I always enjoy trying to find out where the title of a book comes from and this one had a double meaning. My favorite meaning is from scripture, Psalm 139:9-10. I also like real history depicted in a fiction novel. It makes learning more fun and the author did her homework. Most interesting to me was the fact that pigeons were trained and used as secret message carriers during WWI, and in doing so saved many lives.
This begins in France, 1918, at the tail end of the war. Colin Mabry returns from active duty in the war with a missing left hand. He has to adjust to using prosthetics and hides his “hand” as often as he can. He feels very self conscious, especially when he thinks people are staring at “it”. He meets Johanna, the sister of Jewel. Jewel helped him during one of his times being wounded but is now missing. He inlists Colin to help her not only find her sister but her father as well. Johanna has her own issues with growing up illegitimate and the stigma that it places on her. Both of these characters were wounded physically and/or emotionally. I enjoyed seeing their changes come about throughout the story.
Included were all the elements that come about during wartime. Unsavory characters, spys, secret meetings, and of course romance. This was a great page turner with a few surprises. I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.