Review: High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin

May 14, 2018

Title: High as the Heavens
Author:Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 395
ISBN: 9780764217814
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafĂ© . . . or 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, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?
I was introduced to Kate Breslin with her debut book, For Such a Time. Her detail and masterful story telling captured me into the this WW2. Now, with High As the Heavens, she transported me back to Europe during WW1.

We are introduced to Eve, in what is her present day. She is a nurse working in Belgium, living with her mother and aunt and uncle. She assists in the family restaurant when not helping the injured. As we get to know Eve, there is so much more to her. She has lived with immense joy, and suffered exceptional grief. She has had to make hard, life saving decisions. All of these things has shaped her and her way of thinking, and channeled them into helping other anyway she can.

Simon is a daring British pilot. He comes to Belgium on a mission given to him by his country, but also for another reason, a very personal reason. However, things do not go as planned. When he finally is able to process things around him, he sees and hears things that honestly don't add up. Following him through these events is a nail biting journey.

As I read this story, there were a few moments where I was wondering, "How is this going to work out?" And amazingly enough it did, sometimes in a way I wouldn't think it could or a whole other idea then I ever thought. The story kept me guessing. There was also a time, I wondered, would this certain aspect keep going, I hope it wouldn't, and thankfully it didn't. Once all information was revealed with the characters, the story started to pivot to some fantastic story points.

Simon and Eve were so well developed, it was easy to slip into their story. There was a lot of fantastic historical points weaved in and really made me want to research more of this time.

I have been on an audio-book kick lately, and recently downloaded this title. The narrator was superb. She took this fantastic story and then enhanced it with her reading. It was easy to get caught up.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is the author of For Such a Time and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. 
Find her online at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

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