Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson | Blog Tour and Celtic Knots Giveaway

What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot, and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson’s new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

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{More about Grounded Hearts}

Grounded Hearts (Waterfall Press, July 2017)

A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

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Jeanne M. Dickson

{More About Jeanne M. Dickson}

Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.

Find out more about Jeanne M. at http://www.jeannemdickson.com.
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Reviews

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I was so eager to read this book, the premise sounded amazing and it is set in Ireland so how could you go wrong? Well unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to what I was hoping. While the story line had a lot of promise it just fell pretty flat to me.

    Written by The Perfect beginning on August 2, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I found myself feeling a spectrum of emotions, I found myself laughing, holding my breath, and crying. This book really touched me. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction Historical Romance, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Jeanne M. Dickson, she is a must-read author.

    Written by For The Love of Books on August 1, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Seriously, what can be better than a story about a midwife, a pilot, with a setting in World War II Ireland?! World War II is my favorite era. Be sure to check out this story!

    Written by Life at Rossmont on August 1, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    In her debut novel, Jeanne M. Dickson beautifully depicts a setting I haven’t seen in the World-War-II novels I’ve read: Ireland. I so enjoyed being swept up in the history of this country during the war and getting to see a bit of the experience of neutrality in Grounded Hearts. And with interesting characters set against this history, Dickson’s story comes to life with charm, suspense, and romance.

    Written by Book by Book on July 31, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    There were a lot of romantic moments, as Nan and Dutch were very attracted to each other and would be drawn to each other but kept resisting it. I also liked the strong sense of culture and history.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on July 31, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    In Grounded Hearts, author Jeanne M. Dickenson has crafted a novel that readers of historical fiction and especially of WWII fiction will absolutely love. Dickenson has created characters that readers will immediately fall in love with and a story that will entice and enthrall. The story progresses in a way that readers will want to keep reading and not set the novel down. Well-written, engaging, and filled with history and romance, this is a story that readers will enjoy.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on July 31, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I enjoyed how the novel got right to the point in the first chapter. I liked Nan O’Neil. Her character was written really well. Ms. Dickson wrote her very well. I enjoyed getting to know her and how seemingly shy she seemed but really wasn’t.

    Written by Cisneros Cafe on July 30, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The adventure Nan and Dutch had trying to get him across the border to Northern Ireland was funny at times. I also liked how Nan steps out of her comfort zone and finds there is more to life when you just take a little risk.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on July 30, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Overall, this is a decent World War II romance. If you like romance novels or history then this might be an interesting read to you. Grounded Hearts is a beautiful story of hope, trust, letting go and faith during an extremely difficult time. This historical story will touch your heart. It shines a light on those that fought and died during World War II.

    Written by The She Revelation Blog on July 30, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I feel like these newer “Christian” books sound more and more like regular stories that are out in the world.

    Written by Dela Cruz on July 30, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I found myself turning page after page with increasing speed, needing to find out if Nan was able to stay out of trouble.  I liked this aspect of the story much more than expected.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on July 29, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    As a reader, you will encounter so many moments of conflict, but this type of suspense will make it impossible for you to put this book down. You will be on the edge of your seat hoping Dutch will not be caught…hoping Nan will not go to jail…wondering what will become of the other characters in this town. Every emotion is touched on, and every aspect of a person’s character is revealed.

    Written by Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen on July 29, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The story drew me and kept me reading. I especially enjoyed the scenes of life in Ireland during the war and the characters who are part of Nan’s life. It’s a romance, and an unusually sweet one, a historical novel and a story of faith. I am hoping that there

    Written by Buttercup Counts Her Blessings on July 29, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    But if you’re the kind of reader who’s looking for fresh well-written fiction with an original plot, a little suspense, a little romance, and a lot of Irish humour, then you’ll enjoy Grounded Hearts.

    Written by Iola Goulton on July 29, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Filled with wonderful details of historic happenings, and characters like Nan and Dutch that quickly steal your heart, I felt like I was transported back into the world of Hitler, and emotions so strong that they become the reader’s emotions. Ms. Dickson is definitely an author I recommend.

    Written by Cafinated Reads on July 28, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This book brings you to tears, and causes you to laugh. It has such unique characters, that each become a point in your mind through the book. I am hoping to read more from this author. She did a fantastic job of writing a historical fiction novel. Fans of Judith Pella’s Daughters of Fortune Series will enjoy this World War II based novel.

    Written by Bibliophile Reviews on July 27, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts was a book like nothing I have read before! I have never read a book based in Ireland during WWII and it was SO INTERESTING!

    Written by The Review Stew on July 25, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Mixed feelings. Dickson is an excellent writer and it’s rare that I get to read a WWII book that doesn’t involve the Holocaust, so that was enjoyable as well. But the male characters seemed pretty foolish and unappealing, even the priest, while the women were strong.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 24, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I must be drawn to WWII novels. But this is the first time I’ve read about it from the point of view of Ireland! Funny how you don’t think about who else was affected (the whole world) when the drama was being played out in Germany (or is that just me?) This was an easy read and I’m a fan of a good happy ending so I was satisfied there.

    Written by Work-it-mommy on July 24, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I love reading historical fiction books set during the World War II and Grounded Hearts was a perfect read for me!

    Written by Moments on July 24, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts is a book about trust, friendship, and compassion.

    Written by Little Lady Plays on July 23, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Once I dug into the plot, I discovered the sweetness was merely a mask, and a flimsy one at that. The majority of the story ended up being crude and sensual.

    Written by Writing to Inspire on July 23, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts is one of the best I’ve read in the genre in a long while. Ms. Dickson paints Ireland with the brush of seasoned artist. I could feel the cool mud of the bog pulling at my feet and see the mist heavy in the air. Her eye for detail is clear in every line of prose.

    Written by Renee C. @ Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot on July 22, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I was hooked on this book from the first page. Ms. Dickson masterfully creates her characters within the confines of the story that takes place during war torn Ireland during WW II.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on July 22, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I eagerly awaited this novel and we quickly get thrust into the action of World War II and of neutral Ireland which is a plus since I was afraid it’d be slow. The plot is creative and the front cover eye-catching, however I quickly ran into some problems that kept me from enjoying the book to its full potential.

    Written by Saved by Grace on July 22, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I love reading books set in the World War II era, and I was really excited about reading this book. Especially since it is set in Ireland, a neutral country, which is different than most World War II books. But sadly, I was disappointed with the book.

    Written by Have A Wonderful Day on July 21, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This book is unlike any I have read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read other books based in WWII but never one based in Ireland. I actually did not know that it was Ireland chose to be a neutral country until this book. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book.

    Written by More of Him on July 21, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I really enjoyed the setting and getting to know the residents of Ballyhaven—some good, others not so good, but most (with the exception of Finn, the novel’s villain) fiercely loyal to one another. However, for as much as I liked the characters, setting, and plot, there’s one thing I didn’t enjoy at all: the romance. The novel is much more sensual than I was expecting.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on July 21, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts could have been a great novel; it had all the elements. Wonderful writing, unique premise, interesting setting and characters. But its reliance on things that I would rather not see in inspirational fiction put me off. Please note that I am in the minority among other reviewers. It has an overall 4-star rating on Amazon, with over 50% of reviewers giving it 5-stars. Please make sure to read their reviews to make your own judgment.

    Written by By The Book on July 21, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I was excited to get this book to read and review because I absolutely love books set in World War 2. I am not a big fan of romance novels (partially because I don’t believe them helpful or edifying for the reader’s life) but in the past I have discovered a few romances set in World War 2 which I have enjoyed. Grounded Hearts is set in Ireland and the story revolves around an Irish midwife, Nan and a wounded RAF pilot whom she gives shelter to.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Book on July 20, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts is an engaging tale! Dickson intrigued me with the historical details of WWII Ireland, and I delighted in the richly drawn time period and setting. Nan and Dutch, as well as the village inhabitants who aid them, are well-developed characters, and the story that unfolds is rife with drama, danger, and romance.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on July 20, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    When Dutch Whitney parachutes into an Irish bog, he has two thoughts on his mind: the fate of his crew, and getting back to the fight. But County Clare is a long way from safety, and he’s injured. He’s fortunate to stop at the isolated cottage of a nurse and midwife who can tend to his wounds and who has a car he can “borrow” – if he can get it running.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on July 19, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The story is a beautiful tale of redemption, second chances, forgiveness, loyalty, and love.

    Written by Hope for Today’s Heart on July 18, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This novel was rich in time, place, and characterization that the country of Ireland became alive to me. This read almost like a miniseries and I think it would be a great one dealing with midwifery, small town, war and the war efforts from a neutral country and all the politics that entailed. I look forward to more from the pen of author Dickson.

    Written by Pause for Tales on July 18, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts is a story with a mix of charm, humor, religion, friendship, and romance set in Ireland during WWII. The story is sure to tug on readers’ hearts with its lovable characters, small-town charm, mild espionage, sizzling romance, and themes of forgiveness and trust. An enjoyable story from beginning to end!

    Written by Wishful Endings on July 17, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Ms. Dickson’s writing served to keep me interested until the last page and aggravated that I could not sit and read this book in one sitting. I thought this novel touched on something I had not heard of. A wonderful first novel!

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on July 17, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This book starts off strong. With realistic characters and action packed adventure, you will find yourself smack dab in the center of the action.

    Written by Joy Of Reading on July 17, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts set in Ballyhaven, County Clare, Ireland 1941 is an interesting story of a fallen Canadian pilot and the Irish midwife who nurses him back to health.

    Written by Becky J Miller on July 17, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    There’s something about a book featuring opposing loyalties in war time that always grabs my attention, but this is the first time I’ve read a book where one of the parties is living in a politically neutral country and obligated to behave in a politically neutral manner. As far as the overall plot is concerned, this was an engaging read, and the constant risk of discovery for Dutch kept the tension high.

    Written by Fiction Aficionado on July 16, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts fully captured my attention and reader heart! This book is delightfully immersive and engaging and reading it is an experience I won’t soon forget! The rich setting and intriguing historical circumstances saturate the story with a cozy rainy day atmosphere. Bake some cookies and grab your favorite blanket, reader friends, you won’t want to put this one down!

    Written by Faithfully Bookish on July 15, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Such a well written book. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Dickson. The research was phenomal!

    Written by Running Through the Storms on July 15, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    From the moment I saw the striking colors of the cover to the moment I read the very last page, I enjoyed this book! The book pulls you into the lives of Nurse Nan and her “flyboy” from the very first chapters. With a story that is full of twists and adventure, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I didn’t want to put the book down and go to bed each night. Great story line, great characters, and great author!

    Written by My Table of Three on July 14, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This book was fairly well written and engaged me enough that I wanted to finish reading it. I liked that Nan was on a journey to healing and a new love and I enjoyed reading about the women of the village who banded together to help Nan out when danger finds her.

    Written by Smiling Book Reviews on July 14, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Grounded Hearts is a beautiful story of hope, trust, letting go and faith during an extremely difficult time. We have amazing characters who never give up and inspire you the reader. I could not put this novel down – I loved every moment.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on July 14, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I loved this story, I loved roaming the hills of Ireland, and the concept presented by the author is one that peeked my interest immediately!

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on July 14, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I do like the writing but I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of book. I have enjoyed historical fiction in the past although this isn’t a go to genre for me. It was enjoyable but I was hoping for something different.

    Written by Fic Gal on July 13, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Being a huge fan of anything to do with WWI or WWII, I immediately felt a connection to Nan’s character. Not only is the position she finds herself in the midst of compromising, she follows her heart to care for a man, no matter which side of the war he is on.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on July 13, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Grounded Hearts. I was expecting a generic story, but instead I read a wonderful WWII drama with plenty of heart.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on July 13, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The story takes place in Ireland during WWII when Ireland at that time was neutral. When a plane crashes and the injured pilot ends up at the door of a midwife, Nan O’Neil, she risks all to care for him. As the story developed, I got lost in the well described scene of an Irish town and the personal history of Nan O’Neil. The tale gripped my heart as she faced her worst fears and had to decide to risk loving again or captivity for the pilot whom she helps get well.

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on July 12, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I really enjoyed this read. The characters were well-developed and compelling. The storyline was interesting and believable. And I loved getting to know a little bit about Ireland’s position during the war.

    Written by As We Walk Along the Road on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    If you like history, romance, humor and strong characters, then try this book and you may find yourself falling in love too.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    A well written and researched read! The background story was fascinating and lots of fun! The ending was a little different than what I expected, but overall loved the story!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The book is so well written that I could not put it down. I loved the storyline and how the author transports readers back to World War II.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    The book was a quick read and was very interesting. The characters were well developed and entertaining. However, I had a hard time to fall in love characters and the story line even though I was entertained while reading the book. A decent read but not a book I would love to re-read.

    Written by Two Points of Interest on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    This was the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I really liked reading this WWII era novel from an Ireland stand-point. The characters are well written, the story line fresh and complete. WWII is such a fascinating time in history – and I really enjoyed this story. This book is well researched and when you read you feel like you are there. I hope to read more form this author.

    Written by Connie’s History Classroom on July 11, 2017

  • ‘GROUNDED HEARTS’ BY JEANNE M. DICKSON

    I was in nursing school when I met my pilot husband; who’s father’s side of the family immigrated from Ireland just three generations ago. Therefore, when I read the synopsis of Grounded Hearts my curiosity was piqued.

    Written by Christian Shelf-Esteem on July 11, 2017