Catching the Wind

Catching the Wind

Friends, I learn something new today. Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson is a time-slip novel, not a historical fiction. As my previous post said, I’m not usually a historical fiction fan. I guess the fact that it goes back and forth in time to tell the story makes it time-slip.

So glad I’ve discovered Melanie Dobson. She has an amazing bio. You really check out her website about her adoption story and her writing journey. In a way, I can relate to parts of her adoption story. My husband and I also suffered fertility problems. Thanks be to God! We’re now blessed with four children.

The Summary (from Amazon)

What happened to Brigitte Berthold?
That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons―and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough―the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

What I think

Dobson expertly weaves a Second World War drama with a present-day mystery to tell this spellbinding tale. This is a story about forgiveness, redemption and healing.

Daniel/Dietmar cannot forgive himself for leaving Brigitte/Bridget behind. Quenby cannot let herself forget and forgive that her mother had abandoned her. You’d want to cry with Brigitte and you’d dare to hope with Dietmar. The author creates a labyrinth of intrigue in the search for the lost girl. In the end, Quenby, too, will find her way home.

“I tried and tried,” he (Dietmar) said. “But I never caught the wind.”…”I caught it,” she (Brigitte) assured him. “And it blew me right back to you.”

If you’ve read it, what do you think? For fans of time-slip novels/historical fiction, I highly recommend it.

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