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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 One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

The story begins with Alice-Ann as a 16-year old and the US just entering WWII.  The town in which the story is set sends a significant number of young men into the service on account of the war.  This has impact on everyone in town.  Alice-Ann takes time to make sure her long-time crush, Mack, knows she’ll be waiting for him.

Good letter correspondents at first, Mack’s letters eventually end and there is news of his demise during a fierce battle.  Alice-Ann, whose crush was known only to a few, must endure this quietly.

A friend’s brother, Carlton, returns early from the war due to an injury.  He and Alice-Ann form a new friendship as young adults as they bond through the war time.

Alice-Ann must reshape her vision of “true love” and decide the best path for her future.

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

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REVIEW: Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Secrets She Kept - eBook - By: Cathy Gohlke

Hannah Sterling has recently lost her mother and she is adrift.  The grief is impacting her work as a school teacher.  She is asked to take a leave of absence and get her mental self back together.  At the appointment with her mother’s attorney, Hannah’s life takes an interesting turn as she is given the chance to get to know her mother’s history.

Every other chapter follows Hannah and then her mother, Lieselotte.  We meet Lieselotte as a teen in WWII Germany.  The daughter of a prominent Nazi-allied family, Lieselotte must face tough decisions as she comes of age in this fabulous story.

This is a great piece of history.  I was engaged in the characters from the beginning and savoured each chapter as I learned more about both women.  I’m reluctant to give too many details, but know it will be time well spent for readers.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Irene and Rand come from opposites sides of the world, at least by the standard of what matters to them.  Irene travels with her aunt through the jungles of the Philippines as missionaries.  Rand manages night clubs and caters to the elite crowd.  Both, however, are imprisoned during WWII when the Japanese take over the Philippines.  For over three years, follow their survival and growth.  When everything is taken away, including loved ones and livelihood, find Irene and Rand brought to the heart of what really matters.  I found the prison camp setting during WWII to be unique.  It was a new point of history for me and I learned several things about this window of time.

Thanks for Thomas Nelson for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Follow the story of sisters Isabelle and Viann as they try to survive in France during the occupation by German during WWII.  These two French women exhibit tremendous bravery in spite of extreme circumstances.  At odds with one another for years, the sisters discover the love buried deep in their family. This story details the lengths that mothers, daughters, and patriots will go to to do the right thing.

The “nightingale” refers to a rescue mission to take British and American pilots who have crashed into France, back to Spain in order to resume their duties.

We cannot forget the story of their father, Julien, who was a veteran of WWI.  The sisters knew he returned from that war a different man and they felt they had lost his attention and his heart after that event.  They were quite concerned about this new war and how their family would survive and surely change.

As true to life, there is great sorrow in this story.  I found it to be a page-turner.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an advance ebook for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

Years ago I read the first part of this story in a book called Angel Sister.  In this new story, Love Comes Home, you are taken about 10 years into the future as all the girls have grown up.  Kate, Tori and Evie are young married women, embarking on motherhood and careers due to the war. Their young husbands were sent off to WWII in the intervening years and this book is set at the close of the war when the men are returning.  Adopted Lorena is in her mid-teens and becoming something of a singing sensation.  Centered on the sisters, the book follows the joys and tears of the reunions and deaths that are part of war’s legacy.

This book also brings back Fern and Aunt Hattie who are both supportive of the community in their own unique ways.  There was great heartache in the story, along with tremendous relief and love.  I must admit that I was wiping away tears for the last chapter where Fern has them in the woods.  Wonderful storytelling, Ann Gabhart!

Thanks to Revell for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.

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