Nazi Germany and modern day collide in Dobson’s poignant tale of the perils of war and tragedy experienced by loved ones separated during WWII. Catching the Wind follows the story of two childhood best friends- Daniel and Brigitte- fleeing their home in Nazi-controlled Germany at the ages of 13 and 10 respectively. After covertly traipsing through Germany, Belgium, and eventually England where they hope to find refuge, Daniel and Brigitte are separated when Daniel mistakenly believes Brigitte would be safer if she went to live with a British family sheltering evacuee children from the war. Although believed to be temporary, the events that unfold after the separation lead to more tragedy for Brigitte and Daniel’s lifelong mission to find his lost friend. As such, Daniel hires journalist, Quinby Vaughan, to work with his lawyer, Lucas Hough, with a charge to complete the seemingly impossible task of tracking down Brigitte after 70 years of searching without success. Together, Quinby and Lucas piece together Brigitte’s destiny in a tale that is heart-wrenching, soul inspiring, and satisfying.
I enjoyed the format Dobson used to unfurl Brigitte’s story. Chapters alternate between Brigitte’s experiences during WWII and Quenby and Lucas’s discovery of clues along the way. Dobson masterfully intertwines details from the past into the modern day quest for Brigitte adding just enough mystery to spur the reader’s curiosity and imagination. I couldn’t put this book down! Each page I turned fueled my drive to know what happened to Brigitte! A secondary plot line also emerged with a developing romance between Quinby and Lucas. Their story was well-paced with a natural progression to the relationship that did not deter the reader from the more mysterious story of Brigitte’s fate.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of sixteen historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Chateau of Secrets received a Carol Award for historical fiction, Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana, and The Black Cloister was ForeWord's Book of the Year for Religious Fiction. Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobson family has finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, dancing, and reading stories with her girls. More information about Melanie and her books is available at www.melaniedobson.com or www.facebook.com/MelanieDobsonFiction/.