Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Rating: 4 ½ Stars
A beautiful historical romance reminiscent of Monuments Men and The Woman in Gold, telling the tale of tragedies faced during WWII and the lost treasures of those taken by the Nazi’s. Max, Callie, Luzia and Annika each provide narration in this time-slip novel as the reader is transported from present day, in Callie’s bookshop, to the horrors of the German invasion of Austria in 1938, and the persecution of Jews.
Love, loss, family and identity are all conveyed beautifully within this engaging and heart wrenching read. Author, Melanie Dobson, provides a unique take on love in war and the sacrifices families and love ones took to protect one another. While the horrors and representations of WWII were not unfamiliar, the way Dobson portrayed the relationships and so eloquently tied them back to present day, drew the reader further into this story. Hidden Among the Stars even had a few twists you won’t see coming.
As an added caveat, I loved that the story tied to the here and now through a book in Callie’s possession. It played stunningly in making this read come full circle. Very well done.
*Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher, but all opinions are my own.