Memories of Glass

Memories of Glass

Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes.

1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape.

Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life―and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried.

Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports readers through time and place, from World War II Holland to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.

Title:Memories of Glass
ISBN:9781496417367
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    Memories of Glass Reviews

  • Sarah Sundin

    Breathtaking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting. Memories of Glass shows the beauty when people do anything to help others, the ugliness when people do anything to help only themselves, and the ...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Nazi occupied Holland in 1942, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden along with a few brave Dutch citizens manage to hide Eliese’s son Hein and 600 other Jewish children. The children a...

  • Loraine

    This time-slip novel draws from Holland's darkest period of history to create a stunning true story novel that captured my attention from start to finish. It's 1942, and Josie Van Reese and her best f...

  • Karen R

    A compelling, complex story based on real people and events of WW2. Amid the onslaught of Nazi occupation, the brave Dutch people shine as stars as they use their resources to quietly fight the Jewish...

  • Beth Erin

    Full review (plus author q&a) on FaithfullyBookish.comMelanie Dobson is a masterful storyteller. She weaves past and present, ordinary and extraordinary, love and loss, fears and faith in an intricate...

  • Kav

    My brain is muddled and my heart is fractured. What an emotional read! I was gulping down great heaving sobs by the end. Pretty much teary for the last quarter of the book. Luckily I listened to the a...

  • Kate Breslin

    Once again author Melanie Dobson writes an elegantly complex and gripping dual-time tale that kept me enthralled until the very last page! Her beautiful writing immediately dropped me into the story, ...

  • Staci

    Lovely time slip novel set in Amsterdam, U.S. and Africa with intertwining story lines in present day and WWII. It was a moving novel primarily about saving children from harm. I am rarely moved to te...

  • Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“The past often has a way of creeping into our present.”With a powerful and compelling style, award-winning author Melanie Dobson creates an extraordinary ...

  • Marian Baay

    I'm totally impressed by this beautiful story that captivated me from page one and stole my sleep, because I couldn't stop reading. Wow, just wow!...