It’s WWII and Claire Stewart, an American, joins the French Resistance through her association with love Armaud. He has arranged for Claire to shepherd five French Jewish children to the port for passage to England. Through a series of circumstances, Claire finds herself at her long-lost aunt’s doorstep in the Lake District of England, begging for refuge.
Aunt Miranda, the housekeeping staff and Claire find themselves full-time caretakers of these children plus some additional German children who are billeted at Miranda’s house. The grown-ups learn about the importance of Jewish tradition to the children and the children bring merriment back to the estate house.
We also encounter David Campbell, another American, who is assigned to England to work at a flying boat company as an engineer in the war effort.
Claire comes to know God through the difficulties of her assignment and eventually finds peace in the place in which God has placed her.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
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.