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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Reading Kate Breslin’s High As The Heavens was an arresting and consuming experience. The plot ensnares readers into a web of intrigue, fierce patriotism, love and sacrifice. Primarily set in the underrepresented context of the Belgian resistance during the Great War, there are tantalizing flashbacks of Evelyn and Simon’s early courtship and inevitable separation that heightens the emotional stakes of their reunion. Evelyn and Simon are not immune to the tragedies and ravages of war, and both have employed duplicitous measure for sake of man and country. Breslin ingeniously layers unexpected complexities into the plot and rations details out to the readers in a truly riveting style of storytelling. A magnetizing read from an author who is asserting herself as a tour de force in the historical war romance subgenre.
**Disclosure: review copy provided by publisher via Graf-Martin Communications**