of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Exquisite storytellingOctober 7, 2019BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Dobson is a masterful storyteller. She weaves past and present, ordinary and extraordinary, love and loss, fears and faith in an intricate tapestry of experience and emotion. My words can't even begin to scratch the surface of Dobson's exquisite art.
The richness and depth of not only faith and emotion but also fascinating historical detail captivated my heart, mind, and spirit. The characters (and real people who inspired them) speak truth to us and our lives today. Despite their grave circumstances, these people made a difference in the lives of others by loving and acting sacrificially.
Memories of Glass tore my heart out, engaged my mind, and challenged my spirit in such a way that I am grateful for and changed by the experience. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be purchasing a print copy for my all-time favorites shelf.
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.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What an emotionally gripping read!October 1, 2019KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My brain is muddled and my heart is fractured. What an emotional read! I was gulping down great heaving sobs by the end. Pretty much teary for the last quarter of the book. Luckily I listened to the audible version so an innocent paperback wasn't water damaged. :-)
This is one of those reviews that should be wordless because there simply aren't any that can adequately describe the power of this story. The magic is in the details -- so many details! -- and the way the author blends the two timelines is amazing and incredible and utterly clever! I could see some of the pieces coming together early on and my imagination went rampant with possible scenarios. Love it when a story excites me so much that I have to take pauses so I can do some creative thinking of my own!
Nancy Peterson's narration was exquisite and added so much to my 'reading' pleasure. She brought the characters to life and into my heart and I don't know how she managed to get through some of the scenes without crying! I really was a weepy mess by the conclusion of this read, A shuddering mix of sad and happy tears, left basking in a stupor of awe and hope and the certainty that every life is precious.
TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart-warming readSeptember 30, 2019TraciePacific NorthwestAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Dobson's latest time-slip novel, Memories of Glass, is based on a true story. This makes the historical storyline that much more fascinating, as we learn along with the characters just how much these quiet heroes did to save children during WWII. I love the theme of the book, that it's up to us to remember the past, both the good and the bad, with the goal of offering kindness or doing good in the present and the future. The contemporary story kept me turning pages, and from the middle of the book forward Dobson blends the two stories ever more closely, like braiding the crimson cord she encourages her characters to grasp to find redemption in Christ. Beautifully written, this is a story readers won't soon forget.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Such Beautiful Intensity!September 20, 2019Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54.5 stars
"If only I could ask questions about my family and get straight answers. If only people would share their stories instead of locking them away. "
If only. It's the story of Ava Drake's life. So much of her family history is shrouded in secrecy, facts hidden in the shadows and the truth anything but clear. Along the fault lines are stories dating back to World War II, when there fortunes to be made upon the sacrifice of the innocent. As Ava digs deeper into her grandfather's past, her present occupation as the director of the famed Kingston Family Foundation leads her straight to Uganda, where she meets the kind of man who insists that the truth can set her free.
"Windows are a curious thing. . . . the stained ones transform the light but not the transparent glass."
Rich in history, this lovely story paints a mural of love, loss, and bravery using colors bold enough to cover the ugliness that begs to raise its hideous voice among the shattered "memories of glass". It's a complex story, especially in the beginning, when layer after layer of family connections and deceit threaten to snuff out the souls who rose to an occasion that they never would have chosen for themselves. And yet they did; they certainly did.
I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Kristen Johnson5 Stars Out Of 5Timeslip at it's finest!September 6, 2019Kristen JohnsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Dobson books always give me at least one shiver when something surprising is revealed, and I more often than not cry somewhere near the end. Her stories always capture me as she introduces her readers to heroes and heroines of history and modern day. You know when you pick up a Melanie Dobson book you are in for a treat.
All of this was true of her latest book, Memories of Glass. Josie, Ava, and Eliese are fantastically three-dimensional characters that leap off the page and into your heart. Josie and Eliese live in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. They make it their mission to save Jewish children who are bound for the camps, even at the cost of their own lives. Eliese must also protect the child she had with an American banker. When it becomes clear that her working for the Nazi's and the money her father paid to purchase a stamp of protection simply won't protect her, she makes difficult choices that could end in disaster.
Ava lives in the modern day and works for her grandmother's foundation, trying to do some good in the world. But her life is darkened by the secrets surrounding the Kingston Foundation. Secrets that she is determined to uncover as she searches for family, truth, and love. Then she meets Landon West, a man who runs a coffee plantation in Uganda and coffee roasting and shops in Portland. He and his sister have a mission to provide jobs for families on both sides of the ocean, as well as a children's home and clinic in Uganda. But when Ava's grandmother falls ill, the truth about both the Kingston and West families comes out, threatening the Foundation, and perhaps even Ava's life.
In both of the timelines, lives are at stake, and doing the right thing could come at a high cost.
I cannot recommend this book, or any of Melanie Dobson's books, any more highly. If you enjoy timeslip novels, run to get this book today.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.