Title: Catching the Wind
Author: Melanie Dobson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a wonderful story about two German children in the 1940s, who despite their age are able to escape the Gestapo and make it to England where they are separated. Dietmar is a 13-year-old boy and Brigitte Berthold is a 10-year-old girl; they are best friends. Their parents are unexpectedly taken prisoners by German soldiers as they are suspected of harboring Jewish fugitives and are anti-Nazi. Dietmar has an aunt who lives in England and when his mother tells him to run that is where he runs toward with Brigitte in tow. They survive some scary situations with Dietmar acting the protector, telling Brigitte he would search for her and find her if they were somehow separated during their journey. At journey’s end, they are separated and for over seventy years Dietmar has been searching for Brigitte. To aid in his final search as he is now 90 years old, he hires investigative reporter Quenby Vaughn.
Quenby Vaughn is a young woman with a gift for researching and writing compelling stories. She is working on a story that involves a prominent British family possibly housing German spies and supporting Hitler secretly. She uncovers some clues, but the owner of her newspaper suddenly cancels her story and forces Quenby to take a vacation. While on vacation, Quenby decides to take up Mr. Knight’s offer to try to find his long-lost friend Brigitte. Mr. Knight’s attorney, Lucas Hough, is to be part of the search team. Lucas is a young man from a wealthy family who appears arrogant at first as he and Quenby lock horns. However, once they begin talking they both let down their walls and become friends with a possibility of something more.
This was one book I had a hard time putting down! The story drew me in with characters I came to care about and mystery and history that kept me glued to the pages. I liked the use of flashbacks to the 1940s to get the story of Brigitte and Dietmar, then back to the present with Quenby and Lucas hunting down clues in their search for Brigitte. What they uncover about Brigitte as well as themselves will change their lives. The themes of loyalty, honor, faith, friendship and so much more are included. I also applaud the faith and presence of God highlighted throughout the story. The way the author ties everything together at the end is fascinating! I would recommend this book as it will stay in the reader’s mind as one they will not soon forget.