Monday, December 13, 2021

AS DAWN BREAKS by Kate Breslin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Become a new person, Rose. If you have the courage."

Did she in fact . . . have the courage? Rose Graham's best friend at the Chilwell National Shell Filling Factory, Tilly Lockhart, had left a rather cryptic note in the cottage on that fateful afternoon. Unbeknownst to Rose at the time, she would never see Tilly again, but as Rose's rather dire circumstances unfolded, maybe it would be possible to assume Tilly's identity and blessedly escape the outrageous future that awaited her on the very next day. It seemed for awhile that she could.

"I have an assignment, Captain Baird . . . Though I am debating whether or not you're up to this particular task."

Accepting a phony medical discharge, RAF Captain Alex Baird returns to his home town of Gretna, Scotland, tasked by his superiors with flushing out an international traitor; codename Rhymer, before another ammunitions plant was blown to smithereens. Intelligence had strongly suggested that Gretna's factory could be the next target. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that a lovely boarder has taken roost among his family, Tilly Lockhart.

Secrets have a way of spiraling out of control, don't they? In spite of them, Rose and Alex stumble their way towards mutual attraction, only to have it ripped out from under them in the worst kind of way. The story line is brilliant, the characters are magnetic, and the truth remains buried under layers of subterfuge until the very last moment. Perhaps, best of all? The inspirational elements are woven so beautifully into the story that every reader will be able relate to the cries for help that Alex and Rose breathe through their prayers, to a God who "knows the plans" that He has for us.

"Rose suddenly realized she'd needed to become someone else in order to find herself."
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
4.5 stars



BackCover Blurb:
Her daring bid for freedom could be her greatest undoing.

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna's factory is likely next. Fearing for his family's safety, he's also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family--until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex's scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers' respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

Bethany House Publishers, November 2021
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