Title: Not By Sight
Author: Kate Breslin
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5.
Not by Sight is an exceptional piece of historical writing set during WWI in England with characters that are mesmerizing. We are introduced to a young woman whose brother is in France fighting. She despises those who are still at home enjoying life and wealth; her name is Grace Mabry. Grace’s father owns a tea shop in London, but her mother has died. Grace believes the only way to get others in the fight is to shame them by giving them a white feather. Now, if you’re not aware of what the white feather stands for, it stands for cowardice. This I learned by watching a 1939 movie called, The Four Feathers, which was remade in 2002.
Grace attends a masquerade ball with her maid. She is uninvited, but she will do what she believes will get the war over sooner and her brother home faster. The man she sees and slips the feather to is a man named Jack and what occurs after that moment will keep people turning pages until the very end of the novel! I couldn’t put the book aside for long as the storyline captivated my attention and heart as well as an intense desire to see how the character interactions would play out.
Kate Breslin also wrote For Such a Time, which is another work of historical fiction that reaches out from the pages and captures the heart of anyone who reads the tale. Inside Not By Sight is a tale of mystery, intrigue, courage, love, and more during a time when life was dangerous and sometimes short. There is a group known as WFC (Women’s Forage Corps) where women come together to perform various tasks to send aid to those overseas or those living at home. Grace is a part of a group sent by her father after her actions at the masquerade ball. It was really intriguing to read how these various women worked together and how their group is singled out and investigated because a spy is believed to be in their midst.
Not By Sight is a rich and rewarding masterpiece that I can highly recommend! Don’t forget to read her first novel, For Such a Time, which is also captivating. I highly anticipate whatever may come next from the pen of Kate Breslin!
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