Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes.
1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape.
Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life—and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried.
Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports readers through time and place, from World War II Holland to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melanie Dobson is a 3-time Carol award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels, as well as a Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year. The former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group, Melanie teaches writing and PR classes at George Fox University. She enjoys hiking the Pacific Northwest mountains and exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes with her husband, Jon, and their two daughters.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR
Nancy Peterson is an Audie Award Winning narrator (2018 Audie - Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson). Nancy loves to weave a great story with her words. With over twenty-five years of experience in theater, television, film, commercial voice over and audiobook narration, Nancy brings depth, passion, and nuance to every project. She captures the heart of each piece.