[Book Review] The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson

Posted 21 November, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
Cleveland, Ohio, 1928. Secrets bind the notorious Cardano family together, but Detective Rollin Wells is close to exposing the family’s dark secrets. The Cardanos are working in the hills south of Cleveland, and when Rollin travels to Sugarcreek to investigate, he discovers that the Cardanos want him dead.

Rollin hides out in an Amish home, trying to uncover why the Cardanos are in Amish country and who is collaborating with them. As he gets closer to the truth, he also attempts to find out what a beautiful Amish woman named Katie Lehman—a woman who reminds him of the girl he once loved—is hiding.

Will Katie trust him with her secret…and her heart? Or will the Cardano code of honor silence them both?

About the Author:
Melanie Beroth Dobson is the author of the inspirational novels Together for Good(Kregel, 2006), Going for Broke (David C. Cook, 2007), The Black Cloister (Kregel, 2008), Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana (Summerside, 2009), and Crescent Hill(Kregel, 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 (Cook, 2000). Melanie has a background in publicity and journalism. She grew up in a small Ohio town but now lives with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book. The instant pull into the story is absolutely amazing. The plot line is different, though. Very different. Melanie Dobson is a seasonly talented author who truly knows what her fans will love. She took two extremely different worlds and blended them in a way that would seem unthinkably impossible. But, she did it and it was WONDERFUL!

Rollin Wells, a 1920’s detective, was the depth of the story. Dobson chiseled his character into one that instantly grabs you and pulls you by his side to solve the case. The mysterious air around him really makes the story one that it’s hard to put down (literally! I did NOT want to put the book down!).

From page one, Wells is working to expose and bring down a Sicilian Mafia, a crime family. In an Amish novel. I told ya it was different. Wells’ true-to-life character really pulled me back in to time, to the 20s and into action with him. It felt like something you would see on a big screen, like The Godfather, or some other Little Italy crime family movie. WOW! But, what happens when Wells meets Katie Lehman? THAT’S where the mystery and secrets REALLY come in!

Katie Lehman’s intriguing Amish character if full of secrets. She’s unsure who to trust with them, when she knows that she really must. She hasn’t been baptized yet, but she’s still uncertain….who can she tell? What will happen when she does tell? She is a beautiful character full of love and she wants only whats best for her son. When she meets Rollin Wells, her past comes back to haunt her. She’s finding it hard to hold onto that secret…. And she learns a powerful message from God, and Rollin, about forgiveness, grace and mercy.

This not-so-ordinary, awesomely unique novel is high on my recommendation list. It deserves the highest of 5 stars for it’s ability to take the reader on twists and turns of an incredibly, two-worlds-collide, roller coaster ride. If you’ve never read an Amish novel before, but you LOVE suspenseful twists in a novel, then this is the PERFECT place to start….and it’s sure to hook you on the love and grace of a wonderful Amish novel! Melanie Dobson gets 2 thumbs up for her fantabulous research and detail on Sicilian crime families in the 1920’s and blending it with the simplicity and love of Amish. Don’t miss out on this incredible novel!

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by WynnWynn Media*

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