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Set in England’s Lake District in the early days of World War II when the Kindertransport of 1938-1940, brought 10,000 predominantly Jewish children to Great Britain for refuge from Nazi oppression. American Claire Stewart becomes stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris. Her estranged aunt is Lady Miranda Langford who owns a magnificent estate. Miranda reluctantly agrees to take the children into her home if Claire will stay to help. Claire is ill-prepared for the daily dramas of raising children, yet she must find a way keep the children safe during this time of war.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 upbringingspent in the refuge of novels with fictional friendshas 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 shes ever known.
Set in Englands 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.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully WrittenMarch 9, 2018CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautifully Written
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways and was not required to give a favorable review. This was a great story about how each person needs to come into their own through belief, hard work and shear determination. This story starts with a young American woman in Paris working in a bookstore and helping get French Jewish Refugee children out of France before the Nazis occupy Paris. Claire and her 5 charges are brought to a boat to get the children across to England and the person who was suppose to do it doesn't show and she forced to go with them. She doesn't meet up with the person in England shores and has to figure out if the aunt she was known about but never met is still in England. She brings the children to her and ends up having to stay and take care of them and many other who have been misplaced from their new homes along the English shores, but these other children are German Jews. Such a combination. The fight these children had everyday to survive, an aunt to know a niece that looks like her & also her lost son. Bring the war to life on each of the lines written in this story.
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InterestingMarch 6, 2018Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4American Claire Stewart smuggles five Jewish children out of France and to England and her aunt's estate. With the help of another American, David, Claire takes care of the children for the duration of the war. I found this book to be a decent read, and the cameo appearances of Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis were interesting.
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Captivating!February 19, 2018Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Paris, American Claire and her boyfriend, who belongs to the French Resistance, are smuggling French Jewish children out of the country before they are invaded. She is all caught up in the romance of their life and hopes to become a great writer. She is sent alone with the children to the checkpoint, but her boyfriend and her contact dont show up, so she is forced to get on the boat with the children. A harrowing story in itself, once ashore and again without a contact, she is practically abandoned when she remembers that she once heard that she had an Aunt in England. She knew little beyond the address and is finally taken there. It turns out to be a huge estate in the Lake District and a beautiful place for them to stay, except that her Aunt isnt thrilled to see them and has been depressed by grief after the loss of her son and husband. Claire doesnt know anything about children and find it difficult to be moved by them now that the romance of the situation is worn off. She finally gives up on the idea of going back to France. Of course the kids are scared, missing their families and need to be loved as well as cared for. The Americans arent received much better than the Jewish children by the community, which makes everything that much harder. Everyone is scared and wanting to protect themselves and their families. Its a long process for Claire and her Aunt, with struggles and adventure as they all learn to live together. David, another American, comes to stay with them for awhile and brings a fresh perspective to them all as well as a new love interest for Claire. The story is beautifully told with lots of depth, danger, intrigue, love and life lessons in faith and family.
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T. Robertson4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful StoryFebruary 12, 2018T. RobertsonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Until We Find Home follows the story of a brave young American living in Paris at the start of World War 2. Claire is an aspiring writer and traveled to Paris to walk in the footsteps of some of the literary greats. As Hitlers regime moves ever closer, it becomes apparent that they must do something to save as many Jewish children as they can. Claire agrees to lead a group of 5 children to the coast and help them onto a waiting boat that will take them to England. However, things dont go as planned. Claire ends up traveling with the children to England and winds up being their guardian, a task that she feels ill-equipped to carry out.
Written with a lively cast of engaging characters, I found myself cheering for Claire and wishing I could step into the story and give her words of encouragement. I often found myself irritated with a couple of the characters who would get upset at Claire for her lack of mothering skills, yet not offer her any sage advice. The amusing antics of the children brought a bolster of laughter and joy to a stressful and somewhat frightening period in history.
The setting for the story was perfect and so well written that I could easily picture walking the grounds myself. I explored an English Manor house, discovered a secret garden and was charmed by delightful literary characters.
Those who enjoy reading Historical Fiction set in the World War 2 era will be delighted with this story. I give Until We Find Home 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy of your own to enjoy!
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting and Highly Inspirational!February 2, 2018Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 43.5
"You must go with them, mademoiselle . . . . They cannot go without an escort . . . . .There is no one else and there will be no more trips."
American Claire Stewart finds herself in an impossible situation, instead of simply accompanying five Jewish children to the French coast and putting them into the capable hands of a responsible escort into England, she has been forced to make the trip herself when the contact doesn't show. Once on English soil, she digs deep within her family history to recollect an estranged aunt who might possibly provide her troupe with temporary lodging. After that? She determines to return to France where her future with a most beloved man is sure to satisfy.
Lady Miranda Langford is summarily shocked when her niece, whom she has never met, arrives on the doorstep of her Lake District estate with five weary, wet, bedraggled French children. What to do? The war has forced thousands of young refugees out of Nazi infested regions and she certainly has the means to help, but is her heart ready to be around children again?
It was a bit challenging at times to discern whose story took precedence in this book, the author wove bits and pieces of many lives into her tapestry, capitalizing on various popular figures that influenced the tide of public opinion in this time period, one of which was the famed C. S. Lewis, who expertly exposed Claire's fallacious fears, so that she could discover the One who could gift her with the miracle of unconditional love.