Thursday, March 7, 2019

Rebecca Reviews ~ Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin + Giveaway

Paperback400 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers 
In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life--a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield.

Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel's half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.

When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives 

Rebecca's Review
4.5 stars

"We've had quite the adventure together, haven't we, Lieutenant?" 

When British Lieutenant Colin Mabry is skillfully coerced into a covert meeting with a women he feared to be dead, his life takes on new meaning. . . . .if he remains alive to live it. However, it's a stranger who meets him in Paris; a lovely young woman with her half-sister's diary and a fiery determination to find the woman that Colin once fancied himself to love, but regrettably left behind to brave the ravages of war-torn France on her own. 

Johanna Reyer is also following her father's trail; a man who spoke with both tenderness and regret upon their only meeting. Working at a dovecote for the French Army Intelligence, Johanna is well versed in subterfuge, which proves to be a distinct advantage, for it's going to take every bit of military savvy that Colin Mabry possesses to lead Johanna through the twisted trails of messages and messengers that they encounter on their trek across France and Spain. In reality, their mission is not at all what it seems. 

What a sweet, brilliant mix of hold-your-breath intrigue and be-still-my- heart romance!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

Senior Reviewer, Rebecca Maney

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With over 30 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

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~Happy Reading~


  1. Would love to read this! Thanks for the opportunity.
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  2. I follow through GFC. This story sounds interesting ~ eager to find out how he can be assured it is his beloved's half sister! I would love to give this gently read treasure a second home even if it might contain tea and tear stains! Thanks for this review and the sharing offer. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  3. Kate Breslin is one of my favorite authors! I can't wait to read this one.

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  4. There seems to be quite a bit of World War I and II fiction releasing recently. I would love to give this one a read.


  5. I am following this blog through GFC. Thanks for your great review, Rebecca! Far Side of the sea sounds sooo good! I can't wait to read it!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book! ~Alison Boss


  6. Already following via GFC. Love Kate's books, and the cover seems like it does her book justice. It promises for a good read, and with a review like that I am sure it won't disappoint! I'd love the chance to read Colin and Johanna's story. Thank you for the chance!

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