Fiction Book Reviews

Not By Sight – Kate Breslin

Well written stories take us to places and times that linger long after the final page.

About the Book

Not by SightIn the spring of 1917, all of Britain’s attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country on 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 reservations 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. (From Bethany House)

My Thoughts

NBS Quote.pngReading Kate Breslin’s novel, Not by Sight, was like stepping into the world I love researching so much. I almost expected some of my very own characters to emerge among the excellent prose and touch of suspense.

I loved witnessing Jack and Grace’s slow growing friendship and reading their snappy repartee. The way Grace’s personality, her kindness, and intelligence, melts away and the cynicism and wall around Jack’s heart like nothing else.

With romance, some humor, suspense, and weaving in of the power of faith, this story leaves the reader soaking in the light of story even after the book finishes.

Jack’s character was wonderfully wounded. Oh my, Breslin wrote him with such feeling and intensity. I loved being inside his head, a world shrouded in the darkness of sight and heart.

Grace was delightful. Young, faithful, generous of heart, and just enough temper to increase the spark in conversations.

The two of them on the page together brings a smile to my face…except when it broke my heart!

And the well-developed secondary characters (Marcus, Claire) round out this delightful story set in the English countryside in 1917.

This book is definitely going on my favorites’ read of 2019!

About the Author

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A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at



5 thoughts on “Not By Sight – Kate Breslin”

  1. I always enjoy Kate Breslin’s books. Be sure to read the sequel to this, Far Side of the Sea, featuring Grace’s brother.


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