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.
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.
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