Friday, July 28, 2017

High as the Heavens

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BRESLIN, KATE
HIGH AS THE HEAVENS

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafe...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 Belgium resistance group.

When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. 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?

My Review:

Voraciously stunning. I couldn't put it down until about two thirds the way through when I was so invested in these characters that I almost didn't want to keep reading because...well....occupied Brussels...resistance groups...spies!!!! I knew it was going to get worse before it got better and I was about jumping out of my skin in fear and trepidation all the while yearning for Eve and Simon to overcome and rejoice in the possibility of a future together. Honestly, my heart was hammering so hard I think I have bruised ribs!

And -- clueless me -- I had no idea there were resistance groups in World War I. Thankfully Kate Breslin has opened my eyes and increased my knowledge in a delightfully captivating way. And be sure to read the author's notes at the back of the book -- even more eye opening and explains the inspiration behind heroine Evelyn Marche.

What an incredible woman! Deeply wounded emotionally but with an inner core of strength that compels her to do amazing things. And I love the contrast the author gives us through flashbacks of Eve before the war. My heart ached for the loss of innocence but I can also see how even the most negative circumstances have shaped the woman she has become.

And Simon with his Scottish bur...fainting couches are a definite requirement for this read! Think brawny and tender and an outrageous tease. When he winks at me...er...at Eve...well, my butterflies have butterflies.

This isn't an easy story to read -- partly because Eve and Simon and a host of other characters are reflections of real life heroes who stood for right in whatever way they could. I dream about having that kind of courage, but I'm honest enough to say I'm not sure I would.

A sensational Historical Romance that educates and inspires even as it entertains.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of High as the Heavens, leave a comment below ore email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 29 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

49 comments:

  1. Kate Breslin is an amazing author. I would certainly love to read this one. Thank you for the opportunity, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't she though? I love how she grabs my attention and messes with my emotions. Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. You have me at Scottish burr (drooling that is)! I love learning history through fiction and it sounds like you did with this book Kav :-) Been seeing this novel around and it sounds like it belongs in my collection :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It definitely belongs in your collection -- and everyone else's too. Good luck, Trixi.

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  3. No need to enter me for the drawing as I have this wonderfully awesome book. I LOVED THIS BOOK. For those who don't win a copy, please do yourselves a favor and buy it. Kate Breslin is a fantastic author and I believe this is one of her best yet!

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. Isn't it amazing? I agree with your endorsement. Everyone needs to read this book. Thanks for chiming in, Cindy.

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  4. Oh I just adore Kate's stories! I have yet to read this fabulous one. LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It's amazing, Susan! Good luck!

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  5. I really loved For Such a Time--I'd love to get a hold of this one!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. This author knows how to tell a story! Good luck, Rachael.

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  6. I loved her other 2 books and can't wait to read this one! Glad it's as wonderful as I hoped it would be, thanks for the giveaway!

    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. It's stunning! Good luck, Lis.

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  7. I've heard lots of good things about this book and now your high praise as well, Kav. Count me in! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. Honestly, it deserves all the praise it can get. Awesome! Good luck, Cheryl.

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  8. I have heard so much about this author..and esp. this book! Think I need to start reading her books. Is it necessary to read her 3 in order????
    I have put books 1 and 2 in my A card and would like to be entered for this one, Kav!
    THANKS for your giveaway.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. No need to read her books in order -- they are standalones. She's an exceptional writer, Jackie. You'll be impressed. Good luck.

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  9. Kate Breslin books sound so great!!! And look at that beautiful cover!
    I'm with you, Kav, I didn't know about the resistance during WWI and would love to read that book to learn more :)

    Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. This is definitely the best way to learn about history! Good luck, Samantha.

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  10. Such a gorgeous cover! And from such a talented author! Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review and giveaway. Your review reflects my reactions and emotions while reading For Such a Time....so I know this one is just as good!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Kate Breslin has a talent for bringing these time periods to life. Good luck, Mindy.

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  11. I don't often read historical fiction that centers around WW1 or WW2, because it can be emotionally draining or anxiety-inducing - two things I enjoy less and less as I get older. Yet, I have her first two books and now I'm willing to follow Kate Breslin anywhere in history. As a side note - this book cover is beautiful! tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I know what you mean but I still have a fascination for World War stories. I think part of it is that I'm so in awe of the people who survived and made a difference. In many ways I feel like we're letting that legacy down in this 'modern' world. Reading this type of fiction brings me back to what is really important. And yes, this cover is sublime. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. I absolutely know what you mean and wholeheartedly agree.

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  12. I've read a few books about this time in history and it never stops to amaze me how brave they were at that time. I really wonder if we could do this today? Do we have it in us to go the extra mile like this. Would love to read this one. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. Lots of scope for reflection in this novel, that's for sure. Good luck, Becky.

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  13. Everywhere I look I see only the best of reviews for this book. would love to see what all the excitement's about.

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. And it is so worth being excited over! Good luck, Diane.

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  14. Kate Breslin is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. The cover is lovely and the story sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Thanks, also, to all you writers who provide good books for this avid reader! 😉
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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  15. I've been reading for many, many years but I don't remember reading anything about World War I. I think it's about time I did. Adding this one to my TBR. Thank you, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. It's truly fascinating. Good luck, Diane.

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  16. This cover is beautiful. On my list....make my wish come true.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. What a gorgeous cover and your review is great. This is a must read book!
    Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  18. Give me spies and WWI and intrigue! This one sounds too good! I want in! Thanks again Kav! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. It's exciting and nerve-wracking! Good luck, Paula.

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  19. Having read and loved Kate's previous books, High as the Heavens was on my "must read" list as soon as I heard of it (as will be subsequent books). Alas, I haven't yet been able to read it. As usual, your review was great. Thanks for the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You'll definitely want to read this one, Pam. And soon! Good luck!

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  20. Oh yes, I love that time period and reading anything that also teaches me more about behind the scenes type of things! I can't wait to read this one eventually, I have heard nothing but great reviews about it!

    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. It deserves all those great reviews! Good luck, Laura.

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  21. I totally agree with your awesome review!! I just finished reading this book and it's wonderful.

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    1. Isn't though? I think everyone needs to read it. :-)

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  22. Looks like a good Historical Fiction book. Thanks for the chance
    iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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  23. I stare at this book and know it has to be amazing just because of the cover! (Yes, I'm a cover judger 😆) I almost can't wait for school to start so I have a few quiet hours to read.lol

    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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  24. I stare at this book and know it has to be amazing just because of the cover! (Yes, I'm a cover judger 😆) I almost can't wait for school to start so I have a few quiet hours to read.lol

    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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  25. Even though I didn't like learning history in school, I love reading historical fiction books! Part of that is because I'm a bit older now and also the authors make it much more fun to read about than the history books did. Thanks for the review and giveaway. I can hardly wait to read this one! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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