Of Windmills and War by Diane Moody

Of Windmills and War

The rumblings of war in distant countries mattered little to Danny McClain. Growing up in Chicago, his world revolved around after-school jobs, a rescued beagle, his pen pal in Holland, and the Cubs’ chance to go to the World Series. Then, in December of 1941, during his first year at Northwestern University, news of the attack on Pearl Harbor hit much too close to home. After a series of unexpected events over the next couple of years, Danny f...

Details Of Windmills and War

TitleOf Windmills and War
Release DateNov 21st, 2012
PublisherOBT Bookz
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, War, World War II

Reviews Of Windmills and War

  • Ron
    “Moms are supposed to worry.”A freshman historical novel. Moody focuses on the exploits of American Army Air Force B-17 bomber crews in World War II. Done partly to commend the experiences of her father and his wartime comrades. She does it well. But she doesn’t just dump the reader into the story at Pearl Harbor. She fashions a touching tale of how a boy in Chicago and a girl in Utrecht (Netherlands) become pen pals. How his brother is at ...
  • Regina Lindsey
    Awesome book!!!! I enjoyed this so much. It was an easy read that kept me wanting more. A very nice tribute to the men and women who fought during WWll. The love story that spans the last 5 years of the war is one of joy and tears. I highly recommend this book.
  • Marleen
    I applaud all authors who tackle romance or other fictional works set during WWII, because it’s important we never forget the atrocities inflicted by the Germans in almost all of Europe, in such a short period; between 1939-1945. This book compelled me from the beginning when we meet a teenager, Danny McClain, living an ordinary life in Chicago, having a pen pal in Utrecht, the Netherlands, called Hans Versteeg. I’m very familiar with the Dut...
  • Claire
    The reviews for this book both here and on Amazon have shaken my faith in user reviews! The writing in this book can only be described as insipid. The language was so unimaginative and basic that it made me think the book was written for young readers. On top of that, the dialogue between the characters was so simple it made them seem immature or childlike. I felt like the book could have been half as long as it was because there was so much extr...
  • Yvette
    Wow! What impressed me most about this book was the level of detail. The author's father actually flew in a B-17 during the war, and it inspired her to write a book about it. Where is gets interesting is the dual perspective she wove throughout the book. One of the main characters is a boy growing up in Chicago, and the other is a Dutch citizen who ultimately joins the resistance when the Nazis invade and occupy The Netherlands. This was one of t...
  • Jane Buchbauer
    An interesting historical fiction novel of WWII that eventually brings us to the food drops operation in Holland at the end of the war: Operation Chowhound. The story is an easy read that sometimes borders on the romantic. The main character is very likeable and incredibly good. I would recommend it to anyone interested in stories based on events of WWII.
  • Joyce (Chloe)
    Loved this WWII action and romance, all 598 pages of it! Of course, I need to read how these lives continue, so am immediately reading 'Beyond the Shadow of War' from Amazon KOLL. Was happy to see I could borrow it for this month.
  • Chelsea
    This book was horrible. The religious aspect of it was like nails on a chalkboard. The atheist dad was apparently a horrible person until he starts to pray. The Nazi's were described as "godless" Where in fact, the majority of the Nazi party were christians. I despised how she dubbed people "good" or "bad" based upon whether or not they prayed. And the audacity of the first world prayers by Danny and his family were atrocious. I'm not entirely su...
  • Cheryl
    For me this was just okay. It read like a made-for-teenagers-tv-movie. In fact, I may have made a mistake and missed that this was young adult fiction. Nobody in this story; well nobody except for the Nazis and the requisite taciturn/grumpy Dad, had any flaws. They were all soo sweet and sooo good they didn't even have any bad thoughts. I like a good old fashioned great story/happy ending as much as the next person but this was just a big too muc...
  • Beth
    Safe to say that I disagree with the majority of readers of this book. I found the storytelling to be very rote and amateur. The dialogue, in particular, was insipid and unrealistic. None of the characters felt real (or even interesting) to me. There also seemed to be a half-baked attempt to explore how faith suffers during times of war, but it never really went anywhere. Characters would occasionally stop believing in God (you know, dark times, ...
  • Dennis Billuni
    Diane Moody has written a detailed and moving tale of two young people—Danny McClain and Anya Versteeg—who live through the harrowing times of World War II. This is an especially meaningful story for me since my parents lived through similar trials and ordeals of that global conflict. The reader gets to know both characters in up-close and intimate portraits as Ms. Moody deftly paints a picture of each character’s growing pains – Danny in...
  • Toshali Gupta
    No, this book doesn't talk much about the war - but how Danny and Anya struggle being on both sides of it. Danny is introduced to us from a young age, you could relate to most of the complexities he is mixed up in. Anya is brave and heartbroken and as a part of the Resistance fights hard and for long. The book in one of those is so well written that it makes you play the scenes in your mind while you read!
  • Joleen
    Of Windmills and War by Diane MoodyYears: Pre-WWII to the endLocation: Chicago, Holland and Framlingham, EnglandMain Characters:Anya Versteeg: Sister to Danny's penpal, from HollandDanny McClain: American, pilot, friend to Anya in lettersJoey McClain: Danny's brotherI've had this book in my Kindle library since 2013, and finally wanted to get into it. I'm so glad I did. Fascinating book. My husband enjoys when I read WWII books because then we ha...
  • Beth Turza
    This story is set in the Netherlands during the German occupation, giving the reader a vivid look into the lives of those affected by the war. The story follows Anya and her family, her neighbors and the Germans who control their village. As a young woman who loses everything, she begins working in the resistance aiding Jewish children escape the country. Anya's American Pen Pal, Danny, lives with his family in America, and due to tragic events, ...
  • MaryJane Rings
    I never thought about the german invasion of the Netherlands. They have always been depicted as a neutral nation, during European wars. This book was an eye opener for me. I found it very interesting with the American connection before the war between 2 very young people who had never met each other. It gives details of the war and the cruelty of the German invasion in a different context, showing the upheaval of personal lives and the strength o...
  • Maria
    I just finished Of Windmills and War. What a wonderful story of a nation of young men maturing and a nation surviving a horrible war. It is a great reminder to all is us of what that generation did as they slowly disappear. What a wonderful tribute to her father and to the resistance. This us also a beautiful example in true faith in the One who guides and protects us and is always there answering us even though might not recognize His voice at t...
  • Carol Burris
    Moody tells the story of WWII through the eyes of two main characters, an American pilot and a Dutch resistance woman. First meeting as teenagers as pen pals, we observe two coming of age stories.I found the book a little slow to get into, but after about 200 pages of the nearly 600 it became much more compelling. I see there is a sequel which I will look for later.
  • Cheryl Davis
    3.5 stars. Worth reading; it was perfect for a long plane ride. A bit cheesy at times but also engaging and interesting.
  • Cathy
    Slogged thru 200+ pages, thinking it would get better, but never did. I gave up
  • Vikki Vaught
    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! Best book I've read this year!
  • Melanie Francis
    I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the great sacrifice of many during World War II. I also enjoyed the plot, and it kept me engaged and eager to turn each page!
  • Linda B.D.
    A fantastic story. Strong lovable characters. Smoothly written. A lot of detail. Scenes so clearly written I could see them. Highly recommended to all. This is an author I will continue to watch!
  • June
    Interesting bit of little known WWII history. The story was a "fun read" But portions of the book were trite and sappy. Some characters were just too good to be true.
  • Andrea
    Wow, amazing book. I went through a half box of tissues. This is a great story and a wonderful history lesson. We can never forget the heroes of WWII
  • Shannon Chiachiaretta
    Well written- kept me attention- difficult to put down. Great mix of history and underlying story too. A must read!
  • Barb Klein
    “Of Windmills and War” by Diane Moody is the story of the men of the 390th Bomb Group, Third division of the Eighth Air Force, a part of the Greatest Generation and a rescue mission called Operation Chowhound.The story begins 1938 in Chicago, Illinois with Danny McClain instructed by his teacher to acquire a pen pal from a different country, write to him and report on any response received. Danny draws the name Hans Versteeg from the Netherla...
  • Barbi
    Wow! Words cannot truly express how much I loved this book! I have always read little tidbits of stuff regarding the wars in History books. This story while fictional took place during the war with real events happening.Danny is a boy who starts the book exchanging pen pal letters with Hans, another teenage boy in the Netherlands. Danny lives in Chicago and you get to know his family to include his brother, Joey, who enlists in the Navy and ends ...
  • Tim
    EXTRAORDINARY, ENGROSSING STORY NEEDING TO BE TOLD!!!When I first started reading this book I thought it would just be another story about a Chicago kid making it through life. Very quickly Diane, the author, showed me how wrong I was. This is a story about many families, with two main characters, and how they suffered because of WAR but also about how they grew and persevered through all of the hardships and celebrated through the Victories!It i...
  • Piyushi Dhir
    You know how you sometimes read a book that you wish just wouldn't end? I'm still suffering from 'Of Windmills and War' hangover. The story of two pen pals, Danny in the US and Anya in Holland, this book takes you through World War II on a journey from despair to hope and from destruction to creation. Despite being about horrendous actions and repercussions of the Nazi rule, the book has a positivism about it. The fact that the author's own fathe...
  • Marlene Moore
    Magnificent! A Certain Must Read! This was one of very few books that really told the story of what happened on such a personal level. However, the personal level, was for many, not one person as one might think I meant. Diane Moody, told the story of hundreds of thousands on a personal level. From every side of this war, she was able to show the world what transpired over all those years of hell. What an amazing book! An amazing author! Now, I m...