Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson is a flashback to WWII and a modern-day investigation. The story takes place in Europe, primarily in England. This is Christian literature, some passages are not for everyone – but an enjoyable story regardless of your personal bent.

Plot. In the early 1940s, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, neighbors and best friends, narrowly escape to England from Germany. They are separated immediately. Fast forward 70+ years. A wealthy old man hires our lead character, Quenby Vaughn, to find his friend. Quenby is a passionate journalist, who doesn’t give up. Nothing comes across as urgent in this story, but the old man is in failing health, so time is a concern.

Liked. Catching the Wind is a “what happens next” story – you just keep turning pages, or listening. The trials of the two in the 40s are intermingled with a modern-day detective procedural/investigation/love story. It’s a twisty mystery, Quenby following 70-year-old clues, surprises readers will enjoy. Narration by Nancy Peterson is fine, no issues.

Not so hot. There are sections too ridiculous to believe, religious or not. The author is expecting that you stretch possibilities far beyond remote credibility. The story is good without making the reader roll their eyes and sputter, ‘well, that’s a stretch’ – or – ‘gimme a break’. You will, promise.

 Narrated by Nancy Peterson, 10.5 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in August 2017 by Two Word Publishing LLC.


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