Catching the Wind

Catching the Wind

by Melanie Dobson

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ISBN-13: 9781496417282
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 184,654
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Catching the Wind


By Melanie Dobson, Sarah Mason Rische

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 2017 Melanie Dobson
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ISBN: 978-1-4964-1728-2


CHAPTER 1

Moselkern, Germany, July 1940


Maple leaves draped over the tree house window, the silvery fronds linked together like rings of chain mail to protect the boy and girl playing inside.

Dietmar Roth charged his wooden horse across the planks, knocking down two of the Roman horses with his toy knight as he rushed toward the tower of river stones. In his thirteen years, he'd become an expert on both knights and their armor. Metal rings were useless for protection on their own, but hundreds of these rings, woven tightly together, could withstand an opponent's arrows. Or sword.

Standing beside the tower, a miniature princess clutched in her hand, Brigitte yowled like a wildcat. As if she might really be carried away by warriors.

At the age of ten, Brigitte was an expert on royalty. And drama.

Instead of an army, Brigitte played with one toy — the princess Dietmar carved out of linden wood and painted for her last birthday. He liked renaming his knights, but Brigitte never changed the name of her toy.

Princess Adler.

Eagle.

Brigitte thought her princess could fly.

Dietmar drew a tin sword from his knight's scabbard and began to fight the black-cloaked opposition that advanced in his mind. Stretched across the tree house floor was an entire army of battlescarred knights, all of them with a different symbol painted on their crossbows. All of them fighting as one for the Order of the Ritterlichkeit. Chivalry.

He'd carved each of his knights' bows from cedar and strung them with hair from Fonzell, their family's horse — at least, Fonzell had been the Roth family horse until Herr Darre stole him away. Herr Darre was a German officer. And the Roths' neighbor. He was punishing Herr Roth for not bringing Dietmar to Deutsches Jungvolk — the weekly meetings for Germany's boys. Brigitte and her father were the only neighbors his family trusted anymore.

Dietmar was too old to be playing knights and princesses, but Brigitte never wanted to play anything else. And Dietmar didn't want to play with anyone else. He and Brigitte had been the best of friends since her family moved into the house across the woods six years ago, playing for hours along the stream until his father built the tree house for them. Their mothers had been best friends too until Frau Berthold died from influenza.

Once, Herr Berthold asked Dietmar to care for Brigitte if anything ever happened to him. Dietmar had solemnly promised the man that he'd never let anything or anyone harm his daughter. Not even an army of toy knights.

He lifted one of his knights off the horse. "Brigitte ..."

She shook her finger at him. "Princess Adler."

Cupping his other hand around his mouth, he pretended to shout, "Princess Adler, we've come to rescue you."

Brigitte flipped one of her amber-colored braids over her sleeve, calling back to him, "I will never leave my tower."

"But we must go," he commanded, "before the Romans arrive."

She feigned a sigh. "There's no one I trust."

Dietmar reached for Ulrich, the knight who'd sworn to protect the princess at any cost, and he solemnly bowed the soldier toward her. "You can trust me, Your Majesty."

"'Your Majesty' is how you address a queen," Brigitte whispered to him as if his words might offend the princess.

Dietmar knew how to address a queen, of course. He just liked to tease her.

With his thumb, he pounded the knight's chest. "I will protect you with my life."

Brigitte studied the knight for a moment and then smiled. "Very well. Perhaps I shall come out."

Outside their playhouse window, six rusty spoons hung in a circle, strung together with wire on a tree limb. The warm breeze rustled the branches, chiming the spoons, and Brigitte leaned her head outside to listen to their melody. The whole forest was an orchestra to her. The strings of sound a symphony. Brigitte heard music in the cadence of the river, the crackling of twigs, the rhythm of the wind.

Dietmar checked his watch. Only twenty minutes left to play before he started solving the geometry problems Frau Lyncker assigned him tonight. The world might be at war, but his mother still expected him to do schoolwork between four and five each afternoon. Even though everything outside their forest seemed to be foundering, his mother still hoped for their future. And she dreamed of a future filled with Frieden — peace — for her only child.

Brigitte leaned back in the window, her freckles glowing like a canvas of stars. "I shall make a wish on this tree, like Aschenputtel."

"Should I capture the evil stepsisters?" he asked.

At times it seemed the threads of imagination stitched around her mind like rings of armor, the world of pretend cushioning her sorrow and protecting her from a real enemy that threatened all the German children. She was on the cusp of becoming a woman, yet she clung to the fairy tales of childhood.

"I want you to capture the wind."

He laughed. "Another day, Brigitte."

Her fists balled up against her waist. "Princess Adler."

"Of course."

Her gaze traveled toward the ladder nailed to the opening in the tree house floor. "I'm hungry."

"You're always hungry," he teased.

"I wish we could find some Kuchen."

He nodded. Fruits and vegetables were hard enough to obtain in the village; sweets were impossible to find, reserved for the stomachs of Hitler's devoted. But his mother's garden was teeming with vegetables. He and his father had devised a wire cage of sorts over the plot to keep rabbits away, though there seemed to be fewer rabbits in the woods this summer. More people, he guessed, were eating them for supper.

He'd never tell Brigitte, but some nights he felt almost hungry enough to eat a rabbit too.

"I'll find us something better than cake."

He left Princess Adler and her wind chimes to climb down the ladder, rubbing his hand like he always did over the initials he'd carved into the base of the trunk. D. R. was on one side of the tree, B. B. on the other.

He trekked the grassy riverbank along the Elzbach, toward his family's cottage in the woods. Beside his mother's garden, he opened a door made of chicken wire and skimmed his hand across parsnips, onions, and celery until his fingers brushed over a willowy carrot top.

Three carrots later, he closed the wire door and started to march toward the back door of the cottage, the carrots dangling beside him. He'd bathe their dirt-caked skin in the sink before returning to battle. Then he'd —

A woman's scream echoed across the garden, and Dietmar froze. At first, in his confusion, he thought Brigitte was playing her princess game again, but the scream didn't come from the forest. The sound came from inside the house, through the open window of the sitting room.

Mama.

The woman screamed again, and he dropped the carrots. Raced toward the door.

Through the window, he saw the sterile black-and-silver Gestapo uniforms, bloodred bands around the sleeves. Herr Darre and another officer towered over his parents. Mama was on the sofa, and Papa ...

His father was unconscious on the floor.

"Where is the boy?" Herr Darre demanded.

"I don't know," Mama whispered.

Herr Darre raised his hand and slapped her.

Rage shot like an arrow through Dietmar's chest, his heart pounding as he reached for the door handle, but in that moment, in a splinter of clarity, his mother's eyes found him. And he'd never forget what he saw.

Fear. Pain. And then the briefest glimpse of hope.

"Lauf," she mouthed.

Run.

He didn't know if the officers heard her speak. Or if they saw him peering through the window. He simply obeyed his mother's command.

Trembling like a ship trapped in a gale, Dietmar turned around. Then the wind swept him away, carrying him back toward the tree house, away from his parents' pain.

Coward, the demons in his mind shouted at him, taunting as he fled.

But his mother had told him to run. He just wouldn't run far.

First, he'd take Brigitte to the safety of her home. Then he would return like a knight and rescue his father and mother from the enemy.


(Continues...)

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Catching the Wind 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson, © 2017 Amazing historical fiction ~ lost in time for this generation. A river ran through town and lapped against the foundations of old shops now housing establishments like Subway and Starbucks. And an abandoned stone castle perched on a grassy hill, overlooking the town. --Catching the Wind, 105. I look at the old stately oaks reaching the sky behind our house on the ridge and wonder what it was like here in earlier times. This story will catch you from the beginning ~ survival, stretching to become part of the life you have unfolding before you. Will you catch up to where you are to be? Certain you will arrive there if you will only believe. This is Brigitte's story. Only we haven't heard it yet or discovered her whereabouts. In the untangling, it becomes others' stories too. Quenby Vaughn is a successful rooter out detail journalist author unfolding clues needed to take the next step ~ until another story embarks on the one she is already on... Lucas Hough has set out to secure the heart of his employer and most trusted friend, Daniel Knight. Will he be able to secure his own, as well? Stepping out to enfold Quenby into the silent deception all around them, will truth prevail before it gobbles them up inside it? Daniel Knight has led a life of longing, for the past to become his present. Memories of Brigitte and his pledge to watch out for her and protect her have long since been lost to him. Because he didn't take a step when he could have? Believing he was doing the best thing for her in releasing her to another? Doubts and regrets surface as they have over the past seventy some years. A lostness continuing for him ~ and wonderings... Is she alive? Did she survive? Did he do his best really as he strove to bring her warmth and continuance beyond what he could provide at the time? These questions stalk him and he hopes beyond reason that Quenby can unfold the mystery others have been unable to obtain for him ~ and hopefully for her ~ Brigitte, his heart's desire of all things good. Step into 1940 Germany and a 2017 isle of hope, to meld them both into a now that is complete. Wordsmith Melanie Dobson has circled back to the beginning to unravel the crushing merits of war and deluge of men uncertain of who is right in what they are striving for among themselves. Is it for their past and their debilitating attempt to resurface what they have gained and lost? For truly, there is no merit of war that destroys the heart. The heart of the people trying to maintain a semblance of their every day among muddle that surfaces to destroy them and change their generational aim of peace and security for their families and their offsprings' holdings. Peace, joy and song to resonate in their souls, their very beings. Resounding in truth amid the birdsong and lack thereof. Catching the Wind will have you remembering and sorting long after the last page to grasp the simplicity of an unhampered longing ~ of a smile, so simple and joyful that all of life can be contained in it. Determination to keep searching until it is replaced in its rightful place, complete in joy and received with relief. To be home, joining heart and soul to the spirit within. ***Thank you, author Melanie Dobson and to Tyndale House Publishers for sending an Advance Reader Copy of Catching the Wind. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dobson is a truly gifted storyteller. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, as all her stories are. Love the way she weaves the “then and now” together, throwing in heartache, mystery, redemption, love...you could not ask for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be a great movie ....I did have to go back and read some parts to connect the ending but wow what a great read. The love story in the past and present was so sweet and true. The only part that bugged me was when Rosalind had just had a baby (4 days) and Evan didn't notice.. ???? duh
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
Award winning author Melanie Dobson's time slip novel "Catching the Wind" tells the story of American journalist Quenby Vaughn and her search to uncover mystery of what happened to ten year old Brigitte during World War II. Dobson takes us back to the 1940s and tells the story of Brigitte and thirteen year old Daniel as they fled from Germany to England. The readers find out clues to the missing pieces of the puzzle right along with Quenby. This is such a beautiful story, and Dobson did an incredible job piecing the past together with the present day timeline. I can often predict the ending of stories, but I was pleasantly surprised at the ending and how the historical and contemporary stories came together. It was a very rewarding conclusion for the readers. Melanie Dobson does not disappoint! 5 stars!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was captured by this story from the first page, and was compelled to continue reading late into the night and through the next day to discover what the surprising and magical ending was to be. This is a love story filled with exciting adventure, plot twists and turns, and multidimensional characters who discover the power of forgiveness and God’s deep love. Highly recommended reading for anyone desiring a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go until the very end!
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about two German children in the 1940s who manage to escape to Britain after their parents are killed by the Nazi. There Dietmar believes he is protecting Brigitte by leaving her. Now in his seventies and a wealthy man going by the name of Daniel Knight, Dietmar hires a research journalist to find Brigitte. Catching the Wind is the story of Dietmar and Brigitte as well as journalist Quenby and Daniel's attorney, Lucas. All of the characters are very well-written. Catching the Wind has a surprising ending! I recommend Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I won my e-book from Goodreads. This is my honest opinion.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Oh my heartstrings, sweet little Brigitte and brave young Daniel will completely capture your reader heart and soul with their terrifying escape to freedom. Daniel's steadfast dedication to reuniting with his dearest friend spans decades and Quenby is his final hope to locate Brigitte. Although Quenby is reluctant to accept assistance from Daniel's young (and handsome) lawyer, Lucas patiently proves himself to be a trustworthy gentleman. Dobson provides readers with complex characters and settings which are individually engaging and an intricate storyline that weaves past and present into a moving and heartfelt adventure. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Daniel and Brigitte escaped the Gestapo when they were teenagers and fled. They managed to travel from Germany to England, but there they lost one another, because they were separated. Daniel promised Brigitte to find her again, but has never managed to track her down. He's never stopped searching, but to no avail. He is now an old man and only has little time left. Quenby, a gifted journalist who has experience in World War II research is his last hope. Will she be able to succeed where so many others have failed? Quenby is working on a complicated and controversial story about espionage and betrayal in the Second World War. When she receives Daniel's request she's intrigued. Daniel doesn't let her do all the research on her own, he wants his lawyer to accompany Quenby. Lucas is supposed to help her unravel the past. Quenby isn't used to close company, will working together be a problem and will she be able to trace back Brigitte's steps until the present or will she fail like Daniel's previous investigators? Catching the Wind is a beautiful intriguing story about love, friendship, betrayal, trust, espionage and much more. Melanie Dobson writes about many interesting subjects that all come together in a brilliant way. I loved how she combines the past and the present and the search for Brigitte makes the story gripping from the start. I had tears in my eyes when I read about Daniel and his never ending quest to find her, their bond is precious and even though they haven't been together since the moment they were separated they've always been in each other's hearts, which is what matters the most. It's what made me fall in love head over heels with the friendship element of their story. The main characters of Catching the Wind are easy to like and I couldn't wait to find out more about them. Quenby is strong, but distant. She's been through a lot and doesn't easily let people in. Lucas is a friendly and patient man. They have a wonderful, but sometimes fragile connection that makes fascinating and captivating reading. Brigitte is resilient and smart and Daniel is tenacious and kindhearted, they're both endearingly sweet which makes their bond incredibly special. My heart ached for the two teenagers who loved each other, but lost sight of one another due to no fault of their own. I couldn't wait to find out where the search would lead and the story kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Melanie Dobson writes about a turbulent time and her story is filled with scandals, secrets and schemes. She kept surprising me with many unexpected twists and turns. I loved how her main characters always keep faith and fight for what they believe in. The past and the present are being combined in a fantastic fitting way and the ending greatly impressed me. Catching the Wind is poignant and compelling, a bittersweet book I really enjoyed reading and a story I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catching the Wind is the most intriguing novel I’ve read in recent years. An intricate and interesting parallel storyline gracefully danced between WWII and today. The characters are deep and memorable. The plot is complicated and intriguing. The storytelling is compelling and the historical details and surprising plot twists kept me up way past my bedtime. But most of all, the messages of love, friendship, and forgiveness rang true and left my spirit full. Well done! Can’t wait to read your next story.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I love this book cover! Wow—nothing like gorgeous cover art to pull you in to a book. The first line (below) is just as captivating. I’m in book love. Ms. Dobson’s writing voice, descriptions and storytelling are superb. Catching the Wind is a captivating, difficult-to-put-down historical fiction book! It’s a fabulous mix of mystery, heartbreak, and redemption. I love dual time-period stories. The transitions between the two eras (WWII and modern-day) flow nicely, and the multi-POVs add so much to the overall discovery of events. This is brilliantly crafted, contains outstanding characters, and a satisfying ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network and NetGalley.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Healing starts with truth... Catching The Wind is only the second Melanie Dobson book that I've read, but oh WOW oh WOW! This beautiful, heart-wrenching, wonderful story of loss, love, sacrifice, of hope regained, and picking up the pieces is sure to take readers on an emotional ride. I will admit that, at first, I had a hard time with the multi-perspective layout of the story. But that quickly changed when I realized how Melanie Dobson was using it to so richly layer the story, so that readers were able to get a complete view of the dramatic and heart-breaking events. It really didn't take me long to be so completely absorbed that I no longer noticed. I just had to keep going, to find out if my wild imaginings could be true, if things would turn out in the end. I really can't say enough about this multi-faceted story. Very rarely do I run into a book where I feel completely self-satisfied as I turn that last page, but Catching The Wind did that for me. The author's exquisite attention to detail, the rich layering, the depth of each character, left me feeling as if I was right there alongside the characters, experiencing everything with them. A book and an author that highly recommend! If you love historical fiction Melanie Dobson's newest, Catching The Wind, is a jewel you won't want to miss! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: WWII. Best friends Daniel and Brigitte run for their lives to escape the Gestapo who invaded their houses one sunny day. Finally making it to England the 13 and 10 year old become separated. Daniel had promised Brigitte he would always care for her and decades later, he still held on to that promise. Knowing that his life is coming to a close, and needing to know Brigitte is still alive and well, Daniel taps his lawyer Lucas Hough to convince up and coming American journalist Quenby Vaughn to find Brigitte. Quenby's journey in finding Brigitte becomes personal and her heart travels on a path that intertwines with the past and her present. Pro's: A fresh storyline that has you engrossed from the beginning. Two stories which become aligned throughout the plot. A fantastic read that will keep you up in to the late hours of the night wondering what is going to show up on the next page. Dobson weaves two lives, two different eras into one story line that captures the reader from beginning to end. Con's: That the book had to end! There was nothing I would say needs changed in this book. Recommendation: Definitely read this book. Twists and turns and an ending that you didn't see coming will have you enjoying this book all the way through. Tyndale House Publishers sent me this complimentary copy for review. Opinions expressed are my own.
theskett More than 1 year ago
This historical time-slip novel works well and readers will have no trouble keeping track of each story. The concept of someone endeavoring to keep a promise made years before held my interest; I wanted to learn more about Daniel Knight. Dobson does an excellent job maintaining suspense as readers journey with Quenby, knowing she has a vested interest in helping Daniel find his lost friend, but not fully grasping her personal stakes in the matter. I would recommend this great book to anyone who enjoys a good story, and I look forward to reading more of Melanie Dobson’s writing. I was given this book, with no expectation of a review, positive or otherwise.
VJones More than 1 year ago
Melanie Dobson captured my attention with Chateau of Secrets. And so I had high expectations for Catching the Wind. My expectations were exceeded. Catching the Wind was completely captivating. I loved how it was a great combination of history and mystery. She did a fantastic job interweaving the past and the present. Catching the Wind had my attention from the first page to the last. While there were parts that seemed to drag a bit, it was well worth reading through those sections to find out how the story was going to play out . Intially I wasn’t impressed with the main character Quenby . But the author did a great job developing the characters and bringing them to life. I am a big fan of historical fiction. Melanie Dobson ‘s books are well written and completely entertaining. I would highly recommend not only Catching the Wind but also checking out the rest of her books. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
“Better that one heart be broken a thousand times in the retelling…if it means that a thousand other hearts need not be broken at all.” Robert McAfee Brown in the Preface to Night by Elie Wiesel I’ll start by saying I really enjoyed a majority of this novel. I was completely intrigued by the history. From the two children, to the people they encountered during the war years. While the story wasn’t based specifically on people who really lived, it was based on people like them. I enjoyed the journalist angle as well, like this quote: “In her mind, journalism was a science that educated society about both past and present in hopes of bettering it, keeping people accountable for their actions and informing them about the past so they wouldn’t repeat mistakes.” It was the last quarter-ish of the novel that wasn’t my favorite. While Dobson did an excellent job being honest about the messy (people’s choices, betrayals, etc), it was toward the end that the story lost some of its authenticity. Without revealing any of the plot, there were some pieces I didn’t think fit with the previous tone of the story and some bits felt rushed. While it didn’t finish as strong as I was hoping, I still enjoyed all the bits of history and if you enjoy interesting WWII history, this might be one for you. What’s the last WWII novel you read? (Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2017/05/25/catching-wind-melanie-dobson-book-review/
BBulow More than 1 year ago
I always begin a Melanie Dobson novel with a sense of eager anticipation. While I haven’t read all of her novels, I have read her more recent ones, which includes a couple of dual-time novels In Catching the Wind, past and present meet in a most compelling, beautiful way. I’ve read my fair share of dual-time novels, but Dobson brings a freshness to it that kept me equally invested in both times. Typically, in a novel that has both contemporary and historical components, I find the contemporary lacking in some way. Whether it’s the lack of high stakes in the present day in comparison to the past, or the fact that I just like find the past more interesting than the present, it’s not every book that I like both sets of characters and both storylines equally. Though the stakes were more life-and-death in the historical narrative, they were just as poignant and intriguing in the present day, albeit in a much different way. In the present-day, Quenby is an easy character to like. She finds her purpose in her career, but despite her success as an investigative journalist, she always feels like that big break story is just out of reach. When Daniel Knight requests her help specifically to look for a person he lost contact with years ago during World War II, she accepts the challenge, though she doesn’t fully believe that she will be successful. Adding to her insecurity is the instant clash with Lucas Hough, Mr. Knight’s prickly lawyer, as well as her own emotional baggage as the search for Brigitte Berthold becomes more and more personal and precious to her. In the past, Dietmar and his friend Brigitte are literally running for their lives. In order to do the right thing, Dietmar purposely separates himself from Brigitte, hoping that separated she will be safe, but not expecting that she would disappear from his reach for good. I didn’t expect to follow the story from both Dietmar and Brigitte’s perspective, but I was pleasantly surprised to follow both of them for a short time. While part of that was a device in order to promote the mystery, it also works to propel the plot, each piece overlapping one another in both past and present to keep readers intrigued from one time period to the next. With the past being filled with harrowing and tragic circumstances, the present day sections provide the reader with a moment to catch their breath, but they are no less compelling. The themes touched on in this novel include dealing with feelings of abandonment, letting go of bitterness and forgiving yourself for past choices. Quenby, Daniel, and even Brigitte, all must deal with the consequences of choices they made, as well as choices made by others that affected them profoundly. I was moved by the forgiveness and reconciliation that these characters experienced throughout the story. Though it’s not the primary focus at all, there is a sweet romantic thread, and I was glad that it stayed more in the periphery, rather than central to the plot. With powerful emotion and lyrical writing, this story satisfied me completely. While some instances may have felt a bit spectacular, strange things do happen in life, especially during dangerous and tumultuous times, to those who matter the least to those around them, like a little German girl at the mercy of pro-Nazi conspirators in England. Catching the Wind is now my favorite Dobson novel to date and one of my favorite novels of 2017.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book is so good that once you turn the final page there is a whole sense of loss, a dear friend I wanted to spend more time with is now gone. The story begins in Germany and the world is at war, and we see a normal situation, children playing, but alas a split second later they are on the run for their lives, and then we span decades before the story is concluded. Right from the beginning I found myself wishing for a romance between journalist Quenby and Lucas, and there is a bit, but then that is not the main theme of this story. In fact we do have a big of everything, including espionage, and when we circle part of the world looking for clues, we soon find the world is not that large. Come and root for Dietmar and Brigitte and the journey of their lives and survival. I received this book through Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to give a positive review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Catching the Wind may my favorite book written by Melanie Dobson yet. It starts off during World War II Germany with Brigitte Berthold and Daniel Knight escaping the Gestapo, who had already their parents. Their journey takes them to England where they are separated. These two go to a place in history they never thought possible. I love this story! Melanie Dobson has weaved quite a tale. To be honest, I was not sure what I thought of Quenby in the beginning. I quickly began to like her more and more as I continued to read. The mystery of what happened to Brigitte kept me guessing where she was. Is she alive? Did she die during the war? Where was she? I could not have predicted how it all unfolded. One of the best books I have read in a very long time. This book is a keeper! An excellent novel that I highly recommend. I would most definitely give this story 100 stars if I could. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is of my own honest opinion.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written novel that left this reader in stunned silence, Catching the Wind holds within its pages a captivating story of an enduring love that lasted a lifetime. Brimming with intrigue, mystery, and drama, along with poignant moments of hope, this will be a story that lives on in my heart for a long time. I particularly found a few passages stood out to me, probably because of the deep grief I still feel as the fifth anniversary of my daughter’s passing approaches. He’d thought he built a castle big enough for space to breathe, but on days like this, when the memories returned, even the windowed walls up here, with their sweeping views of the sea, seemed to close in on him. On these days, it felt as if he were being attacked from the inside. The tower of the castle—the keep—was the final refuge in an attack from the enemy, but no fortress of stone could protect from the enemy who crept up from memories, moving stealthily through the entire body, raiding the refuge of one’s mind. He needed to clear the adversary from his head before it took hold. (Daniel Knight, pg 94, 95) All I could think of when I read that passage was Yes! This is how I feel. And then I read this… He breathed in rain as he hobbled toward the front gate, the moisture coating his lungs. Rain clung to the cold wind and splashed his face. He loved the thrust of power to stir the sea. Shake trees. Carry the voice of a child crying for help. Here in the storm, tears could fall freely down his cheeks, mixing with the torrent of God’s grief falling from the sky. (Daniel Knight, pg 95/96) Oh boy, did the tears fall then?! I have stood at the edge of the ocean many times since my daughter’s step into Heaven, imagining I could hear her cry, and my tears overflow like a wave crashing to the shore. And even though not a direct correlation to my particular grief, this passage gripped my heart too. If she truly forgave her mother, would God take away her pain even if her memories remained? Perhaps that was the superpower she needed most. The power to let go. The power to love again. (Quenby Vaughn, pg 334) I highly recommend Catching the Wind to everyone! Seriously. This story has it all. It encompasses complicated relationships, crafty and cunning characters, and a gentle and beloved faith in God that will lead to forgiveness and reconciliation. And the mystery. Oh, the mystery is the best! Dobson has once again shown incredible ability to weave past and present fluidly while creating an exciting plot and memorable characters that stirred my emotions. By the second chapter, I was fully invested in their lives and didn’t want to put the book down. By far, this is the best yet in Melanie’s repertoire of historical-contemporary hybrid novels. I was gifted an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and author for promotional purposes only, with no expectation of a review. No compensation has been received.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Intricate and lyrical, Catching the Wind tells intertwining stories of lost souls and faithful hearts. Once again, Melanie Dobson pens a novel full of fascinating historical detail and characters as real as your best friends – and worst enemies. Engrossing, beautiful, and thoughtful, this is a novel to be savored.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book rather different. I enjoyed it very much and I must say blending past with present day certainly keeps it interesting! It's a story searching for truth and wanting to know what happens to certain people. I like it because its like a puzzle piece waiting to be put together again to make life whole. It's amazing what people can do to one another in times of war or whether they be doing illegal activity. It is hard to believe that they do those kinds of things even during war time. I love it too when stories come out ok. It's uncanny how friends still want to find each other or when new friends are found. This is a must read because I just adore history. History is our past and it is who makes us who we are today. I sometimes wonder what our forefathers would think of today? They'd probably turn over in their graves now. I think Lucas has to be my favorite character with Quenby falling in 2nd. They are the two people I most admired. Quenby because she's had a lot to overcome and with Lucas guiding her and helping her. He becomes an automatic friend to Quenby. Folks friends at very hard to come by. if you find one you'd better keep them!! I just want to say again how much I enjoyed this story! I received a complimentary copy of this book and was in no way required to review this book. Thanks Melanie Dobson for another so wonderful story!!!!
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Fresh Perspective on WWII Stories with a Poignant Mystery and Message Do you ever feel forgotten? Or perhaps it feels like the most important people in your life have moved on while you’re stuck waiting for…something. Validation. Love. Acceptance. Home. In Catching the Wind, Melanie Dobson weaves two stories together so beautifully and effortlessly, I was entranced from the first pages. Each of the main characters in this book is searching for something, and the ending ties them together in such a satisfying was, it left me with a bit of a book hangover (of the best kind!). The mystery of what happened Brigitte and Quenby Vaughn’s search for her own truth flawlessly weave the modern day storyline with the WWII one. As a reader, I rooted for happy endings for everyone. I also absolutely love it when new information is introduced to readers. This book took a look at the Nazi sympathizers who lived in England, a new element to the abundance of WWII stories that gave this one a fresh perspective. This story gave me a small reflection of God’s willingness to chase his children to the far corners of the earth. To bring us home. To give us validation. To show us love and acceptance when we feel like we aren’t worthy of any of it. Disclosure statement: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
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. Where is Brigitte Bertholde? 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. This book was absolutely exquisite! In every way. Simply outstanding. Dobson engages the readers right away with her writing which is so full of depth and emotion. I could barely put this book down to do life. I read it in one day! Quenby Vaughn is a young woman struggling with her past, and has shielded herself from much in life, living in fear of one event in her past. The reader connects with her right away, as they do Lucas and even the secondary characters in this book. I was mesmerized the entire time. I love history and the author has done her homework with accuracy. This is one of the best books I've read this year. I completely did nothing one day but read. I loved every moment. There was so much to take in and then the author throws a curve ball near the end that had me gasping in surprise. God cares about His children and sometimes it takes a while, but His purposes will be revealed in time. I thoroughly enjoyed every sentence in this book and I highly recommend it! *I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. I was not pressured to leave a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
CATCHING THE WIND. By Melanie Dobson Friendship that began in. childhood haunted him for almost 70 years. The Gestapho that arrested parents in W W II, they escape to England only to get separated. Daniel never gave up looking for Brigitte. Meeting Quinn a journalist in London, who has a personal investment from the war, can Brigitte be found. Well done in bringing the past of 1940 to the present. Childhood memories that were cherished even though time has past. A glimpse of history woven into a good story that will be enjoyed by all. Received book from Goodreads This is a voluntary review and my honest opinion.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A fabulous read--one not to miss! An investigative journalist is hired by a reclusive millionaire to find a dear friend he was separated from during World War Two. While digging deeply for clues, she may just solve a personal mystery of her own. Wow, what a fabulous read, one that kept me up late just to see how it ended! A perfect illustration of how we are not abandoned by God, how the Good Shepherd searches for His lost sheep, and even in the darkest places, His hope shines through. It was a tragic story in many ways, yet filled with hope. I like how the author parallels Quenby's personal struggles with the mystery she is trying to solve, adding a lot of spiritual and emotional insight to her own story. An expertly woven tale with interesting little known true history of intrigue in England during WW2. Highly recommend for readers who enjoy WW2 stories with faith elements. (Some mature subject matter included.) (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)