Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Melanie Dobson: Memories of Glass

By Kelly Bridgewater

1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape.

Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life―and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried.

Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports readers through time and place, from World War II Holland to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.

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My Thoughts:

I adore learning more and more about different areas of Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. I get excited when I discover a new novel will be written during this time frame. From Sarah Sundin to Melanie Dobson to Cathy Gohlke, I have discovered a range of different characters in different parts of the world and what occurred to the Jews, Dutch, and Americans. With Memories of Glass, Dobson takes me on a journey to Holland and the Dutch theater, Hollandsche Schouwburg. I really enjoyed how the present day story had a lot of forgiveness that occurs by the end of the novel, and learning about the untangling of the family's history. As a reader, we discover the main knots and tangles in this family line right alongside Ava and Landon. The past story shows readers the true story of what occurred for Eliese and Josie, so we don't have to listen to them explain later. The ending is heart-wrenching and had me reaching up to wipe some tears away.   I invested myself in the characters' lives and was sad to see their story end. Dobson does a fabulous job at crafting together a story to show another side to the horror caused by the Nazi's. Again, I'm looking forward to what she creates next.

I received a complimentary copy of Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

Melanie Dobson
From Amazon
Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson's excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of twenty novels, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical stories including Hidden Among the Stars, Catching the Wind, Enchanted Isle, and the Legacy of Love novels. Chateau of Secrets and Catching the Wind both received a Carol Award for historical fiction, Catching the Wind's audiobook won the 2018 Audie for Inspirational Novel, and The Black Cloister was ForeWord's Book of the Year for Religious Fiction. Her next time-slip novel, Memories of Glass, comes out in 2019.

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, dancing, and reading stories with her girls.

More information about Melanie and her books is available at her website (, or at either of the following social media platforms:
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