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The rumblings of war in distant countries mattered little to Danny McClain. Growing up in Chicago, his world revolved around afterschool jobs, a rescued beagle, his pen pal in Holland, and the Cubs' chance to go to the World Series. Then, in December of 1941, news of the attack on Pearl Harbor hit much too close to home. In a few years, Danny found himself in the copilot seat of a B-17, stationed with the 390th Bomb Group in Framlingham, England.

Anya Versteeg had been just a teenager when Hitler's troops invaded her homeland of Holland in May of 1940. Forced to grow up much too fast, the feisty preacher's daughter eagerly immersed herself in the Dutch Resistance. Certain that God had turned his back on Holland, she did whatever she had to do to save her country before it was too late.

By 1945 the people of occupied Holland were starving. Thousands were dying every day. Then, just days before the war ended, help came to the Netherlands like manna from heaven.

Operation Chowhound held special meaning for Lieutenant Danny McClain. Somewhere below, in the battered land of tulips and windmills, was the girl who needed rescuing, and he would move heaven and earth to find her.

©2012 Diane Moody (P)2016 Tantor

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I liked it a lot until the sap started to flow

The first half was interesting. The second half was like a made for tv movie on the Christian channel. So sappy.

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A little light and fluffy for this era.

I finished it but only because I paid for it. It was actually a bit like a war novel for ladies who lunch.

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Fabulous book

This will always remain in my top ten books. The storyline & characters were superb. I have a long commute to work and bought the audio book - it was difficult to get out of the jeep once I reached the office and the same on the reverse trip. Only wish there was a book #2.

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Is it a machine?

Would have loved to hear it but couldn’t get past the worst narrators voice I’ve ever heard

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Wonderful book and narration

Excellent book. I felt the emotions of the characters and the story was very well done. I would recommend it to anyone that loves historical novels.

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Wonderful Wonderful Story

What made the experience of listening to Of Windmills and War the most enjoyable?

The story was so beautifully told and realistic to the era that I was left wondering, "How do people write like this?"

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The author is very diverse in her writing. I have enjoyed every book she has written. This one was more in-depth and serious but her approach was realistic, yet sensitive.

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Awesome

I loved every word I heard when I listened to the audio version - I crochet baby hats while listening but had to stop sometimes as emotions got the better of me
I'm so glad there is a sequel to it
Thank you

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A most enjoyable read!

I listened to this book while traveling. There were many times when I did not want to stop listening, even for a little while!

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Excellent Writing and Plot

Set in the Netherlands and Chicago in World War 2, this book has enough history you probably don't remember to keep the plot intriguing. The love story is a good one based on friendship and passion, and it is PG13 rated. The faith growth of the characters is believable and inspiring. I will read another by Diane Moody and give the narrator a big 5+ rating.

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One of the very best historical novels!

This is a must read or listen novel. A very compeling story of family relationships and love. Historically researched in great depth. The narrator was fabulous.