Original Title: Not By Sight
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Bethany House Publishers (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 375
First Sentence: “Her father would never forgive her.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.
Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.
And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope.
This took a little while to get into but when you did it was amazing. It wasn’t what I expected but still oh so good.
Grace is a great main character. She is flawed and so very human, but at the same time a great person. I really liked her and never had a moment when I didn’t. Sometimes this type of character becomes annoying just because they are so perfect but not Grace.
Jack is lovely and the perfect love interest for Grace. He has the image of the snobbish playboy but in reality he is a down to earth marshmallow. I’d say even I had a little crush on him.
There is a bunch of wonderful minor characters that enrich the story. They all bring something extra to the plot and it was lovely to get to know them all. I loved that the “villain” turned out to be someone completely unexpected.
The plot is really entertaining and feels very realistic. This is historical fiction so it does have a connection to real-world events which of course makes it even more realistic.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.