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Refuge on Crescent Hill

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Moving home after a recent job loss was supposed to reassure Camden Bristow and give her time to decide what to do next. But when she arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother, who she hasn't talked to in years, has passed away and "home" is an empty mansion 150 years old. Not exactly the comfort Camden was looking for. What happened to the house she pl ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by Kregel Publications
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Sometimes I scan others' reviews before writing my own, just to see how many folks felt the same way as I did about the book...this helps me to remember to heed caution when choosing whether or not to read a book based on reviews...we all have such different opinions on things!

What strikes me as strange as I read reviews on this book is how many negative reviews are given because it has christian views included in it. It is marketed as a Christian book. Shouldn't those that are that opposed to
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Refuge on Crescent Hill was full of surprises. Unlike Melanie Dobson’s other novels, Crescent Hill took two chapters of laying groundwork before I was fully sucked into the story. As the story progressed and the plot began to unfold, I found myself flipping back and forth between chapters, checking last names of characters trying to figure out how the dots connected. When my hunches were wrong, I gave up and immersed myself in the story. Much to my delight, Dobson connected the dots in suspensef ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this either for free or for really cheap through Amazon. It was a good story and worth reading but I wouldn't recommend someone go out of their way to get ahold of this book.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I had heard from several book bloggers that Dobson writes better than most CF authors and they were right. I still wished for more carefully drawn characters and less preachiness, but there were no horrible writing mistakes (I still haven't figured out why editors of Christian fiction are so lax in that area) and the story moved along nicely.

At times there was too much going on in the book. The secondary story of the college student writing a paper about the family mystery could have been remov
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
I won this book through First Reads. I found this a light and refreshing read, although I didn't ever get emotionally involved with the story. I was interested enough to keep reading until the end, wondering what would happen, but the conclusion was rather anticlimactic and the characters were far from dynamic. Still, I can see why people would enjoy this book. It's solidly written.
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, there is history, characters that you really start caring about as well as a mystery that keeps the pages turning. The ending was a bit to quick and rushed but still a good book.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
May 19, 2010 marked it as started-but-put-aside
I won this through the goodreads first reads giveaway program.
Jennifer Lara
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson is a story of family secrets and one woman’s journey home. Camden Bristow was a photographer who traveled the world taking photos of amazing sights and documenting tragic events. Until one day when the calls for her work stopped. Left destitute, her only option is return to her grandmother’s home on Crescent Hill. As she heads there, she has no idea what awaits her or what secrets will be revealed once she gets there? Alex Yates is the charge of the econ ...more
I really enjoyed this storyline. It flowed well after the 1/2 way point, a bit slow in the beginning as it is setting up the characters and setting. There are 4+ points of view so that gets confusing at first.
The characters are well thought out and have distinct traits.
I think it is more of a mystery than a suspense though there are a few suspenseful times.
It is clean: romance and language (thank you very much)
The Christian element was there but not overbearing.
A satisfying ending. (though the
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
A captivating story of a mansion in a small town in Ohio with a history dating back to the Civil War. Our heroine seeks peace and a place of refuge so she sets out to find her grandmother, the only person who has shown her genuine affection. Unfortunately, she is no longer alive and so now Camden has to decide to stay and make a new life for herself or return to New York City. Many plots interweave as the story goes on. The past seems to enter into the future. Her grandmother was a loving person ...more
M. Sprouse
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a quaint story for light reading. It was a little slow early on, but interesting enough to keep me turning the pages to finish in 3 days. The novel was fairly realistic and believable except maybe for the death at the end of the book, that seemed a bit out of character, and stupid when you're about to get caught. The Christian parts did not bother me at all, most of us have seen people live their faith and shouldn't be surprised when we read about it. Even if you haven't believed yet, t ...more
Jennifer Marie
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a book that has a mix of a cozy mystery and American history; this is the book. The characters lines were well told and wove together well. The inner dialogue could drag at times which is the reason I didn’t give this book five stars. This was a perfect read for a getaway.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book, it talk about history and present time and mystery within the story is very interesting and I didn't figure it out until the end of the story. Melanie Dobson is a good writer.
Kathy Barter
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery, love story

The story started slowly but I have read books written by this author before so I kept reading, being rewarded with a good mystery story. I think this book is really a 4 and 1/2 stars. Clean, no foul language.
Denise Kearney
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Kindle-Free-Faithful Reads. An enjoyable read with a mystery about a mansion that was a part of the Underground Railroad
Veronica Lindsey
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Good mystery about treasure and the underground railroad.
Regina King
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book

At first I don't thought I wouldn't like this book but then it sucked me in. I was addicted and could barely put it down.
Alice LaJuett
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one that I really needed to see the back of the book to see what happened. This pulled you in and didn't want to let you go
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Camden lost her job from a bankruptcy, so went back to Crescent Hill in hopes to stay with her grandmother Rosalie but to find out she died days before. A suspenseful book
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
A book club pick for this month. Not that it was bad, I just wasn’t personally a fan. Quick read though- kinda reminded me of a lifetime movie
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Refuge on Crescent Hill is a wonderful novel with forgiveness being woven into a wonderful suspense plot as the main lesson. There is a lot to take away from Refuge on Crescent Hill and there is a lot to enjoy from it while reading it.

Ms. Dobson has done a wonderful job crafting a suspenseful story with a lesson and meaning in it. Refuge on Crescent Hill is not all about the lesson. It's really a suspense novel first and foremost, but it has wonderful truths and lessons that can be taken home fr
Rambling Readers
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The cover of Melanie Dobson's novel, Refuge on Crescent Hill, evokes the mysterious aura that lingers, almost tangibly, until the last page. The grand home on Crescent Hill is a primary character in the novel, and she shines with a faded beauty through the dust and peeling paint. Dobson speaks of Crescent Hill in rich detail, drawing the reader in to uncover its past and present secrets. Each of the main and secondary characters is somehow tied to the house, and their lives entwine in unexpected ...more
Nora St Laurent
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Camden has run into an unexpected financial crunch and evaluates who she can turn to for help! Her father’s dead, her mother’s, undependable, and then there was Grandma Rosalie. They’d written letters to each other over the years. Etherton was home, so she decides to go to Crescent Hill and see her grandmother. Camden bangs on the door. No answer. Where could her grandmother be? Jenny, a school friend, sees Camden and stops to tell her that Rosalie has passed away—funeral was Friday.

Friday? Why
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Camden Bristow is feeling the effects of the economy. She is a free-lance photographer living in New York who finds herself without any job prospects or money. Being kicked out of her apartment with less than five hundred dollars left on her credit card she decides to return to the home where she spent many happy summers with her grandmother Rosalie even though its been years since she has spoken to her grandmother, but when she arrives in the tiny town of Etherton Ohio what she finds at the fam ...more
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Caitlin by: First-Reads
Many thanks to Kregel and Goodreads for providing me with a copy of this book!!

So, the first thing I think the average reader should know about this book, is that it is classified as Christian fiction. I only mention this because I was not aware of it until I received the book in the mail, and on the bottom of the back cover it said "Christian suspense".

Now, I am no expert on Christian fiction. I've had ONE previous experience with it, and it was terrible. So I was apprehensive to read this boo
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first picked it up. The copy on the back cover intrigued me, but it started a little slow for me. However, once I got into it, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Camden is alone, out of work, behind on her bills, and can't imagine things turning around anytime soon. She decides to go to the last place she remembers being truly happy - her grandmother's home, Crescent Hill. Upon arriving, she learns that her grandmother has died but left her the house on the v
Sarah Bailey
Refuge on Crescent Hill is a book that is a wonderful read and I’m not just saying that because I live in Ohio and the book is set in Ohio or the fact that it has a ton of history that centers around the Underground Railroad. This book pulls you in from the first chapter and will keep you wanting to read far into the night, which is what I did – I tried to sleep but I HAD to finish this book.

This is a suspense book written with a Christian viewpoint – so when ghosts are mentioned the only people
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
In today's economic downturn it's easy to find yourself working one day and the next you're not. Camden Bristow returns home from Indonesia after the floods only to find her current office of employment vacant. No one is there. Her phone calls to her boss only return with a disconnected recording. With her credit cards maxed out, and her landlord threatening to toss her out by 5pm tonight, Camden has no choice but to head back to her grandmother's home on Crescent Hill in hopes she provide her a ...more
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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 almost twenty time-slip, historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Bene
“Not exactly, but I'm learning that this life isn't about me anyway nor is it about what I want out of it. Following Christ is about surrender and faith and about God working through me instead of me working for God.” 0 likes
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