Friday, August 14, 2015

"Not by Sight" by Kate Breslin

About this book:

  “In the spring of 1917, all of Britain’s attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country o the front lines. Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, is young and able-bodied but refuses to enlist despite the contempt of his peers.
  A wealthy young suffragette, Grace Mabry will do anything to assist her country’s cause. Men like Jack infuriate her when she thinks of her own brother fighting in the trenches of France, so she has no reservation about handing him a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball.
  But Grace could not anticipate the danger and betrayal set into motion by her actions, and soon she and Jack are forced to learn the true meaning of courage when the war raging overseas suddenly strikes much closer to home and their fervent beliefs become a matter of life and death.”

Series: As of now, no. 

Spiritual Content- 2 Corinthians 5:7 at the beginning & quoted later a couple times; A few Scriptures are quoted; Talks about, God, Faith, deals & who’s fault it is when something bad happens; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Prayers; Church going; Mentions of Church going & sermons; Grace was raised in a Christian household & has a strong faith; Jack does not believe in God (or that God is real) and says he believes in himself (*Spoiler* But prays at 60pages & 30pages till the end. He starts talking to a Reverend at 10pages till the end. *End of Spoiler*);
*Note: a “go to the devil”; A mention of a devilish smile; The war is called a “kind of hell”; Dressing up as Pandora & many mentions of gods & goddess.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, an ‘idiot’ and a ‘what the devil’; Curses are said but not written (all said by Jack); Sarcasm; Drinking champagne, sherry & wine; Gossip that Jack drinks (to the point of being drunk) & gambles; Mentions of drinking, pubs & playing cards; A story of a cat that’s killed (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Plucking chickens (semi-detailed); Mentions of the slaughterhouse (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of getting a birch rod to your behind; Mentions of starving; Mentions of firing squads (not-detailed); Bombs, dead bodies & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); All about the War.

Sexual Content- Two hand kisses, a check kiss, a semi-detailed kiss & a detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of kisses; Wanting to kiss (semi-detailed); Noticing, Nearness & Smelling (semi-detailed); Touches (semi-detailed); A mention of a seductive smile; Mentions of flirting; One of the girls at WFC had a child out of wedlock; One of the girls at WFC was used to be a prostitute & mentions of being ill-used (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the gossip that Jack “is a playboy, a gambler, and stays out until the dawn.”, a womanizer and that “his nights destroying the reputation of the fairer sex.”; a mention of a wedding night; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Grace Mabry, age 20
-Jack Benningham
                P.O.V. switches between them, Agnes (4 times), Clare (4 times) & Marcus (once).
                                             Set in 1917
                                                        369 pages

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My personal Rating-
(and a half)
Hmmm. I’m having a hard time with this novel. Kate Breslin is a great author, there’s no doubt about that. “For Such a Time” by her is the only WWII book on my historical shelf as nearly all of them are gory and that one wasn’t so. “Not By Sight” was different and though I liked Grace I had difficulty liking Jack. He got better by the end, but I think it’s because he never said he wasn’t a womanizer/playboy. I was shocked at the plot twist & actually was a bit disappointed with it. Some parts were a bit unlikely (it is fiction, though. ;) ), but this author is very good in her descriptions of places. :)  

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.

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