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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kregel Blog Tour: Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

Paperback 271 pages $13.99

 Moving home after a recent job loss was supposed to reassure Camden Bristow but what she finds is an empty mansion 150 years old. What happened to the house she played in as a child, the bedtime stories that told of secret passageways and runaway slaves, and all those family memories?

When antiques start disappearing and footsteps are heard, Camden wonders what really happened here . . . at Crescent Hill? Who still has access to the house? And for what purpose? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden also uncovers secrets about her family that could change the town--and her life--forever.

Read an excerpt here.

I made the mistake of starting to read Refuge on Crescent Hill when I had only 15 minutes to spare before heading out the door.  In those 15 minutes, the book had already grabbed me and I hated to put it down!  I love a good mystery, but I do not like it to be violent or full of terror.  Refuge on Crescent Hill is a very well written, suspenseful mystery.  The characters (both good and bad) are well developed and very believable.  I love how Camden and Alex both develop and change as the story develops and they discover that even though they can't explain all things they need to put their faith and trust in God.  The author's descriptions make you feel as though you are in the story.  You hear floors creaking, and doors slamming.  You feel sadness, pain, and joy.     The book is not at all predictable, and just when I thought I had it figured out, the author would throw a new element that I didn't expect into the story.  Even at the end, when I thought I knew it all, it still didn't all turn out the way I expected. 

Even though I thought that Refuge on Crescent Hill was an outstanding mystery, there are a few things you may want to be aware of, especially before handing it to your teen.  It is suspenseful and a few of the scenes are intense.  Although it is not overly or graphically violent, it does have some violent elements in it (murder, abuse, mention of a rape) that you should be aware of.

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson will be available on Amazon Kindle FREE for one week starting on October 31st!

Edited 11/6  to add:
Sorry for the trouble. The Kindle version was supposed to be listed as free, but Amazon’s records got a timing reversed with another promotion and as a result, the book actually won’t be discounted until mid-December. We’ll announce it on Kregel’s facebook page, twitter profile, and in our fiction newsletter when it does finally happen so if you or your blog reader receives/checks any of those outlets, you’ll know when to go back and get the free download. I received a complimentary copy of Refuge on Crescent Hill for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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