Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Daniel and Brigitte escaped the Gestapo when they were teenagers and fled. They managed to travel from Germany to England, but there they lost one another, because they were separated. Daniel promised Brigitte to find her again, but has never managed to track her down. He's never stopped searching, but to no avail. He is now an old man and only has little time left. Quenby, a gifted journalist who has experience in World War II research is his last hope. Will she be able to succeed where so many others have failed?

Quenby is working on a complicated and controversial story about espionage and betrayal in the Second World War. When she receives Daniel's request she's intrigued. Daniel doesn't let her do all the research on her own, he wants his lawyer to accompany Quenby. Lucas is supposed to help her unravel the past. Quenby isn't used to close company, will working together be a problem and will she be able to trace back Brigitte's steps until the present or will she fail like Daniel's previous investigators?

Catching the Wind is a beautiful intriguing story about love, friendship, betrayal, trust, espionage and much more. Melanie Dobson writes about many interesting subjects that all come together in a brilliant way. I loved how she combines the past and the present and the search for Brigitte makes the story gripping from the start. I had tears in my eyes when I read about Daniel and his never ending quest to find her, their bond is precious and even though they haven't been together since the moment they were separated they've always been in each other's hearts, which is what matters the most. It's what made me fall in love head over heels with the friendship element of their story.

The main characters of Catching the Wind are easy to like and I couldn't wait to find out more about them. Quenby is strong, but distant. She's been through a lot and doesn't easily let people in. Lucas is a friendly and patient man. They have a wonderful, but sometimes fragile connection that makes fascinating and captivating reading. Brigitte is resilient and smart and Daniel is tenacious and kindhearted, they're both endearingly sweet which makes their bond incredibly special. My heart ached for the two teenagers who loved each other, but lost sight of one another due to no fault of their own. I couldn't wait to find out where the search would lead and the story kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

Melanie Dobson writes about a turbulent time and her story is filled with scandals, secrets and schemes. She kept surprising me with many unexpected twists and turns. I loved how her main characters always keep faith and fight for what they believe in. The past and the present are being combined in a fantastic fitting way and the ending greatly impressed me. Catching the Wind is poignant and compelling, a bittersweet book I really enjoyed reading and a story I highly recommend.

Advice

If you love stories that alternate between the past and the present and like mysteries and beautiful connections you should definitely read Catching the Wind.

About Melanie Dobson


Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense.

Melanie is the award-winning author of seventeen historical romance, time-slip, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have 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 or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.

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Researching for Catching the Wind
Guest post by Melanie Dobson



A year ago, I traveled to England to research Catching the Wind, but the idea for this novel sparked months earlier when I was sipping tea in my favorite little coffee shop, scribbling down my ideas for a new story.

Outside the window stood an old tree, a weeping cedar with its sturdy branches and dangling leaves that ballooned like a giant umbrella over the people drinking coffee and tea below. In my mind’s eye, I saw two German children—the best of friends—playing high among those branches. In a tree house. They were in danger, though at the time I didn’t know what threatened them. I just knew the boy and girl had to run. And the girl would be lost along the way.

My research for this novel took me north of my home in Oregon to the misty San Juan Islands, across the Atlantic to tour the medieval fortress Château de Chillon in Switzerland, and then to visit the historic streets and heaths in London and the beautiful gardens and villages of Kent.

My hotel in England was along the River Thames, at the base of the London Eye, and I spent my days touring Winston Churchill’s estate and War Rooms, walking the gardens near Kensington Palace, lunching with a lovely couple in their Greenwich townhome, attending evensong at Westminster Abbey, and taking a train down to visit Scotney, a ghost of a castle surrounded by flowers and a medieval moat. One of the prettiest places I’ve ever been.

At London’s National Archives, I read through a stack of recently released top secret files as well as older documents about German espionage in the United Kingdom. Many Britons sympathized with Nazi Germany for a multitude of reasons, and I read account after account of men and women who either gathered information for Hitler or attempted to wreak havoc on England’s facilities. There were handwritten letters from suspected spies; documents about microphotography, invisible ink, and secret codes; a worn file about a Nazi parachutist who became a double agent; and the transcriptions of interrogations from before and after the war.


Spy Files, National Archives

Even though the threads of espionage stitched this novel together, my heart was not to expose those who betrayed their country—or those who came to a country bent on destruction—as much as to celebrate the redemption and resiliency of children removed or evacuated from their homes during World War II and sent to live in another place around the world.

I loved every moment I spent in England, meeting new friends and learning about the courageous people who fought against evil during World War II. Catching the Wind releases on May 9, and I’m super excited to share this story with you!

Giveaway

One very lucky winner of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

27 comments:

  1. I like love stories that alternate between the past and the present. Catching the Wind sounds like a must-read.

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  2. It sounds like a really good read.

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  3. What an intriguing book! Thanks for sharing your interesting research.

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  4. Sounds like a very interesting, intriguing book and I like that you've concentrated on the children and not those who did something wrong. :-)

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  5. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

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  6. Would love to read this book, it looks my kind of read xx

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  7. This sounds like an interesting and intriguing read.

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  8. Hi Melanie, I'm looking forward to reading your book!

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  9. Hello Melanie, I'm looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

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  10. Hi Melanie, would love to read your book! x

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  11. Melanie, I'm excited to read Catching the Wind!

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  12. I love WW2 books, this sounds like a wonderful read :)

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love the historical element of this story.

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  15. I absolutely loved reading about your researching for Catching the Wind.

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  16. Your review of Catching the Wind has inspired me to read this book! I love reading books that provide a mysterious background to the characters especially depth and feelings. Great review!

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  17. Wow, you really prepared for writing the book. I appreciate all the hard work that went into writing Catching The Wind. Can't wait to read it. :)

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  18. This book sounds very interesting, I'd love to read it :)

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  19. This sounds like it could be a bit of a tearjerker!

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  20. Sounds like a beautiful love story. That's another book to add to my to-read list.

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  21. Thank you for sharing this book! I love books that are historical in nature. Sounds lovely!

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  22. Wow this looks like my kind of book 🌈

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  23. This sounds great......i'd love to win.

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