Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

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 ...

Details Hidden Among the Stars

TitleHidden Among the Stars
Release DateSep 1st, 2018
PublisherTyndale House Publishers, Inc.
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Romance

Reviews Hidden Among the Stars

  • Kylie D
    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 193...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    “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 ...
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    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 ...
  • Beth Erin
    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 re...
  • Olivia
    *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 thin...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    “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 ...
  • Julia Wilson
    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...
  • Rachel McMillan
    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) t...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    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, pers...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    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, b...
  • Clara
    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...
  • Cheryl Baranski
    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.
  • Just Commonly
    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 hist...
  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    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 drawin...
  • Maureen Timerman
    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 ...
  • Lizzy Bueckert
    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._.
    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 d...
  • Dawn
    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.
  • Annette
    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).“Aft...
  • Heidi
    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....
  • Carole Jarvis
    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 dua...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    "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...
  • Sarah Black
    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 ti...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    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, Ohi...
  • Tia
    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 r...
  • Amy
    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, ...
  • Helen
    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 t...
  • Debbie
    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 ...
  • Becky
    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 bo...
  • Amanda
    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...