Friday, October 28, 2011

"Refuge on Crescent Hill" by Melanie Dobson

Refuge on Crescent Hill
Author: Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Kregel Publications
272 pages
Category: FICTION/ Christian/ Suspense

About the Book:
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.

Read an Excerpt HERE

Have a look at the REAL "Crescent Hill" and see where Melanie got her inspiration from. She has many gorgeous photos posted on her blog.

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My Thoughts:

When Camden's world is turned upside down, she decides to go back to the one place where she can find refuge - her grandmother's home. When she arrives, she is shocked to find that her grandmother has passed away and no one had let her know her grandmother was even sick, let alone her dying. Along with that sudden news, Camden also discovers she is the sole beneficiary of her grandmother's home, a home that comes with secrets.

This fast-paced mystery is also filled with history of the Underground Railroad. Mixing the story of an escaped slave, a hidden tunnel and something hidden in the house, this book was a fascinating read. Everything was seamlessly intertwined and made for a very good mystery with a lesson.

There is one thing that bothered me (and yes this is picky). With the amount of apparent research that the author has done, I found it sad that when she writes about Camden picking up her grandmother's King James Bible and reading it, the quote is used is from another version and NOT the King James.

Putting that aside, this really was a great and entertaining read!

About the Author:

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and Together for Good. A former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family, Melanie has worked in the fields of journalism and publicity for more than eighteen years. She and her family live in Oregon.

Book was supplied by publisher for me to honestly review.

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