A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of World War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and--decades later--a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma.
1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna's secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she's hiding--and what she begins to uncover--could put them both in mortal danger.
Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha's Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl's mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as "a friend to the Jewish people." Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past--and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.
Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson's excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to European villages, and spend hours reading old books and journals. Melanie enjoys stitching together historical mysteries for all ages and visiting fairylands through a magic portal in her mind. She has published almost thirty books including The Curator's Daughter, Catching the Wind, and Chateau of Secrets. Melanie lives in Oregon with her husband who has spent much of his life animating movies, two daughters who helped dream up The Magic Portal Series, and a sweet kitty who keeps her company while she writes. She loves connecting with readers! The best places to find her online are melaniedobson.com and magicportalseries.com.