This homecoming wasn’t what she expected . . .
Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to
visit the grandmother she hasn’t seen in years. But when
Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her
grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old
mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers
as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.
When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the
mansion’s only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie’s
bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves
fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill?
Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of
strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex
Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and
present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden uncovers
deep family secrets within the mansion’s walls that could
change her life—and the entire town—forever.
Refuge on Crescent Hill is an enjoyable read. The author, Melanie Dobson does a marvelous job on displaying the allegories throughout the book. When Camden has nowhere to go after losing her job, she returns to the only safe haven she knows, Crescent Hill. As the story unfolds, the house was once used to protect slaves on their way to “finding a new home”–freedom. Camden, the main character, discovers that her grandmother and the local sheriff used the old house to provide a shelter for abused women and their children until better accommodations could be arranged. The characters were engaging. The plot was arranged beautifully. This is one book that all should read and cherish.
The spiritual aspect of Refuge on Crescent Hill could be taken from Psalm 46:1 where it states, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
About the Author:
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author
of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and
Together for Good. A former corporate publicity manager at Focus
on the Family, Melanie has worked in the fields of journalism and
publicity for more than eighteen years. She and her family live in Oregon.