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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Giving Away Five Copies of Amana Novel

Almost two years has passed since I visited the peaceful Amana Colonies in Iowa (click here for story and pictures of my journey), but I was able to return a few months ago on paper to write—Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa. This story takes place almost thirty years before Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, during the time the Amana Colonies were being built.

To celebrate the release of this book, I will be giving away a review copy to five different readers. To enter the contest, please leave a brief comment below (it can be very brief—like “enter me") and your email address so I can notify you. I will draw names on June 28th.

Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa

As the rest of the nation is embroiled in the Civil War, the Amana Colonies have remained at peace--until now. Amalie Wiese arrives in the newly built village of Amana in 1863 only to find that her fiancé , Friedrich, has left to fight with the Union army.

Amalie fears for his safety even as she struggles with his decision to abandon the colony’s peace-loving beliefs. She hopes that working alongside Friedrich’s best friend will provide some comfort, but instead of offering support, Matthias is abrupt and cold. When Matthias himself leaves for the battlefront to deliver supplies to the soldiers, war wages inside Amalie. Who will claim victory for her heart?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me. Incidentally, I went to MCS and graduated a couple of years before you! Now live in Bellville, Butler, Fredericktown area. I really enjoy your books.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I enjoy reviewing books and would love to read it.

10:02 AM  
Blogger cmc said...

Let it be me! Let it be me! Miss you guys! Candice

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Teri Stone said...

I'd love to win! :)

9:21 PM  
Blogger ChristyJan said...

Congrats on your latest release!


10:56 AM  
Blogger tarenn98 said...

Would love to win this.I do enjoy your stories.Please enter me.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Edna said...

I would love to win this book, enjoy your blog.


10:59 AM  
OpenID thismomreads said...

Looking forward to reading it! :D

mkjorgenson (at) gmail (dot) com

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:05 AM  
Blogger heidi330 said...

I have not reqad your books yet but I would love to start with this book. Plus my mother loves these kind of stories so I would love to share this with her. I know she will also become a big fan of your books.
Thanks for this chance.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I was just in Iowa four two family gatherings over the weekend. Would love to win a copy. Best wishes.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Can't wait to read it Mel!!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I love historical books. This sounds great, as I have family in Iowa.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of your new book but will I be able to wait that long to read it! I share my books with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter so they are equally excited.

11:10 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Our family went to the Amana Colonies some years ago...
I would enjoy reading your
Amana Novel very much!
Many thanks, Cindi

11:15 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Please enter me. I would love to read this book


11:16 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I have spent 40 years living in Kansas City driving through Iowa to go home and see our families. The Amana Colonies were the half way point and among my children's fondest memories. I would love to read these and do not see them in my library. Please enter me in the give away.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Bluerose said...

I would love to be entered! :)

bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enter me

11:25 AM  
Blogger authorkathyeberly said...

I have always loved the Amana area in Iowa! Would love to read the book!

11:34 AM  
Blogger kvsmm said...

I love your books and am from an Anabaptist family, so the subject appeals to me.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

Would love to read this book!

cafelilybookreviews (at) gmail (dot) com

11:48 AM  
Blogger Kat Bryan said...

I would love to read this book. The Amanas are a favorite of mine also.
winterset AT

11:54 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Can't wait to read the new book, as I enjoyed the others! I have my fingers and toes crossed!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Karen Lange said...

Congratulations! :) What a wonderful way to celebrate! Thank you for spreading the fun and excitement!

I'd love to be entered.

Thanks and Blessings,

12:08 PM  
Blogger squiresj said...

I would love to win this book and read it, review it, and share it with others.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

I simply love your books.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me! The odds of winning are not real good, I see already! LOL Congrats on the new book!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Karen Teggatz Guth said...

I grew up on a farm near the Amana Colonies and they will always have a special place in my heart.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Toystory said...

Thanks for the invite to enter. I'd love to read this!
1prizewinner at gmail dot com

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Nancy Jo Jenkins said...

LOVED your first Amana book, Melanie. I'll purchase this one if I don't win it. Either way, I'll be a winner for reading it.

Glad you're over the worst part of your surgery.

Miss you,
Nancy Jo

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Sonna said...

Please enter me. Since I met your folks I have read all your books. Hope we can add this one to the Library at the hospital too.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Theresa N. said...

Sounds like a wonderful book to add to my reading list.
Theresa N

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Pam K. said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing.


2:00 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

This looks really good. Can't wait to read it.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I would love to win a copy. The Love Finds You books are great and I enjoy these type of books.



2:41 PM  
Blogger Lizzie Fizzie said...

Awww, i love amana colonies! haha! Yay! pick me please!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Lizzie Fizzie said...

Yay i love amana colonies!!! Pick me! lol

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to read your latest book. Barbara Reed

5:28 PM  
Blogger Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this. Thanks so much for the contest. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

5:31 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Why not? ;-) Enter me, please.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous ruhadlock said...

Can't wait to read it, Mel. When I lived in Iowa I went there to buy spices. Lovely people.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Bev said...

I can't wait to read it! (I loved the other one!) Please enter me.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Good luck to us all! :)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Kaye said...

Sounds very intriguing. Please enter me in the drawing.


6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have your books in our church library and they are always popular. I would love to donate this prize for our library. Please allow this...
Western Australia

7:08 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I would love to win this. Thanks!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Ohhh, I've heard about this book for some time. I'd love to win it!


7:39 PM  
Blogger Linda Kish said...

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

10:08 PM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hello, Melanie! 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the terrible and tragic American Civil War. I live in VA, and I am surrounded by haunting historic landmarks and the vivid legacy of The War Between the States. I would be very interested in reading "Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa" and learning a different viewpoint of the war through your eyes as a storyteller.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

4:15 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I enjoy the Love Finds you series.

6:15 AM  
Blogger karenk said...

thank you for the opportunity to read your wonderful novel, melanie :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

1:16 PM  
Blogger Carol N Wong said...

I would love to read your book and learn about the Amana Colonies. I am familiar with the Amish and Mennonites but don't know about Amanas. Thank you so much for this giveaway.


3:34 PM  
Blogger PriviesAndPrims said...

Count me in! I love to read about other religions. Makes for an interesting change of "scenery". :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

6:54 PM  
Anonymous BusyWorkingMama said...

Thanks for the chance to win your book! I love to read!

aleksa91 hotmail com

7:31 AM  
Blogger Torri said...

Melanie!! I'm so excited that you have another book out!!! :) I can't wait to read it. :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. Please enter me!

lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

8:12 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I love the Love Finds you series. I would love to read this one. Thanks again.


2:06 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Would love to win a copy! I love to read books. Thanks.

dancealert at aol dot com

4:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Would love to win!


4:28 PM  
Blogger MelyCS said...

I would love to win your new book! I'm looking forward to reading it. - Mel

8:12 PM  
Blogger Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me! I would really love to help you celebrate by winning this book. LOL

6:57 AM  
Blogger rbooth43 said...

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa sounds like a great read.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Phantom Paragrapher said...

If it's International - I love the Love In Series and have read the majority of them :)
New Follower

11:52 PM  
Blogger Mystica said...

If its open to all please count me in.


7:55 PM  
Blogger Diana Flowers said...

It's been a long while since I've won a giveaway and I would love to win this one! Congrats on your new book, Melanie!

5:54 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Can't wait to get my hand on this to read also--love your books!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Congrats on your latest release!
Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa sound wonderful.Please enter me.Thanks.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Glenda said...

please enter me in the Amana drawing. I just finished Refuge at Crescent Hill.I just couldn't put it down until I finished. Wonderful storytelling- felt like I was there- Glenda

9:14 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

I hope I'm not too late! Please enter me!


9:22 AM  
Blogger eyeballlucy said...

My husband is from Iowa...beautiful part of the country.....and been to the Amana Colonies a few times too...and I would love to win a copy of Melanie Dobson's new novel..'Love Finds You In Amana Iowa'

9:15 AM  

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