Friday, September 24, 2021

The Lines Between Us

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About the Book
Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have done “work of national importance” in the West as conscientious objectors: volunteering as smokejumpers, parachuting into and fighting raging wildfires. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to in early 1945 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 pacificism, 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 so justice will 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 shocking secrets they discover. (Goodreads)



 My Thoughts

If you want a unique perspective during WWII this book is for you! I was blown away with the historical aspect of this story and then surprised at how the author created a colorful cast of characters. I loved that nothing was predictable, not in the relationships or the overall story line.

This book takes us right into the woods of the men who were conscientious objectors to fighting in World War II and who ended up being smoke jumpers instead. This is not a subject that is written about especially in fiction. We also get a glimpse of the Women’s Army Corps, as the story flips between Gordon Hooper and Dorie Armitage.

Amy Lynn Green does an excellent job in simply writing the facts. She doesn’t try to sway things politically or make one view right or wrong. She does make the reader think and consider what is written. Dorie is angry at her brother for not enlisting. Jack’s religious beliefs convict him not to fight. This creates a painful family situation. Gordon’s character grows a lot through this book and I really enjoyed the story more from his perspective. I liked the details about the smoke jumpers and the facts surrounding the mystery that threads through the book. The ending is not what you expect so you must read until the very end. I really enjoyed this book and I had to dig more into the history after reading.


Five Stars.


“I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”

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