- File Size: 13796 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B7QWK52
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Star-crossed, forbidden love and the disappearance of family members and hidden treasure make a compelling World War II story and set the stage for modern-day detective work in Dobson's latest time-slip novel. Exquisitely penned, with strong faith elements, Hidden Among the Stars is Dobson at her best." Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award-winning author of Until We Find Home
"With great skill and grace, Melanie Dobson weaves the past and present together in a beautiful story. Genuine to the core, Hidden Among the Stars captures the painful plight of Austrian individuals beneath the Nazi regime and blends them seamlessly with equally-compelling present day characters, who, amidst their own turmoil, seek answers from the past. A master at storytelling, Melanie leaves readers with an unpredictable and completely satisfying ending. This may be my favorite book of hers so far!" Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author of Freedom's Ring and The Hidden Side
"Hidden among the pages of Melanie Dobson's Hidden Among the Stars are treasured bits of everyday life, ephemera which, like those found in the books in her heroine's bookstore, hide meaningful clues that unravel a stunning family mystery. Dobson's master craftsmanship breathes life into her characters as she builds the plot and wields words in such a way as to remind readers that yes, there are still beautifully written novels. A silver thread of the love-of-others entwines with a golden thread of the love-of-God, tying past and present storylines. This novel is poignant, resonant, and with a breathtaking twist that--long after the last page--will have you asking yourself, 'What would I have done?'" Sandra Byrd, author of Lady of a Thousand Treasures
A stunning family mystery, this novel is poignant, resonant, and long after the last page, its breathtaking twist will have you asking, ‘What would I have done?’ (Sandra Byrd, author of Lady of a Thousand Treasures)
[A] glorious treasure hunt, uniting past and present with each delightful revelation. Dobson celebrates faith and the strength of human spirit in true-to-life settings, high-stakes decisions, and heart-gripping characters. It’s must-read historical fiction that left me pondering well-crafted twists for days. (Mesu Andrews, award-winning author)
With great skill and grace, Melanie Dobson weaves the past and present together in a beautiful story of love . . . [with] an unpredictable and completely satisfying ending. (Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Following modern day Callie, an independent bookstore co-owner, we meet a woman who, while not drowning in the wake of heartbreak, has contented herself with floating submerged to her chin. Her fear of losing more is holding her back from opening her heart up, even to herself.
But, Callie can’t deny the power of a good story. The enticement of a mystery, found inside an original copy of Bambi, draws her out of her security blanket cape and striped socks as the Story Girl, and into the world of Austria during WWII.
Melanie paints us a picture of Schloss Schwansee, a castle on a lake: so pristine, clear, virgin, and the evil that then comes upon it, and Austria as a whole, partially from the inside out. Following the story of Annika, the castle’s caretaker, Max, the son of the castle’s owners, and Luzia, a young Jewish woman from Vienna, we meet intensely real characters full of longing, fear, strength, integrity, and doubt. They consider the easy way out, but recognize inner betrayal and a desolate end – one where they would forfeit life AND soul. Instead, they choose to give, to help, to sacrifice, and to keep their souls intact – something no enemy can take from them.
Yet WWII also brings heinous evil and the darkest depths of mankind – other characters that are selfish and susceptible to their own fears. We find that true nobility doesn’t follow rank, fortune, or military power, but strength of heart, resolve of kindness, and sacrifice.
As we consider the situations these characters encounter and choices they must make, we are prompted to an examination of our own hearts. What would I do? Could I stand strong, or would I succumb? What value do I put on my life? Is it in money, power, rank, safety, or comfort? Or in sacrifice, love, a legacy of beauty?
As Callie must open her own heart to Annika, Max, and Luzia’s stories to solve her mystery, we are asked to do the same – to remember a period much rather forgotten. To recognize that tendrils of WWII reach into our today – asking us to not forget. That these stories are still as important to us now, reminding us that when strengthened by Jesus and His Goodness, His sacrificial love, that we too are capable of laying down our lives, even in the face of evil and death. Despite some acts beyond fathoming, God can still bring new life. That He can give us Hope for our darkest days, and that sometimes redemption lies not in circumstances changing, but in the formation of our character.
There are no graphic or gory scenes in this novel that you typically find when reading Holocaust stories. No foul language. There is one sexual scene, but it does not describe anything in detail. It only states that he "forced himself on her".
The authors craft is impressive because of the twists in the story which makes it hard to stop reading. The romance(s) are relatable and the ending was great. I specifically enjoyed the references and allegories to childrens books. That was unique and different. I included a picture of the back of the book which provides a good overall summary.
I took a star off because:
I was expecting a different angle or storyline perhaps since the setting was in Austria, but there wasn't any new information regarding this time and location in history. It was a typical back and forth story alternating between modern day and the past in which their intertwined relationship is finally revealed at the end. The manipulation of words and language was uninvolved and obvious.