Kate Breslin’s novel Not by Sight is set in Britain during World War I, and focuses on Grace Mabry, a suffragette, and Jack Benningham, the heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke. Grace’s brother is serving in the war, and she is very troubled by able-bodied British men who are conscientious objectors. Jack, however, has declared himself a conscientious objector, though he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies. Grace and Jack’s stories intertwine at a London masquerade ball, when Grace hands Jack a white feather of cowardice. But little does Grace know that this small action will set off a major chain of events.
Not By Sight is a beautiful book, with entrancing dialogue and endearing characters. The novel includes a variety of interesting elements – ranging from espionage to discussions about feminism – and the story also focuses on faith and Scripture. Grace and Jack are easy to empathize with, and the progression of their friendship and budding relationship is fun to watch. This might sound ridiculous, but Jack reminded me of the superhero Batman; society thinks that he is a playboy, when in fact he has impeccable character and works for the good of the people. I also appreciated how the author crafted Grace to be a very kind and emotionally strong woman. All in all, Not by Sight is an enjoyable read.
I received a review copy from Bethany House. Not by Sight is available here on Amazon.