Giving Away Five Copies of Amana Novel

 In Amana Colonies, Novel Giveaway

Almost two years has passed since I visited the peaceful Amana Colonies in Iowa (click here for story and pictures of my journey), but I was able to return a few months ago on paper to write—Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa. This story takes place almost thirty years before Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, during the time the Amana Colonies were being built.

To celebrate the release of this book, I will be giving away a review copy to five different readers. To enter the contest, please leave a brief comment below (it can be very brief—like “enter me”) and your email address so I can notify you. I will draw names on June 28th.

Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa

As the rest of the nation is embroiled in the Civil War, the Amana Colonies have remained at peace–until now. Amalie Wiese arrives in the newly built village of Amana in 1863 only to find that her fiancé , Friedrich, has left to fight with the Union army.

Amalie fears for his safety even as she struggles with his decision to abandon the colony’s peace-loving beliefs. She hopes that working alongside Friedrich’s best friend will provide some comfort, but instead of offering support, Matthias is abrupt and cold. When Matthias himself leaves for the battlefront to deliver supplies to the soldiers, war wages inside Amalie. Who will claim victory for her heart?

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  • Anonymous

    Please enter me. Incidentally, I went to MCS and graduated a couple of years before you! Now live in Bellville, Butler, Fredericktown area. I really enjoy your books.

  • Mary

    I enjoy reviewing books and would love to read it.

  • cmc

    Let it be me! Let it be me! Miss you guys! Candice

  • Teri Stone

    I’d love to win! 🙂

  • ChristyJan

    Congrats on your latest release!


  • tarenn98

    Would love to win this.I do enjoy your stories.Please enter me.

  • Edna

    I would love to win this book, enjoy your blog.


  • thismomreads

    Looking forward to reading it! 😀

    mkjorgenson (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Anonymous
  • heidi330

    I have not reqad your books yet but I would love to start with this book. Plus my mother loves these kind of stories so I would love to share this with her. I know she will also become a big fan of your books.
    Thanks for this chance.

  • I was just in Iowa four two family gatherings over the weekend. Would love to win a copy. Best wishes.

  • Rebecca

    Can’t wait to read it Mel!!

  • Linda

    I love historical books. This sounds great, as I have family in Iowa.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    I would love to win a copy of your new book but will I be able to wait that long to read it! I share my books with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter so they are equally excited.

  • windycindy

    Our family went to the Amana Colonies some years ago…
    I would enjoy reading your
    Amana Novel very much!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • Jo

    Please enter me. I would love to read this book


  • Linda

    I have spent 40 years living in Kansas City driving through Iowa to go home and see our families. The Amana Colonies were the half way point and among my children’s fondest memories. I would love to read these and do not see them in my library. Please enter me in the give away.

  • Bluerose

    I would love to be entered! 🙂

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous
  • authorkathyeberly

    I have always loved the Amana area in Iowa! Would love to read the book!

  • kvsmm

    I love your books and am from an Anabaptist family, so the subject appeals to me.

  • Cafe Lily Book Reviews

    Would love to read this book!

    cafelilybookreviews (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Kat Bryan

    I would love to read this book. The Amanas are a favorite of mine also.
    winterset AT

  • Diane

    Can’t wait to read the new book, as I enjoyed the others! I have my fingers and toes crossed!

  • Karen Lange

    Congratulations! 🙂 What a wonderful way to celebrate! Thank you for spreading the fun and excitement!

    I’d love to be entered.

    Thanks and Blessings,

  • squiresj

    I would love to win this book and read it, review it, and share it with others.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

    I simply love your books.

  • Diana Flowers

    Please enter me! The odds of winning are not real good, I see already! LOL Congrats on the new book!

  • Karen Teggatz Guth

    I grew up on a farm near the Amana Colonies and they will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Toystory

    Thanks for the invite to enter. I’d love to read this!
    1prizewinner at gmail dot com

  • Nancy Jo Jenkins

    LOVED your first Amana book, Melanie. I’ll purchase this one if I don’t win it. Either way, I’ll be a winner for reading it.

    Glad you’re over the worst part of your surgery.

    Miss you,
    Nancy Jo

  • Sonna

    Please enter me. Since I met your folks I have read all your books. Hope we can add this one to the Library at the hospital too.

  • Theresa N.

    Sounds like a wonderful book to add to my reading list.
    Theresa N

  • Pam K.

    This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing.


  • Kari

    This looks really good. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Patty

    I would love to win a copy. The Love Finds You books are great and I enjoy these type of books.



  • Lizzie Fizzie

    Awww, i love amana colonies! haha! Yay! pick me please!

  • Lizzie Fizzie

    Yay i love amana colonies!!! Pick me! lol

  • Anonymous

    Would love to read your latest book. Barbara Reed

  • Bakersdozen

    I would love to read this. Thanks so much for the contest. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Diane

    Why not? 😉 Enter me, please.

  • ruhadlock

    Can’t wait to read it, Mel. When I lived in Iowa I went there to buy spices. Lovely people.

  • Bev

    I can’t wait to read it! (I loved the other one!) Please enter me.

  • Anonymous
    Good luck to us all! 🙂

  • Kaye

    Sounds very intriguing. Please enter me in the drawing.


  • Anonymous

    We have your books in our church library and they are always popular. I would love to donate this prize for our library. Please allow this…
    Western Australia

  • Crystal

    I would love to win this. Thanks!

  • Katy

    Ohhh, I’ve heard about this book for some time. I’d love to win it!


  • Linda Kish

    Please include me

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Virginia C

    Hello, Melanie! 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the terrible and tragic American Civil War. I live in VA, and I am surrounded by haunting historic landmarks and the vivid legacy of The War Between the States. I would be very interested in reading “Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa” and learning a different viewpoint of the war through your eyes as a storyteller.

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  • Wendy

    I enjoy the Love Finds you series.

  • karenk

    thank you for the opportunity to read your wonderful novel, melanie 🙂

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  • Carol N Wong

    I would love to read your book and learn about the Amana Colonies. I am familiar with the Amish and Mennonites but don’t know about Amanas. Thank you so much for this giveaway.


  • PriviesAndPrims

    Count me in! I love to read about other religions. Makes for an interesting change of “scenery”. 🙂

    priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

  • BusyWorkingMama

    Thanks for the chance to win your book! I love to read!

    aleksa91 hotmail com

  • Torri

    Melanie!! I’m so excited that you have another book out!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  • Megan

    I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. Please enter me!

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I love the Love Finds you series. I would love to read this one. Thanks again.


  • Brenda

    Would love to win a copy! I love to read books. Thanks.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  • Sarah

    Would love to win!


  • MelyCS

    I would love to win your new book! I’m looking forward to reading it. – Mel

  • Diana Flowers

    Please enter me! I would really love to help you celebrate by winning this book. LOL

  • rbooth43

    Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa sounds like a great read.

  • Phantom Paragrapher

    If it’s International – I love the Love In Series and have read the majority of them 🙂
    New Follower

  • Mystica

    If its open to all please count me in.


  • Diana Flowers

    It’s been a long while since I’ve won a giveaway and I would love to win this one! Congrats on your new book, Melanie!

  • Carol

    Can’t wait to get my hand on this to read also–love your books!

  • Emma

    Congrats on your latest release!
    Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa sound wonderful.Please enter me.Thanks.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

  • Glenda

    please enter me in the Amana drawing. I just finished Refuge at Crescent Hill.I just couldn’t put it down until I finished. Wonderful storytelling- felt like I was there- Glenda

  • Krista

    I hope I’m not too late! Please enter me!


  • eyeballlucy

    My husband is from Iowa…beautiful part of the country…..and been to the Amana Colonies a few times too…and I would love to win a copy of Melanie Dobson’s new novel..’Love Finds You In Amana Iowa’…

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