Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Far Side of the Sea

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 ...

Details Far Side of the Sea

TitleFar Side of the Sea
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, War, World War I, Adult

Reviews Far Side of the Sea

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    The author of just four published novels, Breslin writes with a polish and finesse that few more experienced authors have. The attention to detail is incredible, as if each and every word is chosen with specific care. And the amount of historical detail she includes in her novels is always spectacular. I love a historical author that can teach me something about the time period. I was so excited to finally read Colin's story. We got only a brief...
  • Hannah
    What a treat to read another Kate Breslin book! I've really struggled this year to read any ebooks, but this one was a quick and absorbing read and kept me flipping pages despite that difficulty. While there isn't a lot about faith, it's clear they are steadied by their belief in God.The twists and turns in the plot left me reeling. We met Colin in Not by Sight very briefly, but this book stands alone. I loved seeing more of Marcus in this one! C...
  • Staci
    Rare WWI Historical Romance novel.Far Side of the Sea focuses on Colin (secondary character in Not by Sight). Colin had a brief hint at romance while recovering from a war injury. After Jewel and Colin separate and lose contact with each other, he receives an urgent summons from Jewel to meet her in France.Once Colin arrives in France to meet Jewel, the action and character duplicity begins. The pace of the novel was excellent and kept my interes...
  • Melissa
    I always get such a satisfied feeling after finishing a book by Kate Breslin. I am transported to another place for a few days (which I stretch out because her writing is exquisite) and although I am sad to leave, I am all the better for having visited.This book is a combination of stunning historical detail--the pieces regarding carrier pigeon use during World War II are fascinating--action and adventure, mystery and romance. The author seamless...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This is an amazing book. It really kept me riveted, very hard to put down to do anything!1918 England we find Lieutenant Mabry receiving a letter via carrier pigeon from a woman who he thinks is another woman he met previously. Upon agreeing to meet her and help her he finds it's not the woman he thought it was but her sister that he agrees to help . Trust is not something that comes easily to Lieutenant Mabry and he is tense around the woman, Jo...
  • Brittany
    Far Side of the Sea was a breathtaking journey back to WWI! The author definitely made me feel as if I was right in the middle of the action, cowering as the bombs dropped in Paris, journeying across the countryside in an effort to determine who was friend and who was foe, and juggling the intricacies of espionage.I really liked the main characters. Colin Mabry was such a fabulous hero, overcoming his injury, yet still carrying uncertainty about ...
  • Rachel McMillan
    from endorsement:Kate Breslin continues her tradition of writing sweeping historical romances that pair the adventurous spirit of Kate Quinn with the painstaking historical detail of Susan Meissner and Hazel Gaynor. A universe in itself, The Far Side of the Sea sweeps the reader to dashing European locales seen through the eyes of two unforgettable characters whose greatest daring lie in finding restoration and wholeness against the broken backdr...
  • Renee
    As a girl who grew up living vicariously through Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, and Vickie Barr, there’s not much I love better in a book than clean-cut characters working their way through an adventure-ridden mystery with charm, handsome heroes a-plenty, and pretty clothes! Kate Breslin’s books are all that and more. When you add in thorough historical details, stunning settings, and a sweet inspirational message, you’ve got a winner! The book t...
  • Andrea Cox
    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.Now this is the type of book I like to read! I wasn’t really a fan of a different book by this author, so I was hesitant to ask for this one from NetGalley. Yet, there was something about the cover that drew me in. Having gone in with an open yet cautious mind (yes, I realize that sounds...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Once I began this read, I was hooked, a wonderful historical story, set in western Europe, and deep into WWI, we are often in the line of fire. Even more we are surrounded by spies, and don’t know whom to trust, and warning don’t get too comfortable with a few of these individuals!Deceit is abundant here, some for positive reasons and others, well!I loved that we are reminded of this period of trial by true things that were happening, includi...
  • Rebecca
    4.5 stars"We've had quite the adventure together, haven't we, Lieutenant?" When British Lieutenant Colin Mabry is skillfully coerced into a covert meeting with a women he feared to be dead, his life takes on new meaning. . . . .if he remains alive to live it. However, it's a stranger who meets him in Paris; a lovely young woman with her half-sister's diary and a fiery determination to find the woman that Colin once fancied himself to love, but re...
  • Loraine
    At the conclusion of Not By Sight, Colin Mabry is left scarred both physically and emotionally from his action in World War I . He is now healed enough that he is ready to return to France to find Jewel Reyer who cared for him after he was wounded. But his trip to France leads not to Jewel but to her half-sister, Johanna as well as an espionage plot that leaves him wondering who he can trust. Johanna is filled with emotional scars, yet she is det...
  • Shantelle
    Fans of World War I historical fiction, you're going to want to check out Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin! With much attention given to historical detail, this book is full of intrigue, suspense, action, and a lively dash of romance.This fourth novel of Kate Breslin's focuses on a side character from Not By Sight, and a plucky young woman with a shadowy past. Together, the forge through danger and drama amidst the war to find family, faith, a...
  • Lynda Edwards
    The cover for Kate Breslin’s latest novel drew me in from the moment I saw it. Once I began reading this incredible story of bravery, however, I found myself living the pages with the characters. In many ways it was a difficult novel, as it deals with real issues faced by characters who seemed very real as I read, but it is one I highly recommend. Johanna is not necessarily the most common of heroines—we first meet her in mud-splattered cloth...
  • Lilian
    *sighs happily* RTC!
  • Susan
    Kate Breslin continues to excel in writing outstanding historical fiction. Her beautiful prose draws the reader into a world that is torn apart by the hardships of WWI. Though her main characters have suffered both physical and emotional injury, Breslin gives us a courageous hero and spunky heroine. Lieutenant Colin Mabry is healing from injuries he received on the Front. After receiving a mysterious message, he returns to France to aid a young w...
  • Elizabeth
    Kate Breslin’s books are always a such a delight. Her writing is gorgeous, and she always has you feeling as if you’re right in the middle of the story. Set during the Great War, with plenty of intrigue and action, you won’t want to set this down till you’ve turned the last page. Lieutenant Colin Mabry has sacrificed many things over the course of the war. His body, his relationships and, not least of all, his sense of self-worth. Johanna...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin is a fantastic, well researched story set in World War I.This was a real joy to read. My favorite kind of historical novel is about the World Wars and behind-the-scenes spy craft. This book captured me with the first chapter and the subject of carrier pigeons and coding messages. From England, to romantic Paris, to beautiful Toulouse and sumptuous Barcelona, the scenery Ms. Breslin depicts puts you right there ...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    'Despite his prayers, a year of fighting had taught him that peace was someone's naïve ideal, a vague optimism offered to comfort the suffering. A distant dream beyond reach.'Taking up where Not By Sight left off, Kate Breslin brings us another tale of war, espionage and courage. It's 1918 and Lt. Colin Mabry, injured in the war, and now serving decoding messages for his country, receives an urgent message by carrier pigeon from a woman who save...
  • Lydia Howe
    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOKWorld War One Historical Fiction draws me in like no other. It’s so easy to find books that take place during World War Two and I’ve read dozens of them, but when I come across a book taking place during the first World War? Well, I nearly always jump at the chance to read it.Plus, carrier pigeons. Need I say more?And, the author. Her first book I read and disliked it in the extreme. Her next book I read and gave the ver...
  • Aria
    Oh my goodness, where do I begin? I loved this book so much.A couple of months ago, I binged all of Kate Breslin's books, and was super excited to find that she was releasing another one! I couldn't wait to read it - and my high expectations were definitely met.I find it hard to believe that Kate Breslin has only published four books! She writes so very well, and especially for the genre! As a writer myself, I know the difficulty of being able to...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    ***4.5 stars***This is a lovely book. The characters, setting, and time period was wonderful. I felt connected to the characters and felt their disappointments and joys as they searched for Johanna's sister and father.This book has intrigue and romance. The characters do not know who to trust as they journey. They are not even sure if they can trust each other. The story takes us from England, through France, and then to Spain during WWI.This is ...
  • Dana Michael
    This is a beautifully written story about a WW1 hero who lost his arm in the war and his beautiful and brave heroine searching for her father and sister. She enlisted his help to find them and crossed over several countries and encountered spies and clandestine meetings in their search. But the most amazing thing they found was love. This is an amazing book that kept me turning the pages. I loved every bit of this story. *I was given a copy of th...
  • Rachael
    “No matter where they take him, you are never alone,Johanna. God is with you. Know it and trust in him.”This book keeps the reader questioning who can be trusted and who can’t. Historical fiction mixed with suspense is a very enjoyable genre. I also enjoyed the fact that previous characters from Not by Sight are found in this read. What a treat for this reader!I really enjoyed the characters in this book...including the secondary characters...
  • Victoria Goodbrand
    11 hours in a day and a half. Woah. RTC as soon as i’ve recovered from the beauty of this novel....
  • Katie
    Another great read about WW1. While technically a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone.
  • Caitlyn Santi
    4 Stars!After reading and absolutely loving High as the Heavens back in 2017, I have been eagerly anticipating Kate Breslin's next book. I really enjoyed Far Side of the Sea, but I didn't love it the way I did High as the Heavens, perhaps my expectations were so incredibly high that there was no possible way this book could meet them. I immediately liked Johanna, she was such a great blend of spunk and sweetness! I totally fell for Colin, wow, ca...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    If you are wishing to travel but your budget is limited, this is the book for you! I enjoyed traveling Eastern Europe in the pages of this exciting story. We start out in England, travel across the pond to Paris, France, and take a train to Barcelona, Spain with several other stops in various locations. Set during World War I, we are often close enough to witness the bombings. Spies for various nations are in abundance and often it's difficult t...
  • Cindy
    I absolutely loved this book. It was filled with suspense, intrigue, and romance. Kate Breslin has created a well-balanced novel set during WWI that will leave the reader wanting more.I love characters that are not only believable but ones that make the reader want to really know them. Lieutenant Colin Mabry and Johanna Reyer were just that, believable and so real that I wanted them to walk off of the page. From the very first page, I was pulled ...
  • Denise Hershberger
    This book was the perfect combination of history, romance, and mystery. It didn't take me many pages into this book before I realized that I wasn't going to figure out any of the story before Breslin wanted me to. In fact, almost every bit of the second half of the book kept me guessing and some parts left me completely surprised.One of the things I love most about Breslin's books is her attention to historical detail and accuracy. Her research i...