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In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

395 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 2017

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Kate Breslin

10 books1,037 followers
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her first novel, For Such A Time, won American Christian Fiction Writers 2015 Carol Award. Kate's latest novel, As Dawn Breaks, released in November, 2021. When she's not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington's beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, Barcelona, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at www.katebreslin.com

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2,402 reviews1,330 followers
June 2, 2017
Oh, this was like a warm blanket and a fire on a chilly, rainy day...or like eating gourmet mac and cheese when you've had a bad day. This type of story hits all my cozy spots and makes me want to climb into the story and hug all the characters, maybe even jump up and down with them for their joy and cry with them in their pain.

I knew from a few of the advance reviews that it was going to be exactly my sort of story. The plot is one of my personal favorites, partly because it isn't done often and done well even less often. A widow, still thinking longingly of the husband she'd had too little of to begin with, having him drop into her life, alive? Add spies and danger to it, and Evelyn can't even begin to tell him everything that happened to her after she heard word he died in a plane crash and went to her mother's side in Belgium. (You think the Nazis are bad...well, these were their daddies, and we'll just say blood shows, sometimes.)

Then of course there's the deadly double agent, the mysterious leak in the Resistance, where Eve is doing all she can to get the Huns defeated and out of Belgium before she loses her mother and remaining aunt and uncle. (I especially loved her frail mother's brave help of the cause by pricking codes into her lace patterns...genius!)

The pages almost turned themselves...if you like WW1, spies, and romance, you must read this book!

Content: Eve is Catholic, so there's confession and an image of the Madonna and child in her room. She is fond of saying "Dear Lord" when in distress, but it seems to be said as a prayer because of the context. There is some married flirting between her and her husband, and a description of attempted rape, but nothing too graphic.
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2,913 reviews
September 8, 2017
This is the second book I have read by Kate Breslin; and, once again, her writing was incredible. Taking place in Belgium during World War I, Breslin brought Brussels to life with her rich historical detail of the life and times during this period. The story line was captivating as British Red Cross nurse, Evelyn Marche, plays a dual role in historical events. I felt her angst as she finds herself caught between being friendly with the Germans and supporting the allies. I loved the surprise when Captain Simon Forrester is shot down in Belgium and Evelyn discovers that her dead husband is very much alive. The secondary characters fleshed out the plot wonderfully. Strong Christian thread throughout which just added even more depth. Definitely an excellent read that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy World War I fiction.

FAVORITE QUOTES: "Guilt can become a stumbling block to keep us from God's mercy......Our Lord is always ready to forgive, eager to take us back into the fold of His love."

"No such thing as too many books, my dear!"

"Jesus was Love, and love was all of those things: gentleness, patience, and understanding."

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaway and Bethany House. I was not required to write a review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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213 reviews18 followers
July 18, 2017
Before anything else, can we just take a moment to admire that cover? *sighs happily* It's even more beautiful in person!

Now onto my long-awaited review of this lovely book. ;)

Lovely Things:

- The plot. It was so unique, as it focused on Belgium during WWI, which is actually the first of its kind that I've seen. The main character Eve works for a Belgian resistance group as a spy, and the romance revolves around a married couple rather than two people falling in love. SO YES. This was a super unique premise! There is a lot of suspense/intrigue throughout the story, and the stakes are set high. Like really high. I was on the edge of my seat at parts. o.o

- The characters. YESSSS. The characters in this story were the best. I loved Eve and Simon, both so very different yet so very perfect for each other. Eve was gentle and compassionate but also independent and spirited. AND YES, I'M ALL FOR THAT. It's so refreshing to find characters who aren't either a) wimps or b) superhumans with no emotions. Ahem. :P And Simon was rather wonderful, too...because hello, he's Scottish. That's enough reason to like him. *winks* I also loved the supporting cast of characters: Maddie, Eve's WONDERFUL friend; Father Francois, the best priest I've ever read about in fiction--he was probably one of my top characters; and Zoe, Eve's younger sister. AND THAT'S JUST THE START. I'm in love with this amazing cast of characters!

- The themes. Family plays a key role in this book. It's clear how much they all love each other, and Eve's devotion to them is really touching. There are also beautiful themes of redemption and forgiveness, as well as conquering the imprisoning power of guilt. GAH. It was all so splendidly done. <3

- The excitement. As I mentioned earlier, Eve is a spy. There are also double-agents, secretive messages, some brilliant spy tactics, and looooots of intrigue. THIS IS MY KIND OF BOOK, PEOPLE. I just loved the mysterious aspect of the plot.

- The writing. Oh my, the writing was lovely. The descriptions were so well-done, and the writing was emotionally raw. And believe me, this is a BIG deal. If I don't have an emotional attachment to the characters, forget it. I'm just not going to properly enjoy the book. Thankfully, High as the Heavens does a marvelous job of pricking my emotions. LIKE CONSTANTLY.

- The flashbacks. They were so heartbreaking yet so exquisitely managed. MY HEART. <3 I love when books have meaningful flashbacks like that! It's a glimpse at the characters before all the heartbreaking stuff happens and IT'S SO WONDERFULLY DONE.

Not So Lovely Things:

You might be thinking, "So why four stars? It sounds like you love everything about this book."

Wellll, you're mostly correct. Unfortunately, I did have some issues with the book.

- The content. OKAY. I love Eve and Simon's relationship...BUT I felt uncomfortable at times reading about their romance. It was like spying on a married couple, and frankly, that made me feel Very Awkward. There wasn't anything over-the-top, but there were lots of kisses (some described), a bit of teasing between husband and wife (which is totally okay--I just don't feel comfortable with it seeing as I'm not married), and a couple scenes where they sleep together. They also long for each other at times, wishing they could kiss. Again, I know the characters are married, so there isn't anything wrong with their conduct. I just felt uncomfortable reading about it at times. This IS an adult book, so it's not really intended for younger audiences anyway. And thankfully, the stuff I described isn't dwelt on the entire book. The plot isn't bogged down by the romance, so I was able to keep reading it still.

On another note, there was also one chapter in particular that was EXTREMELY HARD to read.

The content aside, I really loved this book! Due to the things I mentioned, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they're at least 16+.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

4 stars!
March 6, 2019

What a thrill ride! Breslin's latest has non-stop action and intrigue set in the fascinating time period of World War I. The characters are detailed and realistic, reflecting emotions that speak to a broad audience in any era. The storyline is intricately plotted and filled with incredible detail that will keep readers engaged and desperate to know what will happen. The romance is tender and the historical events are captivating, making this a book that is not to be missed.
Evelyn Marche is a nurse serving in German occupied Brussels in 1917. She acts as though she is loyal to the Germans, but she is secretly working for the resistance. Widowed early in the war, Evelyn puts her head down and does what she can to help the allies. One night, a British plane crashes into the park, and Evelyn recognizes Simon Forrester — her husband. She risks everything to hide him and his mission from the Germans, but the danger grows worse by the day and they do not know who they can trust.
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1,660 reviews507 followers
November 27, 2017
High as the Heavens is one of the rare WWI novels found in Christian Fiction. The main characters are a nurse (Evelyn) and a pilot (Simon). I loved the unique twist in the romance portion of the novel in that the characters are already married. In the pages, readers get a glimpse at what life was like in Belgium during WWI.

I don't typically comment on covers. This one is particularly appealing.

Many thanks to Goodreads friend Christine for letting me borrow the novel.
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629 reviews826 followers
December 16, 2017
Hmmm . . . 3.5 stars.

This was a bit of a disappointment in some ways.

The characters were fascinating, and had my interest from page one. The writing style, as I've already come to expect from Breslin, was beautiful. The story kept me turning pages and was unique, multifaceted, and full of suspense.

And I loved the tie-in to Not by Sight! That was so awesome! I totally started fangirling when Marcus Weatherford was mentioned. I really hope he gets his own book!

A couple of gripes:

While it was in no way not "clean", the romance was a bit much for me; too descriptive and intimate. What I loved about Breslin's other book, Not by Sight, was how pure, sweet and wholesome the romance was. Not quite so with this one. It was more excusable because but still.

The lack of communication between the MCs drove me nuts throughout much of the book. Yes, it furthered the story, but seriously? Does nobody know how to do this thing called communication?

Simon also drove me crazy throughout the first bit. Dude! Have a little faith! And trust. Ever heard of those two things?

All in all, this wasn't a bad book, at all, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did Breslin's other book.

Recommended for ages 16+ for romance and mature themes.

CONTENT NOTE: There is a fair amount of violence, mostly war-related. This is WWI, after all. Also Also a hefty bit of romantic longing and attraction, kisses, sleeping together, etc between
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Author 25 books1,032 followers
July 10, 2019
Evelyn Marche is a nurse currently working for the resistance while playing nice with the Germans in war-occupied Brussels. Her life is a barrage of secrets propelled by a haunted past. While she works at her aunt and uncle’s café and saves lives from both sides of the war, you know that she is just going through the motions. She’ll stay alive for her mother, for the Resistance that needs her, and to retrieve her siblings, lost in France.

But underneath Eve’s complicated and complex world of intrigue and her highly skilled spy work, she goes through the motions, rendered an automaton by the death of her pilot husband years before.

A tragic sequence of circumstances thereafter pricks at her constantly and she is but a shell of a person with really nothing to lose after life and love were ripped from her.

When detoured from a night time assignment by a plane crash in Brussels Park, Eve never expects she will find herself face-to-face with her supposedly dead husband, Simon Forrester. Now, caught playing a dangerous game of roulette, she’ll have to risk his trust to save his life ---even as she keeps the darkest secrets from the person who should know and love her best.

GUYSSSSSSS what we have here is one of Rachel’s FAVOURITE ROMANTIC TROPES: something I like to call The Pimpernel. For those of you familiar with Orczy’s classic ( and if you aren’t what have you been doing with your life?), it features a married couple who due to secrets and mistrust are torn apart even as they STILL LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY FOREVER AND EVER and WANT TO SHARE KISSES AND TOUCHES AND EACH OTHER FOREVER AND I CANNOT EVEN DEAL.

Here, like Sir Percy, Simon is rattled by the fact that his beloved and rediscovered wife may indeed be a traitor while Eve is confronted with the treacherous fact that the return of her husband means finally spilling a secret that has ruined her at core.


WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE and oh is it ever achingly, seethingly , bone-tinglingly delicious as time is meted out in slow, languorous romantic breaths and you are all: OH PLEASE END THIS INSANITY AND KISS FOREVER

It’s really lovely and done so well: especially when embroidered with sweet tantalizing scenes from the past. We see Simon and Eve fall in love and must reconcile the sepia-tinted light of these remembrances with the hardened, challenged and war-torn people they are at present.

OF COURSE THEY STILL LOVE EACH OTHER and would die for each other a thousand times over but THEY CANNOT TELL EACH OTHER without risking their respective causes and Eve is near rendered mute by a secret that clogs her throat and catches her breath and she wonders if Simon could ever truly love the woman who, out of desperation, was forced to make a lethal choice.

And what is AWESOME about this, reader friends, is that the longer the game goes on, the more confusingly intricate the web becomes. You think that everything is smoothed out like a crease in your favourite pencil skirt, but NO, she throws another wrench into things because she takes DELIGHT IN TORTURING US. To add to the torture, she has a lovely and poetic way of painting a physical connection between our two leads that is whisper light and passionate and alluring—while reminding us that their true connection is strung together with a deeper knot. The more we see Simon and Eve in their respective roles for the cause, the more we are met with the commonalities that surge between them and can truly buy into their connection and story on an inherently intelligent level.

Breslin also does well at painting both sides of the conflict in sympathetic light. Eve’s ability to understand the plight of the German enemies she waits on ( and whose lives she saves as a skilled nurse) even as she aids the allied effort are human and as rooted in an impossible situation as she is. Breslin also (of course, its Breslin) impresses an impressive understanding of culture and verisimilitude as is trademark in her historical fiction.

But, mostly, and above all, she makes you love. She makes you love the ginger-haired Scotch pilot with the calloused hands and roguish burr and his Eve--- a stroke of genius in the name--- the woman who could be his saviour or the downfall of his life and his heart…. Again.

A series of games, clues, breathless escapes, creaks and snippets of war on the European front, you will have to navigate a world of double-agents and betrayals. But rest safe in the hands of Breslin’s competent pen, her fully realized characters and … of course… an “OMG YOU DIDN’T THIS IS THE BEST EVER PIMPERNEL ROMANCE AND I CANNOT EVEN”

Thanks to Bethany House and Netgalley and Kate Breslin for ruining me for the real world
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1,950 reviews548 followers
April 9, 2018
High as the Heavens was a captivating novel set during WWI. I found myself drawn into the story relatively quickly and it got to where I did not want to put the book down (seriously, I kept picking it back up to read every chance I could find). :)

At first I wasn't sure what I thought about the story when it switched from present to past events; but, after thinking about it some more, I realized that it actually helped me understand the backstory better and I now love the way that was written.

The romance was lovely and I felt for the characters so much. They went through a lot and I was hoping things would work out for them in the end.

All in all, while High As the Heavens is my first read by Kate Breslin, I definitely plan on reading more of her stories now. I highly recommend this book!

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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Author 29 books1,278 followers
July 27, 2017
The heartache and hope of WWI Belgium and France comes to life in this exciting and impactful story! Author Kate Breslin has done a masterful job weaving a complex tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and restoration that will keep you guessing and turning the pages to see what happens to these beloved characters. The historical details are well researched and make the story even more meaningful without overshadowing it. Well done and highly recommended.
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2,006 reviews1,210 followers
April 8, 2018
Honestly, in order to get everything out of this book, it might need to be read twice. This is so packed with emotion, faith, espionage, danger, surprises, history (!!!), action, drama, and romance at its best. I could not put this down...as much as I needed sleep, I just couldn't set it back on the nightstand.

Eve Marche is a British Red Cross nurse in German occupied Belgium. Gathering intelligence for a resistance group, she also treats German soldiers at the hospital, and is especially scrutinized after a new director of nursing is hired.

Being informed 3 years ago that her husband (Simon Forrester) was killed, she never expected that the pilot in the downed aircraft she ran to assist could possibly be the love of her life. Neither knew the other was alive and working undercover. Now, as she nurses him back to health and hiding his true identity from Germans interrogating him, she must get him out of there, and try to figure out who among those she works closely with is the double agent.

Eve is a complicated and brave woman, battling demons from a severe event at the beginning of the war. She resists closeness to her husband because she feels unworthy. If he knew what she lived through and what she did, she's sure he would reject her anyway. But oh, how that man loves her!

This is a stunning work of historical fiction I will enjoy reading a second time!
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Author 4 books72 followers
July 22, 2017
Why I Choose this Book:

Historical Fiction.
World War One.
Enough said.

What I Thought about this Book:

Oh my lands, folks. This book. This book was amazing. The first half of the book I kinda had my mouth wanting to drop open because it was nearly a five-star read and that happens about once every two years with me when I read a fiction book.

I’m still not sure what all the elements were that brought this book so seamlessly together in my mind, but it intrigued me, excited me, and made me want to keep reading, reading, reading. The writing was really fantastic, the characters seemed real, and I was totally unsure of who I was supposed to trust.

The main character was quite relatable and every few chapters we’d go back to her life before the war and see a glimpse of who she had been. I’m generally not a fan of that writing style, but in this case the author pulled it off very well. It gave a much clearer idea of who we were dealing with, and made the characters seem very real outside of the war effort. It made the war seem more painful, because we saw all the characters had taken away from them when the war started.

In the same way that I don’t know why the book totally drew me in, I’m also unsure of why, but the second half of the book took a bit of a downward spiral for me. I still enjoyed it and wanted to know what was going to happen next, but it was a solid three stars, not the five stars like the first half of the book.

The romance in the book was something that I skimmed over at times so I’m not incredibly sure how much details there were, but from what I read it wasn’t too bad, and there was an element that I’ll refrain from sharing cause of spoilers, but it made the romance way better than most books.

I don’t recall there being a ton of faith content in the book, but what there was it was from a Catholic perspective. The main character did have some horrors of war that she was dealing with, and so that plays a factor into the faith content part of the plot.


There’s violence and other war-ish things that play a huge part of the book, but for the most part it wasn’t too detailed. Still, this isn’t a book I’d give to young (or even middle) teens.


I’m giving High as the Heavens 4 out of 5 stars, and 7 out of 10

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Lori.
48 reviews4 followers
September 21, 2021
I really liked this book. This author is a great writer. The story was detailed and captivating, keeping me interested from start to finish while trying to guess the traitor along the way.

The only reason I won't give it 5 stars is because of all the Catholicism references. Both holy water and the rosary were mentioned in the context of seeking help. One of the parts I disliked the most was when Eve, (who is a 'Believer') wondered about her husband who had died..... "was he in heaven? She desperately wanted to believe so. He died a hero's death, had always been a good & kind-hearted man" ..... This is a distortion of God's saving grace. We are saved by faith, not by works.
When reading a book like this, heavy into Catholicism, you never have any real hope because the reader is never pointed to the Lord Jesus and His strength to get a person through a situation; this hopelessness was felt throughout the book. I don't mean to be preachy and though this was a very good story, I prefer to read solid Christion fiction, because it's always edifying and encouraging.
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629 reviews
June 5, 2017
I really enjoyed this read for three main reasons.
First, it was set in WWI. Most historical fiction reads are WWII. I'm not sure why, but the facts and history of the Second World War are much more popular among writers.

Secondly, the setting was in Brussels. The setting lends itself to more of what it was like to live in a country occupied by Germany. Concentration camps, Germany itself, and many other places are frequently used as the settings for books. I really enjoyed this one as it was a bit different.

Third,the book continues past a wedding! This is something that I wish more writers would do! Romance doesn't end at the wedding, and life in some ways is just beginning.Even if it isn't a long part of the novel, I always enjoy reading books that show married life...just a hint to any writer. :)

I love books too, that go back and forth in time. My only teensy problem was that at a certain part in the book it seemed to drag...at least for me. Though that very well could have been just because I wanted the mystery solved. Perhaps it was a brilliant ploy by the author to hold that off a bit. Either way, I really did enjoy this novel. The characters seem realistic ( though Eve needed a good shake a few times), the plot was well done, and it keeps you engaged to the very end.

Some other things I enjoyed about the book the most will have to be left out as I don't want to put in anything considered a spoiler. If you love historical fiction...just read it!

" She fell to her knees, pride and anger forgotten. Lord, please let my family live."

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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323 reviews69 followers
November 12, 2017
First of all, I love how the story followed a married couple, Eve and Simon, instead of a couple that falls in love and gets married at the end of the book (as much as I love those, this was a nice change, especially in a stand-alone book). The author captured their emotions and feelings beautifully and transparently- Eve’s anguish and fear, Simon’s wariness and anger, and above all, their joy to be reunited and their love for each other. These characters had depth and I loved reading their story.

The book started off with several chapters that alternated between the past and the present. I didn't think this part flowed as well as the rest of the book, but I liked how the author told us right off the bat the troubled parts of Eve’s past instead of dropping hints (another nice change!).

Eve’s spying and the double agent made for an exciting and dangerous story, and I found myself holding my breath to see what would happen next. Another great read by Kate Breslin!
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467 reviews
June 6, 2017
There is a lack of fiction based on and around the First World War. Its a problem in both general fiction and Christian fiction. Downton Abbey helped bring that time period to literary life, but there is still a lack of WW1 specific fiction.
With her previous novel, Not by Sight and now this novel, Breslin does her part to bring WW1 to life. In this novel, Breslin brings Belgium and parts of Frnace to the forefront as they bore the brunt of the German offense. The history came to life but it was the characters who shone. From Eve and Simon and their untraditional love story (which never outshines the plot) to the minor characters-Maddie, Dom, the Priest and a couple villains- all bring different arcs and depth to the story. The brutality of war is also shown, but it fits into the story.
I tried to read this in one setting and when forced to put it down, I anticipated finishing it. This is Breslin's best novel to date.
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2,780 reviews465 followers
July 3, 2017
Once you turn the first page will you be hooked on this story including time and place, and will be walking in our heroine’s shoes, this is WWI.
We meet Evelyn, Eve, as a teenage, and even then she has an attraction for her father’s student Simon, and we follow her whirlwind romance and wedding. So little time, and yet so much love, you will ache that they had to say goodbye.
A woman that does all she can to help her parent’s homeland, Belgium, with heart in hand she goes above and beyond. She is a nurse and a good one; she uses this to help in fighting the enemy in ingenious ways.
You will feel the sense of loss, and then found, and loss again, a roller coaster ride, and all the while a feeling that you are being led by God. There are so many beloved characters here, and yet you are waiting for the other shoe to drop and find that one who is not what they seem, and yet hoping for the best.
As the last page is turned there was a sense of loss as I wanted to continue in their lives, and yet you want the evil that was in Europe at that time defeated. What a great read!
I received this book through Bethany House Blogging Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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2,188 reviews137 followers
June 19, 2017
What a captivating story! There were so many things I loved about this book. One of my favorite things about High as the Heavens was the way the author slowly revealed important pieces of information as the story unfolded. This technique kept me enthralled and made the espionage storyline in the novel feel very real. I also enjoyed getting glimpses of events from the past that helped me understand Evelyn’s history.

I loved the fact that this was a WWI spy novel. It was such a unique setting and full of intrigue and danger. I could feel the uncertainty regarding who could be trusted in such perilous times. The author kept me guessing from beginning to end as to how everything and everyone was connected. I enjoyed this book so much!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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2,813 reviews1,728 followers
July 28, 2017
Voraciously stunning. I couldn't put it down until about two thirds the way through when I was so invested in these characters that I almost didn't want to keep reading because...well....occupied Brussels...resistance groups...spies!!!! I knew it was going to get worse before it got better and I was about jumping out of my skin in fear and trepidation all the while yearning for Eve and Simon to overcome and rejoice in the possibility of a future together. Honestly, my heart was hammering so hard I think I have bruised ribs!

And -- clueless me -- I had no idea there were resistance groups in World War I. Thankfully Kate Breslin has opened my eyes and increased my knowledge in a delightfully captivating way. And be sure to read the author's notes at the back of the book -- even more eye opening and explains the inspiration behind heroine Evelyn Marche.

What an incredible woman! Deeply wounded emotionally but with an inner core of strength that compels her to do amazing things. And I love the contrast the author gives us through flashbacks of Eve before the war. My heart ached for the loss of innocence but I can also see how even the most negative circumstances have shaped the woman she has become.

And Simon with his Scottish bur...fainting couches are a definite requirement for this read! Think brawny and tender and an outrageous tease. When he winks at me...er...at Eve...well, my butterflies have butterflies.

This isn't an easy story to read -- partly because Eve and Simon and a host of other characters are reflections of real life heroes who stood for right in whatever way they could. I dream about having that kind of courage, but I'm honest enough to say I'm not sure I would.

A sensational Historical Romance that educates and inspires even as it entertains.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
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852 reviews178 followers
August 31, 2017
Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-1bz

Due to the nature of this story, my review will be relatively brief in order to avoid spoilers. I highly recommend this book!

Eve is the kind of heroine readers love wholeheartedly! I admire her courage, intelligence, and loyalty. While she wrestles with her faith and grief, Eve's work with the Belgian resistance makes it necessary for her to keep secrets from her loved ones and take risks with their safety as well as her own.

The challenges and pressures of the folks have who have experienced war at this level are hard to comprehend yet the author gives readers a glimpse of their story. High as the Heavens reveals not only the bravery of the characters but also their heart, resilient spirit, and faith! May we never forget.

I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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2,001 reviews190 followers
June 7, 2017
Set in Belgium and (briefly) France against the backdrop of World War I, this novel is absolutely riveting! British nurse Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at her uncle and aunt's café...so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group. When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts alarmingly high, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

Kate Breslin works this novel amazingly well. She pulls the reader into the drama seamlessly and weaves it all together so very well. The intrigue and danger of that time in history is played out and played well indeed. Her research is impeccable and her dramatization of the era is spot on. Every move Eve makes, she is watched, everything she does is watched. She must be so incredibly careful in everything, even tiny details, to avoid being shot as a spy. Breslin makes this time in history come alive for the reader and I was on pins and needles through the last half of the book! I enjoyed it tremendously. Highly recommended.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are my own and honest.
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Author 2 books355 followers
June 25, 2017
Kate Breslin fashions an intriguing, harsh, heart-rending, and ultimately beautifully redemptive tale set during World War I. I loved this author's Not By Sight, and was very eager to pick up High As the Heavens! What a fantastic read.

Following the life of a nurse in war-torn Belgium, invaded and ruled by the enemy Germans, we encounter downed Allie planes, spies, dark secrets, and daring escapades.

I really liked our main character, Eve. Despite the horrible things she has endured/seen/been a part of, she remains a lovely, though broken, woman whom you can't help but root for. I was delighted, intrigued, and frightened by turn by all the things going on in her life. And always hoping she would run back to God and find peace and healing in His presence.
Loved Simon too. *sigh* Just ... go pick up this book and read about him.
There were a lot of other characters I liked as well, but I won't give away any possible spoilers by naming them! But truly, there was a great cast of characters in High As the Heavens, and I wouldn't mind a sequel at all! *winks*

The flashbacks in the beginning of the book were very well done, and I found them so beautiful, though tinged by a bittersweet air. The story definitely had a heaviness to it, but was truly infused with hope as well. Despite some dark moments, I felt High As the Heavens overall, was a fairly fast-paced, exciting, and lovely story.

There was a theme of faith and redemption, and an utterly beautiful romance. Though there was a little bit of "adult content" concerning a married couple, and felt, for the most part, that the romance scenes were tastefully done - and Kate Breslin really showed glimpses of what a godly, committed, beautiful marriage and tender husband look like. A few moments nearly took my breath away, so poignant and deep they were. *smiles*

A lot of interesting insight into World War I. This author did such a good job, and I feel like I learned quite a bit! Wow. What a time of turmoil and need and strangeness and craziness. Some of it is mind-blowing, and it makes one thankful for the soldiers who fought so bravely on our behalf.

All in all, another wonderful read by Kate Breslin! I look forward to reading by her again!

I received a copy of High As the Heavens from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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1,555 reviews3,400 followers
July 17, 2017
{{This is a Goodreads Only Review! Meaning, this review will not be posted on 'Books for Christian Girls'. }}

I was very excited for this book. It was on my list of anticipated books for 2017. You see, I really enjoyed the author’s previous two books and all the faith content. Her writing is so well-done and makes you feel like you're right there with the emotions of the main characters. Unfortunately, that was a downfall in this novel.
This book had the interesting twist of taking a few chapters and skipping back to where our characters first interacted with each other and fell in love. That also adds many hints to and leading up to a wedding night. Their intimate words were too much and, honestly, I don’t see why those parts were needed. Back to the book’s present day, the couple is wanting to touch and embrace again. There are also hints and flashbacks from an attempted rape that is a trigger warning for some.
I’m very disappointed not to finish this one because of the content.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this honest review.
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674 reviews104 followers
July 10, 2017
{3.5 stars}

Who doesn't like a good spy story?

In her lovely style of writing and intriguing story line, the author wove a fascinating espionage plot that kept me fascinated until the end. I absolutely LOVE the cover, and when I first saw it a year ago, I knew I simply HAD to read it!

There were a few moments throughout that my attention wasn't held. It was full of so many amazing moments, but I think some of the intense scenes weren't as written as action filled as they should have been. There were several violent moments, one scene more detailed than the rest. But overall, nothing that was too detailed. Can't help having some violence in a war book ;)

Eve and Simon's relationship was so lovely. I haven't read a lot of books where the main characters are married, and it was a nice change. There were lots of kisses throughout (all pure and right, and nothing extremely detailed),and some readers might be uncomfortable with some insinuations of married life.

The religious message is from the Catholic point of view. It wasn't extremely heavy, and there did seem to be moments that pointed to salvation in Christ. Then again, one moment Eve thought how she had been forgiven by God by confessing to the priest. Nonetheless, relying on God and having faith in Him was great throughout.

This author knows how to weave a good story, and I'm looking forward to possibly trying more of her works in the future!

*I received this from Bethany House in an exchange for an honest review*
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568 reviews38 followers
September 12, 2018
Trapped behind enemy lines in German-occupied Belgium, Evelyn Marche spends her days working as a Red Cross nurse and her nights secretly working as part of La Dame Blanche, a resistance group working to undermine the German war effort. En route to her latest rendezvous, a plane crashes, its sole survivor a dead man -- Eve's husband Simon Forrester, long thought perished in the early days of the war. Equal parts shocked and delighted, Eve's new mission priority becomes protecting her husband from a German firing squad. But three years of separation and the horrors of war have taken a toll on each of them, creating a chasm so wide, so fraught with pain, it seems impossible to cross. In a world devoid of hope, Eve's greatest wartime victory may be finding the courage to believe in the hope of a future again, a hope that includes the man she long thought lost to her forever.

This book is absolutely stunning in every respect. Breslin has delivered a pitch-perfect novel of suspense and romance set against a backdrop of one of the modern world's most horrific conflicts. I have spent far more time studying World War II history than its predecessor, and the research Breslin incorporated into her storyline provides a stark, eye-opening picture of life under seige. I was completely unaware of what happened in Louvain in 1914, and the shocking turning point it represents in modern warfare of not sparing non-combatants from conflict, instead actively attacking the civilian population as a method of spreading fear and chaos.

Breslin deftly skates the line of sharing enough detail and reality of the world in which Eve lived during the war to make the reader fully appreciate the horror of her situation without being gratuitious. It is a delicate balance but one I think she achieves with aplomb -- this is a book that made me fully appreciate the horror and oppression Eve experienced -- war is not sugar-coated or glossed over, making the hope and redemption woven throughout the storyline stand out in potent contrast.

One of the things I appreciated most about this novel (aside from the swoon-worthy romance, the expertly-plotted narrative, and the wealth of historical detail) is that Eve, Sebastian, and every individual they encounter feel wholly organic and true to the time period in which they lived. This is a historical that is so deliciously immersive it could be easy to take the wealth of carefully placed detail, mannerisms, and historical context liberally peppered throughout these pages. There is a filmic quality to Breslin's prose that makes it almost deceptively easy to slip into her carefully-crafted worlds and lose oneself in every story beat.

Breslin is a master wordsmith and this novel is her master class in fictional excellence. Every aspect of this storyline is seamlessly woven together to create an intricately-wrought whole that lives in the reader's memory long after the final pages. I was SO impressed with the wartime espionage thread woven throughout Eve's story. Breslin deftly plants enough clues and red herrings to keep readers guessing throughout, and the mystery and suspense lover in me adored seeing that aspect of the storyline delivered in such a thoroughly engaging and expert manner.

Also, I cannot fail to second Rachel McMillan's comment on the "Pimpernel" aspect of this plot, which is, quite possibly, one of my FAVORITE THINGS EVER. The gender-flipped Pimpernel aspect of this storyline is brilliantly handled and adds a layer of suspense, depth, and high stakes to Eve and Sebastian's tension-fraught reunion. Which brings me once again to a point that I cannot stress deeply enough: this romance made my heart sing. Sebastian and Eve are a heart-stopping couple. This is not just a romance it is a relationship with depth and heart and ALL THE FEELS.

Breslin is an incredible author, and this story is a gift. I cannot wait to read more of her work!
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1,349 reviews26 followers
August 22, 2017
I LOVED this story! Kate Breslin is a master storyteller. I was immediately swept into the story. The danger and intrigue kept me turning the pages. Eve and Simon's story is one of sacrificial love and devotion. The story is grounded with deep spiritual truths. This book is a MUST read!
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956 reviews106 followers
August 14, 2017
Kate Breslin has done it again. Her WWI novel High as the Heavens is an instant hit among readers. This is a fabulous and delightful romance story with a bit of mystery intertwined that will make readers not want to put down this historically detailed and filled novel. From the beginning, this historically rich story will grip the heart strings of readers and remind them of the true meaning of love and family. Breslin does an excellent job of bringing to life the events of WWI in this exquisite story in a way that will not soon be forgotten. Readers will definitely want to pick this book up at their local bookstores.

Genre: historical, romance, mystery, WWI, Christian
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Number of pages: 395

A review copy of the book provided by the author’s team. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 1 book93 followers
February 16, 2018
Such an interesting read that kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. As always, I love a historical novel that takes me to times and places I've never been before. I don't think I'd ever read a novel set in Belgium before and have read very little if any during the World War 1 time period. I'll have fond memories of how the hero called his heroine "lass". Loved that :) One thing - I was hoping the exact phrasing of the title would be used at the end of the book for a completely satisfying conclusion, but it wasn't the exact phrase. A little bit of a let-down, but overall, such a great read.
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9 reviews
March 16, 2019
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the adventure was very interesting and intense. The plot twists were captivating and totally unforeseeable. I liked the main characters, Eve and Simon's relationship a lot. The main characters were Catholic which was great and their faith was definitely incorporated well and naturally into the book. There was a bit of graphic descriptions but to be expected in a WWI book. I recommended it to everyone looking for a good WWI adventure.
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1,817 reviews98 followers
June 13, 2017
"Perhaps God had been silent only because He waited on her to put her faith forward and trust in Him . . . . . . . "

Repeatedly crushed by sorrowful circumstances, Red Cross nurse Evelyn Marche attempts to create a life for herself in German occupied Belgium. British by heritage, she fled to Belgium to be with her mother and younger siblings after the sudden death of her newly wedded husband, a pilot shot down almost immediately after the beginning of the war. Heavily weighted with guilt over actions she took to survive, Evelyn walks a very fine line between "truth and dare" when she involves herself in the Belgian resistance movement, working as a nurse by day and a spy by night.

On one seemingly ordinary evening everything changes once again, when she rescues a downed pilot and risks her own life repeatedly in order to save his. Just how high is "his love for those who fear Him"?

An incredibly romantic story on many levels; also suspenseful and intriguing as the author reveals just how dangerous it was to carry foreign intelligence in a German occupied country, but the strength of this story is embedded in the words of Jesus Himself, when he asked Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"

I received a copy of this book from the author, the opinions stated are entirely my own.
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417 reviews266 followers
June 19, 2017
Beneath the nurse's apron Eve Marche wears while tending to German and Allied troops beats the heart of a spy. Pinned to it is the Iron Cross she was awarded for saving Major Otto Reinhardt. While the cross provides an element of protection from the Bosch, it also invites scornful glares from fellow Belgians. She can't tell them the truth, no one must know—no one outside her family—of her involvement in the La Dame Blanch network. In her third novel, Kate Breslin dials up the danger and intrigue for a story I could not put down!

Breslin's interplay between the greater European conflict (WWI), local resistance, and one woman's remarkable stand against evil is brilliant. She accomplishes the first by using Belgium as her primary setting.  Then, through a series of flashbacks, transports readers to Britain, Scotland, and France. In doing so, we catch glimpses of the war from different vantage points. As for the citizens of Brussels, who doesn't enjoy the spirited efforts of the underdog? I cheered for the resistance workers who engaged in both small as well as grand acts of subterfuge against their German occupiers. Many of whose nail-biting escapades were inspired by actual people (see the Author's Note). Overall, my favorite aspect of the story was Eve. She's a daughter, sister, widow, nurse, and spy, all rolled into one dynamic character. The secrets she keeps would overwhelm me, yet through prayer and a keen intellect she perseveres to save many lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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