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 c Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman?s The Zookeeper?s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light o...

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Title:Memories of Glass
Author:Melanie Dobson
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1496417364
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Memories of Glass Reviews

  • Erin Laramore
    Oct 02, 2019
    This book took me a bit to get into - in part because I'd just finished a contemporary romantic suspense and in part because the last historical I'd read wasn't very good, so I wans't really in the mood for a historical (or even a partial historical since this was a dual timeline). But...
  • Nora St Laurent
    Nov 02, 2019
    This author skillfully brings historical events and people to life in this compelling, time split story tugged at my heart strings in current time and in the back flashes in WWII (1940?s) The Kingston family has secrets they are hiding. Secrets that could destroy their family and...
  • Loraine
    Aug 30, 2019
    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 friend Eliese Linden partner to rescue hundreds of Jewish children who were set for dep...
  • Laura
    Jul 10, 2019
    This is the first time I've read a book by Melanie Dobson, and it won't be my last. Memories of Glass is a keeper and will stay with you long after you finish it. I will admit, at first, I was a little confused as the chapters jumped around to different characters with different sto...
  • Sarah Sundin
    Sep 04, 2019
    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 destructive power of secrets through the generations. Melanie Dobson?s memorable cha...
  • Carol
    Oct 15, 2019
    Sometimes, very important things are left out of family history and history that children are taught and elders do not speak of. Ada Drake knew that her mother had many things that they did not speak of. She worked for the Kingston Family Foundation and her work took her to Uganda wher...
  • Amber Stokes
    Oct 05, 2019
    As with other Melanie Dobson books I've read, I found this story engaging and the writing lovely. Both the historical and the modern plots hold interesting twists and compelling characters sharing their perspectives. I enjoyed following Ava to Uganda and seeing how her first meeting wi...
  • Maggie Boyd
    Sep 07, 2019
    In 1997, the Seinfeld episode called The Yada Yada aired. While this installment is best known for coining the term ?anti-dentite? and the use of yada, yada to skip details in conversation, it also takes an intriguing look at religious conversion and the confused feelings such an e...
  • Chelsie
    Sep 21, 2019
    Another very well written historical fiction novel based on true people and events that happened in Amsterdam during WWII. I also love that the author used the two POV's with present day character that was connected to a character from WWII. Josie, Samuel, Klaas, and Eliese have become...
  • Kav
    Oct 01, 2019
    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 audible version so an innocent paperback wasn't water damaged. :-) This is one of th...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    Jul 12, 2019
    'Hatred stops at nothing to destroy, but love can break through the root of evil.' Melanie Dobson is a master at this type of story: dual time line, one period set in a very dark period of history during the Nazi invasion of Holland, and another in the present day when a young woman...
  • Suzie Waltner
    Sep 24, 2019
    With decades comes perspective but what if you were on the other side of WWII and the Nazi regime? What if you didn?t realize what would happen to the families you helped register before they were loaded on trains to a German concentration camp? Melanie Dobson puts you in those shoes...
  • Marian Baay
    Mar 24, 2019
    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! ...
  • Lynn
    May 04, 2019
    I did ultimately find this book extremely interesting, and though I certainly learned much about Dutch resistance and the Nazi occupation, I found the book difficult to read. The characters were interwoven through the generations, the setting moved from Holland to South Carolina to Afr...
  • Kate Breslin
    Sep 18, 2019
    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, and as the past slowly revealed the many hidden terrors of the Netherlands during WWII...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 20, 2019
    4.5 stars "If only I could ask questions about my family and get straight answers. If only people would share their stories instead of locking them away. " If only. It's the story of Ava Drake's life. So much of her family history is shrouded in secrecy, facts hidden in the shado...
  • Terri Wangard
    Oct 29, 2019
    War brings out the best in people and the worst. They?re both here in Memories of Glass, but it?s not easy to determine everyone?s true nature right away. Saving Holland?s Jewish children from the Nazis is possible, and Eliese Linden uses her position on the Jewish Council to ...
  • Jodi
    Aug 27, 2019
    A few years ago, I read Chateau of Secrets, by Melanie Dobson, the story captivated me from the beginning and I became a fan of Melanie Dobson fiction. My father was born in the Netherlands just after the end of the second World War, so I was immediately intrigued to read of the cu...
  • Staci
    Nov 03, 2019
    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 tears while reading and this is one of those rare novels. Highly recommended for fans of...
  • Kristen Gwen Johnson
    Sep 06, 2019
    Melanie Dobson books always give me at least one shiver when something surprising is revealed, and I more often than not cry somewhere near the end. Her stories always capture me as she introduces her readers to heroes and heroines of history and modern day. You know when you pick up a...
  • Jeanne Alfveby Crea
    Oct 14, 2019
    With timeless truths, and page-turning suspense, I was unable to put this book down. In this magnificent work of fiction, Author Melanie Dobson quotes Corrie Ten Boom "Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for a future that only ...
  • Karen R
    Jul 15, 2019
    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 Holocaust. Digging into the past reveals a mystery that might just unravel more than ...
  • Sheri Melnick
    Aug 18, 2019
    Dobson (Catching the Wind) enthralls with her latest, a historically-accurate novel laced with the narrative of Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation. Twenty-seven-year-old Ava Drake is the director of her family?s Kingston Foundation. After a recent trip to the opening of the f...
  • Leslie M.
    Aug 02, 2019
    I enjoy books about WWII, and I enjoy Melanie Dobson?s books, so I?m not surprised that I loved this book. It's a story that will stick with me for some time, and it should, as this is about a part of history that shouldn't be forgotten. Dobson has crafted a powerful time-slip n...
  • Nancy Larimer
    Jul 22, 2019
    "Memories of Glass " by Melanie Dobson is an historical fiction book that takes place during World War II in Amsterdam,Holland. This book unfolds the difficult memories of World War II . The people in Holland are in shock when the Germans enter their cities. There is a theatre in Amste...
  • Beth Erin
    Oct 07, 2019
    Full review (plus author q&a) on FaithfullyBookish.com Melanie Dobson is a masterful storyteller. She weaves past and present, ordinary and extraordinary, love and loss, fears and faith in an intricate tapestry of experience and emotion. My words can't even begin to scratch the ...
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    Oct 27, 2019
    Oh my. I'm still reeling from this book, which I finished a couple days ago. Equally compelling present and historical chapters drew me in, Melanie Dobson's enticing characters and brilliant plot kept me turning the pages. This was a tear-jerker that broke my heart but did not leave me...
  • Karren  Sandercock
    Sep 21, 2019
    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 along with their parents could be deported at anytime to Auschwitz and no one is safe! ...
  • Nicole
    Jul 16, 2019
    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 time-slip novel that demonstrates the strength and determination of the human ...
  • Shirley
    Sep 27, 2019
    Save the Children This is a heartbreaking story of the Holland Jewish people during the Nazi occupation of Holland. It is the story of resistance and the saving of the lives of many Jewish children by hiding them. Samuel, Jose, Eliese, and Klaas were friend playing together as child...