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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 hers
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Paperback, 415 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Carrie Turansky
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! Cathy Gohlke gives us an inside look at life on the home front during WW2 in England's Lake District. The heroine, Claire, is reluctantly caring for Jewish refugee children who have escaped from France and Germany. It was wonderful to see how she grew and changed through the story. There were many wonderful characters, and I especially enjoy the Scottish doctor and David, the American who comes to stay at the estate. I loved the way Cathy wove in Beatrix Potter and C. S. ...more
Staci
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This sweet story was inspired by the idea of average citizens taking in refugees during WWII.

American Claire is living in France and soon finds herself stuck in England. In the pages, readers see Claire's character and spiritual growth. There is not a great deal of action in this novel. It is more a lesson in finding peace and happiness in where you are.

I especially enjoyed the changing dynamics with the children as they formed alliances.

My gratitude to the author for a complimentary copy of th
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Kate Willis
I picked up this book because I heard C.S. Lewis was a minor character. Also, I’m very fascinated by the historical accounts of the Kindertransport and World War II refugees in general, so this looked like an all-around amazing book. ;) (And the cover and title page are just gorgeous…)

Claire was a fun heroine. I enjoyed how imaginative and literary-minded she was, seeing a book reference in everything, wanting to write meaningful words, and admiring the works of other authors. One of my favorite
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

“Stories give us a way to make sense of the world.”

Exquisitely written (I consistently expect nothing less from Cathy Gohlke), Until We Find Home explores family and faith and grace. All against the backdrop of peril and war and sacrifice. This is the kind of book I need to reread often because there’s so much treasure to be mined below the surface and I know I missed some gold the first time through.

Claire, Aunt Miranda, David, Dr. MacDonald, Mrs. Newsome – I loved all the characters,
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Nicole
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not exactly what I was expecting, this book nevertheless warmed my heart and brought tears my eyes. The only other Gohlke I've read before this was the tension-packed Saving Amelie, so coming into another WWII novel from the same author, I expected the characters to be thrown into action and edge-of-the-seat circumstances. Until We Find Home was a gentler read, and focused on a setting distanced from the action of war, but no less impacted by it.

The message of this story was so powerful, and bro
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Joyce
This is my first read of this author who came highly recommended. I looked forward to this story, the history of children sent to the English countryside for safety during WWII. I hoped to be transported there from page 1. At page 300 the story came alive when it became personal to the children. If only it had been through the eyes of the children from the beginning.

That being said, this is a good book, my expectations aside. It is good writing, albeit not the type of descriptive writing that se
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Amanda Tero
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Refugee children in WWII and the acceptance that they faced was truly heart-felt in this story. Not only did the children have obstacles to face, but their guardian had her own challenges. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book—though I’d have to say the doctor was likely my favorite.

Having C.S. Lewis and Beatrix Potter featured in this book was a charming element. Me being a writer, I definitely loved all of the writerly threads portrayed.

There was relatively little romance in this book.
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Rebekah Morris
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were things I liked, and things that bugged me.

The whole idea of rescuing Jewish children from France before the Germans moved in, caught my interest. And the fact that the main character, Claire, had to take them in when she couldn't return to France herself, only added interest. However, Claire drove me crazy! She whined, complained, and acted like a spoiled teenager for much of the book. I wanted to shake her!
The children were delightful, though I
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Pamela
Solid writing - some beautifully written flourishing verbage. Softly strong story. A tad more melodramatic than I prefer. So I wasn't overly awed. But I did find it a Morally sound, quality read.

Three stars rounded up.
Dawn
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This started off rather slow, but it picked up.

I loved the depth to the book. I also loved getting to know what it may have been like for refugee children in WWII.

I received a copy from Tyndale to review.
Kav
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sumptuous feast of words. This complex story challenges and convicts through a host of characters who have become dear friends. All are on unique journeys but have been brought together by the grace of God.

Heartache and hope set against the stirring backdrop of an England at war. There's a Home Fires vibe about Until We Find Home so if you're familiar with that BBC drama, you'll have a feel for the kind of compelling plots and engaging characters this book offers. I could totally see this as t
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joining the French Resistance holds great allure for American Claire Stewart, but she discovers that reality is far different than she dreamed it would be when a mission goes awry. While helping smuggle French Jewish children across the English channel so they will escape the clutches of the Nazis, she ends up alone with the five children and must turn to her estranged aunt Lady Miranda Langford for help. Though her aunt agrees to take the children, Claire is forced to stay and care for them as ...more
Michelle
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have loved every book Cathy has ever written. I was thrilled to be able to read this book! The first part of the book takes you right into France and England during WWII. Action starts from page one and you become engrossed. But things got a little slow for me about midway. From there I sadly didn't love this book as much as I wanted to. The writing is great and the setting and secondary characters are wonderful. Claire is a character I simply could not stand reading. Even until the end I just ...more
Ruth
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until We Find Home is a sensitively-wrought story of broken hearts and finding hope set amidst the picturesque Lake District during the early days of World War II. It starts with a dash of danger and espionage when idealistic American Claire Stewart smuggles five Jewish children out of France ahead of the Nazi invasion. She becomes their unwilling guardian, forced to leave behind her dreams of romance and espionage-related glory in order to bring her young charges to the only safe haven she know ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Until We Found Home by Cathy Gohlke is a heart-wrenching novel set during World War II in the lake district in England. With a fast moving plot and a little suspense toward the end, I became wrapped in the novel and couldn't wait to send time with the characters. Gohlke's favorite book of mine is Secrets She Kept. I'm still suggesting this book to people when they want to read a book about forgiveness. With Until We Found Home, I was familiar with Gohlke's style of writing, so I knew I would be ...more
Amy
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept of this book drew me in, the time period and the location. The cover, gorgeous. I grew up just south of the Lake District and I feel as familiar there as I do my home. I've walked and hiked the fells, played in the lakes, conquered the Wainwrights. I love Hilltop and everything BP. The house in question reminds me so much of Sizergh. In fact to walk the hallways you feel like you are in the home the 4 Penvensie children find themselves in, when they themselves are sent out of London ...more
Denise Hershberger
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the cameos from the likes of CS Lewis and especially the epistolary moments in the book. I am hanging my head in shame that I've never actually read CS Lewis even though he has been recommended to me a number of times. I'll have to remedy that this summer. I also really loved that the whole story of these refugee children mirrors many of the refugee children we are accepting into the US right now. I've always loved fiction set in WWII even though it tends to be slightly depressing I love ...more
Ginger
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
~3.5 stars~
Becky Van Daniker
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke is a fascinating tale about a woman whose dream is to be part of the French Resistance, children who are Jewish refugees from France and Germany, and living in England during the war. It was well-researched and I learned a ton of different things that I didn’t know about the war. Adding tidbits about the Jewish culture was authentic and also a nice touch to add. I also thought it was respectful and beneficial to the children. I also enjoyed all of the different ...more
Heidi Chiavaroli
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that had me growing alongside the characters. Cathy Gohlke masterfully weaves together several points-of-view to create a compelling story that challenged not only my faith, but my definition of family. I loved how she grounded so much of the story in English literary greats, including C.S. Lewis and Beatrix Potter.

A tender tale of hope in the midst of hopeless circumstances. Loved it!
Lisa Johnson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Until We Find Home
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the reasons I so enjoy Cathy Gohlke’s novels is due to the time she takes in researching and crafting a riveting tale based on historical fact. Even more so is her note to readers at the end of the story where she shares with such transparency what God has been teaching her through her writing of the book. It should remind us that authors are people too who wan
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Robin Willson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Captivating!
In Paris, American Claire and her boyfriend, who belongs to the French Resistance, are smuggling French Jewish children out of the country before they are invaded. She is all caught up in the romance of their life and hopes to become a great writer. She is sent alone with the children to the checkpoint, but her boyfriend and her contact don’t show up, so she is forced to get on the boat with the children. A harrowing story in itself, once ashore and again without a contact, she is pr
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Amy
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Until We Find Home was a story that quietly took me by surprise. The first few pages started out quite fast and intense, and then life slowed down for our characters and I must admit I felt antsy to move on in the story. I also did not care for the main character of Claire at first either. I felt she was clueless and selfish and a bit cruel in some of her dealings with the children. However, as I continued reading and let the story take me through its pages and I let me expectations go, I was qu ...more
A.M. Heath
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the setting and historic angle Gohlke had for this novel. It was more than the beautiful town and descriptions. There was always the sprinkling of classic children literature. It brought a unique spin to the novel.
The Jewish refugees in England was another unique spin. I’ve read a lot of WWII fiction over the years, but this wasn’t a subject I’ve read about before. Gohlke really brings to life some of the hardships the children and their caretakers felt.
Sadly, I had
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Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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 pl ...more
Suzie Waltner
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am one of those readers who must finish a book no matter how hard I’m struggling with it. Whether that be the plot, the main character, or something else entirely, I will put in the time to get that final page. Because, sometimes, sticking with a story pays off.
In Until We Find Home, Cathy Gohlke’s newest release, I had an issue liking the main character. Claire Stewart is so wrapped up in herself, in living her life the way she’s dreamed it to go, she doesn’t connect with those around her who
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Lori
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's works! I enjoyed this because she puts her heart and soul into everything she writes! I am thinking that this book will be put at the top of my favorites! Promise me this will always be at the top. ( the reason is because it tells about the aftermath of the Titanic survivors and how they coped with it) not many authors write about that.
Claire is a delightful person! She is my heroine for many reasons as most women are in this era.
There were many things that I enjoyed about t
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Kerry Johnson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another moving story by one of my favorite authors. Rich historical detail, imperfect characters who grow in grace, and unique cameos by beloved writers of old.

Cathy's books are a treasure trove of emotional story-telling and vivid history-come-to-life. I didn't want to close the last page on Claire, David, Aimee, and Miranda, and the rest of the children, or leave England's gorgeous Lake District.

4.5 stars for Until We Find Home, with high recommendations for all of Cathy's books.
Amy
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Until We Find Home is another exciting novel by Cathy Gohlke. I was hooked from the start and I did not want to put it down until about halfway when the story slowed down a little bit. But it quickly picked back up. I loved the characters, the settings and the author's descriptions and details of the time.

I believe anyone who love a faith-filled and inspiring historical set during World War II would enjoy Until We Find Home.

I give it 4 stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This review
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Kathy Shaw
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
“Until we Find Home” by Cathy Gohlke was about a young girl who wants to be part of the French resistance during WWII, but winds up in England supervising immigrant Jewish children. The story was too sugary sweet for my taste.
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Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the best selling and critically acclaimed novels The Medallion, Until We Find Home, 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 Write ...more