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Grounded Hearts Paperback – June 13, 2017
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“Grounded Hearts fully captured my attention and reader heart! This book is delightfully immersive and engaging and reading it is an experience I won’t soon forget! The rich setting and intriguing historical circumstances saturate the story with a cozy rainy day atmosphere. Bake some cookies and grab your favorite blanket, reader friends, you won’t want to put this one down!…Overall, I am amazed and delighted that this is Ms. Dickson’s debut novel, just WOW! I can’t wait to read more stories from this promising author.” —Faithfully Bookish
“In Grounded Hearts, author Jeanne M. Dickson has crafted a novel that readers of historical fiction and especially of WWII fiction will absolutely love. Dickson has created characters that readers will immediately fall in love with and a story that will entice and enthrall. The story progresses in a way that readers will want to keep reading and not set the novel down. Well written, engaging, and filled with history and romance, this is a story that readers will enjoy.” —Singing Librarian Books
“If you’re a fan of World War II novels, you’re going to love Grounded Hearts. It’s got everything a story of love during a time of war needs for its readers to be swept away, and the Irish setting is fresh, new, and memorable. You haven’t heard this WWII story yet, and you’re going to want to!” —Susan Meissner, author of A Bridge Across the Ocean
“Grounded Hearts by Jeanne Dickson is a romantic and compelling tale. The details on wartime life in neutral Ireland are fascinating, and the village is filled with a charmingly humorous populace. Dutch and Nan are appealing characters with depth, and their relationship sizzles as they both find healing. Exciting, romantic, funny…Don’t miss Grounded Hearts! I loved this book.” —Sarah Sundin, author of the Waves of Freedom
About 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.
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Irish midwife, Nan O'Neil finds herself in a predicament when an injured Canadian pilot shows up on her doorstep. Ireland has decided to stay neutral during World War II and Nan is therefore required to report the foreign soldier to authorities so he can be interned. After tending to his wounds, she decides to temporarily give him shelter until he is fit enough to sneak up into Northern Ireland where he will be safe. This isn't the only secret she is keeping from others. Nan has been wracked with guilt over what really happened in the death of her first husband. Does she even deserve a second shot at love?
I have read quite a few World War II novels over the years but I think this is the first time I have ever read one with Ireland as the setting. Most of the books usually take place in France, England or Germany. So even though this is a typical war romance novel the location made it a little more unique.
What I enjoyed most about the book was the strong female characters. The midwife, the doctor, and the female mechanic were all capable of taking care of themselves and were independent. This fact isn't really surprising or shocking but just nice that it was displayed full force in this book.
Faith plays a big part in Nan's life but it didn't really overtake the story line in my opinion. There are plenty of cheeky sexual innuendos throughout the book so I wouldn't classify this as Christian fiction even though religion plays a part in the story.
Overall, this is a solid World War II romance. Towards the end it gets a bit messy and a bit absurd but it still is an entertaining read. If you like romance novels especially during WWII than definitely give this one a shot.
I received a free ebook in a giveaway and that is my honest review.