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For readers of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes a gripping historical thriller set against a fully-realized WWII backdrop about the love a father has for his son and the lengths he is willing to go to find him, from a talented new voice in suspense.

Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran and Welsh sheep farmer, arrives in Paris in the midst of the city's liberation
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Polis Books
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Liz
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book when a GR friend posted her five star review and I quickly requested it. It’s fabulous! It grabbed my interest from the beginning. Rhys is a Welsh sheep farmer and a WWI veteran. He’s a widower and only has one son still alive. A disagreement with that son at the beginning of WWII led to their estrangement. Now, as the war is nearing its end, Rhys has come to France to search for his son. He meets Charlie, an American nurse who agrees to help him for reasons not made immed ...more
Aga Durka
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars rounded up to 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Once More Unto the Breach” is a fast-paced, action packed, historical thriller set in France during WWII. Rhys is a Welsh sheep farmer who goes on a dangerous and often horrifying journey to find his son, Owain. While in France, he is joined by an American woman, Charlie, and a courageous poodle named, Otto. The trio treks through war torn country in search of Owain, while experiencing some terrifying and heart-wrenching situations. While reading this book I w
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Rachel
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

This well told World War II thriller/ historically fiction earned 4 Stars from me.

SUMMARY
In 1944 France, Rhys Gravenor, a Welsh man is searching for his son Owain. The two of them had a falling out and Owain, a pacifist as heart, left their Welch sheep farm to join the war effort. When Rhys received a letter from Owain, post marked from Paris two years earlier, after not hearing from his son in a very long time, he made his way to Paris, determined to find his son and bring him home.

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Sharlene
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For readers of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes a gripping historical thriller set against a fully-realized WWII backdrop about the love a father has for his son and the lengths he is willing to go to find him, from a talented new voice in suspense.

I have read a lot of WWII genre books and this is one of the best. I loved the movie the Monument Men so I was intrigued from the very beginning. Also two of my favorite authors Mark Sullivan and Pam Jenoff recommended it.
One of my fav
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Jonah ❤️LIBROCUBICULARIST❤️
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

As an avid reader of historical fiction, this is one of the best books I have read thus far, It completely stands out as this was a very fast-paced and action packed story about a man, Rhys, whose looking for his son, Owain in the middle of WWII in France. Rhys, a Welsh survivor of WWI, went into great lengths of finding his son with the help of Charlotte, an American ambulance driver and have secrets of her own.

But how can
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Karren  Sandercock
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Polis Books and Meghan Holloway for my copy of: Once More Unto The Breach.
Rhys Gravenor is a Welsh sheep farmer, he's a widower and has one son called Owain.
Rhys is a WW I veteran he fought in the battle of the Somme and even though he is still tormented by his own memories of war he is very upset when he discovers his son Owain is a conscientious objector.
They have a huge disagreement due to Owain refusing to fight in WW II and after not hearing from his son in years Rhys
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Allison Keith
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With an opening scene that begins in midst of the action, this story had me riveted from the very first page. Rhys is a phenomenal protagonist written in the vein of a classic romantic hero. I can never resist a journey story, and this one pushed all the right buttons. A setting so vividly portrayed I felt as if I were living in the book, a plot that is tight and fast paced, historical details that read authentically but unobtrusively, and a strong, mysterious woman who is a great supporting cha ...more
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This gripping debut novel by Meghan Holloway had me riveted from start to finish. Set during the final period of World War II, it follows a father’s perilous journey through war-torn France to find his son and bring him home.

Rhys Gravenor is a Welsh sheep farmer and, through flashbacks, Ms. Holloway reveals the tragic loss of his wife and twin daughters in childbirth, and his relationship with his young son, Owain, a tender-hearted boy. As a World War I veteran, who fought on the Somme, Rhys is
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "Once More Unto the Breach" is a fantastic historical fiction of a father, Rhys, trying to find his son in war-torn Europe. With the help of a intrepid American ambulance driver, Charlotte, and a faithful dog, Otto, Rhys will discover that there is much more to Owain's time on the European mainland than meets the eye. This is a wonderful adventure story infused with great historical detail, memorable characters, and love. I really enjoyed this impressive debut novel!

The characters in
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TJ
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had one of those books, that you wonder about when it starts, but then it just keeps on getting better and better and you don’t want it to end, well this is one of them. I truly enjoyed this book, the writing is excellent and the storyline is great. It is a rare find where the descriptions and expressions of the people and the events are etched in your mind, I could actually envision the ambulance motoring down the streets and up the winding roads, I could see the characters in the ...more
Glady
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Once More Unto the Breach reveals an extraordinary tale set in late WWII France. Rhys, a Welshman and WWI veteran, has made his way to France to determine the fate of his son, Owain. Rhys has carried the horrors of his experiences at the Somme for years. His solace, his sense of peace and well-being, are found through hard work on his sheep farm and in his loving family. Both Rhys and Owain are big guys, strong and determine
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Luz Trevino
Once More Unto the Breach was a very powerful and compelling story. It tells the story of how far a father, Rhys, will go to find his son, Owain, in a war torn country. It's story is very fast paced and some scenes where very heartbreaking to read. All characters were very well developed and had their each story to tell. I liked how the author overlapped Rhys' experience in the first war with what was happening in the second one. That even though time had passed between the two wars the emotions ...more
Erin
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EXCITING AND ACTION PACKED WWII THRILLER!!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to any fans of realistic historical fiction, especially WWII era. The main character is Rhys, a Welsh shepherd that has endured much pain and torment in his lifetime. WWI left him scarred and determined never to return to France again. However, in order to find his missing son he returns to France in the midst of WWII. He is aided by an enigmatic woman named Charlotte who has secrets and possible ulterior motives of her own.
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Karren  Sandercock
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, Polis Books and Meghan Holloway for my copy of Once More Unto The Breach.
Rhys Gravenor is a Welsh sheep farmer, he's a widower and has one son called Owain.
Rhys is a WW1 veteran he fought in the battle of the Somme and even though he is still tormented by his own memories of war he is very upset when he discovers his son Owain is a conscientious objector.
They have a huge disagreement due to Owain refusing to fight in WW2 and after not hearing from his son in years Rhys rece
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Yolanda
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful historical thriller set during WWII.
It featuresd well drawn characters and a fast paced plot and was atmospheric in setting and time period.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
What a emotional, edge of your seat thriller. My goodness this book is amazing, I know I say that a lot, but this is something very special. I am a huge fan of WW2 era fiction, and I have read an awful lot of fiction from this genre to know that Once More Into The Breach is a masterpiece of story telling.

Set at the end of WW2, the story is told through the eyes of WW1 veteran and now farmer; Rhys who has set out to war torn France to find his son. Which is far easier said then done, as Rhys is s
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Jenni
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another one. Another NetGalley book that I have been skipping over and really, really shouldn’t have. I might have read too many WWII novels a few years ago and burnt myself out a bit, but this one. This one is fantastic.
This book is so perfectly written, I found myself rereading passages just so that I could do that stare-off-into-space dreamy thing and then read it again. It’s not flowery and sweet… this is a war story, and it’s full of all the dark, gritty horrors that you expect. It’s just s
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Carolyn Stumpf
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review, that being said... this book was fantastic!
I read it in one evening until the early morning hours because I couldn’t put it down!

Set in France towards the end of WWII, Rhys, a father and WWI veteran sets out on a journey to find his son, Owain, who Rhys basically wrote off because he was a conscientious objector and wouldn’t enlist in the war. Rhys realizes his err in judgement and sets out to find Owain after receiving a letter from him. H
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B
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wild ride! At first I thought this book was a little slow and I wasn't connecting with the characters or the circumstances and dialogue, but at about 30% it really got rolling! Switching back and forth from present to past, the author really gives a great, round depiction of the father and why he goes through such lengths to find his son in war-torn France.
It seemed as though there were "narrow misses" at every plot build and that really made me want to come back for more! The reason I ga
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Sue
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully researched and written book set in France during WWII. It’s thrilling and suspenseful in the telling.

I loved the character development of American born Charlotte and Rhys who is Welsh. Owain, Rhys’s son, has gone missing in France during the war and with the help of Charlotte, Rhys embarks on a journey through France to find what has happened to him.

This book was fascinating, informative and entertaining. I cannot fathom the research that went in to writing this novel. It
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Shannon
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ww2
I loved her brief portrayal of Hugo, meant a lot to me.
Jthbooks
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a debut novel. It was fantastic. Meticulously researched, a thrilling fast paced journey. It was so intense, such a page turner. I had to see how it ends.
The main character, Rhys, was so likeable. I can’t recommend this book enough.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Netgalley!
Paul
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was very well done. The author has talent. Realistic plot, well-written characters, and a satisfying ending. I can see reasons for the comparison to Scarlet Sky. I look forward to her next book. Recommended.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!
Rickie G
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Once More Unto the Breach. It is beautifully written with such detail that you can't help but play the story out in your mind. I love the way the story flows..the ups and downs..the flash backs... Dare I say, my new favorite!!! Definitely a must read.
Paul Bennett
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BLURB

For readers of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes a gripping historical thriller set against a fully-realized WWII backdrop about the love a father has for his son and the lengths he is willing to go to find him, from a talented new voice in suspense.

Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran and Welsh sheep farmer, arrives in Paris in the midst of the city's liberation with a worn letter in his pocket that may have arrived years too late. As he follows the footsteps of his missing son a
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Andrew
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you POIS books and Net galley

I wanted to like this, and I didn't hate it. There was some interesting moments. For instance, the character "Rhys", he was actually a very likable character. I really found myself rooting for him to succeed and he had some touching moments on his journey to find his son.

As a huger Historical fiction Buff, especially WWII historical fiction, I just found it lacking. I couldn't get my head around this guy traveling across the English channel well before the end
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Viviane Crystal
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhys Gravenor is looking for his son in WWII-torn Paris. He deeply regrets his last conversation with his son, Owain, who declared his “conscientious objector” status and was called a coward by his father. Now, he carries a letter from his son in his pocket while searching for him. Rhys fought in WWI and knows the horrors of war but is alarmed and horrified by what he observes in cities and towns around Paris. The cruelty and barbarity displayed by the Germans cannot fail to leave nightmarish sc ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once More Unto the Breach
by Meghan Holloway

Polis Books

Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 24 May 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Of Once Unto the Breach through Polis Books and Netgalley:

Once More Unto the Breach is a powerful historical thriller set against a World War 2 backdrop about a Father who will stop at nothing to find his son.

Gravenor a veteran of the Great War and a Welsh sheep farmer arrives in Paris as the city’s liberation is happening he carries in his pocket a worn lett
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Coralee Hicks
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction, I thought, was not my cup of tea. Ponderous, I thought. Heavily loaded with pedantic sidebars telling me a generational history of minutiae.

Wrong. Wrong. Again wrong.

Holloway's take on historical fiction is splendid. The author, also a researcher and information specialist, spent two years researching prior to starting the novel. She chose to tell of a recent historical period, WWII. The lead characters are captivating. The pace is any thing but ponderous, fast paced, it pul
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Joe Passanisi
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Meghan Holloway creates a world set in World War II France that I experienced with all of my senses. The amount of research and heart that went into Once More Unto the Breach is immediately evident.

Fans of historical thrillers will enjoy the journey in this novel. Set in WWII France, the story tells the tale of Rhys Gravenor, a Welsh sheep farmer and veteran of the first World War, in search of his son. With the help of an American ambulance driver named Charlotte, the two embark on a fa
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​​ Meghan Holloway found her first Nancy Drew mystery in a sun-dappled attic at the age of eight and subsequently fell in love with the grip and tautness of a well-told mystery. She flew an airplane before she learned how to drive a car, did her undergrad work in Creative Writing in the sweltering south, and finished a Masters of Library and Information Science in the blustery north. She spent a s ...more

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