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Filled with ever-building suspense and plot twists, Refuge on Crescent Hill is a fast-paced read that is sure to please any reader who loves a good suspense novel. The pacing is spot-on, and each chapter leads deeper into a mystery that is resolved in a highly satisfying manner. Camden and Alex are likeable characters who I was sad to leave by the end of the book, and their interactions provide humor and even a touch of romance that was well-handled without being over the top. Camden's journey of faith was also blended perfectly into the story and did not at all detract from the plot in any way. I loved the line in the book where one of the character's states, "I'm learning that life isn't about me anyway, nor is it about what I want out of it. Following Christ is about surrender and faith and about God working through me instead of me working for God". Now that is a thought worth thinking about.
I greatly enjoyed this book from start to finish and give it a high recommendation of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book provided courtesy of the publisher, Kregel, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this story as well as the mystery and intrigue that surrounded the history of the Bristow family.While Camden was the primary story I loved the secondary stories that went on and how they all came together at the end. The characters were very easy to connect with, especially Camden. Crescent Hill was the only place where she ever felt like she belonged. It was nice to see her grow and watch her priorities change as the book progressed. I also felt empathy for Alex, as he continued to carry the blame for not doing enough to save his sister and nephew. I thought the christian themes woven into the story was well done, especially the message of helping others. I also got a few laughs from reading about the antics of the Sprague children especially Hailey, that little girl had a wonderful imagination.
Overall if your looking for a contemporary story that is firmly rooted in the historical era of the underground railroad, that weaves mystery, suspense, a bit of romance with a nice inspirational story then your certainly in for a treat with this story. Recommended!
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
This story is real, we have all faced times when we didn't know where to turn and just wanted to go back to where we had always felt safe. Where we were loved and accepted. This book also gives us the one true place that everyone can feel safe and loved and that is with God. Where even people that love the Lord still face problems, lack of fath or trust but He is still there waiting of us to call on Him.
The history that weaves the families together and the region makes you just need to keep going. You've got to see what happenes next and where you are going to travel. I loved this book and would recomend it to anyone to read.
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised by this novel, as the cover was rather off-putting to me and reminds me of something published in the 1970s. However, the story captured me fairly quickly and I was intrigued. The four different viewpoints could have been distracting, but it was actually very refreshing and I felt it worked well.
I enjoy stories that explore the Underground Railroad and this one was fascinating. With some twists and turns from family secrets to secret tunnels, it's not completely predictable. An easy, Christian read. I look forward to reading more from Melanie Dobson.
I guess you could call this a suspense novel....maybe. In a way, I almost consider that a little bit of a stretch because in addition to reading Camden's side of the story, I was also getting the bad guy's side of the story. Sometimes that's good, but I don't know if I felt that it was, in this case. I like for a suspense novel to make me guess a little, even if really don't have it all figured out by the end of the story. There was a small twist at the end that I did not expect, but other than that, I felt the ending was a little anticlimactic.
I also felt no connection to the characters, except maybe a little bit with Camden. She's pretty much on her own, has no money, and has inherited a house that she can't pay to repair. All through her story, I was rooting for her to succeed, and hoping that she would not say yes to the first person to come along and make her an offer on the old house. Grant's character was just okay...nothing really spectacular to me. And the creepy guys were just....well....creepy.
In spite of this book being not so great, I know I'll be reading more from Melanie Dobson in the future. I typically enjoy reading suspense novels, but this one was just a little flat. Overall, I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.
**Many thanks to the publisher for providing this book for me to review.