First thoughts: This book was so much better than I ever expected it to be. I felt the back cover description didn’t do justice to the story within. Kate Breslin created such an interesting cast of characters and wove together a story that kept me guessing. I loved taking this journey with Jack and Grace as they both faced up to the mistakes of the past and changed for the better.
Plot: Grace Mabry’s twin brother is away fighting and she’s frustrated that so many able men won’t go enlist and bring about an end to the war. A masquerade ball gives her the perfect cover to pass out white feathers of cowardice to the wealthy Jack Benningham and other conscientious objectors. The many results of this one evening play out through the rest of the story, but the biggest change for Grace is being sent away from London. Out in the country, Grace and her maid, Agnes, join the Woman’s Forage Corps, a small group of women that have taken over the farming jobs for men that went to war. She meets friends and foes, including the mysterious ‘Tin Man’, owner of the estate. Grace finds herself failing at every task until she becomes the driver for the blind Tin Man, Lord Roxwood.
Characters: There were so many well written and developed characters in this story. I found myself liking all of them, including Clare, another of the WFC ladies who dislikes Grace from the moment they meet, resulting in some interesting scenes. I loved how most of the characters got a distinct background story which wasn’t revealed immediately, but over time each character grows closer to Grace and their secrets are revealed.
Recommendation: If you enjoy WWI historical fiction, intrigue, British estates and countryside, or ‘Beauty and the Beast’ type stories, I’d highly recommend this book! This was my first time reading Kate Breslin, and I’ll be putting her on my list of must read authors.
Rating: 5/5 stars
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.