Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

by Melanie Dobson




They were strangers when they married, but they both long for love. Christian and Susanna had never met when they were chosen by lot to marry in a Moravian community in Germany. But in 1755, they traveled with a dozen other newly married couples to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, to help establish a Moravian borough and share their faith with the surrounding Indian nations. Susanna’s heart warms toward her new husband even after she learns that he had wished to marry another woman in Germany. As war rages between the British and French Indians and their young marriage faces hardship, Susanna wonders if Christian will ever return her love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609361945
Publisher: Ideals Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MELANIE DOBSON is the author of five novels including Love Finds You in Amana, 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

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Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining & heartwarming
ksc1 More than 1 year ago
This is my 4th book in the "Love Finds You" series & I love all of them. Melanie Dobson is a new author for me & I am so happy with the stories, the history & the inspiration she delivers.
Karimamaoffour More than 1 year ago
I knew when I picked up another Melanie Dobson book, that I needed to have a day with not a lot going on to read it, because I knew I would have a hard time putting it down once I started. This book did not dissapoint - I finished it yesterday in a 24 hour period whenever I could squeeze in time between my four children and husband. Melanie kept me captivated the whole time. Beautiful love story.
JodiStilp More than 1 year ago
It¿s hard for me to write objectively about Melanie¿s work since she¿s one of my best friends. I¿d be her biggest fan even if her writing stunk. Fortunately, she¿s really talented so I don¿t have to lie about her work. WHEW! This book in particular will always be a favorite because I started it on a plane headed to Haiti for a mission¿s trip. I read it laying in the hot sun by the Caribbean Sea with Melanie sun bathing next to me at the end of a life-changing week in Haiti. I finished it on the plane sitting next to Melanie as we returned home to our families. Who gets to do that? Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is one of those stories that makes you scratch your head and ask, ¿People really lived like that?¿ Melanie¿s meticulous research laid the groundwork for a fascinating history lesson. I couldn¿t believe the customs that dictated the way the Moravian people lived. Spouses were chosen by lot, forcing members of the society to at times marry someone they¿d never even spoken to. Once married, they lived their lives out in separated quarters. I definitely would not have lasted long as a Moravian! I¿m not a huge fan of pie-in-the-sky romance novels, which is one reason I love Melanie¿s stories. In Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Melanie tells an authentic and poignant love story of a couple tackling big marital issues. She doesn¿t gloss over real-life issues like lust, vulnerability, and commitment. Christian and Susanna, the main characters, battle for their love to survive. Their love grows through the action, not romantic feelings, of consciously choosing to honor their marriage vows. Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania also has an underlying story of faith tested through trials. Melanie writes eloquently about the tension that exists in deep faith. How do we balance waiting for God to speak directly with moving forward on our own based on common sense and the Holy Spirit¿s leading? I found my faith challenged as I reflected on the different ways that God speaks and directs our steps. You may not have the chance to turn the last page of Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and have the author ask, ¿Well, did you like it?¿ But I can guarantee that you won¿t regret reading this story of love, history, and faith. Happy reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly this is a great story. My first reading about couples in a religous colony sleeping is separate homes and only seeing eachother for 1 hr each week. My thought about this is how can you work on your marriage if living apart... Nevertheless, this was still a good read and yes I would reccomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is one of my absolute favorites in the Love Finds You series. Highly recommend this one.
SandDollarPP More than 1 year ago
Melanie has a real talent for combining faith in action with romance, adventure, and even tragedy. Her newest book, LOVE FINDS YOU IN NAZARETH PENNSYLVANIA, is set in the 1750s in the unsettled forests of Nazareth. Having braved months of travel from Germany to the New World, the purpose-driven Moravian Brethren set out to take God’s word into frightening Indian encampments. Early on it becomes clear that the Brethren must depend on each other and their individual trades to survive the wilds. Their faith and fortitude to survive had me cheering them on. Throw into the mix the fact that the Brethren draw their mates by lot. (When I read this, I was ready to stamp my foot and demand a recount.) Among them is young Susanna Fritsche, newly married to Christian Boehler, a man she barely knows. However, both have a heart for taking their Savior's story to the Indians. In one desperate encounter, God has a surprise for both the Brethren and the Indians. Believe me when I tell you that trust, faith, and love are all put to the test. Melanie’s descriptions of the period and settings are so seamlessly woven into the story that I felt pulled into the time and place. The living is by lantern light, quarters are drafty on freezing winter nights, and the threat of a deadly Indian invasion is always looming. How all of these challenges are met is the crux of the story. A story that holds life lessons for all of us. I won’t give away the surprise ending. You will have to read it for yourself. LOVE FINDS YOU IN NAZARETH made me count my blessings. I highly recommend this book, as well as another by Melanie, LOVE FINDS YOU IN LIBERTY INDIANA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago