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Blog Tour & Giveaway-Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM


About the Book



Book Title: Hidden Among The Stars

Author: Melanie Dobson

Genre: Historical Fiction (However, this is a time-slip novel, so there is also a contemporary component to the story)

Release date: September 4, 2018


From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.


The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.


Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.


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My Review

Hidden Among the Stars is a beautifully woven story between a historical past and

a present-day filled with mystery. I loved the vivid descriptions of life in Austria

during Hitler's regime. The flavor of those perilous times came through as emotions

flowed through me. My heart ached for Annika, Max, and Luzia as they endured a life

filled with pain and turmoil.

 

Callie, though content with her life running a bookstore with her sister, finds the

courage to go to Austria and try to find Charlotte's relatives to unlock the mystery

of her past. There were lots of surprises and twists that kept me turning the pages

wanting to know what would happen next.

 

The story was full of intense mystery and suspense but was also a story of hope,

faith, and deep love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading

more from the author. I highly recommend it.


About the Author



Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind and Chateau of Secrets . Three of her novels have won Carol Awards; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year.


Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University.


Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls.


Visit Melanie online at www.melaniedobson.com.


Guest Post from Melanie


Hallstatt’s Hiding Places


Backpacking across Europe—that’s how my husband Jon and I decided to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We savored the old world culture and charm as we hiked along Italy’s coast, toured medieval castles in Germany, and cruised the canals in Belgium; we both left a bit of our hearts in an ancient lakeside town called Hallstatt.


The moment we stepped off the ferryboat and into this storybook village, we crossed through a portal of sorts, traveling back several centuries in time. The rugged, snow-capped mountains around us and alpine lake, the quaint village with its church steeples and cobblestone lanes and waterfall that spilled into town—all of it captivated us.


Along the shore, hidden partially by trees, we could see spires of an abandoned castle, and I wanted to know its story. No one in Hallstatt could tell us who’d lived in the castle—at least, not in English—so my husband agreed to a new adventure. With a swan as our escort, we glided across the lake in an electric boat so I could study the rusty turrets, boarded windows, and wooden boathouse resting in the water like a felled log.


Instead of quelling my curiosity, the match of inspiration ignited my mind. Who had lived in this castle, and what happened there? I began writing in my journal that night, trying to capture my rogue thoughts on paper, hoping that one day a novel would emerge from the ashes of this castle’s story.


When we returned home, I began researching more of Hallstatt’s history and discovered that this region, in all of its beauty and mystique, had been infiltrated by an enemy in 1938. This town and the surrounding Salzkammergut became a mountain retreat for Nazi officials who built mansions on the shores of its many lakes and used salt mines to hide “ownerless treasure”—the gold bullion and artwork they’d stolen from the Jewish people.


The Nazis intended to build a Fourth Reich in this alpine fortress, but the Allies had other plans. Near the end of the war, these lakes became a dustbin of sorts, collecting whatever the enemy dumped into its waters—weapons, counterfeit banknotes, concentration camp lists—as they fled south from the Allied troops. The Devil’s Dustbin, locals call it.


Lake Hallstatt plunges more than four hundred feet between the fortress of mountains. Because of its depth and the many hiding places in the underwater forests, caves, and shifting sands, divers continue finding World War II artifacts today. Some still believe there’s a treasure trove buried on the bottom, but no one has reported finding any gold.


After our trip, a story about this castle and what happened to the heirlooms of the Austrian Jewish people continued to burn inside me until I finally put it on paper. So I built Schloss Schwansee—Castle of Swan Lake—in my mind, inspired by the castle along Lake Hallstatt, and created a cast of historical and contemporary characters who are searching for lost treasure.


Hidden Among the Stars is a time-slip novel about a castle and treasure and fairytales, but most of all, it’s a story about God using ordinary people across Austria to resist evil in their own extraordinary way.


Blog Stops

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, September 6

 

Fiction Aficionado, September 6

 

Back Porch Reads, September 6

 

Among the Reads, September 6


The Power of Words, September 7

 

Multifarious, September 7

 

lady ansel book vibes, September 7

 

The Becca Files, September 7

 

God’s Little Bookworm, September 8

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 8

 

Painting with Words, September 8

 

Lis Loves Reading, September 8

 

cherylbbookblog, September 9


Living LIfe Free in Christ, September 9

 

Madeline Clark, September 9

 

Mary Hake, September 9

 

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 10


Genesis 5020, September 10

 

Faithfully Bookish, September 10

 

Simple Harvest Reads, September 10 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, September 11

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 11


Daysong Reflections, September 11

 

Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews, September 11

 

Seasons of Opportunities, September 12

 

Remembrancy, September 12

 

Inklings and notions, September 12

 

amandainpa, September 12

 

Maureen’s Musing, September 13

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

 

Just Commonly, September 13

 

Book by Book, September 13

 

Connect in Fiction, September 14

 

Pause for Tales, September 14


Have A Wonderful Day, September 14


Splashes of Joy, September 14


The Christian Fiction Girl, September 15

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 15

 

To Everything A Season, September 15

 

A Baker’s Perspective, September 15

 

proud to be an autism mom, September 16

 

Bibliophile Reviews, September 16

 

Bigreadersite, September 16

 

Aryn The Libraryan, September 16

 

By The Book, September 17

 

Christian author, J.E. Grace, September 17

 

Janices book reviews, September 17

 

Texas Book-aholic, September 18

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 18

 

Carpe Diem, September 18

 

Godly Book Reviews, September 19

 

For The Love of Books, September 19

 

Live. Love. Read., September 19

 

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 19


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Melanie is giving away a grand prize package that includes a $25 Amazon gift card, Catching the Wind paperback, and Hidden Among the Stars paperback!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d2ad/hidden-among-the-stars-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Reply James Robert
6:09 AM on September 17, 2018 
Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.