Historical Romance Book Review: In Love's Time
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About the Book
Title: In Love’s Time
Author: Kate Breslin
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: December 13, 2022
Publisher's Book Description
“At the height of World War I, two sweethearts face impossible odds in this powerful tale of courage, duty, and heartbreak.
In the summer of 1918, Captain Marcus Weatherford arrives in Russia on a secret mission, with a beautiful ballerina posing as his fiancée. He's there to find the Romanov tsarina and her son and glean information about a plot to assassinate Lenin. As the danger intensifies, Marcus's sense of duty battles with his desire to return home to Clare, the woman he truly loves, before it's too late.
Military hospital orderly Clare Danner still suffers from Marcus's betrayal after learning he's engaged to another woman. Clare also fears losing her daughter, Daisy, to the heartless family who took her away once before. Only Marcus can provide the critical proof needed to save Daisy, but when an injury leaves him powerless to help, Clare's fate--and the fate of the top-secret mission--hangs in the balance.”
In Love’s Time, by Kate Breslin, is truly an engrossing work of historical fiction! With beautiful writing page after page, this captivating novel is quite remarkable. Set during the perilous years of WWI, this book is filled with intrigue, history, romance, and surprises. An integral setting and compelling characters bolster a story that is very moving and memorable.
Ms. Breslin’s writing style is detailed, expressive, and peppered with thoughtful descriptions of the manners, customs, and culture of early twentieth century England during the Great War. This attention to detail makes this novel especially immersive and engaging. The characters in this novel are also notable. As they develop and respond to the situations around them, they grow in their authenticity and relatability. I found myself eagerly turning the pages to learn more about them and their fears, their motivations, and their relationships. The gentle romance in this novel is also touching as scenes involving simple games of chess or caring for plants in a conservatory take on a sweet significance all their own.
Furthermore, in this book, Ms. Breslin successfully explores meaningful thematic combinations of guilt and forgiveness, lies and truth, heartache and hope, and loss and restoration. With an emphasis on the importance of friends and family, this novel also overflows with affirming examples of humble endurance, perseverance, and redemption!
With dangerous secrets, mysterious motives, and injured war veterans playing prominent roles in the plot, Ms. Breslin has crafted a story that is vibrant and engrossing. From beginning to end, In Love’s Time offers a thoroughly satisfying blend of history, romance, faith, and mystery. It is an entertaining, inspirational novel that I gladly recommend.
*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Kate Breslin
“Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, was shortlisted for both the Christy and RITA awards and received the American Christian Fiction Writer's 2015 Carol Award for Debut Novel. Kate's fifth novel, As Dawn Breaks, released November, 2021. When she's not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington's beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, Barcelona, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas.” --Biography from Kate Breslin’s author page on Amazon.com.