I love reading books by Cathy Gohlke. “Until We Find Home” is her latest novel and again is set during WW II. Claire Stewart, an American, has joined the French Resistance and helps transport French Jewish children to England. This is a clandestine enterprise, as smuggling refugees into Britain is illegal. Planning to join the man she loves, who is also in the Resistance, before sailing to England, she is terrified to learn that he is not coming and that she is in charge of the five children during the channel crossing and in England. She knows no one in Britain, but does remember an estranged aunt who may help her. She and the children find their way to the estate in the Lake District, and she persuades her Aunt Miranda to take them in. However her aunt agrees only if Claire stays to help with them. Because most Brits have been pressed into service to billet war workers and refugee children, a fellow American border, David Campbell also stays at the estate. He becomes the voice of reason in a tumultuous time.
I recommend this book highly. I loved reading about the life of the citizens of Britain before the Americans stepped up to join the war. Americans were not looked upon with favor during this time because the British thought that the United States was deserting them. My only criticism of this book is the character of Claire. I was ready to smack her a few times because she seemed to be self-absorbed. During the course of the novel, however, I saw her growth in spirit and compassion and that was her redeeming quality.
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