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Grounded Hearts

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In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, sh

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Waterfall Press (first published June 2017)
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Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

The gorgeous cover of this book fooled me, as did the premise. I expected a sweet story about a midwife who rescued an injured flyboy, but once I dug into the plot, I discovered the sweetness was merely a mask, and a flimsy one at that. The majority of the story ended up being crude and sensual.

Some of the content issues were alcohol and tobacco usage, Catholicism (including praying to saints, Mary, and angels for help, when none of those hear and answer prayers), heavy focus
Sarah Sundin
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth Camden
Well this was refreshing! This is a WWII inspirational romance, but it pushes some of the traditional Christian fiction boundaries....mostly in terms of a little mild bawdy humor, but she's got good faith messages in there, too. I learned a lot about small Irish towns during WWII.....which were required to stay neutral during the war. Fascinating. Good romance between rural Irish widow who hides a downed Allied pilot. It had a FANTASTIC cast of characters, great small town charm, and wonderful a ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In a nutshell – the setting is World War II, County Clare Ireland. As Ireland has declared their country neutral, any troops captured must be reported and interned. The story opens with a Canadian RAF bomber crashing, introducing us to a wounded flyer named Dutch Whitney. He doesn’t know where is but he needs to find his crew and make it to Northern Ireland so he can get back into the war.

He sees a light at a cottage and starts practicing his Irish accent so he won’t be mistaken for Canadian. (
Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
Audiobook Review | Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson

I was in nursing school when I met my pilot husband; who’s father’s side of the family immigrated from Ireland just three generations ago. Therefore, when I read the synopsis of Grounded Hearts my curiosity was piqued. March brought with it Jeanne M. Dickson’s cover reveal and I was totally smitten... To the extent that I joined the Litfuse Blogger tour!  However, when printing was delayed I pre-ordere
Beth Erin
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

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!

Nan O'Neil is a compassionate and self-sacrificing young woman in n
Beckie Burnham
I finished Grounded Hearts by Jeanne Dickson a few days ago. Usually I write a review immediately so I can get down all the things that I love, like, or sometimes dislike about a book. I read a lot of books, so this is essential in capturing my thoughts before moving on to the next book. But I’ve waited on writing this review because I needed to take time to fully explore what I did indeed like about it and to articulate those things I didn’t. The premise of this book intrigued me. I knew little ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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While I've read many, many novels set during World War II, I've never read one quite like this. It's set entirely in Ireland, which had declared herself neutral during the war. Therefore, any troops found in Ireland—weather Axis or Allied—were subject to internment, and anyone found helping them would go to prison. So while the novel is set during the war, the war feels far away—sure, it impacts the characters, especially Dutch and the other RAF airmen who crashed near Ballyhaven, but with the f ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
GROUNDED HEARTS is a story with a mix of charm, humor, religion, friendship, and romance set in Ireland during WWII. The story is sure to tug on readers' hearts with its lovable characters, small-town charm, mild espionage, sizzling romance, and themes of forgiveness and trust. An enjoyable story from beginning to end!

This story felt part inspirational and part general romance. I almost felt like it was a general romance (and this one has a lot of innuendo and references to the characters' attra
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Dickson has a talent for creating vibrant & colorful characters as well as weaving history into an intriguing story. Off the top of my head, I can’t readily think of another book I’ve read that shines a spotlight on Irish neutrality – and how that played out in reality – during WW2. She has vividly captured the political, religious, and ideological attitudes of the day in a way that makes me want to do my own research to learn more. The villain in Grounded Hearts was truly nasty and vulgar … ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

My feelings about Grounded Hearts are mixed, as there were both pros and cons. First of all, I’m always eager to try a new-to-me author, and a story set in Ireland is an added bonus. Jeanne M. Dickson is an excellent writer and it’s rare that I get to read a WWII book that doesn’t involve the Holocaust, so that was enjoyable as well.

The Irish Catholic influence wasn’t unexpected, although I was surprised that it played such a strong part and
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose This Book:

A WW2 book that takes place in Ireland? I'd never seen one before, and so I leapt at the chance to read it. Ireland is on the top of the list of places I want to visit, and the cover was gorgeous, so, I dove into the book with quite the high expectations. 

What I Thought about This Book:

This book held so, so much promise. It had a perfect story to tell, and the characters intrigued me and drew me in right away. The setting was amazing. The world building was fantastic. The
In Grounded Hearts, author Jeanne M. Dickenson has crafted a novel that readers of historical fiction and especially of WWII fiction will absolutely love. Dickenson 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.

Genre: historical, roma
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book. I was completely taken by this book. It was not your typical read from a writing perspective and I loved that! This book was amazing in details and I learned so much about the war in Ireland. Grounded Hearts engulfed my heart and captivated me with each page, especially as I got to know the characters, especially Nan. You'll laugh, being swoon by the romance and find this book to be some what of an unexpected adventure. I just loved this book and if I talk anymore, I'll g ...more
My review: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

This was an interesting book that was fairly well written and kept my attention to the end. I learned new information about Ireland during WWII and got a glimpse of how they handled the fallout from this war. Nan is a hard working midwife who is still struggling with the death of her husband three years before. When RAF pilot Dutch Whitney shows up at her door wounded from a crash, she struggles with the decision to help him. On the one hand, she has the medical abilit
Karen Korb
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About The Book: A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret. In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment. Still, something compels Nan to tak ...more
Mazzou B
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to get this book to read and review because I absolutely love books set in World War 2. I am not a big fan of romance novels (partially because I don't believe them helpful or edifying for the reader's life) but in the past I have discovered a few romances set in World War 2 which I have enjoyed. Grounded Hearts is set in Ireland and the story revolves around an Irish midwife, Nan and a wounded RAF pilot whom she gives shelter to. However, the romance was badly done. A good romance ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grounded Hearts by new to me author Jeanne M. Dickson was a World War II story that takes place in Ireland, who declared neutrality. This was the first time I had read a novel during that time period that took place on neutral grounds and I found the historical information fascinating. We have a small town/village of people that know each other very well and are oftentimes in everyone’s business and all around busy bodies.

The story focuses on midwife and widow, Nan who happens to have a knock o
Heather Snyder
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy purchasing historical books, and I love reading about fictional characters set in non-fictional worlds. That is what Jeanne Dickson did with her book Guarded Hearts. This story is set in Ireland during the days of World War II. Each character within the pages of this book plays a vital role in either helping or hurting the war effort. It is interesting to observe how certain individuals reject their place in the war--they want to remain neutral. While others are willing to do whatever th ...more
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
This book starts off strong. With realistic characters and action packed adventure, you will find yourself smack dab in the center of the action.

I appreciated the history and research that went into make this story come to life, and I enjoyed learning more about how Ireland and it's people experienced World War II.

Nan is a strong heroine. You quickly come to understand why she makes some of the choices she makes. Although, there were several times that I wished I could go inside the book and giv
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a book, I learn something. Non-fiction books, of course, are true stories (for the most part). Historical fiction books tell a story, but the characters, plots, historical references may be changed due to the writer’s fancy. “Grounded Hearts” by Jeanne M. Dickson is a fictional story of a downed RAF pilot in Ireland. I was not aware that Ireland was a neutral country in the Second World War. I was also not aware that downed pilots were interned in a camp for the duration of the ...more
Deana Dick
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is so well written that I could not put it down. I loved the storyline and how the author transports readers back to World War II. The tension was high during this time as planes flew across the skies looking for enemy targets. I especially liked the setting in Ireland. It was hard for the people in the small town where Nan lived to find enough food to survive. I have heard of ration tickets before but with the vivid description I could picture families standing in line hoping to get so ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I fell in love with Grounded Hearts! In this novel, we have a strong female lead who lives on her own after the death of her husband. In the midst of the war, a soldier comes to her door. Against the rules, she takes the Canadian soldier in and nurses him. She does so even when she could face huge consequences. She knows in her heart, that caring for this young man is what God would want her to do. It is under these circumstances, the pair develops a strong friendship and mutual respect.

Some of
Lisa Johnson
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Grounded Hearts
Author: Jeanne M. Dickson
Pages: 348
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The story takes place in Ireland during WWII when Ireland at that time was neutral. When a plane crashes and the injured pilot ends up at the door of a midwife, Nan O’Neil, she risks all to care for him. As the story developed, I got lost in the well described scene of an Irish town and the personal history of Nan O’Neil. The tale gripped my heart as she faced her worst fears a
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grounded Hearts tells a beautiful story of strong women in Ireland in World War 2. I didn't know that Ireland was neutral during World War 2, nor did I know anything about their internment camps. Jeanne M. Dickson did her homework on the history of the area and the role Ireland played during the war. I like the main character, midwife Nan. She has a heart of gold, that's been broken. Yet, she's selfless when it comes to taking care of others. I love the strong and loyal bond the women of the sto ...more
Diane K. Peterson
An excellent inspirational novel illustrating a piece of history unfamiliar to me. Christopher "Dutch" Whitney, an RAF pilot, is shot down over Ireland during World War II. Ireland took a neutral stance in the war with the police arresting any military from either side. An injured Dutch appears at the door of Nan O'Neill, a widowed midwife. Nan (eventually with the help of other women from the town) cares for the fallen "fly boy" while evading the Garda (police).

Nan is a wonderful character, ca
Carol Preston
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic, funny, but with deadly possibilities. An engaging and intriguing story set in WW11 in Ireland.
Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
Ms. Dickson is a new to me author. I really enjoyed getting to know her work through this wonderful historical fiction novel! From start to finish, I was pulled into the center of the story and kept there until the very last page was reached. 
This book was a double bonus for me! I have always loved Ireland(even if I haven’t ever visited there!) and I have always loved the World War II era. This book is the best of both those worlds. Filled with wonderful details of historic happenings, and chara
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm struggling with the best way to review this book. I'm torn because part of me wants to slap a 4.5-5 star on this book and the other part compares it to other books in a Christian genre.

If you're reading this book as a secular book with faith elements then it is a fantastic romance set in Ireland during World War 2. Nan is adorable and a little naive and Dutch manages to be sexy and irresistible while still being a gentleman.

If you're reading this and comparing it to other Christian fiction,
Fiction Aficionado
There’s something about a book featuring opposing loyalties in war time that always grabs my attention, but this is the first time I’ve read a book where one of the parties is living in a politically neutral country and obligated to behave in a politically neutral manner. Of course, people themselves rarely remain politically neutral (particularly when handsome flyboys become involved!), and such is the case in this novel, but the price for showing leniency to either side is high. And with an of ...more
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2018 RWA RITA Finalist

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.