Refuge on Crescent Hill

Renee Ann Smith —  November 3, 2011 — Leave a comment

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Where do you run when you have nowhere else to go? Melanie Dobson’s novel, Refuge on Crescent Hill, made me think about this question. As I did, I remembered the places and people God has provided over the years to be refuges of His love, protection, and peace for me. And I took a moment to thank Him for the many times He has covered me with His wings.

Refuge on Crescent Hill combines mystery and romance in an inspirational story that kept me turning pages. The main character is a woman named Camden Bristow, who inherits a one-hundred-fifty-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill from her grandmother. Since Camden is jobless, homeless, and broke, this gift comes at a perfect time in her life. As Camden researches her mansion’s past, she discovers the place played a part in the Underground Railroad. When she stumbles upon a present day mystery, the role of the mansion as a refuge looms large in her life and the lives of those around her.

This novel weaves an encouraging message of hope and forgiveness throughout an interesting, well-plotted mystery. The moments of suspense and romance that lead to the happy ending are sure to please every reader. ***I enjoyed Melanie Dobson’s novel and thank Kregel Publications for providing my review copy. You can purchase your copy of the book at this link.

Need more info? Here’s the book blurb from Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to visit the grandmother she hasn’t seen in years. But when Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.

When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the mansion’s only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie’s bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill? Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion’s walls that could change her life—and the entire town—forever.

About the author: Melanie Beroth Dobson’s first novel (Together for Good) was published in 2006, and she has now authored nine contemporary and historical novels including Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania which releases in November 2011. Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Since they’ve been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their home in the Pacific Northwest.

Prior to launching her own public relations company in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of both events and products. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. She worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel. You can connect with Melanie at this link.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

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