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About the Author

Melanie Dobson is the author of four novels and has a background in publicity and journalism.
She grew up in a small Ohio town but now lives with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summerside Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609360192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609360191
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Chateau of Secrets, The Courier of Caswell Hall, and The Silent Order. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010.

Melanie has loved writing fiction since childhood, but it was a long journey to publication. After seven years of writing and rewriting, her first novel (Together for Good) was published in 2006-a story inspired by the adoption of her oldest daughter.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobson family has finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading stories with her kids.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is not your average Amish book. In fact, I really don't consider this an Amish book at all. Yes one of the main characters is Amish and lives in an Amish community. However the main focus of the book is on the 1920s Italian American gangster crime families so prevalent during this era. It's an absolutely different look at the Amish culture than most other books are focusing on and it was greatly appreciated by this reader.

The story focuses on Rollin Wells who is a detective that finds himself among the Amish at Sugar Creek in Ohio. He soon finds out that there is a connection between the family he is staying with and the Cardano family, well known for their gangster activity. Wells finds this even more intriguing because of a personal connection he had with the daughters of the Cardanos. Katie is a young Amish mother who carries a secret and is surprised with Rollin comes into her life. Their interaction and relationship throughout the story was done very well. I could see the mystery and intrigue between the two of them as well as a growing chemistry. I thought I knew the secret but I was wrong. The eventual outcome of the story is sad. All I will say is that crime is not the way to go and will never lead to a happy ending.

This book included a line that I wish either every Amish book would realize or even the Amish themselves would come to understand. There's a scene in the book where Rollin gently confronts one of of Katie's Amish relatives for not wanting to help protect and defend his family from evil men but he will use a gun to protect his sheep from wolves. Rollin tells him that "God gave us the ability to protect our women and children from men like the Cardanos, and I believe it's more important to keep them safe than to keep coyotes away from chickens or cows.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Stilp on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
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I'll be honest, when I think of a great read I don't think "Inspirational Fiction," but I have never been disappointed by any of Melanie Dobson's work. I am not at all interested in studying history or reading another mindless love story but Dobson has a way of working magic with her words. She cleverly disguises her history lessons in suspenseful plots with believable characters and while she's at it, she sneaks in questions we all ask but are too afraid to voice out loud.

In The Silent Order she tackles finding God in times of pain and suffering and brilliantly compares and contrasts two sisters who chose opposite paths to deal with their pain. My mother's heart resonated with the heroine, Katie Lehman, and her desire to protect her son at all costs in spite of living in a society that promoted peace at all costs. My heart ached with Rollin Wells, the hero, as he wrestled with guilt, shame and grief. Could God really forgive his deepest, darkest secrets and sin?

Dobson drew me into this suspenseful story within the first handful of pages and I literally read the book cover to cover in a matter of hours. I found myself continually flipping back to the first couple of chapters, amazed at how Dobson connected the dots of her plot in unexpected ways. Without trying, I learned about the Amish culture, the Mafia of the 1920's, and God's redemptive power to heal, forgive, and make all things new. This is one story I did not want to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly on November 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. The instant pull into the story is absolutely amazing. The plot line is different, though. Very different. Melanie Dobson is a seasonly talented author who truly knows what her fans will love. She took two extremely different worlds and blended them in a way that would seem unthinkably impossible. But, she did it and it was WONDERFUL!

Rollin Wells, a 1920's detective, was the depth of the story. Dobson chiseled his character into one that instantly grabs you and pulls you by his side to solve the case. The mysterious air around him really makes the story one that it's hard to put down (literally! I did NOT want to put the book down!).

From page one, Wells is working to expose and bring down a Sicilian Mafia, a crime family. In an Amish novel. I told ya it was different. Wells' true-to-life character really pulled me back in to time, to the 20s and into action with him. It felt like something you would see on a big screen, like The Godfather, or some other Little Italy crime family movie. WOW! But, what happens when Wells meets Katie Lehman? THAT'S where the mystery and secrets REALLY come in!

Katie Lehman's intriguing Amish character if full of secrets. She's unsure who to trust with them, when she knows that she really must. She hasn't been baptized yet, but she's still uncertain....who can she tell? What will happen when she does tell? She is a beautiful character full of love and she wants only whats best for her son. When she meets Rollin Wells, her past comes back to haunt her. She's finding it hard to hold onto that secret.... And she learns a powerful message from God, and Rollin, about forgiveness, grace and mercy.

This not-so-ordinary, awesomely unique novel is high on my recommendation list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti Lacy on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Two daughters of the notorious Cardano family tiptoe into a forbidden room and disappear forever...or so it seems. Years later, Detective Rollin Wells, a cop itching to bring down local Mafia kingpins, finds himself in a bloodbath...and his young partner dead.

After a miraculous escape, Wells hides in a hay-filled Amish barn and is discovered by young Katie Lehman, a young mother who stirs memories he's tried for years to forget. As God leads Rollin into a showdown with the mob, Katie faces a personal crisis: should she marry the Amish man ardently courting her...or follow her heart?

Melanie Dobson deftly weaves a compelling story that lends insight into the early workings of the Cleveland mob AND the Amish society. I LOVED turning each page to see what would happen next...and how Melanie would extricate her loveable characters from deadly situations.

The woman who brought us the award-winning Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana (voted BEST NOVEL in INDIANA!) makes sure to provide an engaging love story, just as a bonus for this book. Pick up The Silent Order today!
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