Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

Reconnaissance, smuggling, resistance—words so romantic in fiction,
impossible and dangerous in life.


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 feels more akin to fear.

With nowhere to go, Claire throws 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 tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.

Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

My Thoughts:

Until We Find Home follows the story of a brave young American living in Paris at the start of World War 2. Claire is an aspiring writer and traveled to Paris to walk in the footsteps of some of the literary greats. As Hitler’s regime moves ever closer, it becomes apparent that they must do something to save as many Jewish children as they can. Claire agrees to lead a group of 5 children to the coast and help them onto a waiting boat that will take them to England. However, things don’t go as planned. Claire ends up traveling with the children to England and winds up being their guardian, a task that she feels ill-equipped to carry out.

Written with a lively cast of engaging characters, I found myself cheering for Claire and wishing I could step into the story and give her words of encouragement.  I often found myself irritated with a couple of the characters who would get upset at Claire for her lack of mothering skills, yet not offer her any sage advice. The amusing antics of the children brought a bolster of laughter and joy to a stressful and somewhat frightening period in history.

The setting for the story was perfect and so well written that I could easily picture walking the grounds myself. I explored an English Manor house, discovered a secret garden and was charmed by delightful literary characters.

Those who enjoy reading Historical Fiction set in the World War 2 era will be delighted with this story. I give Until We Find Home 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy of your own to enjoy!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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You can download sample chapter & discussion guide at Cathy’s web page (click here)

About the Author:

CathyGohlke  Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the best selling and critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept (Christy Award; INSPY Award); Saving Amelie (INSPY AWARD); Band of Sisters; Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012); I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Christy Award, American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award and listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008) and William Henry Is a Fine Name (Christy Award).

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughter. Visit with Cathy at the following:

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