The Lines Between Us
by Amy Lynn Green
A 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.
This book is an amazing read!
I loved the characters, the story line, the historical facts included, all of it!
Now, I’m sitting here thinking, trying to come up with words to adequately express in this review how I really felt about this amazing story.
One thing I just really love is Amy Lynn Green’s ability with words. Her voice is so beautiful, and resonates so well with me.
As a person who grew up with an Anabaptist heritage, which means I come from a family line of conscientious objectors, I really appreciated the respectful way in which this was retold.
I enjoyed getting to know Dorie. Her personality jumped off the pages at me. Her determination, her love for her brother, in spite of their disagreements.
One thing that really surprised me was the mystery. I had some preconceived ideas about what had happened, and how it was going to be resolved, and it was not at all what I had pictured.
With some intrigue mixed into relationship issues, little known historical facts from WWII, and more, this is a story you will not want to miss!
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