Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Review - Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

I recently finished this book and I enjoyed it quite well.  I would not give it five stars, but a definite four.

It is the story of a young woman named Camden Bristow who never really had a home.  Her father left when she was young and her mother boyfriend hopped to survive.  Her father remained in her life to a degree, but he set himself up with another wife and daughter, so he had very little time for Camden.

The one good thing he did for Camden was take her every summer to his mother, Camden's grandmother.  She spent several summers there as a child and she found a sense of home and peace when she was with her grandmother, Rosalie.

Fast forward several year, Camden is now a freelance photographer in a recession and jobs are not coming her way.  She is kicked out of her apartment with no money and she needs a place to get back on her feet.  She realizes her grandmother and her home, Crescent Hill, will be just the place.

Sadly, she arrives in town the day after her grandmother's memorial service.  Camden is not sure what to do.  She has no money, so she stays at Crescent Hill, but there are scary things going on in the house.  Things disappearing and scary noises.

This is a novel about finding out who you are and what that means.  This is a Christian novel with the faith guiding the people Camden comes in contact with.  Sometimes the faith aspect in a book seems thrown in as an afterthought.  I did not find it so with this book.  Many times I felt like, "Yep, that could have been me" when the characters expressed their faith.

There is also a great secondary story that gets tied in a the end.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone look for a subtle suspense, history, and just a bit of romance.

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