When I find an author I enjoy, I tend to read through several of his or her books. Since I really enjoyed Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson, I sought out a few more of her titles.
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Our library only had Catching the Wind, so that’s the one I chose. I enjoyed it, but found it formulaic and very similar to Hidden Among the Stars.
The book tells two stories, one in present day and one in the past. The present day story follows Daniel Knight, a successful but reclusive man near 90 who wants to find Brigitte, his friend from childhood. He’s hired many private investigators, who have come up empty handed. He sets his eyes on Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London, to find Brigitte.
The past story takes place in Germany at the start of World War II. Daniel is 13, and his friend, Brigitte is 10. His parents and her parents, who are all Jewish, are taken away by the Nazis. At that time, Daniel and Brigitte are returning home from play and are motioned to escape by their parents. They take weeks to do so, but eventually they make their way from Germany to England.
Once in England, they are separated, and Daniel cannot find Brigitte again.
In the present day story, Quenby uses her journalistic and intuitive skills to follow the path of Brigitte, and is able to do what no other investigators have been able to do–discover what happened to Brigitte.
I enjoyed this book, but I would have enjoyed it much more if it was the first book I had read by Dobson. Once again, my major complaint is that it follows a formula and then the ending ties up much too nicely for my liking.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.