What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson’s new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts.
When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection — and an unbreakable bond.
The characters were developed well, with complex and varied backstories.
Nan had to deal with a lot of emotions, both from what she was choosing to do by helping Dutch, as well as the aftermath of traumatic events in her past.
I did feel at times that the guilt Nan felt perhaps was slightly over the top, but religious guilt is a very real thing that can eat at you from the inside.
Dickson created truly enjoyable relationships between Nan, her friends and the Ballyhaven community.
Dutch is a really likeable hero. You can tell he really cares about the cause and those around him.
Both Nan and Dutch grow during the course of the novel. And Dickson did a great job of pacing the story and creating tension throughout.
The novel had a evocative sense of setting. Ireland in general was described vividly, but in a way I feel would be real to someone who actually lives there.
Ballyhaven became a real, breathing place and it made me want to visit there.
Overall, this was an engaging, clean historical romance that I would recommend to any fan of the genre.
I look forward to reading more of Dickson’s work in the future.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book. However, all opinions are my own.
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