Tuesday, March 9, 2021

THE CURATOR'S DAUGHTER by Melanie Dobson, Reviewed by Nicole Cook and Winnie Thomas #ReleaseDay

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson creates another extraordinary time-slip novel that is sure to become a new favorite among her readers. The Curator’s Daughter weaves the historical and contemporary storylines together as Ember Ellis’ present-day work as a Holocaust researcher prompts her to seek out her former teacher Mrs. Kiehl, whose mother had a connection to the Nazi Ahnenerbe. The past and present of both women intersect as the search for answers changes their lives in a way that no one could predict. The Curator’s Daughter focuses on the Nazis’ extreme interest in archaeology and other occurrences not widely known about during WWII.

Melanie Dobson’s novels are always a beautiful and heart-wrenching glimpse into our world’s history and filled with hope for the future. The Curator’s Daughter is a story of forgiveness, resilience, and love. With so much hatred still prevalent in our society today, this novel shares the powerful message of “the hope of God’s redemption and love for all.” The Curator’s Daughter is highly recommended for fans of World War II fiction and readers who enjoy time-slip and women’s fiction novels. This book will definitely be on my Top 10 List of 2021.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Inkwell Faith Content Rating – 3 (Strong)

Talented writer Melanie Dobson deftly weaves two different timelines into a fascinating, though heart-rending story of redemption, forgiveness, and courage. The main characters are multi-layered and flawed, but believable and realistic. With settings in Nuremberg, Germany during World War II, and modern-day America, the two stories intersect and combine with another smaller side-story which ties them all together.

Some comparisons are drawn between what happened in Germany and the formation of factions in the United States which seek to replicate the idea of creating a superior race. Care must be given to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

Filled with rich historical detail, this tale is deeply absorbing and intriguing, and it’s obvious Dobson has researched this subject well. I must admit to a little bit of confusion with the different timelines and people, especially at the first, but it is certainly a satisfying and thought-provoking story.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers through NetGalley.
4.5 stars All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of World War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and—decades later—a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma.

1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna’s secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she’s hiding—and what she begins to uncover—could put them both in mortal danger.

Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha’s Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl’s mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as “a friend to the Jewish people.” Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past—and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.

Tyndale Publishers, March 2021
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Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of more than twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels. Five of her novels have won Carol Awards; Catching the Wind was nominated for a Christy Award in the historical fiction category and won an Audie Award in the inspirational fiction category; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year. Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn't writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University. Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls. Visit Melanie online at www.melaniedobson.com.

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