It was the title, Hidden Among the Stars, that first caught my attention. The storyline drew me in and made me want to read Melanie Dobson’s newest book, an author whose writing is new to me.
The story takes place in two periods of time and in two places that intersect as character Callie tries to find out who Luzia and Annika were and if perchance if one of them was related to her beloved friend Charlotte.
Luzia, Annika, Max and Hermann lived in Austria during the late 1930’s and their lives were forever changed as the were caught up in the war when the Nazi’s swept in to Austria. Eighty years later and 5,000 miles away, Callie is drawn into trying to solve a mystery that was discovered in a children’s book. Will Callie step outside her comfort zone to solve a mystery and discover the truth? Will she let down her walls long enough to open herself the possibility of finding love once again?
Hidden Among the Stars was very different kind of book, but I really liked it. I especially liked the characters from the 1930’s in Austria. The characters came to life and the situations that they faced as their beloved country was overrun by evil was very compelling. How would they respond when the anti-Jewish Nazi mentality grew and overwhelmed Austrians? Fellow neighbors, were they now friend or foe? Would they protect and try to help their Jewish neighbors? It was both horrifying and captivating to see what they faced and how they responded to evil in their midst.
The modern-day part of the story took a little while for me to get used to because it was written in the first person, but the rest of the story was not. After a while, I got used to it. While I liked the characters, they didn’t seem as real or rich as the 1930’s characters.
The author includes faith in her story and the Gospel message was shared. I appreciated that the author didn’t include profanity or sexual immorality in the story. She delicately handled a scene where one of the characters was raped.
As the story unfolded, I figured out some of the mystery, but not all of it. It kept me guessing until the end.
I would describe the book as satisfying and intriguing. It unfolds and develops slowly, but that’s okay because you are learning about the characters and what they are going through. There is some about this book that is almost poetic, probably most visible in the character of Callie.
I recommend Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson. If you like mystery, intrigue or historical fiction you may enjoy this book.
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to read Hidden Among the Stars in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.