Hidden Among the Stars
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.

Hidden Among the Stars Details

TitleHidden Among the Stars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 1st, 2018
PublisherTyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN-139781496417329
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Romance

Hidden Among the Stars Review

  • Kylie D
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story that sees Callie, a bookstore owner in small town America, being given an old copy of Felix Saltern's classic children's book "Bambi". Inside she finds the original owner's name, Annika, and also a list amongst the pages, written in German. The list seems to be of valuables such as ruby bracelets, candelabras and the like, but why are they in an old children's book? And who exactly was Annika?We go back in time to Austria in 1938, where Annika is a caretaker, along with her fat A wonderful story that sees Callie, a bookstore owner in small town America, being given an old copy of Felix Saltern's classic children's book "Bambi". Inside she finds the original owner's name, Annika, and also a list amongst the pages, written in German. The list seems to be of valuables such as ruby bracelets, candelabras and the like, but why are they in an old children's book? And who exactly was Annika?We go back in time to Austria in 1938, where Annika is a caretaker, along with her father, of an estate in the lake region of Austria. The castle is owned by a wealthy Viennese family as their summer house. Annika is in love with the owner's son, Max, but does he share her love? Or is there another that has captured his heart?We slide between the two stories as Callie, aided by university lecturer Josh, try to find out what happened to Annika, and what the list is for. She also wants to find any remaining members of Annika's family to return the book to them. Meanwhile, back in 1938 Austria is being taken over by Nazi Germany, and it is a dangerous time for many in Vienna...Melanie Dobson weaves a marvellous tale of two women, separated by an ocean and 80 years, whose lives are brought together by a simple children's book. It is an enduring story, the terror of the Nazi regime and the lives of the Jewish people devastated during the holocaust. And what becomes of Annika? You'll just have to read this book to find out...I was truly captivated by this book, devouring it in one day. I found myself racing through it to find out what happened to Annika and Max. Did they find happiness? Or did the war intervene? And what of Callie, leaving her sheltered life in the bookstore and venturing out of her comfort zone? All in all I found this book to be a remarkable story, recommended to all lovers of Historical Fiction and Family Sagas. I will definitely be seeking out more of this author's works. I rate it at 4.5 stars.My thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    “There’s always a cost for standing up against evil…”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 “There’s always a cost for standing up against evil…”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 Callie does – to run a bookstore and be like Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail (#lifegoals) so I instantly latched on to her character and thrilled over all the book references and Story Girl and the old used book she discovers – which connects us to the historical plot thread.Some books, I think, can be like cats. No matter where they’re sent, they have this uncanny ability to find their way back home.The historical storyline is intriguing and bittersweet and incredibly moving. There was more than one moment where I had to stop reading to swipe at the flood of tears before I could continue. The Holocaust and the Nazi regime were horrific and cruel and inhumane, and Hidden Among the Stars doesn’t sugar coat the atrocities. Yet at the same time, Dobson tenderly weaves in grace and hope and light, like the first green shoots of spring. The last few chapters undid me with the beauty of her storytelling and the poignancy of how all the various threads tie together in exquisite perfection. The contemporary part of the plot is noticeably less intense – which lets our hearts settle a bit and lets us see ‘the rest of the story’, as it were. As Callie began to uncover answers to her search for the significance of the Bambi book, my excitement also grew with every step closer and closer to the moment when all the pieces fall into place. The two separate story threads are indispensable to each other and to the novel as a whole.Bottom Line: Make sure that Hidden Among the Stars has a spot on your TBR pile because this is a story that is not to be missed! It is emotional and gripping, and the characters will linger in your heart for a long time to come. Dobson puts faces and hearts to the history we are familiar with, and then takes us even deeper to the stories we may not have known. Along the way, we are reminded of the power of love, of the goodness of God, and of the life-changing embrace of story. It’s a novel about, as the author says, “ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way”. A must read from intriguing start to compelling finish!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    January 1, 1970
    With great skill and grace, Melanie Dobson weaves the past and present together in a beautiful story of love that goes far beyond the superficial. Genuine to the core, Hidden Among the Stars captures the painful plight of Austrian individuals beneath the Nazi regime and blends them seamlessly with equally-compelling present day characters, who, amidst their own turmoil, seek answers from the past. A master at storytelling, Melanie leaves readers with an unpredictable and completely satisfying en With great skill and grace, Melanie Dobson weaves the past and present together in a beautiful story of love that goes far beyond the superficial. Genuine to the core, Hidden Among the Stars captures the painful plight of Austrian individuals beneath the Nazi regime and blends them seamlessly with equally-compelling present day characters, who, amidst their own turmoil, seek answers from the past. A master at storytelling, Melanie leaves readers with an unpredictable and completely satisfying ending. This may be my favorite book of hers so far!
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comHidden 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 Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comHidden 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, wide adoration! Obviously, this book is going straight to my all-time favorites shelf and I strongly urge readers to experience this story for themselves. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book to read from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in this review are my own.*"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 *I received this book to read from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in this review are my own.*"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 consider and really encourages me to do what it's right even when it seems impossible.The characters were beautiful in this story, and both the contemporary and past setting swept me away. I didn't quite enjoy the contemporary scenes as much, but they were still sweet and I liked that the author didn't rush Callie's story, even at the end. You are still left with the hope that there will be many happy days ahead for her. On a side note, I LOVED that Callie worked in a bookstore and I adored learning more of the book Bambi and its author. My heart broke in the other scenes. There's a love-triangle of sorts, but I can honestly say it's one of the few that I actually adored. It wasn't cheesy and actually held a strong focus of true love, not just frivolous feelings. The spiritual content was spot on and I loved the strong threads of salvation through Jesus Christ. I can't say a lot without spoiling, but it is indeed a sweet and heartbreaking story. Max, Hermann, Luzi, and Annika all reveal the beauty and expanse of well-rounded characters, while Callie and Josh seek to learn more of their story. I know I would read it again, so I'll be adding it to my wishlist :) Content: one social drinking scene (very brief), a rape scene (written extremely delicately...no details) (view spoiler)[ a woman becomes pregnant following that scene (hide spoiler)], many emotional scenes, some romance and longing (brief kissing).
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    “Some books, I think, can be like cats. No matter where they’re sent, they have this uncanny ability to find their way back home.”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 “Some books, I think, can be like cats. No matter where they’re sent, they have this uncanny ability to find their way back home.”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 the bittersweet beauty that only intensified as the story drew to its conclusion.I read the first quarter of this book in fits and starts, thanks to a busy few days, but the further I got into the story, the more spellbound I became—to the point where I knew I was just going to have to sit down and finish it or I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on anything else. I was desperate to know what happened to Annika, Max, and Luzia, but at the same time, I found the contrasting pace and feel of the contemporary story almost a relief. Although she’s not a charismatic character (unless she’s wearing her cape and her red-striped Story Girl socks while sharing her love of story with kids), I found myself appreciating Callie’s tendency toward contemplation, and I loved watching her gradually bloom under the right conditions. And the answers she uncovered only fed my hunger to know what happened to the historical characters. I love it when the two settings of a time-slip novel complement each other like that!And the writing. I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what it was that captured me about the writing. I’m not sure I can, but I found myself highlighting all over the place. All these little nuggets that I wanted to come back to and think on later. The best I can do is to say that the writing was almost…musical at times, but effortlessly and unobtrusively so.But I guess you’ve already got the idea that I loved this story, so perhaps that’s all I need to say, except that I will now be searching out more of Melanie Dobson’s books!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Julia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among The Stars by Melanie Dobson is both a fascinating and a horrifying Christian contemporary and historical novel. It has dual timelines of 1938 Austria and present day America. It covers the most evil and brutal periods in history as the Nazis march into Austria. Characters and the reader get caught up in the depravity. There are no levels to which man will not sink to do evil. The reader is reminded of the famous words of Edmund Burke "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil Hidden Among The Stars by Melanie Dobson is both a fascinating and a horrifying Christian contemporary and historical novel. It has dual timelines of 1938 Austria and present day America. It covers the most evil and brutal periods in history as the Nazis march into Austria. Characters and the reader get caught up in the depravity. There are no levels to which man will not sink to do evil. The reader is reminded of the famous words of Edmund Burke "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." In 1938 it felt like the world had gone mad. Evil lurked around every corner but there were good and brave men and women who were prepared to take a stand. "There's always a cost for standing up against evil."At first people were ignorant of the evil. "Hitler would hardly concern himself with the Jewish Austrians who lived in these Alps." Far too soon the innocents were caught up in the madness. " 'I've done nothing wrong'... 'Innocence is secondary in this Reich.' "The novel shows the search for justice. To right the wrongs as present day collides with the past.There is a mystery to be solved - an ancient children's novel, Bambi holds a secret but what is the key to unlocking it?We all want to know our roots. There is a search for ancestry as identity is important.How far would you go to keep a secret? How far would you travel to unravel the past? What would you do in the name of love?The novel has some difficult to read scenes as it concerns anti Semitism and the Holocaust. "How could anyone hate another person because of their ancestry?" With a time frame of 1938, the reader witnesses Kristallnacht.In present day we meet a young woman passionate about children's books. Several are referenced which is a joy for the modern reader.Family is important. Families were fractured by the Nazis as people were forced to choose the Party above all things.Melanie Dobson has written a fabulous novel that educates, entertains and horrifies. As a historian with a passion for keeping the memory alive of the six million innocents, I found Hidden Among The Stars a marvelous read that highlights the sacrifices of the few and the suffering of the many. May we never repeat the evils of the past. May we always remember the six million men, women and children who perished. And may we salute the brave people who stood up for what is right in the face of pure evil.Thank you Melanie Dobson for your marvelous story."Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15: 13.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully romantic world (in all senses of the word) is crafted with Dobson's pragmatically lovely style. 1930s Austria--from opulent Vienna to the wooded sea-side Halstatt, spired with castles and surrounded by alps--- are a portrait in immaculate grace tested by the onslaught of war. 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, A beautifully romantic world (in all senses of the word) is crafted with Dobson's pragmatically lovely style. 1930s Austria--from opulent Vienna to the wooded sea-side Halstatt, spired with castles and surrounded by alps--- are a portrait in immaculate grace tested by the onslaught of war. 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, nothing, not even Hitler and the encroaching Anschluss, can sully the spirit of a nation.Unfortunately, the modern frame of this piece did not resonate with me as deeply and I found myself eager to get back to the expertly woven historical.While Dobson holds a competent pen in both history and contemporary narratives, the reader easily realizes that her passion is infused in the historical portion.Nonetheless, a great, romantic read with a lush and lasting history.With thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    The author pretty much had me by the book blurb on this novel. I love learning (yes you can learn even though you're reading fiction!) about different time periods, and happen to be fascinated with the time period that Hitler was around. The point of view that was presented in this story - Max and Annika mainly, was amazing. It's men like Max that make you smile, with their strong exterior and soft heart. In a time that was full of violence, persecution, and evil, this story reminds us that ther The author pretty much had me by the book blurb on this novel. I love learning (yes you can learn even though you're reading fiction!) about different time periods, and happen to be fascinated with the time period that Hitler was around. The point of view that was presented in this story - Max and Annika mainly, was amazing. It's men like Max that make you smile, with their strong exterior and soft heart. In a time that was full of violence, persecution, and evil, this story reminds us that there was good stories out there too, if we just look for them.Typically when I read a dual timeline book I find myself hooked on one story line more than the other. Not the case here. Let's start with the historic time period - Dobson makes you feel like you are there, scared for what's to come, but hope that you will make it through. If you stop for just a moment as you are reading, you can see the scene play out vividly in front of you. It will make you cry, it will surprise you, and it will remind you how faith is relevant today just as it was back then.Then there's Callie. First of all, she has my dream job. Owning your own bookstore and being surrounded by so many wonderful books day after day? Um, yes please! The adventure she goes on trying to solve not one, but really two mysteries is fun, exciting, and keeps you on your toes. Both stories come together in a beautiful, perfect way that will leave you sighing when you find the words "the end". I'm thinking that maybe Callie can continue to find mysterious things in old books so that we can have more wonderful stories in the future! ;)The bottom line is that this is a book historic fans and Christian fiction fans are going to devour. You may even want to set aside some time to read most, if not all of it at once. Dobson hooks you right from the beginning and I think you'll find it hard to put down! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    I'm an avid WWII Historical Fiction reader and I was drawn to this book because it deals with lost Jewish relics that the Nazis stole during their occupation. 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 I'm an avid WWII Historical Fiction reader and I was drawn to this book because it deals with lost Jewish relics that the Nazis stole during their occupation. 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 appreciated. Callie is a book lover (yay!) who includes many quotes from her favourite childhood books in her dialogue. These were a cute addition and added tidbits of info but became so common that they began to interrupt the flow of her story line. This is also a Christian Fiction read, and while some religious issues are addressed in Max and Annika's story line, this element is much more apparent in Callie's side of the story. There are some good twists in the WWII plot which keep the story trucking along and readers will enjoy seeing the pieces of the puzzle fit together. But I wasn't a fan of one of the big final twists … it just didn't seem probable. When I read it I went ’Wha?! Why?!'. I suppose I didn't think the reasoning given for the sacrifice was enough to warrant such a big act. That said, I think it would also make a good discussion in books groups, so I'll leave it at that.This is a romantic, historical story set in two different time frames and though it is set in a tumultuous time, Hidden Among the Stars is a lighter read and will appeal to readers who enjoy Christian fiction infused with a historical setting.Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I have to be honest here - this is a sad book. Immensely so.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 I have to be honest here - this is a sad book. Immensely so.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 found in the darkest of places.It takes time, boundaries, surrendering. One day at a time.But legacies can be built and that's what we strive to remember. Holding on to these great examples of courage and also the The Greatest Expectation for the future.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Cheryl Baranski
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among The Stars by Melanie Dobson. Hidden Among The Stars is a wonderful work of historical fiction that will tug at your heart strings. You will travel back in time and then come back to present day times. Be taken on a whirlwind of a ride with this story Hidden Among The Stars.
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    O, what history lines the pages of Melanie Dobson's Hidden Among the Stars! Read with caution, but be assured there will be satisfaction by book's end that it was indeed a good book. A book transpires back and forth between modern day and the evil days when more than life was lost, fear reign and faith sparked courage.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 O, what history lines the pages of Melanie Dobson's Hidden Among the Stars! Read with caution, but be assured there will be satisfaction by book's end that it was indeed a good book. A book transpires back and forth between modern day and the evil days when more than life was lost, fear reign and faith sparked courage.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 a classic children's book nonetheless? There's a juxtaposition on how heavy the premise and setting (WWII portion of this dual-time novel) to what is just pure and light children literature can be. Yet, the parallel and the choice of Bambi in Hidden Among the Stars is not lost on me (or is it me reading too much into it). What we read soon goes into a treasure hunt, a story of bravery in the midst of chaos and a bit of historical horrors to a message of hope, of light in the midst of all. There'll be moments our hearts flutter with intrigue, but also ache with grief and distress. There will be distrust and despair, but also an anticipation to see to the end, knowing and trusting the end will be there. In the midst of devastation, still finding hope.It was a hard book for me to read. It's so beautifully woven together, though one may be drawn into late 1930s Austria and refuse to go back to modern day Callie, but it was hard for me to continue because of the emotional grasp it held. It's always difficult for me to read war-time novels, especially those of such historical details and relative accuracy in the feel. Callie's story acts as a connecting piece, but also one to break up the dramatic poignancy of Annika's, while giving readers a moment to take a deep breath. Hidden Among the Stars is well crafted, brutally honest in its rendition of historical accounts in a time best to let go, but never forget. Brutally may be too strong, but it'll impassioned readers in nearly 400 pages of heartfelt entertainment for sure. Literary indulgence and fervor in this novel that will take more than days to release from your mind!This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among the Stars is the story of a children’s bookstore owner who receives an early edition of Bambi: A Life in the Woods for her 30th birthday. From the moment Callie notices the handwritten list hidden in the text, she begins to make inquiries about the original owner. Together she and college professor Josh Nemeth are drawn into a mystery spanning back to World War II and the Nazi occupation of Vienna.Melanie Dobson has a way of drawing you into a scene; whether it’s the quaint intimacy Hidden Among the Stars is the story of a children’s bookstore owner who receives an early edition of Bambi: A Life in the Woods for her 30th birthday. From the moment Callie notices the handwritten list hidden in the text, she begins to make inquiries about the original owner. Together she and college professor Josh Nemeth are drawn into a mystery spanning back to World War II and the Nazi occupation of Vienna.Melanie Dobson has a way of drawing you into a scene; whether it’s the quaint intimacy of the Magic Balloon Bookshop or the grand beauty of Lake Hallstatt. Although there’s a stark contrast between Story Girl reading to a group of children and the Gestapo reigning terror during Kristallnacht, I could picture as well as feel the mood of each scene.Having read and enjoyed Catching the Wind (Dobson, 2017), I was looking forward to this new book. While I found some similarity in story structure, the dual timeline of Hidden Among the Stars lacked balance. For me, the historical plot was far more compelling than its modern-day counterpart. The danger, drama, and depravity plaguing the historical characters—Annika Knopf, Max Dornbach, and Luzia Weiss—beckoned me to read quickly through the more lullingly paced transformation of Callie Randall.It’s not that I didn’t enjoy Callie’s character… on the contrary, the relationship she shared with her sister and Charlotte was tender. I also enjoyed how lines from children’s books would randomly pop into her mind. The bulk of the tension, prior to the last 100 pages, resided in the plight of the Jews and the interesting dynamic among the three characters of the past.Any student of history will be aware of the families broken and the lives savagely extinguished by the Holocaust. Through this story, we see that time doesn’t heal all wounds. It’s a somber and sobering warning of what we stand to lose if we don’t stand against the evil in our midst.3.5/5 starsChristian Shelf-Esteem received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guidelines, concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    The author has woven a story that begins in 1938 and flashes to the present eighty years later, and when we begin we know that the characters are somehow connected, but how, yes, we think one way and then another.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 The author has woven a story that begins in 1938 and flashes to the present eighty years later, and when we begin we know that the characters are somehow connected, but how, yes, we think one way and then another.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 stories read to them. We see how the children’s story Bambi, written by a Jewish author, helps bring this book together, and in the end, works to bring families together.Lest we forget, a book that is a reminder of a dark time, and also of a rebirth.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Lizzy Bueckert
    January 1, 1970
    This book was hard to read in the sense that it hurt my heart so much. Such a terrible time it must have been to live through. A wonderful book even though at times it was hard to read through the tears. I loved it.
  • Owl._.
    January 1, 1970
    have to say, I really enjoyed this book. The story was well told and flowed beautifully from past to present throughout the entire book. It was story not often told about WWII and I loved how it didn't focus on the concentration camps but rather on the lost treasures of so many families. It was a moving story about sacrifice, love, hope, and survival.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 have to say, I really enjoyed this book. The story was well told and flowed beautifully from past to present throughout the entire book. It was story not often told about WWII and I loved how it didn't focus on the concentration camps but rather on the lost treasures of so many families. It was a moving story about sacrifice, love, hope, and survival.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 definitely recommend. Thank you #netgalley and #tyndale for the eARC.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing! I loved the dual timelines and I loved the search for answers. WWII is one of my favorite time periods, and this had one timeline in WWII and the other in the modern day. I loved how the stories connected. I received a copy from the publisher to share my thoughts and opinions. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    There are many books about WWII and to make another book on the subject stand out it has to bring something unexplored. What this book brings is an “ownerless treasure” and encrypted messages to record what belongs to whom. Encrypted messages were also used by partisans, they had to be creative in finding new ways of communication, be it through stamps or words inserted in poems. (Explored in the book The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor).“After the annexation of Austria in 1938, the Nazis began ex There are many books about WWII and to make another book on the subject stand out it has to bring something unexplored. What this book brings is an “ownerless treasure” and encrypted messages to record what belongs to whom. Encrypted messages were also used by partisans, they had to be creative in finding new ways of communication, be it through stamps or words inserted in poems. (Explored in the book The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor).“After the annexation of Austria in 1938, the Nazis began expropriating Austrian Jewish property to use for their war preparations. Many Nazi officials kept a portion of these assets for their own pockets.”The story is presented through three characters.Present day, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Callie Randall runs a bookstore with her sister and a blog for the store. She comes across a German edition of Bambi with owner’s name of Anika Knopf dated 1932, and with unique list inscribed on the pages. She makes a post on her blog in hopes of identifying the original owner or her family.Schloss Schwansee castle on the banks of Lake Hallstatt, Austria, 1938. Annika’s father is the caretaker of the castle belonging to Darnbach family. One day, Anika stumbles upon photographs in a shoe box and a star necklace. A necklace her father confiscates. And he is a greedy man. Annika’s schooling falls short as after the death of her mother, her father needed her to take over the mother’s duties and according to him schooling was a waste of time. What gives her comfort is a book of Bambi gifted by her mom. She reads about the author, Felix Salten, in the papers. A Jewish writer who lived in Vienna. And she wonders if he left Vienna like many others.Vienna, 1938. Max Dornbach of aristocratic bloodline sees growing antisemitism, and his eyes are on a talented violinist Luzi Weiss of Jewish bloodline. Her father is a doctor, who helps his Jewish patients hide their valuables with the help of Max.As the story starts with introduction of three people, the pieces of the puzzle are spread. And as the story progresses, the pieces start coming together beautifully. And when you think you already see the whole puzzle together, it gets reshuffled again.As I mentioned at the beginning, there are so many books on the subject of WWII that when I see a new book I’m skeptical if I want to read another book about WWII. But the cover grabbed my attention and the story turned out to be very engrossing with interesting well-developed characters.What happened to Felix Salten and many other Jewish authors including German authors Margret and Hans Rey of the Curious George?“Necessity demanded that Salten disappeared from Austria, but he left behind a treasure trove of stories for children and their parents to remember what might be lost today if we don’t stand against the evil in our midst.”Felix Salten immigrated to Switzerland. Some were able to immigrate to the US, including Margret and Hans [email protected]/BestHistoricalFictionhttps://bestinhistoricalfiction.blogs...
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    The story starts off right before WWII breaks out. I have not read too many WWII books set in Austria so it was interesting to read about the Nazi Occupation in Austria during that time. Annika, Hermann, Luzia, and Max are the main characters in the story. Each of them has an important part in the story. 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 The story starts off right before WWII breaks out. I have not read too many WWII books set in Austria so it was interesting to read about the Nazi Occupation in Austria during that time. Annika, Hermann, Luzia, and Max are the main characters in the story. Each of them has an important part in the story. 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 me at the beginning. She let her jealousy get the best of her. Annika's family is the caretaker of Dubach's estate. One evening she finds a Star of David among Max mother's things. Is Max family Jewish? And what does that mean for her friend? Max and Hermann are helping the Jewish by rescuing their precious gold and heirlooms and burying them in the Lake so the Nazi's can't find them. Soon they enlist Annika in helping them. She, of course, agrees because she would do anything for Max. In the modern day story, we are introduced to Callie. Callie owns a bookstore with her sister Brie. Callie is a lover of books and has often dreamed of escaping to the places mentioned in her books. Growing up her childhood wasn't the greatest. Her father was absent most of her life and she never knew her mother. She raised Brie practically on her own. She met Charlotte when she was just a little girl and Charlotte became the 'mother' she desperately needed.Charlotte I think is suppose to be in her 80s (she was 7 when the Nazi's raided the orphanage). She was adopted and never knew her birth mother/family. She always has wanted to know but never could find them. When Callie meets Josh- a history professor will she have the chance to reunite Charlotte with her family? First off, this book starts off very slow. Not really much happens during the first half of the book. What occurs during these pages sets up the rest of the book and it speeds up from there. So you have to be patient when reading this book. However, the end is so worth it. I teared up at the end! With that being said, it is a hard book to read. It's set during a dark time in our history and not many people want to think about it or talk about it. I won't spoil the ending but the mystery of Charlotte and who her mother was - is heartwrenching. This book reminds us to love our neighbor. No matter their lifestyle, sex, race, religion, etc. Human life is something that is precious and sacred. What we do for others speaks volumes about our character and love for each other. Each character grew a lot in this story. Especially Annika. She started off being very timid and Naive. Through all the trials she faced in the story - she grew up and became more confident and courageous. Luzi wasn't really written into the story that much in the first half but she became an important character later on. So much bad things happened to her- I just wanted to give her a hug! Though despite of it all, she pushed through and I admired that about her character. The one thing that did gripe me just a little is that Melanie tended to describe everything. From what the people were wearing (not just the color but shape, brand, etc.) to what the subject was viewing or doing. While I don't mind some descriptive writing - I felt it was a tad overdone. Also, this was a dual time period story. I thought both time periods were well written. I didn't feel like a preferred one story over the other. I found that Callie mirrored Annika in many ways. Both in personality and life mission/purpose. Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2QdmU6aHidden 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 Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2QdmU6aHidden 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 Austria was taken over by the Nazis. It was fascinating to learn something new about this era – such as how the Nazis hid stolen valuables in Austria’s lakes – and the historical detail allowed me to quickly connect with the story. Hidden among the Stars is not an easy read, for the times were dark, but the light of hope was never extinguished. The story of Annika, Max, and Luzia is tensely gripping, so I’m thankful for the breathing space that Callie and Josh’s story gave me. I loved that Callie ran a bookstore and was a “story girl” to the children who frequently visited. What a testimony to the power of story in children’s lives! The two stories were different, but each interesting in their own way, and intricately woven together.The best way for me to convey the beauty of this story is to share some of favorite quotes:The beautiful Hallstatt lake area … “Some people call this region the Devil’s Dustbin, for it seems as if the devil himself swept across Austria and dumped whatever remained right here.” - Josh NemethHatred of the Jews … “This new mantra about vindication had been passed down from on high, a ghastly song everyone was supposed to sing whether or not they agreed with the lyrics.” - MaxAnnika’s faith … “Mama taught her all about Jesus before she died. She used to speak of God’s presence like it was a song, stealing across the lake and the trees, over the Alps and up into the sky. Did a song ever die, or did it keep traveling? Surely it kept traveling, she thought, all the way up into the heavens, threading through stars and knotting itself around the fullness of the moon.” - AnnikaHidden Among the Stars is a relevant and compelling story, one that leaves me with much upon which to reflect. I’ll end with this expression of Callie’s thoughts toward the end … Only God knows the entire score of our lives, but we all have our assigned parts, measures to sing solo or with a choir.Very highly recommended.I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes I wonder where God is in the midst of such heartache."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 "Sometimes I wonder where God is in the midst of such heartache."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 his childhood friend and her father is the caretaker of the estate. Max has decided to hide treasures from Jews from the Nazis and Annika determines to help him. Luzia Weiss is a Jewish violinist and Max is in love with her, although Annika loves Max. Very quickly the situation changes in Austria and no one feels safe anymore. Their lives are in jeopardy near constantly.Present day: Callie Randall runs a small book shop with her sister. Her life is quiet, she is the Story Girl who reads to children in the shop once a week and she likes it that way. She is given a rare, old copy of Bambi by her sister for her birthday. She discovers handwriting, a list of some sort, inside the book and also the name 'Annika Knopf' inside the cover. Callie begins to wonder if she could trace this woman's life and find out what this mysterious list is about. Callie also has a dear friend, an older woman named Charlotte, who was taken from a French orphanage during the war. Charlotte has a book with the name Luzia Weiss inside. These people whose lives are intertwined begin to overtake Callie. When she is offered a chance to go to Austria, she agrees, in hopes of finding out more of their story. Melanie Dobson has done a superb job with this novel, managing to plumb the depths of human emotion and bringing us to the edge of ourselves as we wonder how in the world such evil could exist in our world at one time. I was captivated till the end. Highly recommended.*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. My opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Sarah Black
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a finished copy of Hidden Among the Stars in exchange for an honest review. Christian Historical Fiction - World War II 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 Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a finished copy of Hidden Among the Stars in exchange for an honest review. Christian Historical Fiction - World War II 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, but after I got into the meat of the story, I really enjoyed it. There are so many connections that the author makes and it has a really nice ending.This book spans several genres in my opinion, being Christian Fiction, as well as Historical Fiction. Another genre that is prevalent in this book is romance between several characters.This book and the characters within it was well written. My favorite part about this book was the anticipation of how the different characters would be tied together in the end.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about Historical events with a fun twist on characters being tied together, losing each other and then being united in the end.Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!
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  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    At the dawn of the Nazi's reign in Austria, Annika Knopf feels far removed from the changes happening in her beloved country. But her role as daughter of the caretaker of Schloss Schwansee, the castle belonging to her childhood friend Max Dornbach, leads her to make an unexpected discovery about the Dornbach family, one that places the entire family is danger. 80 years later, Callie Randall is content in her corner of modern day Mount Vernon, Ohio, operating the bookstore she owns with her siste At the dawn of the Nazi's reign in Austria, Annika Knopf feels far removed from the changes happening in her beloved country. But her role as daughter of the caretaker of Schloss Schwansee, the castle belonging to her childhood friend Max Dornbach, leads her to make an unexpected discovery about the Dornbach family, one that places the entire family is danger. 80 years later, Callie Randall is content in her corner of modern day Mount Vernon, Ohio, operating the bookstore she owns with her sister, and carefully guarding her heart after suffering rejection from a former fiance. But after Callie discovers a book with hidden entries, she finds herself pulled from her rather predictable life, set on a journey that intersects with the past in startling and unexpected ways. Melanie Dobson has written another absorbing novel that weaves together past and present in a manner that makes for addictive reading. The characters have been carefully drawn with her sure hand, and she brings history to life as she describes the struggle of the Jewish people in Austria, their efforts to flee to safety, and the fascinating events of Hallstattersee. There were many moments in the story that had my heart pounding, not only as the characters met danger around every turn, but as unexpected decisions were made of supreme sacrifice. The ending chapters are both satisfying and realistic, leaving you with a bittersweet longing that history could have perhaps turned out differently. Reading a story like this leaves me hoping for what Heaven will be like, when all tears are wiped away and people no longer have to live in fear. Dobson has written a beautiful story, one that will find you appreciating the strong and brave characters who star in the pages of this book, showing us the way to live out our own lives with courage.Fans of Dobson's prior novels are going to love this one as well. I highly recommend this excellent novel and award it 5 out of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    I really have come to enjoy Historical Fiction and especially in cases where the past and the present come togetherCome on a journey to Austria and the village of Hallstatt where the adventure begins. Joining the journey is Annika Knopf and her friend Max Dornbach as they see the changing times of Hitler's Regime and how it is putting a strain on their friendship.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 I really have come to enjoy Historical Fiction and especially in cases where the past and the present come togetherCome on a journey to Austria and the village of Hallstatt where the adventure begins. Joining the journey is Annika Knopf and her friend Max Dornbach as they see the changing times of Hitler's Regime and how it is putting a strain on their friendship.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 message that Callie is intent on solving with the help of some friends. What happens when the past collides with the present day? What mysteries are hidden and just waiting to be unearthed?Will Annika Knopf and Max Dornbach find love or will the war that is raging around them tear them apart? What secrets are between them that will remain hidden or be unearthed? What secrets are found within the pages of the old book? Will Callie be content just sitting by and not solving a mystery? Or will she move out of her comfort zone? Or will she be content in staying where she is at?Melaine Dobson takes you on this journey where the past has laid hidden for so long and is just waiting to be discovered. Come on this journey that links the past with the present and the mysteries that are just waiting to be solved. Are they found within the pages of an old book? What happened to Annika, Max, Luiza? What happens to Callie? To discover the answers to these and many more questions you will have to step between the pages of this book Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson. I received this ebook free from CelebrateLit.com. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable or non-favorable review of this read.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among the Stars is another story that showcases author Dobson’s writing skills to pull you into a story and not let you go till the very last page. This is a time slip novel, present day America and Austria during World War 2. The horrors of that time were unimaginable: neighbor turning against neighbor, families against their own, all for the rhetoric of a regime that was bent on destroying a group of people. For whatever cruel reason, I will never know, and I am not sure anyone will thi Hidden Among the Stars is another story that showcases author Dobson’s writing skills to pull you into a story and not let you go till the very last page. This is a time slip novel, present day America and Austria during World War 2. The horrors of that time were unimaginable: neighbor turning against neighbor, families against their own, all for the rhetoric of a regime that was bent on destroying a group of people. For whatever cruel reason, I will never know, and I am not sure anyone will this side of eternity. The story takes us on a journey from the past and weaves so masterfully into the present that one storyline cannot exist without the other. I really enjoyed the references to the children’s books and I even put Bambi on my wish list to read at a later date. Not the Disney version but the one written by a Jewish man, causing this book to be part of the Nazi’s book burning. The author really did her research and I am always appreciative of learning new historical information.What really stood out for me in this novel was the message of love. The message Jesus spoke about in John 15:13 really shined forth in this story in spite of man’s inhumanity towards man. Even though this is a fictional account the message will stay with me for a long time to come, that even when the world seems so dark, there is love and that shines ever brighter.I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among the Stars, by Melanie Dobson, is a novel that blends modern day Ohio with 1938 Austria. The author has created an outstanding story of live as it was during Hitlers reign. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the fear of the Jewish people and the struggles they went through with losing their homes and possessions. We see the strength the people needed to get through each day, the trust they had in a country that would turn against them and the faith that they had. We a Hidden Among the Stars, by Melanie Dobson, is a novel that blends modern day Ohio with 1938 Austria. The author has created an outstanding story of live as it was during Hitlers reign. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the fear of the Jewish people and the struggles they went through with losing their homes and possessions. We see the strength the people needed to get through each day, the trust they had in a country that would turn against them and the faith that they had. We also see the caring people like Max and Annika had with helping those less fortunate. Max smuggled possessions to his family castle and Annika would record what she would hide. Annika went so far as to hide Max’s friend Luzia from the Nazis.Modern day book store operator receives a gift that has lists of items written into the story. Trying to find out what this is, she connects with a professor that is searching for items hidden during the war. Not only is the book connected to that time in history but she finds out that one of her dear friends has ties to it as well.This is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. The story is full of action, mystery, suspense all blended together with a touch or romance. The story grabbed my attention from page one and kept it to the very end. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. This is my honest review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved "Hidden Among The Stars"by Melanie Dobson. It is about a modern day book shop owner that finds cryptic list in an old edition of "Bambi" and that starts a search for the original owner. In this search she learns to tear down walls that she has built around herself.This is a story that is really two stories in one. It tells the story of Callie's , the bookstore owner, search and it is also the story of Hitler and how his hatred of the Jews destroyed lives.This story has treasur I absolutely loved "Hidden Among The Stars"by Melanie Dobson. It is about a modern day book shop owner that finds cryptic list in an old edition of "Bambi" and that starts a search for the original owner. In this search she learns to tear down walls that she has built around herself.This is a story that is really two stories in one. It tells the story of Callie's , the bookstore owner, search and it is also the story of Hitler and how his hatred of the Jews destroyed lives.This story has treasures and castle and secrets. One secret really made me realize what friendship and love is and what love is capable of. This book is a story of sacrifice and real love and friendship. I really can't say anything more without giving the story away, but I will say if you like historical fiction and clean love stories then "Hidden Among The Stars"by Melanie Dobson is a must read. Even though this book is fiction, I cried because the story is based on real facts. This is a story of how ordinary people helped others win over evil.I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These are my opinions
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Hidden Among the Stars is a fascinating split-time novel! The novel takes place mainly in late 1930's Nazi-occupied Austria and present day United States and Europe. The portion set in the past centers around a group of young people—Annika, Max, Luzia, and Hermann—as they resist the Nazi infiltration of Austria. Callie's story is told in the present, and it quickly becomes obvious that her own story is connected to the one in the past.This book started out slowly for me, but once I reached the h Hidden Among the Stars is a fascinating split-time novel! The novel takes place mainly in late 1930's Nazi-occupied Austria and present day United States and Europe. The portion set in the past centers around a group of young people—Annika, Max, Luzia, and Hermann—as they resist the Nazi infiltration of Austria. Callie's story is told in the present, and it quickly becomes obvious that her own story is connected to the one in the past.This book started out slowly for me, but once I reached the halfway point, I couldn't put the book down! The way the two stories intertwined kept me tearing through the pages. I did engage more with the historical story than the contemporary one—it really felt like the contemporary story was there just to allow resolution to the historical plot. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the contemporary plot, but I found myself rushing through those pages to get back to the historical plot. However, the way Dobson wrapped up the novel by connecting the 1930's portion to the present was nothing short of brilliant, and I found myself fighting back tears as it unfolded on the page.This is a lovely story of faith, family, and sacrifice that fans of World War II fiction will love! Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This story, although fictional, is based on a true period in history. The time that it portrays was a very dark, scary time where evil seemed to be reigning. There are some gritty scenes in the story that are difficult to read but the author did well at giving enough information to explain the situation without getting too graphic. The story is a time slip style that jumps between past and present and in each time period, new things are revealed about the other. The mysteries surrounding Annika This story, although fictional, is based on a true period in history. The time that it portrays was a very dark, scary time where evil seemed to be reigning. There are some gritty scenes in the story that are difficult to read but the author did well at giving enough information to explain the situation without getting too graphic. The story is a time slip style that jumps between past and present and in each time period, new things are revealed about the other. The mysteries surrounding Annika and an old copy of Bambi were very intriguing and I was eager to learn the truth about them.I didn't care for the present day story line as much, with the exception of the revealing of information about the past. The characters in the present didn't really interest me and I found myself a little disappointed when I was taken out of the past. Although this was a difficult story to read, there was still some glimmers of hope found in the pages...the gospel was presented well and the way people came together to help each other was very touching. I would highly recommend this story. I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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