After reading Things We Didn’t Say last year and loving it, I was so excited to read this latest novel by Amy Lynn Green! It didn’t disappoint!
A WWII novel of courage and conviction, based on the true experience of the men who fought fires as conscientious objectors and the women who fought prejudice to serve in the Women’s Army Corps.
Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have stuck to their values as conscientious objectors. Much to their families’ and country’s chagrin, they volunteer as smokejumpers rather than enlisting, parachuting into and extinguishing raging wildfires in Oregon. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to 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 pacifism, 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 for justice to 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 troubling secrets they discover.
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Last year I had the pleasure of reading Amy Lynn Green’s debut novel, Things We Didn’t Say. I loved it! I was so excited to read read her latest novel, The Lines Between Us. It didn’t disappoint!
This novel had great characters. Dorie is spirited and vivacious. She was all-around a fun character that I grew to really like. She has her flaws but that’s what makes her so likable. She’s also pretty hilarious. I loved her humor! Gordon was a really relatable character for me. I really sympathized with him. I admired his desire to always tell the truth and to be a better person. I loved his character!
I really liked the side characters too. Sarah Ruth, Jimmy, Leland… all great side characters!
The historical side of the story was really interesting. I’ve never really read a historical fiction based around this side of WW2 so I was intrigued.
The story had just the right amount of suspense, mystery, and action to keep me turning pages. This book is more friendship focused than romance. I actually found that refreshing! It worked really well for this story. It allowed the story to focus on Dorie and Gordon trying to solve the mystery around Jack’s accident.
The faith is subtle is this book but still present and well done.
There were times I was laughing and times I teared up. There’s a lot of truth in this story. The themes of forgiveness and letting go really struck a chord with me.
I really enjoyed this story! If you like WW2 stories with a mystery involved, this would definitely be a great one to check out!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
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