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In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, shIn the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?...

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Grounded Hearts Reviews

  • Andrea Cox
    2019-04-08 02:27

    by Andrea Renee CoxThe gorgeous cover of this book fooled me, as did the premise. I expected a sweet story about a midwife who rescued an injured flyboy, but once I dug into the plot, I discovered the sweetness was merely a mask, and a flimsy one at that. The majority of the story ended up being crude and sensual.Some of the content issues were alcohol and tobacco usage, Catholicism (including praying to saints, Mary, and angels for help, when none of those hear and answer prayers), heavy focus on men's forms (including "hardness" of one's muscles), sensuality (including Nan using her body to flirt her way through men who block her way), lewd talk and actions, and over a dozen expletives and expletive phrases. The devil's place of residence was spoken of often, sometimes in a serious way, but mostly in a flippant way. Father Albert, a Catholic priest, was rude and controlling, and he used an expletive, which seemed inappropriate from a leader of faith as it would lead his parishioners astray. There was open talk about methods for intimate relations, which I found quite shocking for this genre. A baby was given a bit of whiskey. Throughout the entire book, there were many coarse, lewd, sensual, and filthy jokes, often from "Christian" characters, which goes directly against Ephesians 5:3-5, and they left me feeling like I need a good mind-scrubbing.All of that was disturbing and reason enough for me to never read another of this author's books. However, the most alarming part of this book was the theme of intentional sin. The lead female often sinned while knowing full well exactly how wrong her decisions were and intending to confess to the priest later and ask for his forgiveness. This was even joked about in a few spots by some other characters. What's so funny about disobeying God on purpose? Absolutely nothing, considering that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).Now, I'm not talking about disobeying the law by helping an injured flyboy; in fact, I think that's heroic. Sometimes one must disobey government duties in order to obey God. No, what I'm saying is that once we know right from wrong and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, our first obligation is to obey God. Choosing to purposefully do wrong with intentions to ask forgiveness later is blatant disobedience.Here are a few examples from the Word of God that support obedience to God and negate intentional sin:In John 8:11, Jesus told an adulteress to "go and sin no more." Likewise, He said to a man He healed to "sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you" (John 5:14). The author of Hebrews stated that "if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). And James declared that "to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).While Nan was brave and right to aid the flyboy, she knew several of her actions and desires were "of the flesh" and sinful, and this was evident in the fact that she kept saying and thinking that she'd have a lot to confess and ask forgiveness for. The excuse of "being cheeky" was used often, but all the reasoning in the world does not permit someone to sin on purpose. For example, Nan considered on multiple occasions to abuse her privilege of being a nurse and see her patient's unclad body. This was highly inappropriate and uncomfortable to read about. It was a repetitive thought process for Nan that became an intentional lifestyle for her rather than a mistake she made. Because of this and other intentional sins Nan committed through the entire length of the story, it seemed that the book was saying, "It's okay to sin whenever one desires. All one must do is confess, and the slate is wiped clean." But that isn't the instruction we're given in the Word of God, which says to "present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:13-14).I had been really excited about this book because I love a good WWII story, but it proved to be a massive disappointment and a waste of my time.I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Sarah Sundin
    2019-04-20 07:37

    Grounded Hearts by Jeanne Dickson is a romantic and compelling tale. The details on wartime life in neutral Ireland are fascinating, and the village is filled with a charmingly humorous populace. Dutch and Nan are appealing characters with depth, and their relationship sizzles as they both find healing. Exciting, romantic, funny…don’t miss Grounded Hearts! I loved this book.

  • Tina
    2019-04-15 04:26

    In a nutshell – the setting is World War II, County Clare Ireland. As Ireland has declared their country neutral, any troops captured must be reported and interned. The story opens with a Canadian RAF bomber crashing, introducing us to a wounded flyer named Dutch Whitney. He doesn’t know where is but he needs to find his crew and make it to Northern Ireland so he can get back into the war. He sees a light at a cottage and starts practicing his Irish accent so he won’t be mistaken for Canadian. (Ha!) Wounded, he makes his way toward the cottage. Twenty-eight year old midwife Nan O’Neil (a widow) answers the door and takes him in. She busts him right away on the fake brogue as it is soooo over the top. But so is her dialogue once you get into the book.“Top of the morn….evening to ya. ‘Tis meself, “tis,” a muffled voice answered.“Sit here, so”……she brought him water and surveyed his face. Ah, but he had altogether gorgeous blue eyes. His hand touched hers, sending a rush of heat over her skin. No, don’t be drawn to this fella. No good would come of it.Nan will be sent to prison if she’s caught harboring a soldier but you can see that’s the way the story is going. It’s very predicable with her inward swooning over his eyes and muscular body. C’mon, it’s so obvious she likes his looks and is attracted to him all the while telling herself to step back. It’s the template of other books where girl meets boy, girl tells herself she must not get involved, repeat this a few times and finally they get together. I thought it might be more Ireland-centic but that wasn’t the case.I won this book from Goodreads in a Kindle format. Thank you Goodreads!

  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    2019-04-20 05:37

    Audiobook Review | Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dicksonhttps://christianshelfesteem.wordpres...I was in nursing school when I met my pilot husband; who’s father’s side of the family immigrated from Ireland just three generations ago. Therefore, when I read the synopsis of Grounded Hearts my curiosity was piqued. March brought with it Jeanne M. Dickson’s cover reveal and I was totally smitten... To the extent that I joined the Litfuse Blogger tour!  However, when printing was delayed I pre-ordered a digital copy along with audible narration.Alana Kerr Collins was the perfect narrator for this story. Her lilting Irish brogue captured the story in a way I could never have achieved on my own. Add to this her ability to convey the urgency or intimacy of a scene and you have a pretty perfect audio performance.Dickson gave me a crash course in Ireland’s neutrality during WWII as well as a refresher course in Catholicism. As to the first, I believe she adequately explains Ireland's political climate during war and how they implemented and executed interment for Allied and Axis combatants. To the later, nothing on the cover keys potential readers into the integral role Catholicism will play in the story. However, the Church’s views on suicide, confession, penance, relics, and worship make up the very fabric of who Nan is and what governs her decision making.Nan’s concealment of Dutch as well as her efforts to smuggle him to freedom are reminiscent of other stories set in Europe during this time period. Instead of the SS we have the sleazy, status seeking, Shamus Finn. We also have a network of co-conspirators—a hilarious group of women and one unconventional American doctor. What may be new to some Christian fiction readers is the rather steamy scenes between Nan and Dutch. Overall, a good debut novel even if some aspects were a little unexpected.

  • Beth Erin
    2019-03-29 06:42

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-13gGrounded Hearts fully captured my attention and reader heart! This book is delightfully immersive and engaging and reading it is an experience I won't soon forget! The rich setting and intriguing historical circumstances saturate the story with a cozy rainy day atmosphere. Bake some cookies and grab your favorite blanket, reader friends, you won't want to put this one down!Nan O'Neil is a compassionate and self-sacrificing young woman in need of a big ol' hug! The demands of her position as the village midwife and the hardships she has faced weigh her down. Dutch Whitney is a natural leader and protector with a strong sense of duty. He has a wholesome boy-next-door charm and a genuine tender heart. I can't think of anything I don't like about Dutch! Overall, I am amazed and delighted that this is Ms. Dickson's debut novel, just WOW! I can't wait to read more stories from this promising author.I requested the opportunity to read this book through Litfuse. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Beckie Burnham
    2019-04-04 04:35

    I finished Grounded Hearts by Jeanne Dickson a few days ago. Usually I write a review immediately so I can get down all the things that I love, like, or sometimes dislike about a book. I read a lot of books, so this is essential in capturing my thoughts before moving on to the next book. But I’ve waited on writing this review because I needed to take time to fully explore what I did indeed like about it and to articulate those things I didn’t. The premise of this book intrigued me. I knew little about Ireland’s stance during WWII other than the fact that it was neutral. How does a nation remain neutral in such a big conflict with more than disputed territories at stake? So, I was intrigued and eager to read a novel featuring a downed RAF pilot aided by a local woman with lots to lose. A touch of romance added to the suspense and adventure was okay with me. So far, so good. However, there were elements of the book that made me uncomfortable and others that made me a bit angry. Grounded Hearts was indeed a thought-provoking read, but perhaps not in ways that the author intended.Nan O’Neill is a midwife in a small Irish village during WWII. Life has dealt her a harsh blow and she wrestles with guilt and what-ifs. RAF pilot Dutch Whitney knows his purpose is to save the world, one bombing run at a time. But his goals become out of reach as he parachutes into the bog in neutral Ireland. The two join forces in getting Dutch to Northern Ireland and back to the war. But of course there are many obstacles to that, including the growing romantic feelings between them.First let me say that Dickson is a great storyteller. In the about the author section of the book she credits a long line of storytelling women that influenced her. Her writing is very good, setting a believable stage for the reader. As said above the story itself is intriguing and made me want to read it. She gave credible insight into the attitudes and politics of the time. But the book soon got bogged down in the many references to the two main characters’ physical attributes. Not only do they have impure thoughts (Nan is Catholic after all), supporting characters often give open voice to them as well. Perhaps not a problem in general market fiction, but Grounded Hearts is termed inspirational. I’m no prude and often like an edgy book, but the constant references seemed to be more for titillation than advancing the plot. If the references had moved from physical admiration to a deeper attraction, I could have overlooked them, but Nan and Dutch’s relationship just never seemed to mature. With all that said, I had much more trouble with the stereotypical portrayal of Catholics and men. A book set in Ireland in the 1940s is going to have a large share of Catholic characters, but they are portrayed as winking at sin, as long as it is eventually confessed. Kind of the it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission philosophy. I know that this attitude exists, but I would have liked if the entire parish of Ballyhaven had not behaved that way. Then there is the portrayal of men. They are either bullies or buffoons, or both. The women are the real thinkers and doers, while the men spend time gossiping and drinking at the pub. Strong women are a wonderful edition, but not at the expense of every man (including Dutch) in the novel.There are strong themes of guilt and forgiveness in Grounded Hearts. And the message that one can become free by the grace of God is on point. This truth is hinted at throughout the book and is finally accepted by Nan. I would have liked for this element to have had a bigger role in character and plot development.I know that this review is rather harsh, but I wanted not to shy away from stating what I truly thought. Grounded Hearts could have been a great novel; it had all the elements. Wonderful writing, unique premise, interesting setting and characters. But its reliance on things that I would rather not see in inspirational fiction put me off. Please note that I am in the minority among other reviewers. It has an overall 4-star rating on Amazon, with over 50% of reviewers giving it 5-stars. Please make sure to read their reviews to make your own judgment.Audience: adults.(Thanks to LitFuse for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

  • Becky
    2019-04-10 00:30

    While I've read many, many novels set during World War II, I've never read one quite like this. It's set entirely in Ireland, which had declared herself neutral during the war. Therefore, any troops found in Ireland—weather Axis or Allied—were subject to internment, and anyone found helping them would go to prison. So while the novel is set during the war, the war feels far away—sure, it impacts the characters, especially Dutch and the other RAF airmen who crashed near Ballyhaven, but with the fighting so far away, the novel takes on a small, local feel.I really enjoyed the setting and getting to know the residents of Ballyhaven—some good, others not so good, but most (with the exception of Finn, the novel's villain) fiercely loyal to one another. Village life was fascinating to me, and it was especially interesting to see how the Catholic faith wove into everyday life. In fact, I would probably enjoy a series of novels set in Ballyhaven. (Note: I was not expecting Catholicism to play such a major role in the story, though the setting probably should've given it away!)I did feel that the novel moved rather slowly through the first half while Nan was hiding Dutch in her house. Once a few other people learned of his presence, the pace picked up a bit, and I was especially engaged during the last quarter of the novel.However, for as much as I liked the characters, setting, and plot, there's one thing I didn't enjoy at all (and you're not going to believe this is coming from me): the romance. The novel is much more sensual than I was expecting. There's no sex, but there's a lot of talk about it. There's also a lot of focus on the male and female form and what characters are thinking (sexually) as they observe each other. Additionally, there's bawdy humor. But for all that, I didn't actually buy that the attraction between Nan and Dutch went beyond the physical. I couldn't feel the chemistry between them, though I was constantly expecting to turn the page and find them jumping into bed. (Fortunately, that never happened—but it always felt like it was just around the corner.)In a general market novel, the aforementioned content would be minor. In fact, this would probably be classified as "sweet" from a sexual content-rating standpoint. But I felt it was inappropriate for a Christian novel—Grounded Hearts is published by Waterfall Press, Amazon's Christian imprint.While I would recommend this book for its unique look at World War II, I think that many readers of Christian fiction will not appreciate the content.Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-04-15 05:24

    GROUNDED HEARTS is a story with a mix of charm, humor, religion, friendship, and romance set in Ireland during WWII. The story is sure to tug on readers' hearts with its lovable characters, small-town charm, mild espionage, sizzling romance, and themes of forgiveness and trust. An enjoyable story from beginning to end!This story felt part inspirational and part general romance. I almost felt like it was a general romance (and this one has a lot of innuendo and references to the characters' attraction and physical responses to each other) and then there would be an inspirational moment thrown in. Sometimes it felt naturally along the lines of what the character was dealing with, but then other times it felt a little like the inspirational part came out of nowhere. Those of you who are a little more particular or like your romances to be squeaky clean, may have some issues with this one. For me, I loved the constant chemistry and that the story showed how these characters were normal human beings with some issues that they have to work through. Nan, particularly, had some things to deal with surrounding some terrible circumstances with the death of her husband.This is the first time I've read a WWII story set in Ireland, which I found quite charming. They were much removed from the war in many ways, but even there, they weren't untouched by it. I loved the town with all its distinct characters and how the woman grouped together. I loved that Nan was a midwife and how weaved into everyone's lives she was. I also loved how Dutch and Nan grow closer and form a deep bond as she cares for him, as they help each other, and as Dutch tries to get back to the war.In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this one even though parts of it did feel a little forced. The characters were quite memorable and the romance was very sweet.Content: Innuendo, crass jokes, suicide, attempted rape, drunken behavior, and some other mild violence.Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-03-29 06:27

    Dickson has a talent for creating vibrant & colorful characters as well as weaving history into an intriguing story. Off the top of my head, I can’t readily think of another book I’ve read that shines a spotlight on Irish neutrality – and how that played out in reality – during WW2. She has vividly captured the political, religious, and ideological attitudes of the day in a way that makes me want to do my own research to learn more. The villain in Grounded Hearts was truly nasty and vulgar … but she was able to keep him from being cliche which is often difficult to avoid.Yet, the frequent references to physical attributes (and I’m not talking about eyes or the cut of the jaw) left me unsettled about this book. If it had been just the ‘villain’ or an uncouth soldier or two, I could have tolerated it a little more. But it was the hero, the heroine, and just about every other character at one time or another. Additional innuendo throughout the book (such as making not-so-veiled jokes about a man’s ‘third leg’ … which the hero explains to the heroine by glancing down at his lap) was just too crude and too frequent for my preferences. I don't mind spice in my books but this was mostly physical, with no emotional connection. Bottom Line: Grounded Hearts is equally parts fascinating and frustrating for me. I adored the feisty spirit of the women, particularly a couple of scenes toward the end. The setting and its place in history has me itching to learn more and the intrigue/suspense kept me turning the pages. Especially when the innuendos and sensuality got a bit much for me. I needed some deeper emotional ties between characters, and I ached to find one ‘religious’ person in the story who truly seemed to love and honor my Jesus. Still, Grounded Hearts has gotten high marks from reviewers I trust – and it’s also gotten low marks from other reviewers I trust – so this seems to be a book on which you will need to decide for yourself!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at: Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-04-09 02:24

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2v1FVRZMy feelings about Grounded Hearts are mixed, as there were both pros and cons. First of all, I’m always eager to try a new-to-me author, and a story set in Ireland is an added bonus. Jeanne M. Dickson is an excellent writer and it’s rare that I get to read a WWII book that doesn’t involve the Holocaust, so that was enjoyable as well. The Irish Catholic influence wasn’t unexpected, although I was surprised that it played such a strong part and was portrayed in a negative light – yet it defined who Nan was and gave a rationale to her way of thinking. I loved the small community of Ballyhaven in County Clare and thought the way women supported each other was great. Learning about Ireland’s decision to remain neutral during the war was thought provoking and made an interesting background for Dickson’s storytelling.A few negatives for me, though. This may be a little thing, but the male characters that I can remember seemed pretty foolish and not very appealing, even the priest, while the women were strong. Secondly, this wartime romance had good potential, but it dominated the story and was way too sensual for my tastes. Nothing explicit, but I halfway expected it at every page turn – with all the physical attraction, noticing of body parts, inward expression of thoughts, and conversations mentioning intimate situations. It’s difficult to explain the difference, but a Christian novel can portray a certain level of intimacy that is realistic and beautiful, while here it felt cheapened. I occasionally read a secular novel and can say that this would be considered a “sweet romance” in that field, but it just didn’t feel right for the Christian fiction audience. And while I understood the initial attraction between Nan and Dutch, their relationship never seemed to deepen beyond the physical.The other thing was Catholic practices regarding sin and confession, reflected in Mrs. Norman’s words to Nan: “Spending the night in the arms of the man you love is worth the penance.” I imagine this was realistic for the characters in that setting, but just didn’t sit well with me. We do, however, see the God of second chances and that Nan experienced grace and forgiveness in the end. So, while my thoughts were mixed, I would like to see more from this author.I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Lydia Howe
    2019-04-11 23:22

    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. Conclusion:Sadly I won't be recommending this book because of the romantic element. The rest of the book was really interesting though. Rating: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

  • Sydney
    2019-03-29 06:30

    In Grounded Hearts, author Jeanne M. Dickenson has crafted a novel that readers of historical fiction and especially of WWII fiction will absolutely love. Dickenson has created characters that readers will immediately fall in love with and a story that will entice and enthrall. The story progresses in a way that readers will want to keep reading and not set the novel down. Well-written, engaging, and filled with history and romance, this is a story that readers will enjoy.Genre: historical, romance, WWII, ChristianPublisher: Waterfall PressPublication date: June 13, 2017Number of pages: 337A review copy of this novel was provided by LitFuse. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-05 03:18

    Wow! What a great book. I was completely taken by this book. It was not your typical read from a writing perspective and I loved that! This book was amazing in details and I learned so much about the war in Ireland. Grounded Hearts engulfed my heart and captivated me with each page, especially as I got to know the characters, especially Nan. You'll laugh, being swoon by the romance and find this book to be some what of an unexpected adventure. I just loved this book and if I talk anymore, I'll give spoilers away. Grab this book and put it on your summer reading list. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-15 02:30

    My review: 3 1/2 of 5 starsThis was an interesting book that was fairly well written and kept my attention to the end. I learned new information about Ireland during WWII and got a glimpse of how they handled the fallout from this war. Nan is a hard working midwife who is still struggling with the death of her husband three years before. When RAF pilot Dutch Whitney shows up at her door wounded from a crash, she struggles with the decision to help him. On the one hand, she has the medical ability needed but on the other hand, she could be arrested for helping him. Her journey to healing and a new love was heartwarming. I also enjoyed the other women in the village who banded together to help Nan out when danger finds her. And the inclusion of the cat and his escapades were fun to read about.However, some of the content in this book was off putting to me. There was way too much mention of his body and her body and sensual innuendo. Also, there was quite a bit of Catholicism in the book which I'm not interested in reading about.*Thanks to LitFuse for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Karen Korb
    2019-03-27 07:32

    About The Book: A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret. In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment. Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond. But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith? Learn more and purchase a copy.About The Author: Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer's conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes. Find out more about Jeanne M.Dickson at http://www.jeannemdickson.com.My Thoughts On The Book: I was hooked on this book from the first page. Ms. Dickson masterfully creates her characters within the confines of the story that takes place during war torn Ireland during WW II. I really enjoyed the strong female roles. The midwife, the doctor, and the female mechanic were all capable of taking care of themselves and others their community. Although Nan was a Christian and you knew it, it was not overwhelming. I love WWII romance novels and this one was solidly done. It was a great summer beach read for sure. Loved it!

  • Mazzou B
    2019-04-02 02:34

    I was excited to get this book to read and review because I absolutely love books set in World War 2. I am not a big fan of romance novels (partially because I don't believe them helpful or edifying for the reader's life) but in the past I have discovered a few romances set in World War 2 which I have enjoyed. Grounded Hearts is set in Ireland and the story revolves around an Irish midwife, Nan and a wounded RAF pilot whom she gives shelter to. However, the romance was badly done. A good romance novel weaves romance with purpose, making the romance the result of many interesting events. However, this book focuses on the romance, with the excitement and adventure taking a secondary position.             Besides, the romance is pretty intense and cheap. From the second chapter, the woman is attracted to this wounded pilot and is tempted in various ways by his presence in her home. The author's motives in including every thought and temptation experienced by Nan is questionable. Although this is not a terribly sinful romance, it still is cheap. When one reads a book, one doesn't want to know that the heroine had every possible thought and temptation about the wounded soldier in her home. We want to admire the woman in the story. We want powerful characters who overcome sin and temptation and eventually discover they love each other. Not two humans attracted to each other simply....because. This is probably a confusing review. On a spiritual aspect, Nan is Catholic and there is a strong emphasis on how her sins (even of thoughts) have to be confessed to the Priest (who is not the best character, by the way). There is a good picture of how Catholicism is not true redemption and salvation from sin. Note how I am not expecting the main characters to be perfect, Catholic or Christian. I want to emphasize this. But either way, I would expect stronger characters in a book of this sort. For instance, this story would make a terrible movie. Every scene would be either of sexual temptation (thoughts or actions) or kissing scenes. Thankfully nothing worse, but still. Seriously. Who wants to watch such a story? There is some action, but it is useless when paired with such romance.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Amy
    2019-04-08 05:40

    Grounded Hearts by new to me author Jeanne M. Dickson was a World War II story that takes place in Ireland, who declared neutrality. This was the first time I had read a novel during that time period that took place on neutral grounds and I found the historical information fascinating. We have a small town/village of people that know each other very well and are oftentimes in everyone’s business and all around busy bodies. The story focuses on midwife and widow, Nan who happens to have a knock on her door one night from the downed and injured RAF bomber pilot Dutch Whitney. Cursing the fact that she has been drawn into his struggle to escape imprisonment and more the dire need of his health, Nan does all she can on her own. I appreciated how the author showed the comradeship of women, especially when Nan had to seek outside help. The women did not just sit around in Ireland but were actually very much involved in the war effort, at least in this novel.There are quite a few characters that make up this eccentric cast: the priest, the town drunk, and the officers of the LDF, especially the officer Finn who doesn’t know how to take no for an answer, and of course all of Nan’s close friends.Secrets abound, especially one that lays heavy upon Nan, and there is an instant attraction between her and Dutch. I liked how the author showed the women in this era as strong and fully capable individuals even though most of the men looked at them as just weak and ogled them more than not. This novel was rich in time, place, and characterization that the country of Ireland became alive to me. This read almost like a miniseries and I think it would be a great one dealing with midwifery, small town, war and the war efforts from a neutral country and all the politics that entailed. I look forward to more from the pen of author Dickson.I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  • Heather Snyder
    2019-04-05 07:23

    I enjoy purchasing historical books, and I love reading about fictional characters set in non-fictional worlds. That is what Jeanne Dickson did with her book Guarded Hearts. This story is set in Ireland during the days of World War II. Each character within the pages of this book plays a vital role in either helping or hurting the war effort. It is interesting to observe how certain individuals reject their place in the war--they want to remain neutral. While others are willing to do whatever they can to help aid someone they barely know--someone who is fighting with the Allies. Nan O'Neil finds herself in a precarious predicament when a man knocks on her door one night. She never could have predicted what her future would hold in those first few moments of meeting Dutch Whitney. Nan is from Ireland, and she is the town midwife. After coming to the rescue for so many of the women in her village, she holds the respect of each one of her patients and their families. Therefore, it is no surprise that so many of these women rescue her in the end. Even though Nan lives quite simply, her needs are met, and she is content to live out her days alone--except for being in the company of a lovely cat named Mr. Dee. However, Nan holds a dark secret close to heart. Something she cannot seem to forgive herself for, because she believes it to be an unforgivable act. It will take a new friend in her life to convince her otherwise. Dutch Whitney call Canada home, but for now his home is in the sky. He is an RAF pilot--a "flyboy." Unfortunately, unforeseeable events in his life move him to another location--Ireland. In an attempt to run for cover, he meets a young woman who will change his life forever. This one woman confuses him and angers him, yet he cannot help but be grateful for her care. She and so many others put their life and reputations on the line for him, which is a debt he feels he can never repay. As a reader, you will encounter so many moments of conflict, but this type of suspense will make it impossible for you to put this book down. You will be on the edge of your seat hoping Dutch will not be caught...hoping Nan will not go to jail...wondering what will become of the other characters in this town. Every emotion is touched on, and every aspect of a person's character is revealed. This historical story will touch your heart, because it will shine a light on those that fought and died during World War II. It will also showcase real people who lived and worked during this era, which is why I love reading historical fiction. If you enjoy history, then you will love this book. Happy reading! This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Litfuse for my copy.

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    2019-04-04 07:37

    This book starts off strong. With realistic characters and action packed adventure, you will find yourself smack dab in the center of the action.I appreciated the history and research that went into make this story come to life, and I enjoyed learning more about how Ireland and it's people experienced World War II.Nan is a strong heroine. You quickly come to understand why she makes some of the choices she makes. Although, there were several times that I wished I could go inside the book and give her a good strong talking to. Nan feels like she has to earn forgiveness, and with that feeling she never feels like she has done enough to earn it.Dutch is as handsome as he is patient and kind. He's the perfect yin to Nan's yang. Dutch is fighting his own history and struggles, yet he is willing to reach out and help others.For me the tempo of the story is a little slower toward the end, and there was not as much character growth as I would have preferred.(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts an opinions expressed are my own.)

  • Barb Klein
    2019-03-24 23:24

    Every time I read a book, I learn something. Non-fiction books, of course, are true stories (for the most part). Historical fiction books tell a story, but the characters, plots, historical references may be changed due to the writer’s fancy. “Grounded Hearts” by Jeanne M. Dickson is a fictional story of a downed RAF pilot in Ireland. I was not aware that Ireland was a neutral country in the Second World War. I was also not aware that downed pilots were interned in a camp for the duration of the war. Anyone harboring these fugitives was sent to prison. I found this a fascinating aspect of the war that I did not know.This is the story of Dutch Whitney whose bomber crashed in County Clare in a marsh. He and his crew parachuted out of the doomed plane, but Dutch doesn’t know the whereabouts or status of his crew. He happens upon a house where a midwife lives. Nan O’Neill takes pity on him and tends to his wounds. Since he cannot manage on his own, she decides to hide him from the Local Defense Force (LDF). The story continues as Nan and Dutch are involved in keeping themselves free. Ms. Dickson’s writing served to keep me interested until the last page and aggravated that I could not sit and read this book in one sitting. I thought this novel touched on something I had not read or heard of and this provided a most interesting read for me. This book was a wonderful debut for the author and I look forward to many more novels in whose pages I can lose myself.I received a complimentary print copy of this book from LitFuse.com. You can read this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-rv. Check out other book reviews at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  • Deana Dick
    2019-03-28 06:29

    The book is so well written that I could not put it down. I loved the storyline and how the author transports readers back to World War II. The tension was high during this time as planes flew across the skies looking for enemy targets. I especially liked the setting in Ireland. It was hard for the people in the small town where Nan lived to find enough food to survive. I have heard of ration tickets before but with the vivid description I could picture families standing in line hoping to get something to survive on. Nan is a wonderful character. She is a midwife /nurse for the town and gets around on her bike. She has gone through a terrible tragedy that has kept her sad and feeling guilty. It's hard to forgive yourself when you feel you could have stopped someone from hurting themselves. As the war rages on , Ireland has stayed neutral. It is understood that if you are caught hiding the enemy you will go to jail. Nan stays to herself in a little cottage so she has nothing to worry about. That is until the day a handsome Canadian pilot knocks on her door. It is evident that he is injured and Nan must make a decision to help him or turn him in. Dutch Whitney is in desperate need of help. I thought the author did a great job of keeping the story going with intrigue and watching Nan slowly begin to trust again. Her decision to go against everything she believed in to help Dutch was very emotional. Can you imagine what it must have been like during the war? Nan was taking a huge risk. Will she get caught? There is one character in the story that I didn't care for. I will leave it up to readers to see if they feel the same way. I will say that the man is annoying, a bit pushy and downright disrespectful. Overall the book was quite good and I loved how the author brought a town together to help someone in need. The war was hard and many people suffered, but sometimes we have to help each other and forget our differences. "We all despair; we all have regrets. We all lose someone we love. That's when we need our faith in God to bring us through."I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

  • Carla
    2019-04-08 03:37

    I fell in love with Grounded Hearts! In this novel, we have a strong female lead who lives on her own after the death of her husband. In the midst of the war, a soldier comes to her door. Against the rules, she takes the Canadian soldier in and nurses him. She does so even when she could face huge consequences. She knows in her heart, that caring for this young man is what God would want her to do. It is under these circumstances, the pair develops a strong friendship and mutual respect.Some of my favourite aspects of this novel is that it is based during World War II and in Ireland - we learn a lot about life in Ireland during this time. I didn't realize they had internment camps for soldiers during the war and this was eye opening for me. I LOVED the strong female characters that are found throughout this book. We have a female physician, midwife and a mechanic - all of whom are more than capable of taking care of themselves, business and more. This was probably a lot more common then most novels give women credit for during this time period, so it was really nice to see this focus in this novel.Nan is a very special woman who is plagued by a dark secret, one that should not even be hers to carry. My heart broke for her throughout the novel as she deserves so much more but it is her past that holds her back. It is Dutch and their friendship that helps her to understand, let go and have hope for her future. The road to this discovery is long and difficult though and you watch as they both struggle with their past and their futures.Grounded Hearts is a beautiful story of hope, trust, letting go and faith during an extremely difficult time. We have amazing characters who never give up and inspire you the reader. I could not put this novel down - I loved every moment.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-24 07:18

    Title: Grounded HeartsAuthor: Jeanne M. DicksonPages: 348Year: 2017Publisher: Waterfall PressMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.The story takes place in Ireland during WWII when Ireland at that time was neutral. When a plane crashes and the injured pilot ends up at the door of a midwife, Nan O’Neil, she risks all to care for him. As the story developed, I got lost in the well described scene of an Irish town and the personal history of Nan O’Neil. The tale gripped my heart as she faced her worst fears and had to decide to risk loving again or captivity for the pilot whom she helps get well.Some of Nan’s friends were just a hoot and brought laughter at times in different places of the book. There were scenes filled with danger and suspense as well as the constant threat of another local man who helps look for the pilot they know should be in the area. I found myself rooting for Nan to face her past and experience the peace she truly longed for and wanted as well as for Dutch to avoid captivity.The story is an interesting look back into history in another nation. I enjoyed learning Dutch’s personal history and anxiously read to see what choices he would make that would impact his future. There is one character, the local doctor, whose ability to get medication and other necessities made Dutch’s flight to freedom intriguing. The author does a great job of not revealing how Nan was able to accrue forged documents and other stuff. By not revealing too much, it made the doctor a real intriguing mystery and kept me glued to till the very end.Grab a copy and enjoy!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Penny
    2019-04-05 01:44

    Grounded Hearts tells a beautiful story of strong women in Ireland in World War 2. I didn't know that Ireland was neutral during World War 2, nor did I know anything about their internment camps. Jeanne M. Dickson did her homework on the history of the area and the role Ireland played during the war. I like the main character, midwife Nan. She has a heart of gold, that's been broken. Yet, she's selfless when it comes to taking care of others. I love the strong and loyal bond the women of the story share, as well as the setting. Nan's cottage is cozy. Then there is the flyboy, "Dutch". He's a strong, yet tender man who wants nothing more than to fly his fighter plane against the evils of Hitler. As I read the book, I didn't want to put it down. It's not a gentle inspirational book. Instead, the story deals with emotions, passion, sin, war, and love. The men of Ireland were drinkers and the women said what was on their minds. But the story is a beautiful tale of redemption, second chances, forgiveness, loyalty, and love. If you enjoy honest, historical fiction, you'll want to read Grounded Hearts. I give it five stars for the excellent writing and moving story. I received this book for free.

  • Carol Preston
    2019-04-16 07:45

    Romantic, funny, but with deadly possibilities. An engaging and intriguing story set in WW11 in Ireland.

  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    2019-04-05 06:17

    Ms. Dickson is a new to me author. I really enjoyed getting to know her work through this wonderful historical fiction novel! From start to finish, I was pulled into the center of the story and kept there until the very last page was reached. This book was a double bonus for me! I have always loved Ireland(even if I haven’t ever visited there!) and I have always loved the World War II era. This book is the best of both those worlds. Filled with wonderful details of historic happenings, and characters like Nan and Dutch that quickly steal your heart, I felt like I was transported back into the world of Hitler, and emotions so strong that they become the reader’s emotions. Ms. Dickson is definitely an author I recommend. She created this 4 star novel with passionate detail to another place in time, and left me feeling all the feels with this book. I loved the story line of redemption and hope. I can’t wait to read another book by this talented author! 

  • Kristin
    2019-04-07 05:28

    I'm struggling with the best way to review this book. I'm torn because part of me wants to slap a 4.5-5 star on this book and the other part compares it to other books in a Christian genre.If you're reading this book as a secular book with faith elements then it is a fantastic romance set in Ireland during World War 2. Nan is adorable and a little naive and Dutch manages to be sexy and irresistible while still being a gentleman.If you're reading this and comparing it to other Christian fiction, the innuendo and use of derogatory terms such as "lard-arse" can be rather surprising.This left me in the awkward position of how to rate this book.  Do I rate it solely on the story or do I take into account genre expectations?I went somewhere in between and chose a four-star rating. This book is a good, clean, solid romance by worldly standards. I mean, there is a remark about a man's "third leg" and many mentions of desire.  But, the novel is not nasty or graphic.Having said that, I think that people who read Christian fiction regularly will see this as being outside the norm for the genre and I have to take that into account.I would love to read more from this author and I think she has a lot of promise.  I appreciated her character building and the way that I was invested in the lives of Nan and Dutch from early in the book.A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.This review was originally posted on A Simply Enchanted Life

  • Fiction Aficionado
    2019-03-29 06:23

    There’s something about a book featuring opposing loyalties in war time that always grabs my attention, but this is the first time I’ve read a book where one of the parties is living in a politically neutral country and obligated to behave in a politically neutral manner. Of course, people themselves rarely remain politically neutral (particularly when handsome flyboys become involved!), and such is the case in this novel, but the price for showing leniency to either side is high. And with an officer like Seamus Finn poking his nose around Nan’s house at all times of the day, keeping a flyboy hidden until he is able to make his escape is nigh impossible.As far as the overall plot is concerned, this was an engaging read, and the constant risk of discovery for Dutch kept the tension high. However there were some parts of the story that were less satisfying for me, one of the main ones being that it felt to me as though Nan and Dutch’s relationship was based more on physical attraction than an emotional closeness. They’re both attracted to one another immediately, and we’re frequently reminded of that physical attraction, but they didn’t really have time to get to know one another on a more emotional level, so for me, the romance felt a little shallow.One thing the story did do well was to capture the dynamics of Irish village life. In particular, the Catholic faith plays a large part in these people’s lives, and although I don’t agree with all its tenets, its impact on Nan’s life was an integral part of the story. There were times, though, when I felt we got a little too much information on village life. Some villagers had no qualms referring to what was happening behind closed bedroom doors (and not always within marriage), and I thought some of the conversations and comments on this subject were unnecessary, perhaps even a little crass. I also thought it was odd that Nan (a widow and a midwife) was so missish about nursing Dutch at times, but then flaunted a bit of cleavage or leg on several occasions in order to distract Officer Finn. I definitely wasn’t a fan of this latter tendency.Despite its weaknesses, I enjoyed the historical setting and the overall plot. I'll be interested to see what this author offers in the future.I received a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Marlene Moore
    2019-04-21 00:35

    Grounded Hearts is amazing!This is an amazing book! I was so hooked that I read late into the night until it was finished. This Author made you really invest in the charters they were very well portrayed. You won't be sorry if you buy this book; you might lose sleep, but it's worth it.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-04-19 05:24

    During the onset of WWII, countries were almost asked to chose a side. Either on the side of the Axis powers or the Allies, for the small country of Ireland, they choose neither, to remain completely neutral since they didn't have enough military might to join either cause and neither did they have the resources to defend themselves. If you should find yourself unexpectedly in the country, if you remained close to the Northern border, you were allowed to cross and no one would try to stop you, however if you were caught in the middle or southern borders, all service personnel on either side would be held in respectable internment camps until the war was over. There would be no negotiations from their country to get them back into the war. So when RAF pilot Dutch Whitney found himself in the bogs of Ireland after his plane crashed, his concern was initially where in Ireland was he, and how could he get back to his crew in London again. He wasn't even certain if any of the men he told to jump even made it and he had no clue where to begin looking for them. All he understood is that he had to get away from the crash site before anyone came looking for him. He managed to make his way to the doorstep of Irish midwife Nan O'Neil and she knew without a doubt the choices she had to make. Knowing she simply couldn't turn him in initially, not when he needed medical help, she had hoped she could doctor him up and point him to the way home before anyone in her city of County Clare discovered him. Not only would it be dangerous for him, but hiding a pilot could land her in jail. Knowing she must keep things as normal as possible while still trying to care for Dutch, she has ton negotiate a persistent man, Finn, who believes if he can find this missing pilot, he will be in a much better position to be head of the Garda, in Ireland and then gain a respect within the community he struggles to find now. All he knows is Nan is the only woman for him, because not only is she single, beautiful but she also possesses nursing skills that would enable her to care for his aging mother. Now all he has to do is convince her that they would make a suitable couple. I received Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Waterfall Press. Being a huge fan of anything to do with WWI or WWII, I immediately felt a connection to Nan's character. Not only is the position she finds herself in the midst of compromising, she follows her heart to care for a man, no matter which side of the war he is on. It conveys the difficulty of any country that tries to remain neutral in a war which is happening all around you , not knowing if you might find yourself being pressured to make a decision to choose sides or face a hostile takeover of your own country. I love Nan's cat, Mr. Dee, who finds an unlikely partner in the war effort every time Finn comes knocking and I love how this all ended. Not as you might think but I'll leave it there for those that want to read this amazing novel. For me, hands down earned itself a 5 out of 5 stars for keeping me up well past my bedtime so I can finish it.