Monday, September 13, 2021

The Lines Between Us


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.

My thoughts: After reading Amy's debut novel, I was so looking forward to reading this book! While I really enjoyed the story and getting to know the characters, from fun Dorie to shy and thoughtful Gordon, pious Thomas to strong Sarah Ruth, it didn't have quite the same depth that Johanna and her story had. Though there is still plenty of depth to the story, as Dorie and Jack go their different paths during the war only to have them collide later in the war in a most devastating way. I thought that the history behind this book was fascinating and thought that the author did a marvelous job of bringing to life the difficult path of being a conscientious objector during WWII. This is a wonderful, well written story that I enjoyed tremendously!

I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

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