Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa

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As the rest of the nation is embroiled in Civil War, the Amana Colonies remain peaceful. Amalie Wiese arrives in the newly built village of Amana in 1863 only to find that her betrothed, Friedrich, has left to fight with the Union army. Amalie tries to overcome her worries as she sets up a communal kitchen. She hopes that working alongside Friedrich’s best friend will provide some comfort, but Matthias is abrupt and cold. Little does Amalie know that Matthias has been in love with her since childhood but will not...
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Overview

As the rest of the nation is embroiled in Civil War, the Amana Colonies remain peaceful. Amalie Wiese arrives in the newly built village of Amana in 1863 only to find that her betrothed, Friedrich, has left to fight with the Union army. Amalie tries to overcome her worries as she sets up a communal kitchen. She hopes that working alongside Friedrich’s best friend will provide some comfort, but Matthias is abrupt and cold. Little does Amalie know that Matthias has been in love with her since childhood but will not betray Friedrich by pursuing her friendship. When Matthias himself leaves for the battlefront to deliver supplies to the soldiers, war wages in Amalie’s own heart. Will love claim victory?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609361358
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Love Finds You Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 655,492
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MELANIE DOBSON is the author of 5 novels including Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, and 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. Read more at www.melaniedobson.com.
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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Took a chance on this book...

    I didn't pick up this book because it was set in the Civil Way era nor because it was about the Amana Kolonies. I simply picked it up because it was Christian fiction and it looked like a good read. Sometimes when I do this, I'm disappointed, but not this time! This book is hands down one of the best I've read in a long time! This book is believable with true-to-life characters in real situations...no "fluff" here! The added bonuses were learning more about Amana and seeing the war through new eyes. A truly great read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Serving God in the midst of a Civil War!

    In Amana, Iowa in 1863, there waits a man by the name of Friedrich Vinzenz. He's been working as a clockmaker in the Kolonie as his beloved, Amalie Wiese who is headed by wagon train to make a new life together after being separated for almost a year. In order for any of the Inspirationalists men to marry, they have to wait until they are twenty-four and then be separated for a year before they can marry. Just knowing that Amalie will soon be here and has waited for him since he had left, is more than he can bare.

    While they are working on the final harvest a Union General arrives bearing letters for Friedrich and Matthias Roemig to be conscripted in the Union Army. Fortunately for them the elders of the town will pay their commutation fees so that they won't have to serve after all. They are told the reasons for this war is to free the slaves from the South since they don't have anyone to fight for them. When Friedrich meets Joseph, a former slave, who shows him the scars of what he had to endure as a slave, Friedrich believes God is calling him to serve. Fearing his friend Matthias will only succeeding in talking him out of joining, he leaves while it is still dark outside and leaves to where he believes God is calling him. He only hopes the letters he leaves behind for his family, Matthias and Amalie will explain it for him.

    While Amalie is riding with her best friend Karoline in the wagon train headed towards Amana, they are faced with the horror of meeting the up with the Confederates and Rebels as they are battling in the town of Lisbon. The Rebels have burned the bridge leading to Amana and have burned the buildings in town leaving no where for them to rest before their final leg on the journey. When the are confronted by soldiers when their guide, Mr. Faust leaves, Karoline falls and hits her head. With no doctor aboard, Amalie does what she can to care for Karoline but isn't sure she will make it without a doctor.

    While she heads into town with Karoline and Mr. Faust in search of a doctor, Amalie learns that just because their Kolonie keeps to themselves, it won't prevent the war from coming to her town in Amana. When Amalie arrives in Amana, she learns from the men, that Friedrich has joined the war. Now she isn't sure if he will be the same man when he returns if he returns at all.

    In the newest novel Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa by Melanie Dobson, the readers become a silent character in seeing both sides of the Civil War. We get to see the struggle Friedrich faces when he believes God has called him to fight for those who can't fight for themselves. We also see the struggle of the worried wife to be, with Amalie's fears of trusting God enough to take care of Friedrich even though she fears she may never see him again. She learns that God will never allow her to be alone and though she may have questions that can never be answered, she learns that you can't be angry at God.

    I received this book compliments of Christian Blog Alliance for my honest review and have been a huge fan of the Love Finds You Series of books for many months now. This one defines the power of learning to trust God's will for you in your life, even if the path you wanted isn't the one He has in store for you. I highly recommend this book with a 5 out of 5 star rating. It will captivate you and capture your heart!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    an engaging Civil War drama

    As the Civil War devastates the nation, the seven Amana Colonies villages constructed less than a decade ago in Iowa remain out of the deadly fray for the most part. Twenty-four year old hard working Amalie Wiese arrives from the Inspirationists' original Kolony, Ebenezer, New York at the Amana village to meet her betrothed Friedrich Vinzenz who has joined the Union Army after meeting an escaped slave.

    Being a great cook; Mr. Faust believes the best ever on the trail; Amalie opens up a communal kitchen to keep her mind off her concerns over Friedrich's safety. While waiting and praying for his return, she turns to Friedrich's friends who she knew back in Ebenezer. However, her fiancé's most trusted confidante Matthias is cold to her though she knows not why. He conceals behind his icy demeanor his love for his best friend's woman.

    Melanie Dobson escorts her readers back to the Amana Colonies (see Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa) with an engaging Civil War drama. The story line digs deep into the personal conflict facing conscientious objectors opposed to the war on religious grounds as being "unholy" yet the Union argument of eliminating the evil of slavery is powerful and surely supported by God. Amalie and Matthias are strong antagonists who fall in love while the man in each of their hearts risks his life at the front. Friedrich knew his commune would buy him from serving after he was conscripted by the Union Army draft, but he felt slavery is unholier than the war. He brings the moral conscience to a powerful romantic triangle as love and war finds you in Amana.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Loved the Civil War aspect

    I love the Amana Colonies and reading about how things were there way back when so this book was right up my alley. I loved the setting being the Amana Colonies as they were just getting started and it being in the middle of the Civil War but since it was in Iowa how did that affect a bunch of people opposed to war? This book answers that question. And what about if one man from Amana felt God leading him to enter the war even though it went against everything he had been raised to believe? This book answers that question too. I was kind of expecting some kind of mystery or suspense just because this book is written by Melanie Dobson and that wasn't to be found, but it was so enjoyable and I loved the characters. A very satisfying book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Historical romance during Civil War

    Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa by Melanie Dobson is the latest historical romance in the nationwide series. Amalie Wiese loves her life in the Amana colonies, and she volunteered to be one of the few women traveling from New York to the new community home in Iowa in order to finally marry her sweetheart, Friedrich Vincenz, and have her own kitchen house. The couple has been separated for a few years while waiting for Friedrich to come of age to marry, but their time apart has not changed the depth of their love for each other. Friedrich, however, is deeply affected by meeting a Union army officer and a former slave who confront him about his community's refusal to take part in the war. He tries to fight the growing feeling that God wants him to fight against slavery, knowing that he will disappoint not only Amalie, but his best friend Matthias as well, but he eventually gives in to God's urging and signs up in the Iowa Volunteers. Matthias is left behind to try and explain what he doesn't understand to Amalie, as well as fight the feelings he's had for his best friend's girl for ten years. Matthias hides his deep affection for Amalie behind a mask of anger, which makes the young woman even more alone in a new place that is nothing like she expected it to be. Each of these three must follow the Lord and their heart to find where they belong. Dobson pulls readers into this 19th century world through historical detail and great descriptions. Each of the characters is sympathetic, and readers will find themselves torn between Friedrich and Matthias. This romance is moving, heart-breaking, and in the end, full of hope. It's a solid addition to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Makes You Think

    Melanie Dobson writes another riveting story with her most recent book Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa. The Inspirationalist colonies in Iowa valued peace at all cost, but the Civil War came knocking on their door. Can God call one person to peace and another to fight? Can both paths be honoring Him?

    Dobson's storytelling marries historical facts with well-developed fictional characters in a way that makes learning fun. She mixes an intriguing love story into the growing conflict between peace and war. The tear-inducing conclusion of this story is a beautiful picture of courage, forgiveness, and God's ability to make everything beautiful in His time. Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa will leave you pondering long after you turn the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Faith, Doubt, and Peace During the Civi War!

    Friedrich Vinzenz is a construction worker in the new Kolinie of Amana, Iowa. It's 1863; and while Friedrich's fiancé, Amalie, is traveling from the East to Iowa, the North and South are battling over slavery. They belong to the Inspirationist religious sect that prays for peace but refuses to fight; instead upon notice of conscription, their Elders pay for another to be a substitute in their place within the Union Army. During the journey, Friedrich meets Joseph, a slave whose body bears the scars of horrific beatings but whose spirit looms large and free. His story haunts Friedrich to the point that he feels led by God to fight for those still held in inhuman bondage in the South. It's a huge move, taken after much pondering and knowing his pacifist community will never condone his leaving!

    Amalie arrives to find Friedrich gone. For three years, she has been faithful to their upcoming marriage and now she is devastated to find him gone. Friedrich's best friend, really raised as a brother to him, Matthias is also shattered that his friend has abandoned him without saying goodbye. His anger at Amalie is a problem that others notice, but he buries himself in work and is downright rude to her each time she appears. Finally, he tells her to stay away from him. Given his background, Matthias is having an awful time, filled with unspeakable thoughts he can share with no one.

    Devastation visits Amalie, Matthias and Friedrich's family and the reader is unsure whether any of them will ever know peace again. At a certain point, Matthias realizes he may not be called to fight in the Civil War, where over 600,000 will eventually die, but can play a peaceful and very useful role which the Elders in his community approve. While all of this occurs, love quietly bonds certain couples in a way this author presents with humor, shyness, doubts, fears, and approval that comes with a deep sense of serenity.

    Resolution arrives after a secret mission is attempted, and all characters have learned to live with their positive and negative memories of the war's effect. Love Finds You in Amana Iowa is a lovely story that is both very real and very ideal - a graceful story of struggle and redemption, a potent and charming read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Love Finds You in Amana Iowa

    Loved this book u must read the homestead iowa one too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    good book to read

    I love books about Amana, Iowa. This one was very good. Looking forward to reading more of the Love Finds you books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Very gii ll goosll Good

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    format Paperback (edit) review A very beautiful story about t


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    review A very beautiful story about the Amana community. I find their style of living very fascinating.This story took place during the Civil War. Some of main characters' lives were directly involved,one of the main characters,Friedrich joined the Union because he wanted to help those who couldn't help themselves-to help free the slaves. Be ready for the tissue box..Friedrich is killed in the war, leaving his wife to be-Amalie,waiting for him to return to be married.There is more to this story,but I will not spoil it.
    Melanie Dobson has become one of my favorite authors, I love the way she writes. The history in relation to the Amanas and the Civil War in this story was awesome-it kept me turning the pages, to find out what happens next, and the characters and places felt so real to me,I felt like I was there.
    I hope that Ms.Dobson continues to write more books on the Amanas and the Amish. I am always on the look-out for books written on The Amanas,The Quakers,and The Shakers.(less)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Excellent!

    Very good book with engaging characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    wonderful book

    Loved it

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Really enjoyed this book!

    Great story set during the civil war. Its the struggles of a community trying to remain netural yet contribute something to the war.The heroine is a woman traveling to meet with her beloved only to find he's gone off to serve in the war. As she comes to grips with his departure prior to her arriving in Amana she discovers that sometimes God's plan is not our own.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Excellent book.

    Well written book with insightful descriptions of Amish community. Takes place during Civil War & aptly describes struggles encountered. A pleasure to read, paced just right. Nice book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Good to read

    A little slow but still good reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Recommend to the historically curious

    This is a period piece with a lot of interesting information about the Amana colonies. The story would not probably be as interesting in a less unique setting, but I found it intriguing and worth my time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    loved it

    loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

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    Good story. I enjoyed the book.

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