Today’s book review features
The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green.
Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have done “work of national importance” in the West as conscientious objectors: volunteering as smokejumpers, parachuting into and fighting raging wildfires. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to in early 1945 seems suspiciously high, and when an accident leaves Jack badly injured, Gordon realizes the facts don’t add up.
A member of the Women’s Army Corps, Dorie Armitage has long been ashamed of her brother’s pacificism, but she’s shocked by news of his accident. Determined to find out why he was harmed, she arrives at the national forest under the guise of conducting an army report…and finds herself forced to work with Gordon. He believes it’s wrong to lie; she’s willing to do whatever it takes so justice will be done.
As they search for clues, Gordon and Dorie must wrestle with their convictions about war and peace and decide what to do with the shocking secrets they discover.
Amy Lynn Green is a lifelong lover of books, history, and library cards. She worked in publishing for six years before writing her first historical fiction novel, based on the WWII home front of Minnesota, the state where she lives, works, and survives long winters. Because of her day job in publicity, she has taught classes on marketing at writer’s conferences and regularly encourages established and aspiring authors in their publication journeys. In her novels (and her daily life), she loves exploring the intersection of faith and fiction and searches for answers to present-day questions by looking to the past.
From Author Website
The Lines Between Us is a historical novel by Amy Lynn Green. While not romance, it is historical fiction and all about the smoke jumpers protecting the Oregon forest during WWII. Intrigued, I couldn’t wait to read it.
First of all, I loved how real the characters felt. I could completely picture Women’s Army Corp PFC Dorie Armitage and her flirty, rebellious ways. On the other hand, I could imagine Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack (Dorie’s brother) jumping out of an airplane to fight fires. The dirt, the work, the camaraderie.
Gordon and Jack were also conscientious objectors. The arguments, struggles, explanations of their stance during the war, and how Dorie who joined the army, felt about it was absolutely fascinating. Then there’s the mystery Dorie has come to solve. It keeps twisting and turning around the truths, lies, and fights.
I highly recommend this book. Though not a romance, the ending is very satisfying and the story will make you think while transporting you to the smoky trees of 1940s Oregon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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