Review + Giveaway: Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson


Title: Hidden Among the Stars
Author: Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: September 4, 2018 
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From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.

The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.

Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.



MY THOUGHTS

O, what history lines the pages of Melanie Dobson's Hidden Among the Stars! Read with caution, but be assured there will be satisfaction by book's end that it was indeed a good book. A book transpires back and forth between modern day and the evil days when  more than life was lost, fear reign and faith sparked courage.

I love the beginning of the story. I love how it's a search in a book, stemmed from the character of a bookseller, to what is history divulging itself. And might it add it was from a classic children's book nonetheless? There's a juxtaposition on how heavy the premise and setting (WWII portion of this dual-time novel) to what is just pure and light children literature can be. Yet, the parallel and the choice of Bambi in Hidden Among the Stars is not lost on me (or is it me reading too much into it). What we read soon goes into a treasure hunt, a story of bravery in the midst of chaos and a bit of historical horrors to a message of hope, of light in the midst of all. There'll be moments our hearts flutter with intrigue, but also ache with grief and distress. There will be distrust and despair, but also an anticipation to see to the end, knowing and trusting the end will be there. In the midst of devastation, still finding hope.

It was a hard book for me to read. It's so beautifully woven together, though one may be drawn into late 1930s Austria and refuse to go back to modern day Callie, but it was hard for me to continue because of the emotional grasp it held. It's always difficult for me to read war-time novels, especially those of such historical details and relative accuracy in the feel. Callie's story acts as a connecting piece, but also one to break up the dramatic poignancy of Annika's, while giving readers a moment to take a deep breath. Hidden Among the Stars is well crafted, brutally honest in its rendition of historical accounts in a time best to let go, but never forget. Brutally may be too strong, but it'll impassioned readers in nearly 400 pages of heartfelt entertainment for sure. Literary indulgence and fervor in this novel that will take more than days to release from your mind!



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind and Chateau of Secrets . Three of her novels have won Carol Awards; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year.

Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls.

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9 comments:

  1. I love all of Melanie's books! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

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  2. Sounds like such an interesting story! I do really enjoy most WWII stories; definitely adding this one to my TBR!

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  3. I have read quite a few of Melanie's books and would love to read this one.

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  4. Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for sharing about it.

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  5. WOW ! I can't wait to read this book !

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  6. I enjoy dual time line books since it is the perfect mix of historical and contemporary fiction. Melanie's books are always well researched and well written so this is a "must read" for me.

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  7. I have this on my wish list. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Really liked the synopsis of the book. Looking forward to reading it.

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