Not by Sight

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In the spring of 1917, all of Britain's attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country on the front lines. Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, is young and able-bodied but refuses to enlist despite the contempt of his peers.

A wealthy young suffragette, Grace Mabry will do anything to assist her country's cause. Men like Jack infuriate her when she thinks of her own brother fighting in the trenches of France, so she has no reservations about handing him a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball.

But Grace could not anticipate the danger and betrayal set into motion by her actions, and soon she and Jack are forced to learn the true meaning of courage when the war raging overseas suddenly strikes much closer to home and their fervent beliefs become a matter of life and death.


"Downton Abbey meets The Scarlet Pimpernel in Kate Breslin's wonderful historical novel set amidst the drama of England's World War I home front."

Elizabeth Camden, RITA and Christy Award-winning author

"Not by Sight will sweep you away . . . Kate Breslin brings us another story that will touch our hearts and lift our spirits."

Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of Surrendered Hearts and A Refuge at Highland Hall

"Kate Breslin continues to define excellence in storytelling with complex characters and deeply researched themes. . . . Not by Sight is a tender story of love and the enduring power of faith to guide us--even when the road to healing remains unseen."

Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin

The Author

  1. Kate Breslin
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    Kate Breslin

    A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at

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"Set in Great Britain during the first World War, readers will feel that they have been transported to the world of Downton Abbey. With a great deal of romance, along with intrigue, espionage, and suspense, Breslin creates a tale difficult to put down until its touching, soul-satisfying ending."

RT Book Reviews

"Breslin has done her research, unfolding her story with impeccable attention to historical detail. Adding to the novel's pleasures are a lush rural English setting, absorbing protagonists, and a moving, suspenseful plot. The emotional and spiritual growth of Grace and Jack as they struggle with threat and betrayal makes for an engrossing read for fans of historical romantic suspense."

Library Journal

"Breslin's research and attention to historical detail is impeccable. Britain in 1917 comes alive with lush landscapes, colorful period costumes and cultural references. The hero and heroine are compelling, their romance emotionally satisfying and the plot absorbing. Readers of historical romance will thoroughly enjoy this tale set in Downton Abbey-era surroundings."