“Once More unto the Breach” by Meghan Holloway is yet another book in the popular WWII historical fiction genre. But this novel definitely stands on its own. It is as much mystery and suspense as war and romance.
The plot of “Once More unto the Breach” was intricate and completely original, as was the cast of characters: Rhys, a Welsh farmer and former soldier from the Great War seeks his son after a rift tore them apart. Along the way, he meets an American woman who drives an ambulance. She is enigmatic and charming. There is also a dog, Nazis, Parisians, nuns, and a vicious killer.
Once More Unto the Breach
The one thing that I struggled with as I read this book was keeping track of what was happening—and when. There were a lot of flashbacks, memories from Rhys’s past that came up without warning. They were italicized, but I often had to stop and take stock of what was happening. Likewise, the author used a lot of dialogue in the characters’ languages. Welsh, English, French, and German were used frequently. This could add to the confusion as they were also in italics.
Minor confusion, aside, I loved the plot and the characters in this book. I also appreciated that it wasn’t your typical WWII English vs Nazis story. There were other players in the war and getting to know them in “Once More unto the Breach” was a pleasure.
I give “Once More unto the Breach” 4 stars!
Thank you to Polis Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reader Copy of “Once More unto the Breach” in exchange for an honest review.
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