Hidden Among the Stars
The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friend ...more
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We go back in time to Austria in 1938, where Annika is a caretaker, along with her fat ...more
First, one of my favorite elements of both the past and the present storylines is the significant role of children’s books in the plot. Two books in particular are key to the characters and the poignant tone of the story, but the whole contemporary thread is really a love letter to the power of children’s stories – and our memories associated with them – to anchor us and remind us about what’s important in life. I have always wanted to do what ...more
Hidden Among the Stars is crafted with emotional depth, authenticity, and artistry! Everything about this story is beautifully intricate from the characters and their backstories to the intimate depiction of history and breathtaking landscapes. Timeless themes of love, faith, and family make this story a must read for all!
This story, these characters, and the inspiring message between these covers touched my reader heart in a way that few stories do... deep, w ...more
"Please smile, Luzi."
And with Max's words, I know why I allowed myself to pick up another war story and be pulled through the tears and pain of those terrible years in history. I always finish a beautiful book like this one with a gut feeling. How would I have coped in that time? How do I deal with wrong things in front of my right now? It's interesting to c ...more
This is the story of a book that finds so much more than its way back home. And if, as Callie Randall says at one point, tears are one of the greatest tributes of all, then I spent the last hour of this book paying it immense tribute. I cried anew for the atrocities committed under Hitler’s regime, I cried for the injustice, the cruelty, and the loss, and I cried for ...more
The treasures hidden in the pages are of grand historical interest and I couldn't wait to seep deeper into the world Maximillian will fight (with his allies) to uphold. For as long as there is art and history, ...more
There are two story lines, one during WWII and the other in modern day but I found the story during WWII much more compelling. Callie, in modern day, was a sweet main character but there wasn't much tension in her part of the book. There is a bit of romance that is dangled for the reader, but it mainly stays in the background which I appre ...more
The characters' personalities, journeys and feelings are deeply woven through the pages. Added to the heartbreaking historical setting of a nation being torn, there's much to bring tears into your heart and make you question why? and how could we could have come to this?
Still, the author's bravery for writing such a story is a remembrance that we are allowed and should grieve. AND we are allowed and should hope. For there is hope to be ...more
I love the beginning of the story. I love how it's a search in a book, stemmed from the character of a bookseller, to what is history divulging itself. And might it add it was from ...more
Melanie Dobson has a way of drawing you into a scene; whether it’s the quaint intimacy ...more
"It's a tale of two books and their owners, stories that didn't end between the covers."
Trapped inside Austria during the Nazi occupation in 1938, the lives of three families intersect in a most unusual manner; the son of a castle owner, the caretaker's daughter, and a lovely violinist born into a Jewish family. Annika has loved Max all her life, but Max only has eyes for the one whose music flows effortlessly between the strings and bow. When the unthinkable happens and families are r ...more
Timeslip novels are always a little risky. Sometimes I only end up liking half of the book and barely even skim the other half. Dobson did a great job of keeping me engaged in both parts of her book. I think it really helped me a lot how interwoven the two were. Throwing in a mystery certainly di ...more
The descriptive language of Melanie Dobson prevailed upon this reader to take my time and bathe in the lovely scenes and word pictures. The emotions of contemporary protagonist Callie as she reads to children in the bookstore - children that include the young child of the man that left h ...more
Through the written words we experience the beautiful area of Austria, and unfortunately, also the evil that is lurking to destroy a group of people because of their beliefs.
I found the bookstore charming, and could just see the rapture in the eyes of those children as they enjoyed the ...more
This is my favorite genre of historical fiction to read. I have read many books that take place during the Holocaust and this is one I will defini ...more
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“After the annexation of Austria in 1938, the Nazis began ex ...more
Annika is a young girl that is secretly in love with Max Dubach- her childhood friend. Though Max is deeply in love with Luzia. - a Jewish girl. I liked Annika's character but she kind of bugged ...more
Hidden among the Stars is the complete package – atmospheric setting, a compelling story, rich characterization, and a wealth of historical detail. It entertains and captivates the emotions, while allowing you to reflect anew at the inhumanity and cruelty of man. Melanie Dobson is a masterful artist with words, one whose stories never fail to touch this reader.
Dobson skillfully blends a dual timeline between present day and that of 1938, as ...more
Author: Melanie Dobson
My rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A friend is someone who knows you well and loves you still. The Bible tells us that no greater love is shown than when one lays down his life for a friend. Though that isn’t a direct quote from Scripture, look up the verse in your Bible and maybe mark and meditate over. Most Americans are aware of the many brave soldiers, policemen and policewomen and others who are saving lives o ...more
This is one of my favorite books of 2018. Written in a dual time line, the present day and 1938-1938 Austria, it is tremendous, unforgettable and heart-rending. A story of hidden treasure, loves lost and hearts mended.
The time is 1938 Austria and Hitler has just overran the country, even changing its name. Max Dornbach and his family live in a castle on the banks of a beautiful lake in a village called Hallstatt. Annika Knopf is hi ...more
This book was so interesting. Set simultaneously in the present day as well as during World War II. This kind of book is called a time-slip mystery and it was so fun making predictions and seeing how the two stories tied into each other.
This book took me a little bit of time to get into as I mainly read fantasy novels, bu ...more
The story goes from Austria to the USA with Callie Randall, a bookstore and an old rare book. Inside the pages of a book is a cryptic ...more
Melanie is the award-winning author of almost twenty time-slip, historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Bene ...more