Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa

  • Title: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa
  • Author: Melanie Dobson
  • ISBN: 9781935416661
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa Times are hard in In the midst of an economic depression Jacob Hirsch loses his job with the banking industry Desperate for work the widower rides the rails west from Chicago with his four year
    Times are hard in 1893 In the midst of an economic depression, Jacob Hirsch loses his job with the banking industry Desperate for work, the widower rides the rails west from Chicago with his four year old daughter, Cassie When illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana Society settled there rallies around the newcomers Liesel, a young Amana woman,Times are hard in 1893 In the midst of an economic depression, Jacob Hirsch loses his job with the banking industry Desperate for work, the widower rides the rails west from Chicago with his four year old daughter, Cassie When illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana Society settled there rallies around the newcomers Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health while the Homestead elders offer Jacob work But when the elders recognize Jacobs interest in the engaged Liesel, they ask him to leave the colony Will Jacob choose to stay in the only place thats felt like homeif it means he must give up the woman hes come to love Author Melanie Dobson Format 320 pages, paperback Publisher Summerside Press 2010 ISBN 9781935416661

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    About Melanie Dobson


    1. Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense Melanie is the award winning author of seventeen historical romance, time slip, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters After moving numerous times with Jon s work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific When Melanie isn t writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.More information about her and her books is available on her website at melaniedobson.


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    1. Oddly enough, this is not a re-read Love Finds You story for me! When I was first starting out on reading these, this story didn't capture my interest, and this time around was much the same. However, this is a bit of a hidden gem in the rough!The story moved at a good pace, and I loved how Jacob cared for his daughter throughout the story. Liesel was strong, and had a hidden spunky streak in her that wasn't deterred by her restrictive community. Watching the two of them come to fall in love wit [...]

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    2. This was such an enjoyable read. I didn't want it to end, and it made me want to live in the Amana Colonies. Life was very hard for people all over the Country in 1894, when this book begins, a lot of people are out of work. Jacob Hirsch decides to leave Chicago IL with his daughter Cassie and two dollars in his pocket. There is a rail strike going on and he ends up hopping a freight train, which he hopes is going to his destination of Seattle WA! Once on the train his daughter become extremely [...]

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    3. I've seen the "Love Finds You" series before, but had never read any of them. I'm sure they're all very similar and not everyone's cup of tea. But I really enjoyed this one and plan on checking out more of these (was glad to download another of these free for my Kindle, as this one was free also). This one is set in the late 1800's, in the Amana colonies, which upon further research, was an interesting time and place I had never heard of. Similar to the Amish community, the Amanas lived together [...]

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    4. From the title, you might think this is just a "fluffy" romance, but there's so much more depth to the story than that.Times are hard in 1894 Chicago, after losing his job at a bank due to the economic depression, Jacob Hirsch rides the rails west with his 4 year old daughter Cassie. When a life threatening illness strands them in Homestead, Iowa, the local Amana villagers welcome Jacob and his daughter into their peaceful society. Leisel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health, and t [...]

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    5. I have always enjoyed Melanie Dobson's storytelling and so far I have read every book she has written. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa was just as amazing as all of her other books. She knows how to capture my attention from the first page and her stories always have excellent pacing. While tender and sweet, this novel was still enthralling for me and compelling, probably because I learned something new as I read. I have never heard of the Amana Colonies before reading this book, but thought t [...]

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    6. I loved this book! I usually do not read fiction, however, this book attracted my attention because I used to live very near Homestead, Iowa. The author, Melanie Dobson, described the area very well. Her characters seemed real and alive and the book held me in suspense. I couldn't stop reading it and when I got to the end, I didn't want it to stop! Highly recommend this book. It is enjoyable reading, plus gives one the history of the life of the Amana Colonies in Iowa.Next on the List to read: " [...]

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    7. Great story! I'm not normally a fan of inspirational fiction nor of romance novels, but this one manages to be both without slapping you in the face with either genre. A fun, light read but also very well written (as many light reads tend not to be) with accurate historical details. I can't wait to read the next "Love Finds You" book by Melanie Dobson.

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    8. More than just another "bonnet book" - Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa features endearing but realistically flawed characters, a captivating romance, and a hint of mystery. Add Dobson's impeccable research into the little-known Amana colonies, and you have a thoroughly enjoyable novel.

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    9. This is a sweet story. I did not get as consumed as I usually do with a book by Melanie Dobson but still enjoyed it. I really liked learning about the Amana community in Iowa.

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    10. Title: LOVE FINDS YOU IN HOMESTEAD, IOWAAuthor: Melanie DobsonPublisher: Summerside PressMarch 2010ISBN: 978-1-935416-66-1Genre: Inspirational/historicalJacob Hirsch worked as a banker in Chicago, but when the banks started being run broke by depositors demanding their money, Jacob lost his job. With nothing but $1.95 to his name and the Pullman cars under strike, Jacob is forced to hop onboard a freight train with his four year old daughter, Cassie, in hopes of finding a job out west. Cassie is [...]

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    11. SUMMARY: Times are hard in 1893. In the midst of an economic depression, Jacob Hirsch loses his job with the banking industry. Desperate for work, the widower rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When their train is derailed in a flood outside Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana Society settled there rallies around the newcomers. Liesel, a young Amana woman, takes Cassie under her wing at the Amana Kinderschule and the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But [...]

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    12. This was a really wonderfully written book about a man named Jacob from Chicago who is trying to find work after being fired from his bookkeeping job at a bank in the late 1890s. He has a four year old daughter Cassie and longs to help her survive. When she becomes sick, he quickly gets off a train in Homestead, Iowa where he comes across a womana from a Christian commune named Liesel.Liesel was recently engaged to a man whom she got along with in her childhood, but wasn't truly sure of her own [...]

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    13. I grew up in Iowa and have been to the Amanas many times. That, naturally, is what made me want to read this book. It did a good job of telling the story of the people who built the commune. It also showed their close relationship to God. They lived by very strict rules in order to preserve the community, but I thought the book did a good job of showing that it was done with love. The story itself was predictable. It is a romance between a widower with a daughter who is very sick and a young Ama [...]

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    14. This wonderful story of loss, illness and love again takes place in eastern Iowa's Amana colonies and how the communities might have operated in 1894. The historic story transverses locations between both Homestead, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. Rich historic detail and a fantastic love story are both key reasons to read this book. I'll never stop for coffee, pie and ice cream in Little Amana on my way across Iowa without remembering Melanie Dobson and the charming characters she brings to life i [...]

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    15. I am always pleased to find a book about the Amana Colonies, that is what I knew them as when I was a child growing up in the midwest, eastern Nebraska. I have visited the 'Colonies' but have learned so much more about them by reading books like Melanie's. She did a wonderful job of holding my interest and teaching me more about the 'Community of True Inspiration' and their beliefs.I have read other books Melanie has written and really enjoyed them too. I think I have all of Melanie's 'Love Find [...]

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    16. Melanie Dobson is a gifted storyteller and she doesn’t disappoint in her latest book, Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa. Dobson artfully weaves history, romance, and suspense together to create a story you won’t want to put down. From the first paragraph to the final sentence, you’ll be transported to the peaceful Amana colonies of 1894 where life for Liesel is comfortable and predictable until a fateful day in July when a handsome outsider turns her life upside down. You won’t want to m [...]

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    17. I have enjoyed both of the Love Finds You books that I have read. It is fun how it takes you to a different culture and tells you how their world works. This one was fun because when I started reading I thought that Amanas sounded so familiar to me and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. The end of these books describe the changes in the communities and how they have progressed. They make Amana fridges! I'm a cook and I couldn't believe it took me that long to put together the name of [...]

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    18. This is the second book I've read about the Amana's. I really have enjoyed reading some history about the area (even if it was presented in fiction) and Ms. Dobson's stories have peaked my interest in the area, where my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother's grew up.The characters were interesting and the story was a page turner, even though some of the plot was expected.Worth reading, very enjoyable.

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    19. The story has a man and his daughter leaving Chicago in Depression days. They end up accidentally on a train that stops near the Amanas. His daughter has diphtheria; a dr from the Amanas treats her successfully. The comparison between Chicago city life and rural life in the Amanas is interesting. There is a whole series of Love Finds You in . by a variety of authors. It as fun to read one in Iowa. I recommended this book to be purchased for the Anita library.

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    20. This story is set about 50 years after "Love Finds You in Amana, IA." Dobson does a great job of describing the economic woes that plagued our nation after the financial crash of 1893. She weaves the lives of Jacob and Cassie, who end up in Homestead by "accident," with Liesl. Liesel has lived in Homestead her entire life. Jacob and Liesel fall in love, but will Jacob be able to stay and adapt to their lifestyle? A great story.

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    21. This was a sweet love story near the turn of the nineteenth century. I found the overt religious references to be heavy handed and lacking any depth but that is typical for this genre. What drew me to this book was the setting, the Amana Colonies. Having been there, I was interested to "see" them during their early years before the Great Change. It was very fascinating and I know for sure my spirit of independence would rebel against the rigors and conformity of commune life.

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    22. I liked the main characters and the portrayal of the Amana colonies (which I know very little about) but I didn't like the skipping to the bank manager's point of view. I skimmed those parts because I wanted to get back to the hero and heroine. Overall, a good, fairly quick, read for those who like sweet historical romance.

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    23. There are certain things about the way the Amana Society believes that bother me. So those instances made the book a smidgen less enjoyable for me, but for the most part, I liked the book. The writing was good, and I liked the characters, but I didn’t fall in love with them. This is an enjoyable read with a sweet ending though, and I did like it.

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    24. Melanie Dobson is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I couldn't stop readingThe best thing about this book is the fact that she intertwined down to the smallest details of the lifestyles of the Amana Society.

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    25. This is a lovely story that was thoroughly enjoyable to read with characters that you can admire and was an interesting look at people who choose to live apart from our culture and instead live simply in a community depending on each other and hard work from all. I would recommend.

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    26. I really liked this book! It is the first book I have read about the Amana Colonies. I found the information about the Amana culture and faith, really interesting, and I look forward to reading more on the Amanas!There was a sweet romance story in the book,also.

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    27. Great ReadThis book held my interest from the first page to the last. The story drew me in immediately, with intrigue, romance and a spiritual overtoned learning about the Amana group was really interesting.

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    28. Good book, picked it for the Amana history. The information on the Amana colonies is superb! Dobson does a great job at making it interesting. The downfall is that this is your typical, unrealistic love story. It's not a story that, I doubt, would happen in real life.

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    29. Pretty good. Based in Iowa and about the Amish, so I was intrigued.

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    30. What an amazing book about the Amana people, how they lived, the love story that came about and the never ending twists that it took. Captured my attention right from the start!

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