Catching the Wind

Written by Melanie Dobson
Review by Val Adolph

Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London, reluctantly accepts an assignment to try to find Brigitte, a child who fled from Germany during WWII. She finds herself helping elderly recluse Daniel Knight, who had fled with Brigitte, promising to save her but who was separated from her when they arrived in England. He has never forgotten that he promised to be her knight, and to find her and protect her. This, his final attempt as he lies dying, challenges Quenby to search with her heart as well as her head.

The trail leads Quenby to Breydon Court in southern England and to the discovery that the child Brigitte was used by a network of spies to translate and send messages guiding German bombers to targets in England. Helping and supporting Quenby as she searches through WWII history is lawyer Lucas Hough, infinitely resourceful and knowledgeable, but definitely not a man Quenby is ready to trust.

The author spans the transitions between WWII and the present skillfully. Her characters are realistic for their time, and she develops a complex plot, bringing it to a satisfying conclusion. The novel sheds a light on the few—but devastating—English people who spied for Germany in WWII.