About the Book:
Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.
But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
I found this book to be a fascinating read. I really liked the way Camille DiMaio dealt with Catholicsm, priestly celibacy and the theme of vocation. I enjoyed the two separate timelines and how they came together. At the beginning of the book I liked Julianne and admired her drive, spunk, and compassion. I loved Kyle; the only problem I might have with him is that he was too perfect. However, something happened in the middle of the book that changed Julianne, and I found her behavior after that point untrue to who she was. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and would definitely read another by DiMaio.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.