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Melanie Dobson
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March 11, 2010
A new page-turning novel from an award-winning author! Melanie Dobson is back with a fast paced plot that skillfully weaves together history and suspense. This is a book you won't want to miss!

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"It's history, mystery, and treasure hunt wrapped up in one suspenseful adventure! You'll want to keep the lights on while you read Dobson's plot-driven story. She so skillfully sets the scene in this memory-haunting house that you'll hear the creaks and footsteps. And whether lost or redeemed, her believable characters ring true with their genuine faults, all-too-human mistakes, and realistic 'skeletons in the closet.'" --Fiction Editor, Christian Book Distributors

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This homecoming wasn't what she expected . . .

Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to visit the grandmother she hasn't seen in years. But when Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.

When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the mansion's only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie's bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill? Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion's walls that could change her life--and the entire town--forever.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825425905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825425905
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refuge On Crescent Hill October 24, 2011
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Camden Bristow is feeling the effects of the economy. She is a free-lance photographer living in New York who finds herself without any job prospects or money. Being kicked out of her apartment with less than five hundred dollars left on her credit card she decides to return to the home where she spent many happy summers with her grandmother Rosalie even though its been years since she has spoken to her grandmother, but when she arrives in the tiny town of Etherton Ohio what she finds at the family mansion called Crescent Hill is that her grandmother has passed away and the mansion is falling into disrepair. Having no place else to go she stays at the family home anyway and quickly finds herself wondering if someone else isn't in the house. Camden has never believed in the rumors that ghosts haunt the mansion and when a few things start disappearing she is pretty sure someone is getting into the house, but how? Could it be true that there are underground tunnels that date back to slave days, and could Crescent Hill actually have been a stop on the Underground Railroad?

I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this story as well as the mystery and intrigue that surrounded the history of the Bristow family.While Camden was the primary story I loved the secondary stories that went on and how they all came together at the end. The characters were very easy to connect with, especially Camden. Crescent Hill was the only place where she ever felt like she belonged. It was nice to see her grow and watch her priorities change as the book progressed. I also felt empathy for Alex, as he continued to carry the blame for not doing enough to save his sister and nephew. I thought the christian themes woven into the story was well done, especially the message of helping others.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in 2010 July 5, 2010
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This latest book from Melanie Dobson is teeming with suspense, includes a well developed set of characters, and provides a multi-layered plot that will keep you turning pages as quickly as you can. I love how she tied events in history, both real and fictitious, into this contemporary story. I couldn't help rooting for the good guys and wishing ill on the bad guys, especially as things get tense near the end. I loved this book and am putting it on my best read books of 2010.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refuge on Crescent Hill May 8, 2010
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I am not a writer by any means, but, I too love to read. I got my book on a Thursday and finished reading it on Friday night.

This story is real, we have all faced times when we didn't know where to turn and just wanted to go back to where we had always felt safe. Where we were loved and accepted. This book also gives us the one true place that everyone can feel safe and loved and that is with God. Where even people that love the Lord still face problems, lack of fath or trust but He is still there waiting of us to call on Him.

The history that weaves the families together and the region makes you just need to keep going. You've got to see what happenes next and where you are going to travel. I loved this book and would recomend it to anyone to read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Christian novel. June 9, 2010
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I wish we could give half stars, because this one would get 3.5.

I will admit to being pleasantly surprised by this novel, as the cover was rather off-putting to me and reminds me of something published in the 1970s. However, the story captured me fairly quickly and I was intrigued. The four different viewpoints could have been distracting, but it was actually very refreshing and I felt it worked well.

I enjoy stories that explore the Underground Railroad and this one was fascinating. With some twists and turns from family secrets to secret tunnels, it's not completely predictable. An easy, Christian read. I look forward to reading more from Melanie Dobson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay May 28, 2010
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Having read another novel by Melanie Dobson earlier this year and really liking it, I really had high expectations for this book. Honestly, this book fell way short. True, it's a totally different genre than the other book I've read by her (which was historical), but I really had a hard time getting through this book, in general.

I guess you could call this a suspense novel....maybe. In a way, I almost consider that a little bit of a stretch because in addition to reading Camden's side of the story, I was also getting the bad guy's side of the story. Sometimes that's good, but I don't know if I felt that it was, in this case. I like for a suspense novel to make me guess a little, even if really don't have it all figured out by the end of the story. There was a small twist at the end that I did not expect, but other than that, I felt the ending was a little anticlimactic.

I also felt no connection to the characters, except maybe a little bit with Camden. She's pretty much on her own, has no money, and has inherited a house that she can't pay to repair. All through her story, I was rooting for her to succeed, and hoping that she would not say yes to the first person to come along and make her an offer on the old house. Grant's character was just okay...nothing really spectacular to me. And the creepy guys were just....well....creepy.

In spite of this book being not so great, I know I'll be reading more from Melanie Dobson in the future. I typically enjoy reading suspense novels, but this one was just a little flat. Overall, I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

**Many thanks to the publisher for providing this book for me to review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting story line.
Published 1 day ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The suspense was great
Published 1 month ago by Gary Albright
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read!
Well developed characters and story lines that are woven together in such a way as to keep the reader totally engaged.
Published 3 months ago by Jesse H
5.0 out of 5 stars The closer to the ending, the harder to put down.
It was a great story - characters true to life, mystery unfolded gradually. I wasn't sure how it would end, and was glad it ended the way it did. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great fast read.
Published 13 months ago by Jacob Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great writer, great book. Looking forward to next one.
Published 14 months ago by Janice Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book!
Melanie Dobson is a recent find for me. I have now read 3 of her books. I have loved reading each one. She writes well and the story line is not predictable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by kahmusic
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it very much
Published 15 months ago by JoAnne Trahan
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it, it kept me interested and i really ...
I really enjoyed it, it kept me interested and i really enjoyed learning that the mansion was based on a mansion in Mt Vernon Ohio,,, I live in a suburb of Cols, Ohio. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Coni E. Scarberry
1.0 out of 5 stars Average writing, flat characters, too many story lines ...
Average writing, flat characters, too many story lines, too much family drama, stopped reading at the end of chapter 7
Published 18 months ago by W. Powell
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