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BOOK REVIEW: THE CURATOR’S DAUGHTER

Book By: Melanie Dobson

A captivating, thought-provoking read by Melanie Dobson – her best novel yet.

Be prepared to experience the heartbreak of the stories of the Jewish people during WW2 and the people who tried to help them. And don’t be surprised at how much our world hasn’t changed since then.

A young, ambitious archaeologist working for the Third Reich is eager to make a name for herself in a world where women are expected to abide by the 3Ks – kunchen, kirche and kinder (kitchen, church and children). When she’s pulled from the field and reassigned to curate treasures others have found, it’s only the beginning of a series of twists and unexpected turns neither Hanna, nor the reader anticipates.

A young, teenaged girl is caught in a modern cult, fighting for the same purity of the Aryan race. She will spend the rest of her life fighting the hate that dictated her early teens and left her with a trauma that haunts her dreams.

Both these women are intricately linked – but the connection is not easily seen by the reader. And once all is revealed, hang on to your page! It will leave your head spinning.

There are so many great things about this novel. I think what struck me the most about it, is that it’s a novel relevant to our time. Like, this month. With all the rioting and messages of hate that have been regularly reported on, The Curator’s Daughter is releasing at the right moment in our history. There was evil in the world back then, there is evil now.

A beautiful thread of hope, forgiveness, and second chances is sewn together through the end. It’s a story about discovering your roots, preserving the stories of those who have gone before us and overcoming the past.

Go buy the book! You won’t be sorry you did.

I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Recommended Reads

It’s getting close to the end of the year and the buzz around some book lovers’ social media posts are the 2019 or 2020 reading challenge. Readers have asked for recommended books to add to their lists for the upcoming year or their recommendations for others.

Recently, I was chatting with some friends who lamented on not knowing which books to choose as their next read or audio listen.

I thought it’d be fun to give you the titles to books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past year or two. Many of these books I’ve reviewed and posted to this site or Good Reads. Ones I haven’t reviewed on this site or elsewhere are starred*.

Without further introduction, here are my top book choices in various categories, and in no particular order:

BOOK SERIES:

  1. The Sierra Mountain Sweethearts by Mary Conneally – Humour, adventure, action and a bit of romance sprinkled in. Historical Fiction. Three books: The Accidental Guardian, The Reluctant Warrior, The Unexpected Champion.
  2. The Tinderbox and The Timepiece* by Beverly Lewis – Amish duology. The second book takes place a mere day or two after the first one ends.
  3. The Saturday Night Supper Club Series by Carla Laureano – Three book series, third to be released in 2020: The Saturday Night Supper Club*, Brunch at the Bittersweet Café, Solid Grounds Coffee Company. Warning: Food alert! Must have snacks while reading these.

WOMEN’S FICTION:

  1. Things I Never Told You – by Beth Vogt. Tissue alert! A twin deals with the loss of her sister.
  2. Reason to Breathe – by Debra Raney. The death of a loved parent brings three very different sisters home. This is book one to the series, book 2 releases in November 2019.
  3. Wooing Cadie MacCaffrey – by Bethany Turner.
  4. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck* – by Bethany Turner.
  5. The Heart Between Us – by Lindsay Harrell. Tissue alert!

SUSPENSE

  1. Lethal Target – by Janice Cantore
  2. Cold Aim – by Janice Cantore
  3. Stormy Haven – by Elizabeth Goddard
  4. Synapse – by Steven James. This one is more sci-fi and gives you lots of food for thought!

CHRISTMAS STORIES

  1. Catching Christmas – by Terri Blackstock. Humorous Christmas tale and lots of laugh out loud moments. This one is an award winner.
  2. Merry and Bright* – by Debbie Macomber

TIME SLIP (2 parallel, connected stories)

  1. Hidden Among the Stars – by Melanie Dobson.
  2. *The Writing Desk – by Rachel Hauck

HISTORICAL FICTION

  1. The Noble Guardian – by Michelle Griep
  2. The Reluctant Bride – by Jody Hedlund. Lots of tame romance in this one. Tissue alert. Canadian connection.
  3. Diamond in the Rough – by Jen Turano. This is the second book of a series, but it does well as a stand alone. Too many funny moments to count.
  4. The Spice King – by Elizabeth Camden
  5. The Number of Love – by Roseanna White

NON-FICTION

  1. I Can’t Believe You Just Said That – by Ginger Hubbard. A parenting book that addresses heart issues and how to discuss it with your kids.
  2. Lies Girls Believe – by Dannah Gresh. Based on the non-fiction book by Nancy Lee DeMoss for women, Lies Women Believe.

FAVOURITE AUTHORS

  1. Julie Klassen – historical Christian fiction with a bit of intrigue
  2. Beverly Lewis – Amish Christian fiction, contemporary and historical
  3. Debbie Macomber – her work is not considered Christian Fiction, but she’s a professed believer and threads of faith, hope, and God’s forgiveness are found in many of her books. Always clean.
  4. John Grisham – definitely not Christian Fiction, but again, he’s a professed Christian. Legal thrillers and sometimes surprise endings.
  5. Jody Hedlund – historical Christian fiction. Some of the book series are heavy romance, but others are based heavily on historical figures like Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Newton.

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