Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Winter Rose by Melanie Dobson

 

In this gripping WWII time-slip novel from the author whose books have been called “propulsive” and a “must-read” (Publishers Weekly), Grace Tonquin is an American Quaker who works tirelessly in Vichy France to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis. After crossing the treacherous Pyrénées, Grace returns home to Oregon with a brother and sister whose parents were lost during the war. Though Grace and her husband love Élias and Marguerite as their own, echoes of Grace’s past and trauma from the Holocaust tear the Tonquin family apart.

More than fifty years after they disappear, Addie Hoult arrives at Tonquin Lake, hoping to find the Tonquin family. For Addie, the mystery is a matter of life and death for her beloved mentor Charlie, who is battling a genetic disease. Though Charlie refuses to discuss his ties to the elusive Tonquins, finding them is the only way to save his life and mend the wounds from his broken past. 

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About The Author 


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 almost thirty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical stories including The Curator's Daughter, Memories of Glass, and the Legacy of Love novels (legacyofloveseries.com). Five of her novels have 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, The Winter Rose, comes out in January 2022.

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 (melaniedobson.com) or at the following social media platforms:

Facebook.com/MelanieDobsonFiction

Instagram/MelBDobson

Twitter.com/MelBDobson

 

My Review


This read will constantly tug at your heart, there are so many emotions, and shinning brightly is Love. There is foremost a love of God, and then of their fellowman. This is a story that spans decades, and then back again. Showing the part the Quaker's played in rescuing the children that were slated to die at the hands of the evil regime.

The author has gifted us with some characters, you will fall in love with, that give it all for others. Then there are those that seem to have to hit rock bottom, or further and we are there through the words of the author to savor this read.

This quickly became a page turner for me, and when it was finished, I didn't want to leave.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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