Intrigue. Suspense. Drama. Romance and tragedy-this magnificently written book has it all and more. I just couldn’t put it down. I resented any intrusion into my cozy reading get-away with Melanie Dobson’s latest historical novel, Catching The Wind.
I lost myself in this story and it’s characters. World War II has a special fascination for me, and so the setting and era were a hook to begin with. Catching The Wind is written with heart and soul, the characters undeniably believable. Woven into this puzzle of a tale is espionage and refugees, survival, orphans, and the motherless, abandoned children that are in every generation . (some things never change) Broken hearted people and selfish cruelty, misguided loyalties and downright sin pervade these pages.
But so does God’s grace, so rich and so sweet. This story is just as a good story should be, with a happy ending and loose ends tied up. It made me particularly grateful to the author as it gave me a great escape in another world and in other people’s lives, but it also left me satisfied with an ending that made me sigh and smile.
The gospel is shared, the princess rescued and all that. Just in ways you might not expect. The author did a fabulous job of plot twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing and staying up late nights for just one more chapter.
I highly recommend this novel for not only a heart touching story but also the rich historical content, vivid descriptions of places and persons, and the plot that caught my interest immediately. Mrs. Dobson does her research and knows how to tell a story!
Overall I found the book enthralling.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review. My thanks to Tyndale.
From the publisher’s site: (Tyndale)
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What happened to Brigitte Berthold?
That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.
Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons—and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough—the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.