Title: Grounded Hearts
Author: Jeanne M. Dickson
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The story takes place in Ireland during WWII when Ireland at that time was neutral. When a plane crashes and the injured pilot ends up at the door of a midwife, Nan O’Neil, she risks all to care for him. As the story developed, I got lost in the well described scene of an Irish town and the personal history of Nan O’Neil. The tale gripped my heart as she faced her worst fears and had to decide to risk loving again or captivity for the pilot whom she helps get well.
Some of Nan’s friends were just a hoot and brought laughter at times in different places of the book. There were scenes filled with danger and suspense as well as the constant threat of another local man who helps look for the pilot they know should be in the area. I found myself rooting for Nan to face her past and experience the peace she truly longed for and wanted as well as for Dutch to avoid captivity.
The story is an interesting look back into history in another nation. I enjoyed learning Dutch’s personal history and anxiously read to see what choices he would make that would impact his future. There is one character, the local doctor, whose ability to get medication and other necessities made Dutch’s flight to freedom intriguing. The author does a great job of not revealing how Nan was able to accrue forged documents and other stuff. By not revealing too much, it made the doctor a real intriguing mystery and kept me glued to till the very end.
Grab a copy and enjoy!
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