ABOUT THE BOOK
Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes.
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.
I was able to finish this book. I had to put this book down several times because I could feel true hate coming out of this book. I could also feel the very real fear from the Jewish people too. Such a sad and dark time for them! I love Melody Dobson. I have followed her for a very long time. Her work is so wonderful and she does her research so well that this book leaves u thinking about it long after it's done. I have read few books that can leave my soul feeling full long after it's done. I also love reading the authors note at the end because that will tell you everything about the story and how it came about. Be ready for secrets and glass bottles to come popping out at you since there is a little mystery mixed in. Actually, just be ready for anything! It's what makes a good story! Melody I can't wait to see what you come out with next. You have done an excellent job in writing this novel and bringing the characters to life. This is why I like historical novels because authors like you bring us readers great joy in learning about the past. My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense.Melanie is the award-winning author of almost twenty time-slip, historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, Catching the Wind won the Audie 2018 Inspirational Fiction award, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have 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 or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.