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To Stand in the Breach
by Danielle Grandinetti
To Stand in the Breach is a novella prequel to the Strike to the Heart Series. This fascinating story brought to light a piece of our nation’s history I’d never really had any knowledge of: the dairy strikes of the Great Depression. It really brought to life a piece of forgotten history. I really appreciated the view of both sides and the stress everyone endured. From an engagement bridging the gap of the two feuding sides, to a son of a dairy farmer who’s stuck in the middle as a neutral police office, to the life of an immigrant female veterinarian in a time that was frowned up, and the threats looming over her both from her past and in the present, it’s an engaging read. The romance between Joey and Katy was sweet and slow in a way that just makes you love Joey all the more. Throw in the danger involved on both sides and I was hooked. I look forward to following Joey’s sister in the next story, A Strike to the Heart releasing in April 2022.
Genre: Historial Romance, Wisconsin, 1833
She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?
1933, Wisconsin — Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.
But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe.
Prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart, releasing April 2022 from Heritage Beacon Press/Iron Stream Media
What I loved: If you’ve followed many of my reviews, you know I’m a huge history nerd. I really loved delving into this piece of history which I pretty much had no knowledge of. I also loved how sweet and patient Joey was with Katy.
Favorite Character and Why: Katy was so real and believable. Her strength of character and her flaws were so real and relatable, plus you get that touch of Irish culture and speech.
Who would like this? Readers who like exploring obscure times in history, a splash of danger, and romances that are sweet and patient will really enjoy this story.