Saturday, May 15, 2021



Kelsey Gietl  is a new to me author and just soared to the top of my favorite author list.  This must read novel, is sure to become one of your all time favorites. I loved this story so much and the author’s writing style, that she is now on my auto buy list.

It’s 1917 and Amara Kisch enlists the help of her husband Emil, to bring her German, wounded brother Peter home from the war.  Peter joins a secret organization that helps war torn families get word from their loved ones fighting in the war.  Peter is wounded and befriends Josie who is a nurse in the London hospital, and she helps Peter in hiding his secret, by carrying with her uncensored letters.   As Peter and Josie help the soldiers and their families, their friendship develops and their feelings for each other flourish.  Amara, Emil, Peter and Josie become quite the team. The secrets of the war are exposed, and the plot twists will have you on the edge of your seat as you eagerly await the outcome of the story. The well developed characters and the drama that takes place, makes this a rapid and intoxicating page turner.  This is a story of love, friendship, overcoming the past and the hope of the future. 

It is sure to pull at your heartstrings and is an absolute must read.  I loved this book, and I highly recommend it.  This story was so well researched, that it totally transports you to another time and another place.  Thank you Kelsey Gietl for such a wonderfully written story, I can’t wait to read more books from you.



Rating: 5 out of

Author:  Kelsey Gietl

Publisher:  Purple Mask Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2021 
Pages: 339 
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Weary from London’s air raids and the loss of her father at the Battle of the Somme, Josie Harrington wonders if The Great War will ever end. Determined to bring hope to her country’s bleak existence, she joins an underground postal service, delivering soldiers’ letters in order to avoid censorship on both sides of the line.

After being driven from their home under false accusations, German-American Amara Kisch has finally found peace with her new husband, Emil. But when she receives a desperate letter from her brother fighting overseas, it turns her quiet life upside down and leaves her with more fears than assurances. 

As Amara sets out to learn the truth about her brother, she finds herself drawn into Josie’s secret world, discovering that sometimes the most difficult battles are the ones fought within yourself.

From the outskirts of New York to the air-raided streets of London, from the French countryside to its German-occupied villages, Unsettled Shores is a story of love, redemption, and the enduring power of hope.


Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Kelsey Gietl 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. Her novels stem from her belief that the present reflects the past, and always involve a healthy dose of romance and a touch of intrigue.

She’s always up for a lively discussion about history, writing, or anything really and can be contacted via her website and social media.

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