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Of Windmills and War [Kindle Edition]

Diane Moody
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An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller with 50,000 copies sold and over 600 "Five Star" reviews.

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 found himself in the co-pilot 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 and its many efforts to thwart the enemy. Certain that God had turned His back on Holland, she closed her heart and did whatever she had to do to save her country before it was too late.

By 1945, the people of Occupied Holland were starving. Cut off from the outside world in retaliation for their failed attempt to oust the Germans invaders, the Dutch had no food, no electricity, no fuel, and little hope of surviving. 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--after rescuing so many others. And he would move heaven and earth to find her.

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What readers are saying about Of Windmills and War:

"One of the best books I've read."

"Scenes so clearly written I could see them.

"Action, romance, a page turner. I loved every minute of it, and was sad when it was finished. One of those books you wished never ended.."

"You felt like you were part of the story from the very beginning. The accuracy of events was amazing."

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  • File Size: 1501 KB
  • Print Length: 599 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061572647X
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  • Publisher: OBT Bookz (November 23, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have ever read June 9, 2013
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As a Dutchman with a great interest in WWII combined with the great reviews I thought this would be a great book.
Turned out that it is the worst book I have ever read.

There are three elements in this book.
1: The bomber pilot part; actually this is the most believable part of the book. The writer was probably helped by actual pilots.
2: The description of the Netherlands. I did not recognize my own country. She has trains going from Amsterdam via Alkmaar to Leeuwarden over the afsluitdijk in the north. The afsluitdijk has no rails.All the cliches about the Netherlands are used.(No we don't all live in windmills)
3: The description of the occupation of the Netherlands and the resistance movement.
This last part was truly terrible. The writer has Jews hiding in attics as early as April 1940, a month before the invasion of the Netherlands. She described Utrecht as a bombed out city while not a single bomb was dropped on the city during the whole war. She has the Luftwaffe bombing Dutch cities in 1945. Unlikely since the Luftwaffe had no way of bombing cities anymore in 1945 and those cities were still occupied by the Germans at the time.
The whole description of the resistance and the treatment of civilians by the Germans were completely based on situations you might have encountered in Poland or occupied Russia but not in the Netherlands or other Western European countries.

Lastly, the writer identifies herself as a Christian writer. This results in a kind of 1950's prose that is annoying to say the least. A kind of good guy en bad guy descriptions you will not find in even children's books nowadays.

I really cannot understand all the 5 star reviews people have written. Personally I like my fiction surrounded by facts.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unsophisticated story November 28, 2012
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This is a story that takes the reader from the protagonist's (Danny's) adolescence to his World War II flying experiences and unlikely romance with a Dutch resistance fighter to a happy ending. The whole story is rather sweet and a pleasant read, the characters likeable, and the war experiences described in authentic manner. The reader appreciates the genuineness that can only have come from the input of people who actually took part in such events. The author points out that she has included reminiscences of her father, which explains the realism.

My main criticisms are that the novel is too long. A leaner, tighter story would have been more compelling. Also the character of Danny and his friends is too perfect. Some backsliding and doubting would have made them more human, but they never wavered. By contrast, some of the Dutch partisans were more believable, including Anya. Another quibble is that the author keeps referring to the "U.S. Army Air Force." If I'm not mistaken it should have been the Army Air Corps. The Air Force was formed as a separate service only after the war.

I was going to give this 3 stars, but ended with 4 on the basis of the first paragraph above. If you aren't in a hurry it's nice to read.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII Love Story November 30, 2012
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This is not the first book I read by Diane Moody so I already knew how well she could write. I really liked this book. I think this is my favorite out of all of her books. "Of Windmills and War" is about WWII and how two people come to know each other and under great circumstances finally find each other even in the midst of war. I read this book in under a day because I had to know how it was all going to end. There were tears at various places because it really hits home how many people died and the people who went through stuff even worse during this tragic piece of history.

I enjoyed also the Christian aspect of the book, it wasn't to preachy but still there was a point made by both characters where they both gave it up to God to take control and live by His guidance.

I highly recommend this book. It might seem a bit long but overall it was necessary to some points in the book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Born in Utrecht 1939 December 30, 2012
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Having lived in Utrecht during that time 1939 - 1945 I was pretty impressed with her research and facts about the fictitious Danny and Anya (which usually is spelled Anja)Some of the story was pretty predictable - Joey endng up in Pearl Harbour in 1941 and Danny running into (sort of) Anya in occupied Holland as an allied pilot on the run, but all in all a pretty good portrail of the times and I had trouble putting the book down. I did notice some small mistakes but not worth mentioning, so overall a good read.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two worlds collide under the clouds of war November 23, 2012
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Danny is just a kid trying to find his way in Chicago. A world away in the Netherlands, Anya was busy getting into scrapes and exasperating her minister father. First tragedy draws them together through letters but soon the dark clouds of war blot out any hope of continued friendship, especially when the Nazis cut off mail communications. Danny goes on enlists in the military while Anya begins smuggling Jews to safety. Two completely different worlds collide when Danny is called in to drop food for the starving Dutch. It would take a miracle for him to be reunited with Anya, but miracles can happen even in the midst of war.
A great story about an event I had never heard of. It was amazing to read about how the British and US worked together to save a forgotten country after the liberation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend this book
I loved this book. It is written so well and has spoiled me for awhile. I keep trying to find another of it's quality. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Judith A. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars More history enlightened.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...although at times it seemed to be more fiction than fact. Historical fiction is based on fact, but this seemed to be a bit too fictional. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sharon Ogle
1.0 out of 5 stars turned into a boring, predictable mushy book
The most overly simplistic book, so predictable, I could barely finish it without gagging. The references to God were ridiculous and what started out as what seemed to be an... Read more
Published 4 days ago by G. Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars I learned a great deal about the food drops over the war-torn...
I learned a great deal about the food drops over the war-torn Netherlands. I especially liked the information the book gives on the B-17 bombers and their pilots. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Norma Torrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed every page of this book! Want more like it.
Published 4 days ago by Patrica Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes u think of all the terrible things that happened in the wars
I found this book riveting. It makes u think of all the terrible things that happened in the wars. What those people must have gone through.
Published 7 days ago by Mary Gaeta
2.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile story but poor writing
Gave it 2 stars only because the story of the Dutch Resistance and Operation Chowhound is very much worth learning about. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Hawkeye
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
slow at times
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It was an excellent mix of fact and fiction
I got this book because I read the sample and was quickly drawn into a story that took place pre- WWII and carries you all the way through the war. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Harlie Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars and did a lot of research and did a pretty good job of recreating the...
I would have given it a 4 since it was well researched and an interesting story. We don't get many novels set in the Netherlands during WWII. Read more
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Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Diane Hale Moody is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She lives with her husband Ken in the rolling hills just outside of Nashville. They are the proud parents of two grown and extraordinary children, Hannah and Ben.

Just after moving to Tennessee in 1999, Diane felt the tug of a long-neglected passion to write again. Since then, she's written a column for her local newspaper, feature articles for various magazines and curriculum, and several novels with a dozen more stories eagerly vying for her attention.

When she's not reading or writing, Diane enjoys an eclectic taste in music and movies, great coffee, the company of good friends, and the adoration of a peculiar little pooch named Darby.

Visit Diane's website at and her blog, "just sayin'" at


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