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What happened to Brigitte Berthold?That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and eleven-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 fulfillWhat happened to Brigitte Berthold?That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and eleven-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....

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Catching the Wind Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-04-28 06:44

    "But the stories kept them both pressing forward."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.

  • Pamela
    2019-05-20 07:27

    "We each choose between good and bad in our hearts, and our actions follow. The hardest choices are when we don't know if something is good or bad."Bittersweet and beautifully written, Catching the Wind enraptured me with mystery and intrigue, and filled my heart with a flood of emotions. It is a story of war. It is a story of orphans, espionage, traitors, survival, and courage. "On days like this, He thought God must surely be crying over the destruction mankind unleashed on one another. At the sight of His children entrenched in violent bitterness and jealousy their barbaric quest for power detached from Him."Additionally, it is also a Hansel and Gretel sort of tale, following breadcrumbs of what was and what could yet be. Two children, forced to flee; orphaned by war, and ensnared by countries and powers and people who claim truth but live out lies. More than anything, though, Catching the Wind is a powerful love story that endures through the ages. Separated by time and space, choice and chance, war and haunting memories of war that forever changed the lives of so many - especially the orphaned - the heart goes on as hope burns eternal. "There is power in story . . . We may be powerless at times in life, but on paper, we can chase our demons away."As the story unfolds in the contemporary now, an additional love story blossoms between two seemingly unlikely people. Proving we are all interconnected on God's blue planet. Our stories may be individually crafted, but we are each a chapter in the story of life. Many thanks to Tyndale House for the complimentary copy via Goodreads Giveaways. And thank you Melanie Dobson for penning such a surprisingly substantial, heartfelt story of tenderness yet merit worthy weight. I originally thought it would be a light, lazy summer read. Enjoyable but easily forgotten. That is not the case, though. It was a delight to read and treasure. The ending was a bit more neatly wrapped and serendipitous than I prefer. But that's just me. FOUR **** Tender Yet Substantial, Bittersweet and Intriguing, Historical/Contemporary Fiction Worth Noting **** STARS

  • Olivia
    2019-05-04 07:27

    Two timelines meet in an intriguing tale of love and searching.This was such a sweet story! I've seen this author's name around, but this is the first book I've read by her. I'm impresed with how she connected the two storylines and brought to life each character. Quenby's name made me smile. I love unique names! And then there's Lucas and Daniel Knight. *sigh* This was such a wonderful journey!I felt the last fourth of the book had a lot more telling than showing, and it took me a few minutes to figure out the connections of everyone. So many names and double names :) But the ending was satisfying and everything came together well.What I didn't like:-There are a few casual drinking scenes. I don't agree with Christians drinking, so this was a disappointment, but thankfully it was only brief mentions.-One married character was having an affair with a woman. There was two scenes that were a little awkward with them (nothing more than kissing and not detailed).Besides the above mention, the romance was great! There are a couple brief kisses at the end, but I felt in general the story was not focused on the couple getting together so much as the characters learning and understanding through their journey.Definitely a book to look out for when it's published! I'm interested in possibly reading more by this author :)*I received this from Netgalley and Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review*

  • Beth Erin
    2019-05-09 01:42

    Full review on Faithfully BookishOh 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.

  • TL
    2019-05-16 06:32

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).----Tried but couldn't get into it :( I appreciate winning it but not my cuppa

  • Lori Parrish
    2019-05-05 04:23

    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!!!!

  • Amy
    2019-05-04 01:38

    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.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-05-13 02:31

    4 1/2 stars TOP PICK

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-05-25 07:39

    Readers are transported back to July 1940 Moselkern, Germany and introduced to a young boy named Dietmar Roth; a young warrior in charge of knights sworn to protect ten-year-old “pretend” princess named Brigitte Berthold. Their kingdom was a treehouse that had an amazing view of the forest and the back sides of their homes. From the treehouse, they could clearly see the outside world banging down the doors of their homes. They watched in horror as their parents were interrogated. Dietmar Roth grabbed Brigitte by the hand and ran. He’d seen enough to know they were in danger. With only the clothes on their backs, they ran for their lives, just as Dietmar's parents had trained him to do.Just when readers are emotionally invested in the flight of these two little ones; the author seamlessly switches to the current time, where they meet Quenby Vaughn. She’s an American journalist working in London who has a particular way of finding missing people. She has a private and emotional investment in a related WWII espionage story. This is why Mr. Knight wants to hire her. It’s the reason the reader cares for her.Daniel (aka Dietmar) will do what ever it takes to find Brigitte. He would make good on his childhood promise. He believed Quenby would succeed when others had failed. He’d studied her, followed her career and knew her well.This author masterfully weaves current time with past events. I liked the fact that in current time when they discovered something related to the past she would switch to the past and have that event play out first hand; so that the reader and Quenby Vaughn would find out about that situation at the same time. I liked the author's use of humor and thought-provoking ideas to defuse some intense situations. Here’s an example.Mr. Knight says this about life, “…Our lives are like the jigsaw puzzles you like to put together Quenby. All the pieces are out there, but we have to frame it before we complete the inside.”Quenby was driven to dig for the truth.…”working on someone else’s story kept her from having to reflect on her own.” Quincy’s mission – it was about a girl lost long ago. A girl who’d never seemed to find her way home.” “Quenby knew what it was like to be left alone.” Be that girl.This novel would work well for book clubs as there are 13 discussion questions and in author notes, there is valuable information that would also help create lively conversations in your group.The author says in her notes, “the power of story has transformed my own life, and I’m incredibly grateful to Jesus Christ, the author, and finisher of faith, for enduring pain and humiliation and ultimately conquering the evil in this world, redeeming and healing because of his boundless love for his kids.”This author masterfully connects past and present events to create a powerful, heart-rending story. It was a fascinating and beautifully written novel of two unspeakable tragedies, of love and loss and learning to love again. As I read, I kept thinking about the characters, their situation and all the other WWII stories out there. This moving novel told through the eyes of children; stayed on my mind and close to my heart long after I shut the book.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun MagazineSVP Promotions

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2019-05-10 07:44

    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.

  • Jamie
    2019-05-24 02:37

    “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 WieselI’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

  • Emily McConnell
    2019-05-19 04:51

    Really enjoyed this book and the plot twists throughout! I was engaged from the first chapter, and enjoyed all of the characters. Without giving any details away, I'd highly recommend this book to those who love a good intrigue and a very involved mystery with lots of treachery involved. The time-slip part of the book was handled very well. Just a good book overall, and who doesn't love a book that involves German espionage in WWII in such a frightening setting? :)

  • Audrey
    2019-04-29 08:38

    This is story of lost girls being found. It alternates between the story of Brigitte who escaped the Germans in World War Two and of Quenby, a modern day reporter. There is sadness and disappointment but in the end their is redemption and forgiveness. I wish I could write a better review but I don't want to give out any spoilers. This is a special book and I am very thankful to the author for sharing it with me. I loved this delightful treasure.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-11 05:49

    "I shall make a wish on this tree, . . . . . . I want you to capture the wind." . . . . . .says the princess to her knight. Childhood friends, Dietmore Roth and Brigitte Berthold, saw their lives torn apart before their very eyes, when Gestapo agents violently raided their homes and disposed of their parents . Outside playing in Dietmore's tree house, the two frightened children literally ran for their lives, crossing borders and nearly starving, before Dietmore made a painful decision that haunted him the rest of his life.Journalist Quenby Vaughn has been researching the possibility that the prominent wife of a British Lord consorted with German officials during WWII, using her vast estate as a safe house. Frustrated that Lady Ricker's descendants refuse to talk to her, Quenby is nominally curious when she is approached by a prominent young London solicitor, Lucas Hough, on behalf of his client, who is diligently search for a woman that he lost contact with nearly seventy five years earlier; convinced that Quenby can find his "Princess Adler". A feeble man's request takes Quenby and Lucas down a path riddled with multi-layers of hidden secrets that will ultimately either break hearts of mend them, for "I tried and tried" he said, "but I never caught the wind". . . . . . "I caught it, (she said) . . . and it blew me back to you". Melanie Dobson has written an absolutely beautiful story. I am grateful to the author and publisher for a copy; the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-19 08:49

    Melanie Dobson has yet to write a book I didn't love. I have read my fair share of WWII novels but somehow Dobson has a way of making each story its own, completely different. This novel has two different time periods that go back and forth, which are written so well you won't even be confused! I loved all the characters in this book, but I think Brigitte will always have a special place in my heart. The history is fascinating and once again I learned a ton that I will have to do more research on. Wonderful side romance story and real life heart issues when it comes to abandonment. There is a pretty big twist near the end that I have mixed feelings about but you must read for yourself on that note.There were a couple of things (small little insignificant things) that I thought were perhaps a little far fetched or over the top for this particular story. Otherwise this is one of the best books I have read so far this year! Five stars. "I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for free. All opinions are my own."

  • Karen
    2019-05-07 06:41

    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.)

  • Hunter Brock
    2019-05-23 05:44

    The novel Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson is a historical fiction novel with strong themes that speak of the Christian romance genre. mainly addresses the heart-wrenching aches of abandonment, and seeks to satisfy the longing for redemption, reconciliation, and reunion.A couple of things that made this book enjoyable for me as a reader:The first thing is the plot structure. I really appreciated about the book was how the different threads woven throughout the story ended up being connected in the end. While it seemed too neat of a connection at times, I still think it’s cool that there were no loose ends, every puzzle piece fit at the conclusion, even though the threads all seemed separate in the beginning.The second was that there was heartache, scandal, and pain. What I mean by this is that there is sometimes a stereotype of Christian fiction that it presents itself as unrealistic: the stories aren’t as messy as real life. And yet Dobson did a brilliant job of including broken marriages, affairs, unforgiveness, betrayal, and other difficult themes to give the story the depth of reality.The third thing was the history. The historic aspects of the story were really educational as well. I learned a ton about WWII, about the London Blitz, and about the tragedy faced by so many during the war. I was totally unaware of the existence of Hutchinson Camp, smack dab in the middle of Douglas, on the Isle of Man. Throughout my primary education, I hadn’t been really informed of all of England’s part in the war, and Dobson successfully piqued my interest in this part of world history.A couple of things that made this book difficult for me as a reader:The first thing was the writing. There was a lot of telling but not a lot of showing. I didn’t feel like I had to work to figure out the story because all of my questions were answered for me through Dobson’s exposition laid out in Quenby’s mind. I think that if Dobson put more of what Quenby was thinking into dialogue with the other characters, it would’ve been a more challenging read. As in, I would be having to figure out Quenby’s wounds and difficulties and values instead of her just telling me everything, and in the end, when Dobson would seek to expose big things about Quenby, I would’ve either enjoyed my success at “figuring out” Quenby, or I would’ve grown through my misinterpretation. There were also several times when the point of view shifted that were awkward and distracting because the shift was inconsistent.The second thing was Lucas and Quenby’s relationship. I don’t feel like two weeks together was enough time for them to bring in romantic love, at least not when it seemed like Quenby was meant to seem so averse to getting close to anyone…I feel like Lucas would’ve had to work a lot harder. Also, there were times when Quenby thought through how she didn’t care about Lucas’s opinion, or stated that he’d have to gain her trust, or mentioned that he was annoying and that there was nothing between them, and these thoughts came up really often, as if Quenby were convincing herself of them as well as trying to convince the reader, when, in reality, the very fact that convincing was needed suggested that the opposite was true: she likes Lucas from the beginning, she doesn’t find him annoying, she’s trusting and depending on him already and freely.The third thing was the presence of faith. I don’t feel like faith carried as much weight in the story as Dobson desired. While the gospel of Jesus Christ was brought in at both the most heart-wrenching and the most casual of moments in the book, faith didn’t really seem that important to any of the characters. Brigitte seemed to be the most faith-driven character in the book, and yet we’re not privy to her relationship with Jesus before she gets to England. I feel like for some characters the presence of faith in their lives could’ve been removed and nothing would have changed. If Dobson’s intention was to make faith central to the book, then I would’ve appreciated seeing more of the small ways Quenby and Lucas operated out of their relationship with Christ, and more of the big ways they sought to obey Him. I think I wanted their faith to be central to their lives, when it didn’t seem that way at all, but came off more as seeing Jesus as their Savior, but not necessarily as their Lord.Despite the criticisms, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a wild journey through the history of friendship between two old souls, for a realistic look at the suffering of war victims, and through the transformation of being wounded and then finally, after so long, being healed.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-08 07:31

    Lately it seems I rarely finish a book because I tend to get bored with the story. I finished this one, so that tells me something. I wasn't bored. Nor was I on the edge of my seat. The author wasn't trying to create anxiety, but it was more like a tender longing and a deep need to understand the past and find healing in it. She did a great job showing the fear of abandonment and the wariness when it came to trusting anyone. I was intrigued with the story. It gave me a warm feeling in my heart rather than an anxious one. While nothing scary happened, it captured my heart anyway. There is just something about Melanie's writing and characters that pulls me in. I have yet to come across a pathetic or annoying character in any of her books, and I have read plenty of them. Eleven so far (to be exact) and I have enjoyed them all. They are often quite different. It's not so much the subject matter that captures me (though I love WWII era fiction) but the author's voice that compels me to keep reading. The first book I have ever read by Melanie was "Together for Good" and from that point forward I have been hooked. She never has tension in a story or a plot that feels contrived. Regardless of how far from my own experience the characters' experience tends to be, they always manage to speak to me and make me think about my life and my decisions. And like the author, her books have a sweet and calming tone to them despite how deep the story goes. None of her novels are fluffy and fake. All of them will pull you in. At least for me, that's how it is.This book slips between the past and the present day. Both eras intrigued me and while a bit more was in the present day, at least a third of the book contained historical chapters. I tend to prefer the historical chapters but in this book I liked them the same. I felt some of the angst and fear that Brigitte had when she couldn't find her friend and was taken in by a man and woman who didn't like her and only used her for her knowledge of the German language. It was interesting how the twists and turns through her life caused her to develop a strong desire to help abandoned children feel loved. I also loved how the main character resisted feeling anything for the man in the story because she didn't want to get close to anyone lest they hurt her again. Well done! I give this story five stars because of it's pull on me and my desire to finish it. I don't want to give any spoilers, which is why some of this review is a bit vague. Discovering things is half the fun of reading a good book so it ruins it for me if someone tells me the plot in the review.

  • MJSH
    2019-05-18 03:24

    I loved Beneath the Golden Veil, but this book totally blew me away! What a work of art. The beautiful, poetic, melodic, soulful writing sucked me right in at page one. The intricate plot that spans multiple generations and countries/cultures gave depth and layers to create a story that all clicks in the end. Intrigue, suspense, and a bit of romance were so well combined and thoroughly stirred that I couldn't put the book down. History was also stitched into the fabric of the book by having half of the story take place during WWII, while modern day pursuit ensues to find the girl who was lost during wartime. If you're a fan of historical fiction and contemporary romantic suspense, this book is a must read. Faith is a prominent factor throughout the novel. It was really interesting to see parallel faiths blossom even in the midst of a great tragedy like WWII in the past and through a tough life and circumstances in the present. Through it all, Deitmar/Daniel and Lucas are great sources of wisdom and faith. And the characters.....Quenby is hurt, angry, afraid of people and letting them into her life. Yet she so hungers for love and wants a family to call her own. Lucas is.....a quintessential hero. A knight in shining armor. I would have liked a bit more on his past though - like details on his rebellious years, how he met and ended up working for Daniel, what shaped him into such a loyal, compassionate, loving man. Daniel and Bridget play a huge part in the book since the premise of the entire story is Daniel wanting to find Bridget after seventy-something years. Their friendship, commitment to each other, and love that remained pure and true through all those years is heart-warming. The resilience of the human spirit, taken in God's hands and molded by Him (as seen in Daniel and Bridget), is amazingly incomprehensible. I received a copy of the book from Tyndale via NetGalley. I was not required to give a review or a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  • Mia
    2019-05-02 06:35

    I have no hesitation in giving this book 5 stars. No hesitation at all!!I applaud the author for being brave enough to link an atrocity that happened years ago with an equally wrenching reality in the present that we need to open our eyes to. I enjoyed how the author took upon a new approach to the events surrounding WWII that I was not aware of.I thoroughly enjoyed both the present story of Quenby as well as Brigitte and Dietmar's story during WWII, and I think the author brilliantly linked both time sets. This book is about the cruelties that happen as consequence to a human being's selfishness. It is about, loss, betrayal and disappointments. But it is also about hope. About how you can believe in a new beginning without thinking you need to reinvent yourself in the process. Throughout the journey that both Quenby and Brigitte are put through, they learn that when an awful event is linked to your story you do not have to let it define you and you can be an overcomer. It is okay to feel hurt and to cry for all the brokenness and cruelty caused, but you can move on and chose to be a part of a different story related to forgiveness, redemption and love.Each person has a personal history and it is powerful. But we can decide how we will dictate this power. Will we let it harden our hearts and make us isolate ourselves? Or will we use it to sow compassion and reconciliation and restoration?This book was refreshing, poignant, thought provoking and heartwarming.Definitely a book to keep an eye on!**Many thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review

  • Anne
    2019-05-06 07:47

    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.

  • Sherri Smith
    2019-05-06 09:40

    This story blew me away. Having stumbled upon a book prior that was a bit dry, I feared that maybe it wasn't the book that was the problem, but me. I was wrong. This story restored my faith in reading. This was a phenomenal book, well written that interweaved between the two time periods. Both stories were necessary as they weaved together to the end.Catching the Wind is about a quest to find Brigitte Berthold. At the age of thirteen, Daniel Knight (Dietmar) rescued his best friend in fleeing for their lives in Nazi Germany. Sadly, they were separated as they came into England, and for years afterward Daniel had been searching for his Brigette.Daniel had initiated numerous searches over the years, but no one returned with any type of information that was useful. Most of all, information about his beloved best friend. So he turns to Quenby Vaugh, who is an American journalist, to use her tenacity in finding out the story. With the help of Lucas, Daniel Knight's lawyer, they both go through the clues to find out what happened to Brigette, in turn, Quenby learns what happened to her mom so many years ago.Again, this story is remarkably wonderful. I loved every minute of it, wanting to dash forward through the pages, but knowing I couldn't, because I might miss a detail of importance. Would I recommend this book? Most definitely! Two thumbs up and a round of applause for the author (and her editors). This will be a book I will keep for many years to come, and will share with all to read.I received this book complimentary from the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Fran Soto
    2019-04-30 08:46

    This book was absolutely amazing! It was fascinating! In every single way. I enjoyed it so much. I'm surprised how Dobson catches the attention of the readers inmideatly with her witty writing style that I think it could be described as deepful. I couldn't put this book down.Miss Vaughn is a young lady battling with her past, and has protected herself from much in life, living in dread of one occasion in her past. The readers can feel identified with her immediately, as Lucas and even the auxiliary characters do in this book. I was hypnotized the whole time.I love history and the creator has gotten her work done with exactness. This is one of the best books I've read for the current year. I adored each minute. There was such a great amount to take in and afterward the creator startles ball close to the end that made them pant in amazement. I completely delighted in each sentence in this book.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-05-26 07:24

    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.

  • Thelma Fountain
    2019-05-17 01:43

    This book is exceptional! I can't even put into words how much I loved this story! I read this in two days because I could not put it down. There were twists to the story that I did not see coming. The characters were so great. The ending was absolutely beautiful! The themes of forgiveness, sacrificing for others, true loyal friendship, and never giving up hope were so moving. This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last I cannot wait to read more of her stories

  • Linda
    2019-05-09 01:48

    Loved this story! Kept me engaged from beginning to end.

  • Denise Talen
    2019-05-05 01:45

    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.I read this book in one day, so no need to say, I loved it! It was well written, captivating characters and an engaging story. I just couldn't stop reading and I had to know how it ended. I enjoyed how the story switched narratives between the 1940's story of Daniel and Brigitte escaping and modern day Quenby working. While it was perhaps a bit too predictable and neat and tidy ending, I really wouldn't have wanted to end any other way, so I didn't mind too much. I also like how there was a bit of romance between Quenby and Lucas, but that wasn't the overall focus of the plot. I highly recommend this book. You won't be able to to put it down.I received a complimentary copy of the book from Tyndale House Publishers.

  • Kerry Johnson
    2019-05-04 01:25

    I have a soft spot for WWII stories. Much of the 1940s left such a scar on the timeline of humanity, and yet beauty has come out of those years, too. Melanie Dobson's Catching the Wind is a lyrical story of families touched and changed by the war. Brigitte is a young girl who escapes Germany with friend and protector Dietmar. When they get separated, he vows to find her. Her whereabouts after the war are the catalyst for the mystery. Where did she go? Catching the Wind is a dual-timeline story. I usually prefer the historical setting in dual timelines, but in Catching the Wind I longed for scenes with Quenby, Lucas, and Daniel Knight. This story had more mystery & intrigue than I expected, and it added to the characters' emotions in a powerful way. While the author doesn't sugar coat the life-long pain suffered by those affected by the war, she leaves readers hopeful with a satisfying and emotional conclusion. Highly recommend for fans of inspirational historical fiction and dual-timeline stories. 4.5 stars

  • Jodie
    2019-04-29 08:52

    Fast read! Historical fiction with twists and turns. Liked it very much.

  • Mesu
    2019-05-10 09:24

    A complicated plot that comes together in an absolutely FASCINATING way! Love Melanie's complex characters and the trail of breadcrumbs she leaves through the story. I'll need to read it again to see what I should have picked up the first time through.