Friday, May 4, 2018

Until We Find Home

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GOHLKE, CATHY
UNTIL WE FIND HOME

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 seems more akin to fear.

With nowhere to go, Claire throw 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 threat of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home, the people who have become her family.

My Review:

A sumptuous feast of words. This complex story challenges and convicts through a host of characters who have become dear friends. All are on unique journeys but have been brought together by the grace of God.

Heartache and hope set against the stirring backdrop of an England at war. There's a Home Fires vibe about Until We Find Home so if you're familiar with that BBC drama, you'll have a feel for the kind of compelling plots and engaging characters this book offers. I could totally see this as the next TV drama sensation! And there's enough adventure and angst, drama and comedy to fill a whole season! Riveting stuff.

Told from multiple points of view, the reader is given a real glimpse into the lives and hearts of different characters. I laughed and cried and fumed and tossed the book across the room at one point (figuratively, of course. We do not throw books no matter how onerous a character might be.) Individual story threads merge into a richly woven tapestry that brightens some of the darkest days in world history.

This is also a novel worthy of more than a few bibliophile swoons as some of my favourite authors and books make their way onto the pages of Claire's story. It was like getting to meet old friends while becoming acquainted with a new friend - finding books within a book like that.  I'm still grinning and, frankly, a little jealous of Claire.

This is the kind of story you want to linger over even though you've reached the last page. I'm not ready to let the magic go. Though, I suppose it isn't really magic I'm feeling but the Spirit convicting me to live my faith with abandon. To appreciate every blessed minute I've been given and make them all count.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:'

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Until We Find Home, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 6 2018, Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. Wow sounds intriguing
    thanks for sharing your review with us
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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  2. I love the title and would love to read this before book. I am intrigued! Thank you for the opportunity, Kav.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. And the title applies in so many different ways! Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. I've heard this is a scrumptious novel, your review just confirmed it :-) New-to-me author to boot!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You heard right! This is my fifth novel by Cathy Gohlke and they've all been stunners! Hope you get to read her soon. Good luck, Trixi.

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  4. Squeee, Kav, you make me want to get my Kindle out and read this at once! I've read 3 of her books (loved them) so downloaded this one recently when on sale! THANKS, for your review!!

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    1. Squeeee back at you, Jackie! Get that Kindle out and start reading!!!!!

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  5. Oohhhh! I have really liked her other WWII books, which were educational, due to her thorough research and, also, tugged at the heart-strings. Band of Sisters was also excellent. Thanks for the compelling review!

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    1. Totally agree. Loved Band of Sisters too...This author knows how to deliver an inspirational and emotional read! Good luck, CC.

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  6. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She's fantabulous, Kim! Good luck!

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  7. I really need to read one of her books!!
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    1. Yes you do! And this would be a great place to start! Good luck, Nicole.

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  8. Kathy in an exceptional author. Thanks for the giveaway!
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    1. She sure is! Good luck, Kate.

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  9. Sounds delightful!
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    1. It totally is! Good luck, Abbi.

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  10. I have this on my wish list. Thank you, Kav.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck!

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  11. Oh my, this book sounds good! Thanks so much for your wonderful review. Definitely on the list.

    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. It's not to be missed, I think. Good luck.

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  12. thank you for your review. i love to watch Gods grace at work.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  13. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great one.

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  14. Cathy Gohlke's books are always very well written and rich with history and thought-provoking spiritual messages. I enjoy her books very much. Until We Find Home is still on my "wish list" so it would be great to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.
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    1. Yes -- she always delivers a powerful story that keeps your thinking afterwards. Good luck, Pam.

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  15. I love Cathy Gohlke's books, would love to add this one to my book collection. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's one for the keeper shelf for sure. Good luck, Karen.

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  16. Would love to read this one. Count me in, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  17. Our readers love her books and I do too.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wonderful book to put in a library collection. Good luck, Janet.

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  18. Loved your review of this one. It sounds so special.

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    1. Thanks, SavingsInSeconds. Good luck!

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  19. Wonderful. Thank you, Kav. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You're welcome, Tammie. Good luck!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I have heard great things about this book, and your review definitely proves it is as good I've heard. I really appreciated you sharing how it spiritually challenged you as well, Kav. To have a book not only entertain you, but move you and touch your heart to live differently is a sign of a GREAT book! I am really looking forward to reading Until We Find Home!

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    1. Oops! I forgot to leave my email :/

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    2. It's a powerful story! Good luck, agboss.

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  22. Oh I love that time period, and I enjoy knowing that you think it so good it would be lovely as a tv series! Thanks for the chance to win and devour this book!
    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. You're welcome, Laura. Good luck!

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