A masterpiece: "Until We Find Home" by Cathy Gohlke
Joining the French Resistance holds great allure for American Claire Stewart, but she discovers that reality is far different than she dreamed it would be when a mission goes awry. While helping smuggle French Jewish children across the English channel so they will escape the clutches of the Nazis, she ends up alone with the five children and must turn to her estranged aunt Lady Miranda Langford for help. Though her aunt agrees to take the children, Claire is forced to stay and care for them as well rather than returning to France and the man she's given her heart to. Claire soon finds herself challenged on every side as she learns to care for the children in the midst of an ever encroaching war.
Cathy Gohlke has written another masterpiece, a novel that will captivate you from start to finish. I absolutely love the cast of characters that grace the pages of this book, both the adults and the refugee children, as Gohlke has really succeeded at making them as real as you and I. The history is rich, and it is clear that the author has researched the time period well in order to bring the setting to life. I especially love the focus on the stories of the children and their experiences during World War II. The state of Britain during the War is also captured well, both the courage that the British people showed, but also some of the mistakes that they made along the way as well. Claire really grows over the course of the book, both in overall maturity but her spiritual walk too, and I think that readers are truly going to identify with some of the challenges that she faces head on. I can't even imagine living through the experiences that these characters do!
I always admire that Gohlke can craft an entertaining plot that not only immerses you in a historical setting, but leaves you deep in thought at the same time. "Until We Find Home" is one of those books, and I came to the final page feeling like this is one of those novels that I will be pondering for some time. Those readers who love historical fiction are going to be especially pleased with Gohlke's latest offering! I award "Until We Find Home" 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the author...
Three-time Christy and two-time Carol and INSPY Award–winning and bestselling author Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons, speaking of world and life events through the lens of history. She champions the battle against oppression, celebrating the freedom found only in Christ. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. 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.
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