Book Spotlight & Q&A: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

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 herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing–spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends–has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.

Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

Author Cathy Gohlke

Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award–winning author of the best selling and critically acclaimed novels 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 Writers Book of the Year Award and listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008) and William Henry Is a Fine Name (Christy Award).

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughter.

Q&A

What can be done to help children affected by war, unrest, or other instabilities today?
Some of us have the health or finances or opportunity to engage in hands-on work with
children in need in this country or around the world, either full-time or through shorter mission
trips. Some of us are able to foster or adopt children into our families. Others can contribute
resources—real estate or transportation or finances—to agencies, groups, churches, or
individuals able to do the hands-on work.
There are numerous organizations working to help refugee children and children living in
unstable situations. Partnering with them in one of the above ways is possible. These
organizations include: Compassion International, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse,
Remember Nhu, Hear the Cry, World Orphans, Run Ministries, and World Relief.
Soon I hope to post a page (listed on my website’s book page for Until We Find Home) that
gives a more extensive list of organizations and resources that help refugees and families in
need. A list of organizations geared specifically to helping those who are caught in slavery or
human trafficking can be found on my website: http://authorcathygohlke.com/resources/.
We can all pray for those who are displaced, abused, caught in slavery, living in poverty, or
made vulnerable through threatening natural or moral conditions. We can join others in
prayer at Pray for Them: www.prayforthem.com.

What led you to choose the title Until We Find Home?
My editor Stephanie Broene and the Tyndale team chose the title. We collaborated long and
hard to find just the right words to capture the essence of this story. I believe the ever-wistful
longing for home, the hope each character harbored—despite their loss—to find a place of
family and belonging makes this title ideal.

What did you learn through writing this novel, and what lessons do you hope your
readers take away?
I’ve learned in life and more fully in the writing of this story that letting go of fear,
surrendering insecurity—which torments—to the Lord, is the path to freedom. I’ve learned,
just as the Scripture says, that “perfect love casts out fear.” I hope recognition of the need to
surrender, to let go of fear and to embrace the joy and freedom found in Christ, is what
readers take away. I hope we all walk boldly into the future, whatever that future may call us
to sacrifice or to embrace.

What are some future projects you’re working on?
I’m currently writing a WWII novel that begins in Warsaw, Poland—such a different wartime
experience than that of any other occupied country. This story was inspired by two
courageous people, some real-life events discovered through multiple research and news
sources, and a Facebook message from a friend, all on separate occasions. It was as if the
story was given to me piece by piece. From the very beginning it was a story I’ve felt
compelled to write. Its working title is The Medallion, and it will release in 2019.

 

Is there one character whose experience you especially identify with or one whose story grew out of lessons you learned in your own life?
I must give two here:
a. Claire’s ability to view life and relate through stories she’s loved and read is one that’s long
been my own. Her desire to be loved and belong, and her journey to knowing she is loved by
our Lord—that only He can calm our restless spirits and give peace to our souls—is my own.
b. Miranda’s journey through grief and illness, and the desire the Lord creates and leads her
to—to live with His grace—is reflective of my own journey through those dark valleys.

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