Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson book review.
by Jeanne Dickson
WWII Historical Romance
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.
Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
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Meet the Author
Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. Her grandmother lived with them and was a constant source of stories about life in Ireland and the saints and ancestors long gone from this earth. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling.
Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star.
Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
My Review: Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson is a well crafted and intriguing story. I always enjoy reading stories set in another time…WWII history is one of my favorite time periods. There are so many facets to this time period depending on what part of the world one finds themselves in. This story takes place in Ireland…Ireland remained neutral during the war–not siding with Great Britain or Germany. Before reading this book I just assumed Ireland would have sided with Great Britain.
This story gives the reader a feel for what it would feel like to visit Ireland in 1941…with its lush green countryside and quaint little villages where people care and look out for one another.
There is a romance brewing in this story, however it is not obvious how the two will continue a relationship when the war has only just begun. This adds a level of mystery to the story which keeps calling the reader to another page.
I really enjoyed this story…well wrote and fun to read.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading Historical Fiction, especially World War II history.
I would give this book 5 stars.