Kate Breslin is a wonderfully talented author. Her novel, “Not by Sight” was one that I was not able to stop reading until the end. I stayed up far too late for a couple of evenings because each page-turn brought more curiosity about what would happen next. There was also the hint of danger and espionage along with the story of the Women’s Land Army of WWI. I was intrigued by these women who did their part for the war effort by doing back-breaking farming work to free up the men to fight…very well researched and presented.
In this novel Grace has no use for conscientious objectors who will not join up. She is particularly frustrated and angry at Jack Bellingham, a supposed rake and rogue who plots to avoid joining up, when Grace’s brother Colin is fighting in the trenches. Unbeknownst to Grace, Jack is a part of the war effort, not just in the way she thinks he should be. I am not going to go into the description of the plot of this story because I don’t want to spoil it for future readers. Just know that I will pounce on any book written by Kate Breslin. She always gives the reader great characters, great plots, great word images to go along with the story so that you feel a part of it.
Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors. She wrote the Royal Spyness Myusteries, the Constable Evans Mysteries, and the Molly Murphy Mysteries. I have read most of these and you will fine reviews on my blog.
I have just read “In Farleigh Field”, which takes place in England during the Blitz. At one of the fields on Lord and Lady Westerham’s estate, a man dressed as a soldier is found dead. Apparently the man parachuted into the field, but the chute failed to open, plunging him to his death. Although the man is dressed like a soldier from the same unit that is occupying part of the Westerham mansion, Farleigh, something is not quite right.
Ben, Jeremy, and Pamela have been friends since childhood. Pamela is one of the daughters of the Westerhams and Jeremy is the son of another lord of the realm who lives nearby. Ben Creswell is the son of the local vicar and definitely not in the same social set as his friends. Pamela and Ben works for MI5 and Pamela is a code-breaker at Bletchley Park. Neither one knows that the other is involved in the war effort. Jeremy has been shot down over Germany and is languishing in a prison camp.
This book, even though fiction, gave me a thrill a minute. The clandestine investigation kept promising and delivering. The possibilities of betrayal by one of Britain’s own was extremely interesting, especially since I had heard of some British who supported Hitler’s regime and were prepared for Britain to surrender. I love the way Ms. Bowen incorporates historical fact in her novels. I’m sure much research goes into each and every word she writes. Although I have read many of her books, this one, “In Farleigh Field” is my favorite to date. I sincerely hope that she is working on another novel in this same vein. I will be looking for it.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are interested in stories about World War II. I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com and was asked to do an honest review.