Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance / World War II
About the Book:
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.
Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke is a fascinating tale about a woman whose dream is to be part of the French Resistance, children who are Jewish refugees from France and Germany, and living in England during the war. It was well-researched and I learned a ton of different things that I didn’t know about the war. Adding tidbits about the Jewish culture was authentic and also a nice touch to add. I also thought it was respectful and beneficial to the children. I also enjoyed all of the different angles and viewpoints of the war. This was a time of worry and an unknown future which hit close to home.
Claire begins as stand-offish, incompetent (especially when it comes to taking care the children and making friends), and self-focused. Luckily, we get to watch her grow so much as she learns to love and be loved. I enjoyed all of the characters. Gaston and Aimee were probably my favorites!
I also loved all of the cameos! Bookworms are going to get a kick out of watching Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis appear as characters in the novel. As well as nods to several of our beloved literary classics such as Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, and so on.
Spiritual themes include faith and salvation, forgiveness, and learning to live instead of isolating oneself. There were many quotes from well-known Christian authors of the time period which I loved.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Cathy Gohlke:
Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award–winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept, Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed byLibrary Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed byLibrary Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and granddaughter. Visit her website at http://www.cathygohlke.com.