Thursday, October 19, 2023

Review: The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green

Genre: Historical Fiction 
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Aug. 31, 2021
374 pages
About the Book:

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 Rating & Thoughts:    

I loved the letters at the beginning but then the attack on Pearl Harbor happens and war is declared. This changes things for the characters and I struggled to get invested in the story. I knew nothing about the conscientious objectors before reading this. I liked Gordon and could understand his view on war and I understood what motivated Dorie to do what she did, but I just did not connect with either character. At times I was bored, it wasn't until the 50 pages or so that things picked up a bit and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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