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...more
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 ...more
He sees a light at a cottage and starts practicing his Irish accent so he won’t be mistaken for Canadian. ( ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Genre: historical, roma ...more
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 ...more
The story focuses on midwife and widow, Nan who happens to have a knock o ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Author: Jeanne M. Dickson
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 ...more
Nan is a wonderful character, ca ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.