Friday, December 30, 2022

IN LOVE'S TIME by Kate Breslin, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas and Paula Shreckhise


"We’ve all faced one obstacle or another in our lives, but those hard things prepare us for greater challenges.”

Set in England and Russia in 1918, In Love’s Time by talented author Kate Breslin gives us the story of Captain Marcus Weatherford and Clare Danner. When Marcus is sent on a dangerous secret mission to Russia with a ballerina named Natalya posing as his fiancée, miscommunications occur and Clare is crushed. Marcus returns injured with memory loss, and Clare is tasked with helping him recover his health and memory.

From the back cover blurb, I was expecting more of the story to take place in Russia, but the vast majority of the story was set in England, so I felt the blurb was a little misleading. I love historical fiction, because I learn about little slices of history while enjoying a good story, and this novel was no exception. The author’s notes in the back of the book were very interesting and helpful in understanding some of the events and circumstances of the time.

The characters are well-drawn and engaging, the writing flows smoothly, and the story kept me turning pages. With plenty of intrigue, suspense, romance, and inspiration, this story should appeal to those who enjoy clean historical romance. While Breslin’s books aren’t labeled as a series, there are some characters that are interconnected and show up in her other books.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
4.5 stars 

Although I enjoy many historical time periods, this author always captures my interest with her WWI tales. Full of romantic difficulties, a country estate, spies and political intrigue, this is one of the best of its genre.

Marcus works for the Admiralty during the war and goes on danger missions for his country. While he loves Clare and her daughter, he wants to protect them so keeps certain things secret. After an unfortunate injury, he struggles to remember the recent past. With Clare as his nurse, he makes slow but steady progress. But will it be enough and in time to prevent calamity? Confused and conflicted, could he be falling in love with Clare all over again?

Ms Breslin immersed me in the era and made me care about Clare and Marcus as well as his family and the injured soldiers at his estate. The scenes in the conservatory with sister Fanny and Lieutenant Ainsley were refreshing and hinted at another story. With all the turmoil, the characters still conveyed their faith in God and strove to rely on Him for the answers to their life-altering situations.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:

In the summer of 1918, Captain Marcus Weatherford arrives in Russia on a secret mission, with a beautiful ballerina posing as his fiancée. Marcus searches for the Romanov tsarina and her son--who both allegedly survived the murdering Bolsheviks--and the information behind an allied plot to assassinate Lenin. But Marcus's sense of duty battles his desire to return home to Clare--his actual love.

Hospital orderly Clare Danner still suffers from Marcus's betrayal and now fears losing her daughter to the heartless family who took Daisy away from Clare once before, but only Marcus can provide the critical proof needed to save her daughter.

Faced with danger and unexpected circumstances, can Clare trust Marcus, or will he shatter her world yet again? 

Bethany House Publishers, December, 2022
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