As Dawn Breaks

Posted December 30, 2021 by thebeccafiles in / 1 Comment

As Dawn BreaksAs Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin
Published by Bethany House on November 2, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Historical, Fiction / Christian / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Rating: five-stars

Her daring bid for freedom could be her greatest undoing.

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna's factory is likely next. Fearing for his family's safety, he's also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family--until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex's scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers' respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

"With her trademark attention to historical detail, Kate Breslin sweeps readers to a Great War home front full of intrigue, suspense, danger, and courage."--JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

"Readers will be captivated by this exquisite blend of historical intrigue and heartfelt romance from one of the finest voices in inspirational fiction."--AMANDA BARRATT, author of My Dearest Dietrich and The White Rose Resists

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My Review:

Talk about a fantastic read! This one had me captivated from cover to cover. Coming in at almost 400 pages long, it was a journey to be sure, with the perfect blend of page-turning suspense and personal struggle. The pacing was very well done to keep the reader invested in the story without feeling a sense of over-dramatic action or lagging boredom. I liked that nothing felt forced and it all flowed organically right up to and through the more intense moments. 

Rose was such an incredible heroine. Yes, she was “good yet flawed” as your stereotypical heroine would be, but she was human. Not only did I step into her world, but deep into her heart. She found herself in impossible circumstances, and even with the best intentions, she wrestled over sinful choices she hoped would be her protection. I like that she has me thinking even after I’ve finished the book. 

I loved this novel on so many levels. I highly, highly recommend it to historical fiction fans. Despite having several other books by this author on my bookshelf waiting to be read, this is the first one I’ve actually read. I think I need to fix that now! I know this is truly a read that will stick with me, and I cannot wait to read more from her again in the future.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.


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