Review: Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

April 11, 2019

Title: Far Side of the Sea
Author: Kate Breslin
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780764217821
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019

About the Book:
In 1918 England, Lieutenant Colin Mabry spends his days decoding messages for MI8 after suffering injuries at the front. When he receives an urgent summons by carrier pigeon from Jewel Reyer--a woman who saved his life and whom he believed to be dead--he can only hope he'll regain the courage he lost on the front lines as he's driven back into war-torn France.

But Jewel isn't the one waiting for him in Paris. Instead, it is a stranger who claims to be her half sister, Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence. She found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive and in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust grows.

That trust is quickly put to the test, however, when their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot and their search for answers quickly turns into a battle for their lives.
My Thoughts:
Kate Breslin now has four stunning novels out to her name! I have yet to read a a book by her that I have not liked. There is a common theme in all of her novels, amazing research and an enticing story.

Far Side of the Sea was an amazing journey through Europe through WW1. The details of of the times, with fashion, medical care, war time life, and many other aspects really popped off the page. Colin and Jo were fabulous characters. Each were so different, but very realistic. They were flawed on the inside and out. They had pasts that followed. They had to navigate life as it was now. They had many discoveries that needed to be made and fears to face.

Spies, intrigue, mystery, secrets, journal entries, romance, and the unknown were brought to the fore front of this story and all wove together to bring such a fabulous book to enjoy. At times I wondered where this story was going to go, how is this going to work out, did that character really just do that? But, Kate has a wonderful talent in fleshing out every aspect of the story, and not leaving any questions.

This was a fabulous read!

I did go and download the audio-book as well (work gets in the way of fun sometimes). The narrator was fantastic! Oh my goodness. She was able to smoothly transition accents from character to character. She made the story so easy to follow and added another level to it. I was very impressed!

Whether you like to read a book or listen to an audio-book, you can't go wrong with either version.

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 a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at

Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a honest review.

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