BY: Jeanne M. Dickson
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Third Person • Fiction • 350 Pages
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Why I Choose This Book:
A WW2 book that takes place in Ireland? I’d never seen one before, and so I leapt at the chance to read it. Ireland is on the top of the list of places I want to visit, and the cover was gorgeous, so, I dove into the book with quite the high expectations.
What I Thought about This Book:
This book held so, so much promise. It had a perfect story to tell, and the characters intrigued me and drew me in right away. The setting was amazing. The world building was fantastic. The reactions realistic. The plot didn’t glue me to the page, but it did hold me there with high expectations of what was going to come next.
But. But the romance. UGH. Seriously, it was bad. There wasn’t anything truly horrible (I mean, not that I read anyway, but I did have to skim/skip several pages), but it was inappropriate. It made me so sad because four-star books are rare for me, but this book could have easily been four stars if it weren’t for the romantic element. The romance though? Yeah, I’m not even sure what I’m going to do with the book (as in, I’ll probably be tossing it). There were far too many little comments that I was uncomfortable with. And, the worse part is that the book could have been just as interesting and the plot just as exciting if the romance would have been waaaayyy toned down.
Sadly I won’t be recommending this book because of the romantic element. The rest of the book was really interesting though.
I’m giving Grounded Hearts 2 out of 5 stars, and 3 out of 10.
*I received this book free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review