Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Refuge on Crescent Hill
Kregel Publications (March 11, 2010)
Melanie Dobson


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, Camdem uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion’s walls that could change her life─and the entire town─forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Refuge on Crescent Hill, go HERE.

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and Together for Good.

Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Jon works in the field of computer animation. Since they've been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.

Jon and Melanie have adopted their two daughters —Karly (6) and Kinzel (5). When Melanie isn't writing or entertaining their girls, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, traveling, hiking, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.

Heidi Says . . .  I need to preface my thoughts by saying that my mom read this book first and returned it to me with a glowing review inside, stating that it was a wonderful book and I should read it too.  So, I did.  However, in so doing, I misplaced my mom’s written review.  In other words, you’ll have to put up with mine.

We (my mom and I) both loved this book.  So much so that we could barely put it down.  I, of course, loved the historical aspects of the book – the ins and outs of the old house and the references to the underground railroad, etc.  We both loved the mystery and the tender romance.  We will both be anxious to read more of Melanie’s books in the future!  I’d highly recommend Refuge on Crescent Hill and will be sharing my copy. 

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Ah! This review is popping over over at my place as well today. I'm with you - I thought this book was AWESOME and I had a hard time putting it down!

Great story!

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