Review: 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 Matthias is abrupt and cold.

When Matthias himself leaves for the battlefront to deliver supplies to the soldiers, war rages in Amalie’s own heart. Will love claim victory?

My Review:

I have yet to find a Melanie Dobson story that I don’t love. She effortlessly weaves in the historical detail and genuine characters in such a way that you cannot put the story down, even for a moment.

Amana, Iowa is no different. Amalie is a brave, sweet character who grips your heart and you root for all the way. Equally, Matthias may try to be tough and gruff, but knowing the true motivation behind his sharp tongue leaves you turning each page and hoping for more.

Offering a unique, fresh perspective on the Civil War, Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa is truly a must-read for the historical fiction aficionado. But be forewarned: once you sample a Melanie Dobson novel, you’ll just have to get the next, and the next, and the next…

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