Melanie is giving away a copy of her new historical novel, The Silent Order. To win, you must do the following:
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About the book:
Cleveland, Ohio, 1929. Dark secrets bind the notorious Cardano family together, but Detective Rollin Wells is close to exposing them. The Cardanos are working in the hills south of Cleveland, and when Rollin travels to Sugarcreek to investigate, he discovers that the Cardanos want him dead. Rollin hides out in an Amish home, trying to uncover why the Cardanos are in Amish country and who is collaborating with them. As he gets closer to the truth, he also attempts to find out what a beautiful Amish woman named Katie Lehman—a woman who reminds him of the girl he once loved—is hiding. Will Katie trust him with her secret...and her heart? Or will the Cardano code of honor silence them both?
Melanie Dobson loves reading and researching historical fiction as much as she enjoys writing it. The award-winning author of seven historical and contemporary novels, her historical novel Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana was chosen as the Best Book of Indiana (fiction) for 2010, and her suspense novel The Black Cloister received the Foreword Book of the Year award in 2009 for religious fiction and was nominated for the ACFW Carol Award (suspense category.).
Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family, and she worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction fulltime. She grew up in Ohio, but has lived in Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Berlin, Germany. She and her family now reside near Portland, Oregon, and while her family still loves to travel, they are hoping not to move again for a very long time.
More information about Melanie and her books is available at www.melaniedobson.com.
Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
What a wonderful book by an amazing author! In Dobson’s latest offering, readers will find mystery, love and values that have withstood the test of time. The characters are a delight and readers get a fascinating glimpse into the underworld of gangsters during the era of Prohibition and the dangers police faced in keeping law and order.
Janna Ryan (reader)
Melanie Dobson has taken something that I'm not overly fond of right now (Amish themed books) and given it such a fascinating twist that I couldn't help but love this book. When you mix the Amish with mystery, mayhem and the Mafia, how could it not be great. There are many twists and turns in this book that really kept me guessing. Melanie has a way of presenting all kinds of questions and then slowly but surely pulling the threads together one at a time. Giving just enough info to help you figure things out but not enough info to spoon feed it to you - I love that! I'm an intelligent reader, don't patronize me... and Melanie doesn't. She continues to write books that are making me a life long fan of her books!
Book Reviews by Molly
I really enjoyed reading this book. The instant pull into the story is absolutely amazing. The plot line is different, though. Very different. Melanie Dobson is a seasonally talented author who truly knows what her fans will love. She took two extremely different worlds and blended them in a way that would seem unthinkably impossible. But, she did it and it was WONDERFUL!
Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers
Melanie Dobson weaves a tale of intrigue cloaked with secrets yet threaded with elements of grace. Put The Silent Order on your must-have list.
Melanie and Miralee at a book signing in Portland, Oregon