Not by Sight

Not by Sight

by Kate Breslin


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ISBN-13: 9780764211614
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 480,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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

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Not by Sight 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
Captivating sophomore novel from the wonderfully talented author who brought us For Such a Time, Kate Breslin. If you loved Kate’s first novel, you will absolutely adore her second. If you enjoy historical romance, this is a book you will have difficulty putting down. Set during WWI in England, the characters include Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke and Grace Mabry, a patriotic, wealthy suffragette who is willing to do anything to help her country in time of war. While Jack is posing as a conscientious objector to the war, he is secretly working for the Crown by tracking down German spies. Grace is blinded by her patriotism and concern for her twin brother fighting on the front lines. She actually sneaks into a masquerade ball in London to hand out white feathers to those she views as cowards. Jack Benningham happens to be a recipient of a white feather from Grace. Even though Grace can be shortsighted and judgmental regarding others and their willingness to fight for the Crown, she is also a kind and loyal friend. Her character matures throughout the story as does Jack’s. Ms. Breslin’s character development throughout the novel is simply superb. I give five stars to books that I know I would enjoy reading again and Not by Sight is most definitely one of those books. This is a novel you will want to read with minimum interruptions because it is just that difficult to put down. I have found in Kate Breslin, an author that I thoroughly enjoy and anxiously await her next book. She writes my favorite genre with passion and intensity. I highly recommend this novel.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Intrigue, danger, and romance in a time of the Great War--this book captivated me from the gorgeous cover clear through to the very last page! One of my favorite reads of the year so far! Grace's misguided attempt at patriotism sets the dominos falling, with some irreversible and damaging consequences. As she begins to mature, working hard in the country in the Women's Forage Corps and developing friendships with the other women on her team, she realizes that things aren't always as they seem, especially in a time of war. The thread of intrigue and a bit of mystery throughout were interesting, keeping me guessing to the identity of the traitor, with clues dropped here and there. The real heart and soul of this story though was about faith and friendship: believing without seeing, despite the circumstances, that God was at work in people's lives, and the strength of the bond of true friendship. Grace's character bloomed as she extended grace to others, encouraging them in times of trouble, and having it returned to her when she was in dire need. The banter between her and Jack was fun to read at times, and other times heartbreaking. He had a lot to learn about faith and forgiveness also. Loved how he rose to the challenge though, especially to help her out later. The snippets of Scripture and timely wisdom really added depth to the story. The documented index with historical facts was interesting too, especially about the Women's Forage Corps. Flawless writing, historical interest, romance and mystery all added up to make this a solid 5 star read. Highly recommend! (Thank you to the Book Club Network and Bethany House Publishing for the copy of the book given to me; this review is my honest, unsolicited opinion.)
MusicianJuli76 More than 1 year ago
There are certain defining moments in life when you come across that one book whose story is so tangible that you find yourself hopelessly lost in it. Books such as these are what one might call "a diamond in the rough" or a classic. What is it about them that makes them so special? Let me tell you why Kate Breslin's newest release, Not By Sight, falls into that category. Not By Sight is a riveting story set in England during the rise of WWI. Grace Mabry and Jack Benningham, our main protagonists, lives become inevitably entangled because of a simple choice that opens a Pandora's box of troubles. Who would have thought that one white feather could leave chaos in its wake? Throughout this journey fraught with danger and espionage, they learn the vital importance of walking by faith. I must confess that at first I wondered if I would like that book at all. Far to often, one tends to judge a book by its cover or the words of a friend. However, once I started out on the adventure, I found it utterly impossible to put down until it came to a close. The story flows like a beautiful sonorous melody, full of such emotion, depth, and wonderful cadence. Prepare to be amazed! In my humble opinion, Not By Sight is one of the best books to come out this year. The author really does have a curious knack for storytelling and deftly weaving history, espionage, sweet romance, and resilient faith throughout the entire novel. Kate Breslin is the new author that you'll want to be following. This was my first book by her and I look forward to reading more of her incredible books. I would highly recommend it to anyone, but most especially lovers of mystery and historical fiction. *I received a complimentary copy of Not by Sight from the author in exchange for an honest review and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.
Personeldirector More than 1 year ago
Wow, Not By Sight will sweep you away! Just like For Such a Time, Kate Breslin has written another captivating book that keeps you engaged from page one until the very end. It is a fantastic page-turner! The story-line takes place in 1917 and is during WWI it is intertwined with many twists and turns and secrets along the way. This book was filled with so many emotions, I could feel the emotions that each of the characters were going thru, the sadness, confusion, apprehension, happiness, just every emotion was there and I was so totally involved in the story that I truly felt all of those emotions. The evilness in the war, and the faith in God that brought them thru, Not By Sight is a must read for everyone that loves historical Christian romance!
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Britain is in the midst of WWI. Grace has a brother who has joined the fight and she wants him to come home. She naively thinks that if more men will join the war will be quickly over. So she crashes a party one night and hands out the white feathers to men she thinks are cowards. One man in particular is her focus. Her actions land her in trouble with her father and soon she finds herself working in the country helping with war efforts. What she finds there will change her life and that of her entire family. I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it. Thankfully it more than lived up to the hype. The book captured my attention from the very first chapter. The characters were complex and well defined. The descriptions were vivid and allowed me to "see" the story. The author was able to take a story during a dark period in history and add some beautiful elements to it. The plot was both complicated and yet easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and twists the author used to guide the plot. I enjoyed the friendships and the elements of faith that the author wove into the story. This is definitely an author that will be added to my favorites list. I look forward to her next book. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
MelonyTeague More than 1 year ago
This is Kate Breslin's much anticipated second book, Not By Sight, set in Britain in 1917 during WWI. Sparks begin to fly when Grace Mabry hands a white feather of cowardice to Jack Benningham, the Earl of Stonebrook, who is known for his pacifist views. Grace is motivated by her patriotism and fierce love for her twin who is fighting in the trenches in France. From the moment Grace hands over that feather, things are set in motion beyond their control. Secrets, intrigue and betrayal challenge Jack and Grace's outlook on the world, as they search to walk by Faith and not by sight and overcome their prejudices of one another. A word of warning: Clear you schedule before you start reading and plan on losing a few hours of sleep perhaps. I found myself reading late into the night, unable to put down this masterpiece. Kate not only tells this wonderful story with expertize and grace, but her descriptions of the countryside of Kent through Grace's eyes, make you want to hop on a plane and see them for yourself. I loved Grace's journey as a character through this book. The challenges she faces , including mishaps with mud and pigs, do not dissuade her from contributing to a cause she is passionate about. And while doing so , she does not tramp all over her colleagues to get ahead, but rather makes friends of them all, including Claire Danner who takes and instant disliking to her. One of the strong themes in this book is overcoming prejudice by seeing people with the heart and not by outward appearances or seemingly compelling evidence that might sway you from the truth about who they really are. Can Grace and Jack each overcome their blindness, both physical and metaphorical? What a wild ride, I was rooting for Grace the whole way through. This book will not disappoint and I look forward to more from this Christy and Rita Award finalist.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
Kate's first book, For Such a Time, was one of my absolute favorites reads in 2014, and this one has got to be one of my favorites reads for this year. Not by Sight is set in England during WWI and Kate has absolutely captured the feel of what was going on during that time. I was so caught up in the characters and the story that I finished it in one setting because I could not put it down. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and although I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, the bottom line is this is a must read for anyone who enjoys excellent Christian historical fiction.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
First off, fantastic! This was so hard to put down. I learned new things about what went on in the English countryside. Grace loves her country and wants all men to fight so that the war will end sooner and her brother can come home. She does something that she almost regrets and than ends up joining the Woman's Forage Corps. Here she and other women take over jobs that normally male farmhands do. While here she meets Jack Benningham, who is an aristocrat who has lost his sight. Grace begins driving him in his car and teaches him to join the world again and to face his scarring. I loved the storyline and all the characters, even the ones you want to hate. I received this book from the author fir a fair and honest opinion. FANTSTIC!!
blueyz1962 25 days ago
This is the first book I have read by Kate Breslin and I really liked it. It has so much to offer. It has romance, intrigue, deception, a little history, and a lot of faith and how important duty to family and country is. It also teaches forgiveness. I'm not usually into reading above the 19th century, but I gave this one a try and was not disappointed. Wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry meets Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, at a masquerade ball when she approaches him believing he is a coward because he is not out fighting in WWI like her beloved twin brother. They are mesmerized by each other, but Grace is on a mission to give a white feather to every man not fighting in the war. The white feather represents cowardice and Jack must be a coward. At first he laughs, then appears to get angry and storms out of the ball. Little does Grace know, Jack secretly works for the Crown tracking down German spies and he was distracted by her while on a mission to catch a spy when the spy left the building. So Jack went after him. A few months later, Grace, with her maid in tow, joins the WFS working to make hay for the cavalry horses in the war. She meets 4 other women in the group and begins to make friends and helping them to better themselves. Telling them they can do and be whatever they want to be with a little faith and helping the suffragettes make changes for women. These ladies are working on a farm on the estate property of none other than Jack Bennigham, who was wounded and is recovering at his country home. Grace does not know this until she runs into him while chasing down pigs. She realizes he is the man she gave the feather to but he doesn't recognize her because he is blind now and he has lost what little faith he had and blames God and Grace's father, Patrick Mabry, for his injuries. This is a complicated read, but enjoyable and thought provoking. Who is the traitor sending secrets to the enemy? Will Jack ever regain his sight as well as his faith in God? How much can Grace do for the ladies she works with to really help them? If you like clean, Christian, historical romance with intrigue, faith, love and forgiveness, you will like this book. Pick up a copy and Enjoy! I borrowed this from my local library.
RobinWillson 4 months ago
He had his doubts . . . Living during WW2 wasn't easy. Grace was trying to disgrace men who were conscientious objectors and did not fight in the War by giving them a white feather. What she failed to realize was that there was more than one way to fight, and she singled out Jack unfairly. But it fit his cover story perfectly, since he was actually working as a spy. After she targeted him at the ball, things fell apart - for both of them. Banished from society, Grace joins the WFC as a volunteer. Even though being a volunteer was noble, her place in society wasn't appreciated and didn't set well with some of the other WFC girls, who set out to make her life miserable. The WFC did very hard physical work and Grace was struggling to find work she could do, bungling everything. Circumstances bring Grace and Jack back together, their story woven throughout with spies and subterfuge. It's an interesting, intricate story that holds all your interest, keeping you wondering what will unfold next. Highly recommended - you won't be bored! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. 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.”
FHlady 7 months ago
First off, I have to say I loved the cover on this book. With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover. Meanwhile, suffragette, Grace Mabry, filled with patriotism is handing out white feathers to give notice to cowards that they should be serving on the front the same as her brother. In turn, she has joined the Women's Forage Corps and is working on a farm to grow and harvest hay for the calvary as well as sundry other duties as needed by the troops. This is a sweet WWI romance that immerses the reader in the time period and setting. Grace's descriptions of the scenery and surrounding sights when Jack was blind added to the experience of the setting. Breslin's spiritual thread was sincere and realistic especially in Jack's case due to his brother's death. The value of family and the presence of God in impossible situations permeated the storyline with each of the members in Grace's group of WFC. I found the pacing a bit slow for the first half of the book; but once more action was taking place, I enjoyed it more. This is the third book I have read from Kate Breslin. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other two but would still recommend it. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in a Facebook Giveaway. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
MissTadoodles More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t contain the enthusiasm when I first heard that Kate Breslin was coming out with another book. I squealed when I ordered it seven months later. I jumped for joy when it arrived in my mailbox (silently thanking the Lord the mailman didn’t bend it, stuffing it in my mailbox!) It’s taken me longer to around to reading it sadly, but it was more than worth the wait! Grace is such a wonderfully believable character. Innocent yet admirable, she sets out to do her part in the war effort as a suffragette, to support her twin brother who is fighting overseas. That’s how she meets Jack Benningham. Dressed as Pandora, Grace and her maid crash a wealthy ladies lavish Masquerade ball to handout their white feathers of cowardice. Jack Benningham is not what he appears. Secretly working for British intelligence, seeking to reveal the traitors to their country. However, he didn’t plan on meeting Pandora that fateful night. As her beauty captivates him and he charms her with a gentle kiss on her hand, he becomes amused and enraptured by her boldness as she hands him a white feather. Sadly, he let her beauty distract him from the mission and in pursuit of the spy Jack is devastatingly injured. Jack must not only live without his sight, but he must learn to live by faith; a faith not by sight. Fit with humor, love, and faith this book is one to have on your bookshelf! You will fall in love with it as soon as you open the book and want to share with others. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part Bethany House blogging for book program.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Sometime's we need to see beyond our eyes and with our heart.... Not by Sight By Kate Breslin Grace Mabry will do anything to aid the suffragette effort and help bring the war to an end. And if shaming the wealthy, able-bodied men who refuse to enlist is what she needs to do she'll do it! But when her actions bring down the wrath of her father and Lady Bassett Grace finds herself confined to her home for the foreseeable future. Jack Benningham, one of Grace's targets for shaming, has a secret of his own and Grace's white feather is merely an amusing diversion to his evening, at least until his plans go awry. And unfortunately for him his evening is about to get considerably worse. But when Grace and Jack again cross paths their circumstances have changed. Jack is no longer the carefree playboy Grace chanced to meet in London. And Grace is in service with the Women's Forage Corps working as a farm laborer. Two more unlikely people are about to be just what the other needs if only they can see from the heart and not the eyes. Not by Sight is set in 1917 England as the country deals with the new world that is opening up and changing before them. Those who enjoy historical fiction will find much to like with this book. I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Fans of Downton Abbey Will Love This! There really is so much to be enjoyed in this second novel from author Kate Breslin. It is a complex story of relationships set in the context of a nation at war with all of the subtext and drama that is involved in a turbulent time. For those who enjoy a novel with depth and emotion, I would highly recommend this one. The historical content is outstanding, from research details seamlessly woven into the story that give depth, to the actuality of wartime privations and practices on the home front of Great Britain. Questions about duty and honor abound, as does the theme of judgement, especially when the one observing does not have all of the pertinent information. As a member of a military family, I could really appreciate Grace’s loyalty and support of her brother as he fights during WWI, and perhaps relate to her character with a better understanding of the emotions that enter in while a loved one is away, even as others go on with the business of living. Themes of love, loss, and living beyond a tragedy are explored in depth as is the impact we can have on each other with our words and actions. It is an interesting background to this “Beauty and the Beast” style romance that I enjoyed. Misunderstandings and snap judgements abound and I found myself wondering what it takes to actually know the people we encounter each day. There is much spiritual substance to consider in this novel from various points of view; both believers and skeptics populate this world, and both groups grapple with why God allows things to happen that He could prevent. There is also some discussion about whether or not God punishes us when we take matters into our own hands. Kate Breslin’s sophomore novel is an excellent read for fans of Edwardian Britain, especially those who enjoyed Downton Abbey. I would highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own and I received no further compensation for sharing them.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Not By Sight is an excellent historical fiction. The amount of research and documentation that went into the book could be seen. The story is filled with emotion, faith, history, family, and romance. I look forward to reading more of Kate Breslin's books. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! This book had me captivated from page 1. I couldn't believe how quickly I was drawn in to the story. With it's WWI backdrop and filled with romance and spies and the beautiful landscape of England, it's a book that is sure to please. Grace Mabry is a young suffragette who fears for her brother whos is serving in the Army. She wants to do all she can to help the soldiers overseas fighting the war. Jack Benningham is what some may only see as a spoiled aristocrat who has somehow managed to not serve his country in the armed forces. After a chance encounter with Grace at a masquerade ball, an exciting turn of events will take you on a ride you won't want to stop. This book was fantastic. I have no idea how I haven't read anything by Kate before. The story takes off right from the beginning and never really stops until the end. I was very impressed that it kept my attention and I never got bored. There is a very strong mystery thread that makes you keep turning pages. The romance is there too but it is very subtle, almost like a friendship that turns into romance. There are also a few stories that belong to the supporting characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat as well. There is a lot going on in this book, but I never felt confused or overwhelmed. The only negative, albeit a small one is, I figured out a key part to the story about half way through. Even though this happened I was still completely devoted the story and wanted to see how it all played out. I am so glad I read this book and I can't wait to read more from Kate! Thank you to TBCN and the publisher for the chance to review this book. A positive review was not required.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: A wealthy suffragette crashes a ball and starts an unforeseen ball rolling. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin is set in England during WWI. Grace Mabry, daughter of a wealthy tea shop owner in London, is appalled at the seeming indifference of some upper-class men to the war in Europe. How can they ignore the war, not enlist, and continue gamble, drink, and party as if nothing were happening? She and her maid, Agnes, decide to crash an elegant costume ball to which they were not invited and hand out white feathers of cowardice to those dilettantes. Arriving at the ball, Grace, costumed as Pandora with her box of woes, approaches Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, who typifies the young, able-bodied man who refuses to get involved in the War. As Grace’s own brother, Colin, is off fighting in the trenches, she does not understand this brand of indifference and lifestyle. Grace has little idea of what her action begins. The chain of events proceeding from the “gift” of the feather include Grace being banished from the city, Jack being terribly injured, and a spy hunt encompassing all they know and love. Grace and Agnes join the Women’s Forage Corps, an organization training young women to work on farms and gather hay while the men are fighting overseas. Grace has no idea going into this endeavor how hard the work will be and what she will learn about herself and others. In the meantime, the terribly scarred and blinded Jack Benningham has retreated to Roxwood Manor to lick his wounds and retreat from life. Because of the mask he wears to protect his burned face, he is known as the Tinman and thought of as a monster by the locals. An accident involving a load of pigs (you’ll love the description) brings Grace and Jack to an abrupt meeting. Circumstances conspire to convince Jack to hire Grace as his driver. Little do either of them know what will come of their meeting and what courage will be required when their fervent beliefs are challenged. Kate Breslin is fascinated by this era in our history. She manages to paint a picture of the life of the gentry in England in the World War I era as well as the contrasting picture of the poor and underclasses. The war impacts them all impartially. Changes are coming: the automobile has been introduced, women are forced into and enjoying roles formally the purview of men alone. Using the artifice of Grace’s desire to write, Breslin is able to describe the beauty of the countryside and the people without diverging from the plot. The characters of Grace and Jack are well-written as are the secondary characters of the women serving with Grace in the WFC. You’ll enjoy this journey into rural England as well as the twists and turns of the spy plot. Well done, Kate. Four stars. Not by Sight is a fun read. Kate Breslin hails from Florida but now resides in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, For Such a Time, was a Christy Award Finalist, a double finalist for the RITAs, and won a Carol Award. She lives with her family near Seattle, Washington. Find out more about Kate at Bethany House gave me a copy of Not by Sight in exchange for me unbiased review.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
In Not By Sight by Kate Breslin, Grace Mabry acts on her beliefs that she is aiding her country’s cause when she and a friend plan to pass out white feathers of cowardice at a masquerade ball. She has no forewarning of the coming consequences her actions will have on the lives of others. The story follows Grace after her father sends her to work in the Women’s Forage Corps as punishment for her actions. This story tells of patriotism, love of family, heroic deeds, foolish actions, forgiveness, and the mystery of Lord Roxwood. I did find myself getting the ladies Grace works with in the Women’s Forage Corp (WFC) confused from time to time and had to go back to prior pages to re-orient myself. I liked the way Grace grew and matured over the course of the book. This book is going on my keeper shelf. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MiamiKel More than 1 year ago
Not By Sight is more than just a novel, it's a beautiful period piece. "For King, For Country, For Freedom" become the mantra of this faith-based novel and projects us readers forward into the life-life of WWI movements. Set in the early 1900's, with it's captivating characters and lush descriptions, this historical romance will sweep you off your feet. It's a breathtaking journey into an era that author Kate Breslin allows us to visit through her sweeping tale. Opening with an opulent display of costumes and masks during a posh, polite society ball, Grace Mabry is determined to find out what happened to her missing brother, Colin. With a mane of fiery red hair and emerald green eyes, dressed as the mythical Pandora, she gains entrance into the ball to hand out white feathers, the sign of cowardice and disgrace. And she hands one to Jack Benningham, the dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, of all people! He's working undercover as a spy catcher for the British Crown. He flees the party in search of the spy and is horribly disfigured and blinded and retreats to his country estate for refuge and healing. When Grace is admonished for actions at the ball, her mission to find her brother goes awry when she stumbles, by fate, into the employ of Jack Benningham. Through her work with the Woman's Forage Corps, she becomes Jack's 'eyes' as his driver, his companion, and by eventually letting down her guard, his friend. Her kind nature, strong faith instilled by her mother, coupled with compassion and wit, Jack soon warms to her. He faces disdain from the spoiled brat fiancé who can't bear to look at his disfigurement and blindness and Grace is saddened by her lack of compassion. She's encouraged to help Jack understand God's will and the test is one of faith, not necessarily by sight. They grow to care for each other with understanding and kindness, their connection through their 'question game', making the utmost of their unusual employment. Grace becomes the 'eyes' for Jack, painting beautiful words so he may 'see' what she sees, honing in on her desire to one day pen a novel. Breslin does a wonderful job with this novel. From building upon a time period in history that beholds much sorrow and loss, Grace and Jack's patriotism proves loyal and just. Toss in a warming romance blossoming in the midst of war surely makes the heart swell with the same pride that each felt. That's not only a leap of faith, but a testimony that two souls entangled in uncertainty can see what's right in front of them if they look hard enough. As per the FTC declaration requirements, I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are purely my own.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Not by Sight by Kate Breslin is a fascinating historical novel. The setting is 1917 in Britain during WWI. The major characters are Grace Mabry and Jack Benningham. Grace is a young suffragette who wants to do everything that she can for her country and the war effort. Her twin brother is serving their country, and she judges anyone who does not fight for their country as a coward. Jack Benningham is handsome heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke and has a reputation for being a ladies’ man and gambler. Their first encounter at a masquerade ball does not go well. Grace, judging him to be a coward or worse, presents him with a white feather to symbolize his spineless actions. He, however, cannot forget this glorious, red-haired woman who captures his attention. Their encounter is interrupted, and he flees to pursue someone on whom he has been spying. His actions that night result in an accident that leaves him blind and disfigured. He escapes to the country to recuperate and hide himself from others. As fate would have it, Grace is permitted to go to that same area to work with the WFC—the Women’s Forage Corps—whose work has benefitted greatly the war effort. Grace rises to the challenge of the hard work on the farm; yet, it is different from her life in town. Through several twists Grace and Benningham meet again. Each has their own mistaken opinion about the other and their actions. The story is a very entertaining one that leads to a satisfying conclusion. A very pleasing historical romance with intrigue and suspense. I recommend this book. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Kate Breslin is a storyteller along the brilliance of writers like Angela Hunt and Lisa Wingate. She transports the reader through time and space to a land of the past where she weaves fairytales for women. Not by Sight is another fantastic story by Kate Breslin and one I’d easily recommend for those who enjoy historical fiction. Not By Sight is a story of a big-hearted woman named Grace Mabry who is enraptured by Jack Benninham, He mysteriously departs after their brief meeting but both remain in the other’s thoughts, if not in their view. When Grace takes on employment with the Women’s Forage Corps, she finds herself at odds with Clare Danner. Clare pulls a prank which causes Grace to interact with the mysterious Tin Man of Roxwood and before long she finds herself in his graces. I loved the storyline and the wonderful characters contained within. I especially loved the “aha!” moment when the spy is discovered. Not By Sight is the kind of book you won’t want to end but there is a satisfying sigh of appreciation when you do. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review which I’ve provided here.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
This detailed account of England's part in WWI is educational as well as exciting. The differing viewpoints between those who are for, and those against the war become the strength that holds this compelling story together. While Jack Benningham appears to take the stand of a conscientious objector, Grace Mabry is appalled that any Englishman would not support his country in the war effort. Her relationship with him is tenuous at best. A varied portrayal of colorful characters are depicted throughout this story. As secrets unfold Grace and her coworkers bond together in their cause for the war effort, and become personal and emotional supports for one another. The relationship between Jack and Grace is testy and somewhat gritty. Much of the time they are at odds, but tolerate one another out of necessity. I appreciate the fact that this story is not rushed. There are numerous situations that need resolution, and I enjoyed the various journeys throughout this very interesting novel. Descriptive and poetic, the layers of this story are blended with expertise and lead to very interesting and intriguing developments. The premise for this story brought to mind both Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera, a well developed and pleasurable storybook quality that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this deeply moving novel! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Fun, a reader program through The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining book. I did not want to put it down. I loved the characters and the storyline. I love Ms Kate Breslin play on the title of this book. When I read the title I thought of the scripture in Hebrews. This was a significant point in the storyline among the characters. I liked that the hero was blinded. It really pointed out that when we cannot see we have to trust the people around us to guide us. Jack Benningham experience with blindness provided a vulnerability to the hero. A lot of times we read about these alpha males and they almost seem too perfect. Grace Mabry is loyal to her country. She will do whatever it takes She does not anticipate how one act of from her will affect the life of Jack Benningham. Grace is someone you want to have on your side. Even though she is impulsive, you understand that her heart is in the right place. I admire her for her honesty, determination and grit. She is a woman beyond her times. This reminded me of how we are called to not trust what we see because what we see is temporary. Jack helped us to see how much we are aware of when our sight is taken from us. Grace and Jack both teach us about faith and allowing God to take us where he needs for us to go. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Not By Sight was a good book. It taught me a lot about WWII..I like reading about history in stories. The characters were amazing and so was the story itself. I really liked it. I received this book for free from the author and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.