Book Giveaway for Love Finds You in Homestead

 In Amana Colonies, Novel Giveaway

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa officially releases today! This story is set in the quaint Amana Colonies in Iowa–a place that has fascinated me since I lived in Iowa during my teen years. It wasn’t until I visited the Amanas last August though that I learned about their rich heritage of faith and communal living. It was a delight to visit these beautiful Colonies and enjoy an unhurried week as I sampled pastries and toured old homes and spent hours walking in the forest and biking alongside the peaceful Millrace canal.

The Homestead story: 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 with Jacob and Cassie at her side?

On April 9th, I will be drawing five names to receive a free copy of Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa. If you live in the U.S. and would like to be included in this drawing, please leave a quick comment below. I will post the names of the winners on April 9th and mail the books off the following week.

Thank you for celebrating with me!

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  • Diane

    I would love to read one of your books!

  • Mary Ann

    I think since that is my birthday I should automatically be a winner. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Tom Hess

    Very interesting title!

  • Michele

    What a great gift; can’t wait to see who the five winners will be!!

  • Edna

    I sure hope I am one of the winners

    I follow you with your newsletter

    May God Bless

  • memya

    Can’t wait to read it. I’ve never heard of these colonies, so should be very interesting.

  • Laurie

    Cannot wait to read this book!!!!!! You are very talented, Mel!

  • CorinnaNick

    Hi Melanie,
    I would love to be one of the lucky one’s

  • Caddy

    Can’t wait to read one of yours!

  • Amy

    I absoulutely have loved every book “Melanie Dobson” book I have read! I am so glad that God has blessed you with such amazing talent that you can share with the rest of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda

    I have family in Iowa, but have not heard of the Amanas. I would be greatly interested in winning this book. Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  • ladijo

    I would love to read this book. Have read some about the Amish and am very interested in them. Have never read about the Amana Amish. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  • Anonymous

    I look forward to another Dobson creation! Can’t wait to see you.

  • Kimberly

    Congratulations on your new release! I’ve never heard of these colonys.Your book sounds very interesting. kimberlyj503(at)gamil(dot)com

  • Jill Eileen Smith

    Just stopping by to say that I love your writing, Melanie! I’ve read two of your other books and was very impressed. I’d love a chance to read this one too! I’m sure whoever wins will not be disappointed.


  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to reading another one of your books. Hope you can sign my books this summer. Dixie

  • Sherrie Ashcraft

    I’d love to be in the drawing, Melanie. Thanks for offering it. It’s a beautiful cover and I hope it does very well for you.

  • windycindy

    I received your lovely email about commenting for a chance to win your Amana Colonies Amish Book. We were
    in Amana Colonies some 18 years ago!
    It was a memorable trip! I also have visited Amish Communities in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Good luck with you new book release…..
    Thanks, Cindi

  • Nora

    Hi, Melanie;

    This really looks good. I’m excited to read this new book by you. Please my name in the drawing. Thanks for letting me know about this opportunity.

    All the best to you.


    Finding Hope Through Fiction

  • WildeMom

    I wish I could say I was a big reader: I’m not. But recently, have had the opportunity to read work by authors I have a connection to somehow, personally. And I am drawn, compelled to read! So I will “keep my fingers and toes crosses” – I would love to – and WILL, read your new novel! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melissa

    I’d love to read a copy too! Here’s hoping… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    I’d LOVE to get a copy–I was born/raised near there and visited there frequently.
    Blessings…Patricia Dahlberg

  • Kat Bryan

    I love visiting Amana with all the quaint shops and wonderful German food. It should be a great setting for a book.
    winterset AT

  • Kat Bryan

    This isn’t another entry just an FYI for your blog readers. The people in the Amana colonies are NOT Amish. It’s a completely different group of people.

  • Anonymous

    I already know it’s good! I’m looking forward to reading the rest.
    Kelly Chang

  • kvsmm

    Having read another of your books, The Black Cloister, I would love to have this one. You are a wonderful writer.

  • Barbara

    I am looking forward to reading this one! Please enter my name in the drawing!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds interesting! Would love to read it! Mame Shroyer

  • Julie

    Would love to read this book!

  • Melinda &

    Glad you are done with the book. I remember you mentioning it to me when we were visiting this past fall. Looking forward to reading it!

  • Anonymous

    I am so excited about the release of this book. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Susan M Bowden

    I am going to say “thank you for a copy of your new book” in the faith that I am chosen!! Heard you were going to be at Mom & Dad’s this summer….maybe we can get together???

    Suzie Bowden

  • Anonymous


    Your books and emails helped me through a very rough period in my life, thanks for everything


  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I have loved all your other books–and I started with Together for Good.

    Best wishes, Melanie!

  • Nicole

    I’m such a big fan after reading Liberty, Indiana! I’d love to read your newest!
    Sincerely, Nicole

  • Becca

    Melanie! Oh happy day! I’ve been so waiting for this book to come out ever since we talked about these interesting communal colonies, I am delighted to get my hands on this one!

  • Anonymous

    My hometown is Liberty, Indiana and since my maiden name was Stanton, I enjoyed your Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana very much. I would love to read your newest book too. Keep up the good work. Blessings, Debbie

  • Beauty From Ashes

    I can’t wait to read this one. If I don’t win, I know where I can get it!

  • Anonymous

    It would be an honor to win one of your books. I’ve read every one of them so far and there hasn’t been a one that I didn’t love.

  • Sandra B

    Hi Melanie,
    I would be honored if I were to win your book giveaway. I have read all of your books so far and love each of them.


  • Wendy Salinas

    I loved your book Love Finds You in Liberty Indiana. I couldn’t read it fast enough to see what would happen next! Put my name in the drawing for your new book. I’ll get it one way or another!!

    Love to you Melanie!
    Wendy in Omaha

  • Chris

    I would love to read your books and have not had the chance yet!!!

  • KD's Korner


    looking forward to reading the book ๐Ÿ™‚ hint hint ๐Ÿ˜€ hehehe


    Kelly D <>< ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lynda

    ‘Been waiting for another good ‘Melanie’ read!! And another coming soon-yeah!!! Praying for you and the family as you use your gifts for His glory. :)Lynda Shields

  • Anonymous

    Include me please! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Michele Heath

  • christa sterken

    Congrats Melanie! You are working so hard, which is great for my bookshelf ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous

    It would be a great spring break treat to find out I won!

  • Christine

    I would love to win!

  • Bob

    Hey Mel – would be great to win this book. Love your others!

    Bob Weaver

  • Torri Betts

    How exciting, Melanie!!! I loved reading your last book and look equally forward to this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tiffany

    Yeah! I can’t believe this one is out already! You are amazing!

    I will spread the word!

  • Karen Hix

    I was so excited the first time I finished reading one of your books (Love Finds You in Indiana) that I passed it along to my friend. She loved it too. Can’t wait to read this one. I’ve since bought a NOOK ebook reader from B&N. Do you know if it will be available in that format?

  • Sandy

    I have read all of your books so far. I always request my library to buy them and they always do!!

  • Tamara

    I just finished reading Love Finds You in Liberty Indiana and can’t wait to read this new book.

  • Stitches

    This book comes highly reccommended. I would love to win a copy.

  • Melody


    How exciting! The new book is out! I have just finished the other title I was reading. Ready for some new adventure!

  • carol g.

    if it’s yours, it’ll be good. need i say more.

  • Anonymous

    please count me in..thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  • Mark Keefer

    Hi Melanie! Congrats on the new book! Now go and draw my name!

  • Sharon Loos

    Cannot wait to read this new book!!!

  • Jan Boyer

    Melanie you are such an amazing writer. Anxiuos to read your new book!

  • Edna

    I want this book so bad, would love it
    Please enter me


  • authorkathyeberly

    This book sounds great! I, like everyone here would like to win!

  • Jenn

    This sounds like a wonderful read. It’s on my ‘to-read’ list whether or not I win a copy.

  • dgoyer

    My sister-in-law wrote a love finds you book.. I love these books!

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, I would love to win! Thanks & have a blessed day!
    Dawn Searcy

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