Book Review,  Historical Fiction

Far Side of the Sea By Kate Breslin


Kate Breslin’s Far Side of the Sea was a much-anticipated addition to my to be read pile. I admit I put everything else in my life on hold to read it uninterrupted. I was not disappointed. There was one little character that showed up on the page that was adorable and fascinating, I won’t spoil it for you. This book has us asking questions all the way through, first about Mabry and then Johanna. While the characters are figuring each other out, we are figuring them out too as well as the mystery surrounding Johanna’s father. There are spies and secrets and Kate Breslin keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Although there is intrigue, the romance and the character development of Mabry is what kept me riveted. I mean who needs to sleep anyways, just one more chapter….right? Kate Breslin has a way of bringing history to life so that I felt like I was walking through the scenery with her characters. From Hastings to London, to Paris and beyond. Far Side of the Sea takes you on an adventure, and you’ll love it.


I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts are my own.
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In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life–a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield.

Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel’s half-sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel’s diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.

When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.


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 fourth novel, Far Side of the Sea, released in March 2019. 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, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas.

Melony Teague is a freelance writer and author. Co-author of As the Ink Flows, Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers. A South African Canadian, wife, mom of two teenagers & two cats. ACFW member.

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.