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Monday, September 23, 2019

Melanie Dobson and Free Books!

Inspired by an incredible rescue in Amsterdam during World War II, Memories of Glass shines light on Holland’s darkest history and her bravest heroes.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of my romantic-comedy novel set, Love at Millicent's Tea Shop, is:


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And now let's chat with novelist Melanie Dobson, author of the time-slip novel (with stories from both the present and past), Memories of Glass (Tyndale House Publishers, September 2019).

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of almost twenty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical novels including Memories of Glass, Hidden Among the Stars, and Catching the Wind.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love old cemeteries! My poor husband isn’t quite as enamored by this passion-of-mine, but I could spend hours upon hours reading epitaphs and wondering at the stories.

I so agree! I imagine as a historical fiction writer, you get a lot of story inspiration from the little information provided on the epitaphs.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Memories of Glass.

Memories of Glass is a time-slip novel inspired by the Dutch men and women during World War II who rescued more than six hundred Jewish children from a deportation center in Amsterdam.

Almost eighty years later, Ava Drake, the director of the prestigious Kingston Foundation, begins to uncover the devastating story about her family’s role in financing Hitler. As she and a child advocate named Landon West dig into the past, Ava discovers that her story is intertwined with the West family and an elderly Dutch woman who has spent a lifetime remembering a boy who was lost during the war. A boy she never expected to find.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Josie van Rees is a student in Amsterdam who delivers letters for the Dutch resistance. She wants to rescue the Jewish children being deported by their Nazi occupiers, but it seems impossible for her to help.

In the contemporary story, Ava Drake begins to research her great-grandfather’s work as an investor during World War II, but her entire family, it seems, is determined to stop her from finding the truth.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Kate Morton is a master of the time-slip genre. I love how she weaves together a story with lyrical prose and a mystery that spans generations

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I just finished the stunning time-slip novel by Amanda Dykes called Whose Waves These Are. This story takes readers on a journey to an island in Maine with characters that will—well, read the reviews and then the book. It’s one of those beautiful stories that’s impossible to summarize in a few words.

I don't think I realized how prevalent the time-slip genre was. I've loved every novel I've read in that style so far. They've always made history feel more relevant to what's happening in the contemporary world.

What are you working on now?

I just returned from a trip to Germany, researching for my next novel. This new story is about the Nazi quest to find their Aryan roots and a female archeologist in the 1940s who has to make some terrifying choices to survive. It’s also a story about a woman years later trying to out what happened to her family.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love connecting with my readers! The best places to find me are on my website: www.melaniedobson.com, on Facebook, and at @MelBDobson on Twitter

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

A friend and I recently launched the new website timeslipfiction.com. Do you have a favorite time-slip (also known as split-time) novel?

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MJSH said...

I’ve enjoyed quite a few from Rachel Hauck, Kristy Cambron, Jaime Jo Wright, Heidi Chiavaroli, and Sarah Monzon. I’ve loved yours as well, of course! :)
mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

Joy B said...

I love Jaimie Jo Wright's books! I'm eager to read this one.

Lori91301 said...

I didn't realize this was a genre - although I have enjoyed some movies and books that time travel. I hadn't heard the term time-slip. The last book I read in this genre was "The Letter" by Ruth Saberton. It was very good also, and took place around the forbidden relationship with a WWI couple and a modern-day relative learning about their lives. I'd love to read one of your books to introduce me to your writing. Thank you for considering me for a copy.
lorigeorge at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

I've read several time slip novels (Jaime Jo Wright, Kristy Cambron) and enjoyed all of them. I've also read 2 of your books. I'm looking forward to this new one.
lhanberry1 at gmail dot com

Amybooksy said...

I LOVE timeslip novels. There are so many good ones out there. Catching the Wind is my favorite.
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kim hansen said...

I love stories like this one. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

Melanie Backus said...

This book sounds amazing! I have read several slip in time books and enjoyed every one.
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Paula Shreckhise said...

I have enjoyed a few time slip novels , among them Jaimie Jo Wright and Rachel Hauck and Amanda Dykes. They are exceptional! Can’t wait to add Melanie’s to my favorites list!

Vie said...

Wow, thanks for bringing me up to speed on this genre! I have just started reading Rachel Hauck's The Writing Desk, which is a time-slip. I love the time-slip concept, especially since I'm the one in my extended family who cherishes the few family items that have been handed down through the years. I would love to read your books, Melanie.
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Trish Perry said...

As I said above, I've loved every time-slip novel I can remember reading. I didn't realize how many had factored into my recent reading! The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Dominic Smith, is excellent if you like stories set in the art world. The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn, is a WWII adventure, together with the related story of a contemporary heroine. And The Address, by Fiona Davis, features two intertwining stories centered around The Dakota apartments in New York in 1884, when the famous building was newly built, and in modern times. All very good reads.

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Pam K. said...

I don't have one specific time slip novel that is a favorite but some of my favorite authors who write these books are Melanie Dobson, Heidi Chiavaroli, Kristy Chambron, and Rachel Hauck.


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Velma said...

Time slip novels are my favorite types of books. One of my favorite time slip novels is Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Shop. donvelma[at]gmail[dot]com

Alicia Haney said...

Hi, I enjoyed reading this blog. This book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! I Love the cover, it is beautiful!I enjoyed the author interview. I have read those types of books also , and I have enjoyed them. Thank you for this blog. Thanks for the chance. Have a Great week. God Bless. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(Dot)net

John Thornton said...

As to the question of a favorite time-slip novel. I guess I am not really familiar with "time-slip" labels, but I read a lot of time travel, alternate time lines, and novels like that under the sci-fi genre. My favorite of those would be hard to pick, but Heinlein's Time for the Stars comes to mind.

Gail H. said...

I have read several and I love how the past is tied into the characters in the present. Jaime Jo Wright is one of the best.

Gail H. said...


Melanie Dobson said...

These are all wonderful time-slip stories and authors! I just read Amanda Dykes "Whose Waves These Are" and absolutely loved it!!

Anonymous said...

I have read several time slip novels. I enjoyed Heidi Chiavaroli's Freedom's Ring and The Secret Of Ladenbrook Manor by Melanie Dobson.
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Caryl Kane said...

Hello Trish and Melanie! Time-slip is one of my favorite sub-genres. I enjoy Jaime Jo Wright's books.


Anonymous said...

My favorite time slip is Jaime Jo Wright’s The House on Foster Hill. I love all of her books, but that’s my favorite. If you love old cemeteries, you need to go to New Orleans, where the graves are above ground. It’s an old city, so there are tours you can take of the older cemeteries.
perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
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