Broken Lines by Kelsey Gietl ~ Book Review

November 23, 2020


Author: Kelsey Gietl
Series: Broken Lines ~War Across Waters, Book 1
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Publisher: Purple Mask Publishing
Release Date: August 29, 2020
Pages: 282

With the threat of the Great War looming at America’s doorstep, fear of immigrant disloyalty has become enough to divide the nation. So when German-born Amara Müller’s brother decides to join the fight, he leaves her behind in St. Louis with one final directive: Stay safe. There’s only one certain way to keep herself out of suspicion’s spotlight, but will she have the courage to see it through?

Accustomed to a strict diet of cigars and spirits, Emil Kisch has become the master of a worry-free good time. And as one of St. Louis’s best morality squad detectives, he’s able to skirt the drinking laws as easily as he arrests others for breaking them. To him, war is a problem for other men. Until one night he makes a mistake that even a glass of whiskey can’t wash away. Is it too late to reverse the course set in motion?

As their lives are intertwined with the fate of the war, Emil and Amara must fight to save what they both hold most dear. But which side of the line do you stand on when your allegiance belongs to both?


Kelsey Gietl does a phenomenal job at making this story very realistic. You definitely get immersed from the first chapter into the lives of all these characters. Although we meet various characters throughout the story, the main focus is on are Emil and Amara. Emil is not what you would consider an upstanding gentleman. Even though his job is being a morality officer he does all the things that his job stands against. But underneath it all he's a caring man, carrying different hurts that wants to succeed. 

Amara also has past hurts especially in her relationship with her former intended. She takes her brother's words to heart regarding her getting married but she keeps to to herself. She is definitely a bit more guarded. The love story is not all rainbows and sunshine but it is definitely a journey of faith and redemption. 

The author also brings up some hard topics to this story that could be to some readers potential triggers. The topic of alcoholism, domestic abuse and infertility are brought to light but I think Kelsey does an amazing job at brining those topics forth in the story with grace. 

Overall I loved the story. I think it was very well written. She is very descriptive in the setting and it makes you feel like you are in that time period with the characters so I didn't find it as being too much. I am curious to see what happens in book two and see if we get to find out a bit more about Amara's brother and what his story is. 

My Rating: 4 stars/ Really enjoyed it!

(I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Kelsey Gietl is the author of the Hope or High Water historical fiction series. Her novels stem from her belief that the present reflects the past, and always involve a healthy dose of romance and a dash of intrigue.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she grew up with a love of books and excessive use of her library card. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Graphic Design from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and has made a career in fields from event planning and proposal writing to product management and communications.

In her free time--when she's not writing, reading, or researching--she enjoys yoga, musical theatre, beach vacations, and gallivanting around St. Louis with her amazing husband and two beautiful children.

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