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A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of Word War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and - decades later - a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma.

1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna’s secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she’s hiding - and what she begins to uncover - could put them both in mortal danger.

Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha’s Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl’s mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as “a friend to the Jewish people”. Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past - and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.

©2021 Melanie Dobson (P)2021 Two Words Publishing LLC

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One of the best narrators out there Nancy Peterson

I found this audio a bit convoluted at first. Like there were three stories in one. Three different time lines and people to keep up with. I found myself constantly going back to see who she was talking about. Several times I almost gave up and returned audio. Glad I didn’t. Once I figured out the timelines and who belonged where it was good . I have listened to most of Mrs Dobsons books and certainly appreciate the severe lack of profanity and sexual scenes. But I really appreciated this as a Christian. Influenced audio. . She is a great influence in the world today

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Lots of God/praying

Interesting premise, a little confusing sometimes. I found the amount of God/praying to be too much and very distracting from the story and subject matter.

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Very Improbable Plot

Where can I start? I guess with a compliment? I have read several books by this author and really liked them !
However this one is too far fetched! The premise was OK but the details were a bit confusing and hard to believe.
It was also somewhat "preachy"
Can I also say I am very tired of parallel story lines decades apart? Its time to go back to a straight story told
without flashbacks or time reversal.
I found the 3 pronged story back and forth very tiring. The Historical details were interesting and obviously well researched.
The Nazi story line was OK but the Aryan Council part of the plot was not well developed.
Another hard to believe detail was the "Memories" and nightmares of LILY as a 3 year old child and her time in the German Orphanage.
Even harder to believe was that" Hope" a minor character could possibly remember something that happened to her when she was 3 months old ! Really?
There were far too many hard to believe connections and the ending was just sappy.
I hope Melanie Dobson will write a more straightforward historical books like "Written among the Stars" or
"Catching the Wind" which were both excellent and believable.
The narrator was very good.
Disappointed!


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