For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.
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 upbringing—spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends—has 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 she’s ever known.
Set in England’s 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.
Until We Find Home is a World War II era novel that gives a glimpse of what life was like for those living in Britain during this time. It was inspiring and heartbreaking to read about children who were separated from their families and forced to unfamiliar places in order to ensure their safety. The backdrop of Bluebell Wood is a beautiful safe haven for Claire and the children she rescued. The challenges and obstacles of the war were present and obvious, but Claire and her Aunt Miranda also faced some emotional issues and grief that they had to overcome. Miranda’s character underwent a large amount of growth in this story. She didn’t have a grasp of the reality of the war until she was faced with the care of the children. While there were hardships and struggles in this story there was also forgiveness, friendship and growth for the characters. Fans of World War II novels will enjoy this latest novel from Cathy Gohlke.
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.