Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
I was immediately interested in the story when I read it involved World War II and an old man who had searched for his best friend for seventy years. The loyalty and long-suffering of a man who has searched that long spoke volumes to me.
In present day, we follow Quenby Vaughn, the journalist Daniel Knight has hired to find his friend. What intrigued me about Quenby was her inquisitive nature; she does not give up the search for answers because she is passionate about story. But her strength in searching for those answers doubles as a defense mechanism: if she’s the one asking questions, no one will ask questions about her own past.
Daniel last remembers Brigitte as a ten-year-old child. After they are separated, Brigitte goes on to live with people who manipulate her to do things she does not want to be involved in. She is smart and resilient, and I was rooting for her to get away and find Dietmar. Brigette learns to adapt to her surroundings in order to survive, and I was curious to see what happened to her.
My one complaint was a twist towards the end that wrapped one aspect of the novel in too neat of a bow. I don’t want to say anything more, but I just found it unnecessary to complete the loose ends in the way it was done.
If you enjoy reading dual-time novels or about World War II, I think you will enjoy this book.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*
English Lessons by Andrea Lucado
Waterbrook Press, 2017
In English Lessons, Andrea recounts her year abroad in England, where she went to college. Her voice is fresh and unique, and I found it intriguing to read something that makes it okay to search and ask difficult questions. That’s what this book is comprised of: her struggles, her doubts about faith, and her search for answers all wrapped up in the stories of her time at Oxford. What happens when we are taken completely out of our comfort zones?
The little illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are charming and add a touch of whimsy to this book. They sweetly complement Andrea’s stories and I just really loved that design element.
The chapter on art was the part I most enjoyed. She talks about how if truth is found in art, God is there, too. And I think that’s why I love to read. Art, the written word, can express truth. And that is a powerful thing to realize. That’s why Andrea’s experience at this art conference was one I enjoyed reading in chapter eight.
Overall, I found this book to be interesting and different. I neither loved nor disliked it, but land somewhere in the middle. I don’t feel that there was much resolution in the book, and while I believe that was intentional, I’m not a fan of loose ends.
But, maybe that was the goal: to show readers what the crooked pieces of life look like and learn to live with and work through them.
If you’ve ever been to or are fascinated by England, I think you will enjoy this book and your vicarious travels with Andrea.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.*