on January 18th, 2019
As the bombs fall on Europe, their new love must survive a deadly war…
Vivian Lambert wants to do her part. When she wins a coveted overseas post with the Red Cross, she focuses on her war service. Falling hard for a sexy pilot wasn't part of her plan.
Jack Nielsen has a mission. Motivated by patriotic duty and desire to avenge the death of his best friend, Jack commands a ten-man B-17 crew. Keeping himself and his men alive in the fire-filled skies over Europe will require Jack's full focus. Romancing a headstrong Red Cross Girl is a distraction he knows he shouldn't indulge.
While Vivian's work takes her across France and into the heart of Nazi Germany, mounting casualties drive Jack to confront his dwindling odds of survival. As Allied forces converge on all fronts, can Vivian and Jack's relationship withstand an excruciating battle between love and duty?
Courage to be Counted is the first book in the Clubmobile Girls series of thrilling historical romances. If you like brave military heroes, trailblazing heroines, and romance under fire, then you'll love Eleri Grace's page-turning tale.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
COURAGE TO BE COUNTED, the first book in the Clubmobile Girls series of historical romances by Eleri Grace, is an authentic look at World War II pilots and the Red Cross. The characters are engaging, and the WWII feel of the story is enveloping. This author has done her homework!
Vivian Lambert joins the Red Cross and is thrilled to be sent to England. Just before she leaves the U.S., she meets dashing pilot Jack Nielsen and falls hard for him. They are both thrilled when they end up stationed on the same base in England. Can their love make it through a war that has both of their lives in frequent danger?
I was so impressed by the WWII atmosphere that this author has created. Even the language of the time is authentic. The characters use phrases that my mother used but that I haven’t heard in a long time. The situations created by war felt very real.
Vivian was a strong leading character. She was very determined in her mission, yet her vulnerable side was often evident. Jack was a good match for Vivian. They were equally devoted to doing their part in the service and to each other.
The secondary characters often came and went, as you would expect in a military setting, but they all made an impact on the leading characters and the story. They added interest and depth to the story.
I only have one complaint about COURAGE TO BE COUNTED. The love scene was far too long and too clinical for my tastes. The language used reminded me more of a trip to the gynaecologist than an intimate moment between two people in love.
WWII is my favorite era in historical fiction and, with the exception of the aforementioned love scene, I found COURAGE TO BE COUNTED to be well-written and compelling. It is a solid start for a new series.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.