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Until We Find Home
by Cathy Gohlke
From the back cover:
For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.
With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing—spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends—has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.
Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.
About the author:
Three-time Christy, and two-time Carol and INSPY Award-winning author, Cathy Gohlke, writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she, her husband, and their dog Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and find her on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks.
That many children escaped prior to and during World War II is common knowledge. But what would life have been like for those children? To be taken from their homes and families, not knowing if they would ever see them again? Until We Find Home explores that struggle, but it goes even deeper with themes of love and grace and family.
I loved watching the various characters as they wrestled with their own perspectives and grew in their faith and understanding. Until We Find Home is not an action story but a well-told tale of heartache and healing. While there are two “romances” throughout the story, the true love story is not between a man and a woman but in the very understanding of the definition of love.
Those who have been avid readers from childhood will also appreciate the many references to favorite authors such as Beatrix Potter, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and C.S. Lewis. How very fun for them to come to life through the story!
What I have appreciated most about Cathy Gohlke’s books is that they are not light, fluffy stories. Instead, with subtle themes woven skillfully through the story, they challenge you to reflect on your own perspectives and decisions. Until We Find Home is no different. Wonderfully written and definitely recommended!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)