and takes risks to do what she believes is right and help those who need it. Simon is equally determined but finds himself in situations where he can’t do much. I really wanted to love this book. I told myself to keep reading, keep reading, something will grab you. And sometimes things did grab me but I never really connected with this story and I really wanted to. I’m not even sure what is was. There is a lot going on, there’s never a dull moment but I never fell into the story to the point where I was unable to put the book down. There are a lot of good things in this book but for some reason this one didn’t connect with me. As always, this is my opinion only. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 3 months ago
•°o•LIKE READING A MEMOIR• o°• **************************************************** Opening Scripture: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12 *************** This story is filled with intrigue and takes place during WWI. It focuses on the Marche family and how war has torn them apart and turned their worlds into something inside a bad dream. It is a very real look at what it must have been like to live during those times and cling desperately to hope, faith, and your loved ones, never knowing what the next moment might hold. There is a gentle romance, but it takes a back seat to the reality of living, operating and SPYING within a small, German occupied town. The horrors the people faced are unimaginable, and yet, where our world seems to be headed today, it is a good reminder of how to survive and what may await us in the days ahead. Eve March is beyond brave, as are her brother and sister who now survive far from their family. Even her own frail mother, who weaves secret messages into lace collars blew me away. There are multiple daring rescues that kept my stomach in knots. In many instances, the book jumps back and forth between flashbacks and the present, and also gives you a look at multiple characters point of view. I thought it all worked well. The story is well written, albeit a heavy topic. The descriptions and attention to detail are extensive.
VJoyPalmer 3 months ago
Guys. Just. Seriously. Read this book! First of all, this cover! It's gorgeously vintage! I love how the cover model fades into the sky and the planes. Absolutely stunning! Thankfully, the story is as equally as stunning. I think this is my favorite Kate Breslin story - at least for now. ;-) High as the Heavens is a World War 1 romance. This story contains everything I could want. A hero and heroine separated by war, mystery, subterfuge, treason, hope, redemption, and a swoony romance! Eve was such an amazing heroine! She was brave. The author note tells readers that Eve was based on three different women from World War 1. How cool is that?? Eve proved to be realistic, too. Her pain, heartache, and guilt over her mistakes in the war showcased God's amazing, redemptive love, forgiveness, and mercy. Simon reminded me of a Scottish version of Westley from The Princess Bride. He was tender, steadfast in his love, and had this dreamy "Death cannot stop true love," vibe. Yeah, I know! Five Stars - Beautiful! Honestly, anyone who enjoys a war romance needs to pick up this book! You will be swept away! The story grabs you, refusing to release you until the last page. I received a copy of High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
CameraCourt 3 months ago
High as the Heavens is an absolutely beautiful and riveting story of perseverance, hope, and mercy against the backdrop of WWI Belgium. Author Kate Breslin is now a new favorite and I must read her other novels soon! This novel has all the appeal of –and promise to be– a classic in its genre: a vivid sense of place; plot elements inspired by real life events and people; relatable and complex characters; a romance that surprises and leaves you breathless with its strength; and, secrets, danger, and espionage (oh my!). Drawing on the logistical complexities and melting pot of nationalities involved in The Great War, the suspenseful storyline keeps a steady pace with twists and makes the reader question just who to trust or believe. I have a new respect for Red Cross personnel who worked behind enemy lines, and citizens who risked so much while participating in underground communcations networks like La Dame Blanche. The espionage storyline alone had me nervous for Eve, Simon, and several other people who worked with them! Side note: a few flashbacks take place closer to the beginning of the story and serve as the perfect tool to establish Eve and Simon’s personalities with a sense of normalcy (before the war changed so much). And, they also shed light on the relationship dynamic between the two of them. Ok, now to talk about my favorite part of High as the Heavens: the romantic tension!!!! To say all I want to would give away an early surprise or two, so I’ll just have to tell you that Eve and Simon have a history. A close one. His literal crash back into her life is way more complicated than the synopsis hints. Because of this, they are both challenged with trust and the secrets they each harbor. This further complicates the way they must prioritize loyalties to family and country, but especially to each other. In their frustrating circumstance, the strength of the romance between the two of them is delightfully uncovered and shines a light on an overarching theme of hope. And oh, how their soul-deep connection is beautifully penned by Kate! I especially appreciated how Simon’s role embodied the characteristics of love — its patience, mercy, and edurance. If you are a fan of history, WWI, romance, or even suspense, I say you should read this novel ASAP! Even if historical fiction is not your normal genre. If you want a second opinion, check out my author friend Rachel McMillan’s gushing review that convinced me to pick it up in the first place ;). Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary review copy of this novel. This is my honest review.
NDowning 3 months ago
I thought this book was quite good. It is a historical romance set in the WWI era. The story takes place in Europe. The characters are very intriguing and the story moves at a good pace. I hadn’t read anything by this author before so I didn’t know what to expect. There was just the right balance of romance, suspense, and historical detail to keep me turning the pages. The only thing that I didn’t really care for was the jump from present to past and back again several times. I thought it was just a little confusing at times. I would recommend this book if you enjoy historical romance, particularly if you are interested in WWI. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Bethany House Publishers provided me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
ReginaFujitani 3 months ago
A truly intriguing WW1 spy novel! The moment you start reading this book you will be hooked! You could feel the intense danger, the question of who to trust, the mysteries that surrounded this book. Ah this book was amazing! Kate is very accurate with the details of this book. Kate is a master weaver of writing! I cannot wait to see what she brings out next! This book is set in Belgium. Evelyn works as a nurse during the day, then in the evening she works for her aunt and uncle in the café. But she has one very guarded secret! She works for the Belgian resistance. British Captain Simon Foster crashes and is badly injured. When she recognizes Simon her world tilts. Can these two see move forward? Will love win? Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. 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.
MaureenST 4 months ago
Once you turn the first page will you be hooked on this story including time and place, and will be walking in our heroine’s shoes, this is WWI. We meet Evelyn, Eve, as a teenage, and even then she has an attraction for her father’s student Simon, and we follow her whirlwind romance and wedding. So little time, and yet so much love, you will ache that they had to say goodbye. A woman that does all she can to help her parent’s homeland, Belgium, with heart in hand she goes above and beyond. She is a nurse and a good one; she uses this to help in fighting the enemy in ingenious ways. You will feel the sense of loss, and then found, and loss again, a roller coaster ride, and all the while a feeling that you are being led by God. There are so many beloved characters here, and yet you are waiting for the other shoe to drop and find that one who is not what they seem, and yet hoping for the best. As the last page is turned there was a sense of loss as I wanted to continue in their lives, and yet you want the evil that was in Europe at that time defeated. What a great read! I received this book through Bethany House Blogging Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
ksnapier475 4 months ago
High as the Heavens by [Breslin, Kate]Evelyn Marche, a nurse during the day and a waitress in the evenings, was made a widow by the war. She also has a third job as a spy for a Belgian resistance group with the British Secret Service. She is the first one on the scene when a British plane crashes. She finds out she knows the injured pilot, British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. He is taken as a prisoner of war, so Eve hides him. It is very likely that they will be found out or if they do if their relationship can survive the secrets they have had to keep. Kate Breslin, the author, has written an action-packed novel that was very difficult to put down.The characters are complex and realistic. The storyline has such detail that the reader will want to stay with it until the touching end.I believe that this is a book that should not be passed up.
AngelN1 4 months ago
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin is the best novel I've read in a long time. I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Eve, is a nurse and spy in Belgium during WWI. Her character has depth and growth, and it was very easy to root for Eve. Her anguish and determination are palpable. Several secondary characters were also well-drawn, and all were realistic. The historical detail of this novel is excellent, and I really enjoyed that aspect, as I knew nothing of Belgium and little of WWI. I also appreciate that the author has notes at the end to separate her inventions from the historical record. The story is suspenseful and engaging from start to finish. I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart 4 months ago
Living in a country involved in the midst of a great war would be difficult. For those living in Brussels during the Great War or WWI as it was known, difficulty became the word of the day, especially when their small towns were thrust into German occupation and they simply took what they wanted, be it women, children, or any goods they deemed necessary for their survival. It's been three long years dealing with the German occupation and at times, Evelyn Marche's family has had to endure German borders as well, most of them soldiers passing through. It has also given them some privileges as well since her family ran a small cafè, they now keep it open serving whatever is available to the Germans who come there. It offers Evelyn and her family a small respite from being further hassled by their presence in their small town. It also has given Evelyn time to find ways to transport messages to the allies about the developments she learns of with so many German soldiers getting drunk on the beer that flows freely from their cafè. Her mother also has a hand in helping with the war effort with the way she crafts lace to be delivered by Evelyn to those who desperately need it. Evelyn is doing all she can to survive after losing her brother and sister when they were forced aboard a train, but has learned that they may have escaped and now live in France in the small town of Anor. Her work as a Red Cross nurse has it benefits and as such, most German's don't question her comings and goings at all hours of the night, especially since receiving the Iron Cross in aiding saving one of their German officers. He now runs most of the staff at the hospital but has also seen to aiding Eveyln's family when he can. But his first and foremost call to duty is to Germany. When a plane crashes late one evening, Evelyn arrives to find the pilot has succumbed to his injuries but the passenger of the plane is her husband she believed had died three years ago. Now she will have to risk everything if she is to save him before they are both discovered as German spies. I received High As The Heavens by Kate Breslin compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. I love that so much about this novel is based on historical facts with just the simple changing of the character's names. The true story of three women were remarkable in their efforts to aid the allies with their messages about the Germans in the occupied territory. Most of all, I love Evelyn's efforts to not only save her husband but also to do what she could to reunite her family that had been torn apart from the war. For those that love historical or WWI fiction, then this is a novel for you. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars because in some places the story just seemed to go on too long. I was happy with how it ended and love the author's note at the end explaining the facts that went into creating this novel. Reader Discussion Questions are included at the conclusion of this novel which would make for a great book club selection.
Nicnac63 4 months ago
High As the Heavens is another intriguing story by Kate Breslin that takes place during WWI. As with her previous books, For Such a Time, and Not By Sight, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I suppose ‘enjoyed’ might not be the best word choice, due to the wartime setting, but you know what I mean. I was pulled into the story and easily captivated by Eve and Simon. I do have to admit it took me a few chapters to get my momentum going (not the case in the previous books) but once I did, I couldn’t put the book down. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine, as is Ms. Breslin. If you love wartime stories with powerful messages and lots of surprises and action, then this story is for you. It is inspirational, moving, fast-paced book. 5 Stars Cover: LOVE Title: LOVE Pages: 400 Publisher: Bethany House ISBN: 978-0764217814 First Line: Like manna from heaven, the words fell from the sky. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House and NetGalley.
LVandercook 4 months ago
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin is a novel set during WWI in Europe. Eve, a young woman meets and falls in love with Simon, her father’s student. They marry right as the war begins, just before he is assigned to his post. Simon is found dead shortly afterward, so Eve returns chooses to leave Britain to go live with her mother and two younger siblings in Belgium. Shortly after arriving, her siblings try to escape a battle and are lost. Eve is beaten by a German officer in the battle and miscarries her baby. She does manage to get free from the German by killing him and another. The guilt from the murders is more than she can bear and drives her to be very involved in the underground intelligence operation. Meanwhile, her sister and brother are not far away in occupied France, unknown to the rest of the family. Her sister falls in love with the man who rescued them from the work camp that their train was heading to and lives with his family there, working for the underground intelligence operation there. One evening, Eve is supposed to pick up a spy for the intelligence operation and the spy winds up being her husband who was presumably dead. He gets injured and she must protect him and smuggle him out of the country. He returns to rescue her as she works to reunite her family together. This story is a compelling book of love and forgiveness, but it does have a few theological concerns. For much of the book it was not clear that Eve was forgiven by God for killing her attacker. She is tormented in thinking that the cause of her miscarriage is because she killed her attacker and the other German. This would be an understandable thought, but one can not say that God actually did take her baby’s life for the life of the two Germans. It wasn’t until the end of the book that the author does say that God forgave her long ago for what she did. I also took issue with Eve believing that God blessed her marriage simply because sun shone in the window of the church during her wedding ceremony. Additionally, there was mysticism in the book when Eve directly heard God speaking to her, especially near the end of the book. The book overall was a good one. I would consider reading another book by Kate Breslin again. I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.
JustCommonly 4 months ago
"She raised a finger to her lips, where he'd kissed her. A slow warmth of assurance spread through her limbs, and she smiled, not a little awestruck. Her birthday wish had come true." (43) I had the pleasure of having author Kate Breslin on the blog a few weeks ago in a little interview to chat about her and her latest release, High as the Heavens. The interview was conducted before I received the book and obviously before I read it. There were quite a few little tidbits about High as the Heavens that I was looking forward to. So I jumped at the open chance I had to read this, and boy am I glad I did. Let's start from the beginning. Ever since the author's sophomore release, Not By Sight, I've been patiently (*cough cough) waiting for her next one. During the waiting period, I also picked up her debut, For Such A Time and loved it as well. So as you can see, by the time High as the Heavens made its way to my hands, I was in big Kate Breslin withdrawal. I'm happy to say, this one was definitely worth the wait. As you can tell from the opening quote, High as the Heavens have a "melt your heart" type of romance, but it also contains the emotional angst one feels with a very good novel. From the get go, our main heroine, Evelyn Marche is truly a hero. She spends her days as a nurse, helping people, and at night, a skilled spy for a Belgian resistance group. Her life and those she love are in constant danger, yet her courage and endurance are admirable, even if it was fueled by heartbreak. "She was caught between two worlds: the one her desperation had forced upon her, and the other a world she'd once dreamed of sharing with him." (69) Soul rendering, heart pounding, and mind riveting, High as the Heavens is a perfect combination of romance, history and suspense. The spy aspect comes with danger of a double agent lurking closely. Eve and Simon may have more than what Eve's been hiding in her heart to overcome. "I'm terrified that once you know the truth. . . you'll never look at me again with those same loving eyes, that smile." (203) Yet, within all the danger, the disappointments, the mis-communications and the uncertainty of the future, there's a message of truth, of love and ultimately of mercy that flies out of the pages and takes hold. Beautifully written and exquisitely told through time jumps, High as the Heavens is one to not miss at all, no matter your genre preference. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
FirefliesNStardust 4 months ago
I have always been drawn to historical fiction stories that take place during the WWII era and the heroics of amazing people in such a horrific period. Rarely have I found WWI novels, either written or able to capture my reading interests aside from the works of Brock and Bodie Thoene. Enter Kate Breslin. Her sophomore novel which surrounded this era, Not By Sight, quickly became one of my favorites showing Kate’s talent for weaving history and fiction in a way that you could swear these characters existed. So when the cover for High As The Heavens was debuted and I read what the story would be, I could not wait to get my hands on Breslin’s third novel. I don’t know the history of WWI like I do WWII, but one of my favorite discoveries with Breslin’s writings is she has amazing detail and research which feels almost like you’re reading a captivating history book rather than a fictional story. The key year throughout the books is 1917 in German-occupied Brussels, but in the first part of the novel we get the background of Eve and Simon’s romance through flashback chapters right on the cusp of the war. I loved that instead of the typical route of a couple meeting, falling in love and ending the book being married, “Heavens” shows the main characters courtship at the beginning and then builds the story of a young woman widowed early in the fight and then shocked to discover that a plane which crashes in Brussels Park one evening contains her husband who has survived three years as a prisoner of war. Evelyn now works as a nurse using her position surrounded by German soldiers to feed intel into the resistance. I’m always amazed at ways people communicated and hid messages during these periods and loved the part of how Eve’s mom used her lacemaking skills to weave in messages to get past the Germans who were destroying any correspondence trying to leave occupied Brussels. History, romance, spies and intrigue..Kate weaves it all throughout this beautiful story and throws in a few shocking twists and turns as well. There was a few chapters where the story dragged a little for me but once the story hit where the church becomes an underground shelter for refuge it was a fast-paced read. I fell in love with the story even more when I read Kate’s author note that despite the fictional book, the characters were based on real people who accomplished heroic feats. Bravo Kate on another worthy addition to your well-told stories. I can’t wait to read additional stories from your writing skills. :)
MarisaD 5 months ago
I was immersed in High as the Heavens as Breslin brought me into a plot in which every time I thought I had figured out what was going to happen, I was wrong. I was drawn into into High as the Heavens as I yearned for Eve and Simon to overcome their personal challenges and find their way back to love. And I was captivated by High as the Heavens as I followed them both through the dangers of spies and secrets and bravery of wartime Belgium and France. With her third novel, Breslin has confirmed her talent for writing deeply moving historical fiction that plunge the depths of human behavior. I cannot recommend High as the Heavens enough and am once again looking forward to reading more from this author.
Britney_Adams 5 months ago
High as the Heavens captivated me from beginning to end! Set amid the backdrop of World War I, Kate Breslin thrills readers with a fascinating tale of intrigue and suspense. I loved the intricacies of the plot and the historical details that are cleverly woven through this dramatic story. A sweeping tale of risk and romance, High as the Heavens is not to be missed! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Laundry_Whispers 5 months ago
I could not wait to read this book. I was so torn with the choices from Bethany House last month that I sorta drew straws and then immediately requested everything else on the list from NetGalley. I mean, sometimes I girl's gotta do whatever it takes for amazingly awesome sounding books. And I gotta tell ya, was not disappointed. Intrigue? Check. Romance? Check. Embraceable characters? Check. Story line that draws you in and keeps you engaged? Mostly check. I know, I know I'm too picky 'they say'. Pmerhaps I am, but then again I've read a few books in my lifetime and I know what I love, what I like, and what doesn't do it for me. This book did it for me and I liked it but I spent the first but of the book trying to find my way and a little overwhelmed. Probably much like the characters did as they were engulfed in a war zone they didn't ask for and didn't want surrounded by German soldiers that didn't respect them or really even themselves. Not really a place anyone wants to be. It's painful for me to have to say the only reason this book was at a 4 star review is that first perhaps quarter of the book. I felt like I was missing something. It took a bit of time for the pieces to make sense and the momentum to grow. I don't expect a spy to hang a shingle and adverse. I don't expect a spy to really trust anyone. It took me a while to fall into the mindset with the trust and withhold and what the heck did that German/French/What language was that again phrase mean? It just didn't come together for me to begin with. By the time I found my grove it was a runaway train and I was strapped in ready to roll. This book seriously hit all the marks for me. Even the good guy turn bad guy but wait what is he oh there's his true colors theme kept me engaged. I loved that the book was set in a real historical time period based off real historical people and real historical groups. I loved that the characters that were drawn together were real and fresh and I wanted to comfort them and yell at them and all the things. I also respect, and appreciate, the inner struggle that Eve had to go through with her own place in all the different experiences she had. The realization that forgiveness is more than just a prayer. The idea that life is not black and white. And the knowledge that even bad situations can lead to good results when you Trust. The faith was so seamlessly integrated and so well developed that it felt so true and natural yet not 'in your face' so much that someone how doesn't care for christian books would still enjoy it. Seriously, I am so glad I fell in love with this book from the description and 'had' to read it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
emontes 5 months ago
With Brussels being occupied by Germany in World War I, Eve Marche, a Red Cross hospital nurse by day and waitress by night, inserts herself into the cause against German occupation. Blinded by the death of her husband, concern for her brother and sister, but predominately because of her unresolved, deep seated secret, Eve becomes a spy for Le Dame Blanche, an underground intelligence network dedicated to supporting Allied forces. On her way to a covert meeting Eve is the first to reach a downed plane and immediately recognizes the injured pilot as Captain Simon Forrester, one of her father's former students at Oxford. Now Eve must do all she can to hide Simon from the Germans, but neither of them could anticipate the extent of danger and betrayal that they will encounter. I thoroughly enjoyed this read! While I am a historical fiction fan, I do prefer the biblical period, but I must say that author, Kate Breslin, has me wanting to read more stories set in the World War I years 1914-1918. 'High as the Heavens' is written in third party narrative focusing on Eve's point of view. Kate Breslin draws in great detail with her words, leaving us sensing the sights, sounds and tastes of the World War I period in Brussels, France, and London. 'High as the Heavens' is character driven with each character beautifully and distinctively portrayed. The story is written in third party narrative focusing on Eve's point of view. Every one of the characters' emotions and motivations is skillfully drawn. Kate Breslin's skill as a writer is clearly demonstrated in 'High as the Heavens', from Simon's charming personality, Scottish brogue and his strong faith in God, to Eve's transformation and inner journey. 'High as the Heavens' is Historical Christian fiction with romance, intrigue, tragedy, and suspense. The message, "as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him" Psalm 103:11 is prevalent throughout the story. I highly recommend this book! I, for one, will be reading 'High as the Heavens' a second time!!! It is that captivating! I received a complimentary copy of 'High as the Heavens' from Bethany House Publishers in return for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.