Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. Her grandmother lived with them and was a constant source of stories about life in Ireland and the saints and ancestors long gone from this earth. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
The title is decieving because my heart soared while reading Grounded Hearts. Not only did it feel authintic to the country, but I really enjoyed the two different christian perspectives.
Characters: Nan is trying to bury her secrets behind her good Catholic heart, she is prim and proper till Dutch shows up. One strong character quality Nan had was growth. She went from prim and proper to knowing she was risking it all it save this man that was taking her heart. They never had relations that would make anyone blush, and I felt as though the author really researched details to make Nan come to life. Dutch is one tough guy. Here he is almost dying on Nan’s doorstep and scaring her cat (Mr.Dee). Dutch is also of faith but not Catholic. This was a bit of a struggle for Nan but Dutch made a valid point to her while they were on the run, and Nan i think learned some acceptance of faith.
Cover: Wow, this cover speaks volumes with the sky and the image of the woman. It is soft yet holds the readers eye, it is a total bookshelf and Instagram worthy cover that attracts readers that love pretty covers.
Setting: Ireland, torn apart by the war is trying to stay neutral. And for the most part it does. But as Dutch learned land in the wrong part and be caught or at risk of being caught. Nan and her friends sadly were the wrong side, but they had such big hearts that I think they embodied the nation’s want of peace.
Faith: How would you ever open your heart after the one you love commits a sin? Nan struggles her past husband destroyed her heart and she is worried for her soul. Dutch shows her that God loves her for the person she is not for what her dead husband thought. He reminds her that faith is only as strong as the person. And together they grow.
Overall: This book brings you to tears, and causes you to laugh. It has such unique characters, that each become a point in your mind through the book. I am hoping to read more from this author. She did a fantastic job of writing a historical fiction novel. Fans of Judith Pella’s Daughters of Fortune Series will enjoy this World War II based novel.
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