This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa
Summerside Press (March 1, 2010)
Melanie Dobson


Melanie Beroth Dobson is the author of the inspirational novels Together for Good (2006), Going for Broke (2007), The Black Cloister (2008), Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana (2009), Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (2010), Refuge on Crescent Hill (2010), and The Silent Order (2010) as well as the co-author of Latte for One and Loving It! A Single Woman’s Guide to Living Life to Its Fullest (2000).

Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Jon works in the field of computer animation. Since they’ve been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.

Jon and Melanie have adopted their two daughters —Karly (6) and Kinzel (5). When Melanie isn’t writing or entertaining their girls, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, traveling, hiking, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.


Times are hard in 1894. Desperate for work, former banker Jacob Hirsch rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When a life-threatening illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the local Amana villagers welcome the father and daughter into their peaceful society. Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health, and the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But Jacob’s growing interest in Liesel complicates his position in the Amanas. Will he fight to stay in the only place that feels like home, even if it means giving up the woman he loves? Or will Liesel leave her beloved community to face the outside world with Jacob and Cassie at her side?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, go HERE.

Learn more about Melanie and her books on her Website.


Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa is primarily a story about life in the Amanas, an Iowan Christian communal society. It features Liesel, a young Amana woman who finds herself uncertain about her impending wedding and the man she is to marry. After helping nurse outsider Jacob’s seriously ill daughter back to health, Liesel’s  unexpected attraction to Jacob and her growing attachment to his daughter Cassie lead to difficulties with the Amana elders. Situations arise that test them all and only God’s grace and intervention can see them through.

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa is a sweet love story that emphasizes integrity and the rewards that come from just doing the right thing. I liked the fact that although it was obvious that Liesel and her fiance were not meant to be together, Emil was not portrayed as an evil man but his positive attributes were emphasized. All in all, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa is an engaging story against the historical backdrop of Homestead, Iowa that includes intriguing facts about commune life during the late 1800’s. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction should enjoy this book.