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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
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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.
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.
JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Deep and Moving!January 26, 2018JoyONew HampshireAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Until We Find Home is such a deep, moving story that I would compare it to the ocean! There's depth and heartache and life explored within these pages. Racial prejudices, the meaning of home and family, and the fear of love are just some of the topics the author will gently use to touch and challenge the reader's heart.
The story starts in such a way that I was having serious Father Goose vibes. (If you don't know the movie to which I refer, then you must binge watch all Cary Grant movies immediately!) The majority of the novel is really the characters learning to navigate - and eventually love - each other. However, the end is packed with some eerie drama! Also, I so enjoyed the many references to beloved classics and the cameos appearances from Beatrix Potter and CS Lewis! But I won't spoil those for you! ;-)
There were at least seven points of view, making a way for the author to flesh out even more of the challenges that this eclectic group of characters must face. I didn't connect with the characters in the way that I had hoped, but I definitely think that they were well written. Claire's struggle with giving and receiving love was especially moving! She struggles with the very concept of love because she has never known true love, only rejection and betrayal. Aunt Miranda's journey deals very much with the way she has become frozen in her grief.
The romance was sweet, yet very, very subtle. Truly, this was not a romance novel, but rather the romance was like the creamy aftertaste of a delicious cup of coffee. Well, at least the way I make coffee. :-)
Three Stars ~ An enjoyable story about what - and who - home really means set to the backdrop of World War Two. Until We Find Home is a standalone novel, but Cathy Gohlke is an award-winning, multi-published author, so be sure to check out her other titles!
I received a copy of Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke published by Tyndale from the Tyndale Blog Network. All opinions expressed are my own.
The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Book to PonderJanuary 19, 2018The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Until We Find Home was a beautiful book, a wonderful telling of the beginning of World War 2 from a perspective you don't often read about. This was the first book I have read by Cathy Gohlke -- and I am pretty certain, after finishing this one, that it won't be the last :D
The story starts in France, and quickly moves into England. It details the home life of the war, the rationing, the making do, the bombing, the home security. I appreciated reading about the sentiments of the British as the Americans delayed again and again to enter into the war and to fight against Hitler and the evil he represented. I don't remember any mentions of battle scenes, besides what was heard on the radio and written in letters, and I enjoyed this immensely. It is common to find books written about soldiers; about war nurses, and danger and heroism. This book was different. It highlighted a work that was just as important as the battles of the war itself: caring for those left behind. A different kind of heroism, that was beautiful and amazing and inspiring.
The bits with the children were precious to read, and I appreciated learning about some of the Jewish customs that are held. I also liked that Claire and her aunt incorporated Jewish traditions into their home, trying to make the children feel more at home. I liked how Claire's character grew as she interacted with the children, and how her relationship with each child changed. The Claire in the beginning of the book leaves much to be desired -- the Claire at the end is a beautiful, responsible woman.
The faith aspect of this book is different from most I have read. Claire is not a Christian, and there is no mention of any character specifically being a Christian until about midway through the novel. It was quite clear that Claire, and the other characters, were serving themselves and not Christ. About midway through the book there is a character introduced that is a Christian in word and deed, and is a wonderful example of Christianity lived out in daily life. There is a distinct, subtle difference between the Christian and those who aren't. The Christian has different attitudes, looking for ways to serve the children, striving to be joyful, even though he himself is struggling, speaking wise words when needed -- it is a difference between a morally good life and a life that is live for Christ's glory. The contrast was well written, and I appreciated it. When Claire does become a Christian, there is fruit of this....although it doesn't happen until the last third of the book. The scene that was supposed to be her conversion -- I think -- was a dream she had. But I was a left being a bit confused about that aspect of the whole thing. Suffice it to say that she did change afterwards :D
There is a wedding at the end of the book, but the relationship wasn't some emotionally driven love story at all. Actually, neither character had any intentions of falling in love. The relationship was forged as the two worked together for a bigger cause than their own desires, and culminated in a marriage.
The whiffs of other literary characters that were woven into the story made it so fun! I mean, incorporating Beatrix Potter into the story was a wonderful addition! It added to the quaintness of the countryside, and added a light hearted touch to a serious time in history.
Overall, I would lend this out to others without any qualms =P
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.