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REVIEW: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Daniel Knight is on a quest to find Brigette Berthold whom he last saw when she was 10 and he was 13.  They were separated in a reassignment in England after they fled Germany.  Can you imagine the terror of these two youths as they clung to each other for weeks when their parents willed them to run and hide and escape from the Third Reich.

Daniel promised Brigette that he would return for her.  Moves and circumstances drove them farther apart, making it very complicated to find one another.  Residing on the Pacific coast of America, Daniel was two oceans away from where he left Brigette, and he was in failing health.  Having exhausted a string of investigators, Daniel needs to hire someone with a heart for the project.

Quenby Vaughn, reporter/journalist and Attorney Lucas Hough are Daniel’s choices for the quest.  What will they find?  Can they work together?  What secrets need to be revealed and mended?

This was an amazing story with much depth.  Set in WWII and also modern day, it also compelled the reader to consider modern day refugees and the uncertainly they face.  There’s a challenge to readers at the end of the book to lend a hand and give a heart to someone else’s story.

Thanks to Tyndale Fiction for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk novel is set in present day and also in the early 1900s during the Gilded Age.  In the historical side of the story, we follow Birdie (an heiress), Eli (a marquis), and Alphonse (an heir).  Their stories are intertwined during and after WWI.  In the modern day story, we follow Tenley Roth (great granddaughter and daughter of prolific authors), Jonas, and Holt Armstrong.

Birdie has been commanded by her mother to enter a loveless marriage with Alphonse.  Tenley has partially accepted a proposal from Holt, with time to think it over during an extended trip to Florida to care for her estranged mother.

The publishing world of New York is exploring during two different eras.  The idea of long-ago, arranged, loveless marriages and modern, “I guess so” marriages are explored. Birdie is so restricted and Tenley, though she has choices, feels equally boxed in with her writing career.

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Interesting story by author Hauck.  Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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