Title: Catching the Wind
Author: Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Tyndale House
“But like Brigitte, Quenby had to step into the wind and let it take here wherever she needed to go,” Melanie Dobson writes in her novel, Catching the Wind.
~ What ~
At four-hundred-and-sixteen pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy historical fiction involving hidden pasts, searching for love, and complicated family dynamics. Topics of the Nazis, child endangerment, abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this story told in chapters seventy-five years apart, ten-year-old Bridgette and thirteen-year-old Dietmar start running when the Nazis come to their German town and arrest their parents. When the two children end up in England, they become separated, even though the older boy promises he will find his young friend again.
In current day, twenty-eight-year-old Amercian Quenby Vaughn is a hardworking journalist in England who is independent and pushy, trying to forget her mother left her as a child. When the arrogant lawyer, Lucas Hough, asks Quenby to help find the young girl who has been missing for decades, she throws herself into the task as she seeks the power to let go of the past.
~ Why ~
This read divulges how families were torn apart by the war and how others took advantage of them, sometimes pretending to be someone they were not. I like how the chapters jumped from the past to present as two women try to understand their position in the life God created for them.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tragic tales related to the Nazis during World War II and those who secretly supported the cause may not want to read this one. Others may not relate to depending on God as one deals with guilt, anger, and bitterness.
~ Who ~
An award-winning author, Dobson has written sixteen novels, mainly historical romance, suspense, and time-slip genres. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.
~ Wish ~
With many characters who are threaded throughout the tale, it gets a little confusing toward the end. It would be helpful if there were a brief list of names at the beginning of the book for reference.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a historical fiction about friendship and loyalty that tests time and distance, this story shows how love conquers all.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Tyndale Blog for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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