Today I welcome TLC Book Tours back to The Book Binder’s Daughter with an historical fiction novel entitled Certainty. I invite you to read my review, learn more about the author, enter to win your own copy, and visit the other stops on the tour.
In honor of the centennial anniversary of World War I, I have reviewed quite a few books set during The Great War. I have learned so much from all of the historical novels I have read about World War I, and Victor Bevine’s novel set in Newport, Rhode Island is no exception.
This story is based on real events that happened in Newport just after the war. The navy has twenty five thousand sailors stationed at the Naval base in Rhode Island and now that the war is over the idle soldiers are looking for entertainment that includes drinking, parties and women. Captain Arnold, one of the commanding officers, has decided to recruit some of his sailors for a secret mission that includes trapping and arresting men who are homosexual.
The references to homosexuals as “fairies” throughout the book is disturbing but also drives home the point that the navy was rabidly homophobic during this time period. Arnold and his group of recruits launch a campaign to gain the trust of gay men, catch them in sexuals act and then arrest them. During the roundup and arrest of these gay sailors, a popular priest is also arrested and falsely charged with carrying out lewd acts. One lawyer in this small town bravely steps up, risking his family, career and reputation, to defend the kind priest. Continue reading