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Summerside Press Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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.

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Customer Reviews for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Review 1 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Good Read

Date:October 24, 2013
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Army Mom
Location:Ontario, Ca.
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LOVE FINDS YOU IN Nazareth PA.
Newlyweds Christian and Susanna had never seen each other before their wedding day. Now they are a part of a missionary group known as the Moravians traveling from their native Germany to the new American colonies in hopes of spreading the Gospel among the local Native American tribes.
With the story primarily follows two married couples, Christian and Susanna Boehler, and Catharine and Elias Schmidt, it is a gripping tale of love, faith and the bad decisions that us human beings make every day of our lives.
Christian want’s nothing more than to share his faith, yet everyday he struggles with his inner demons that forces him to take a close hard look at his heart and his motivations. All his wife Susanna want’s is to be her husband help-mate, yet every day she doubts Christian commitment to her. I enjoyed the fact that these characters battle with their doubts and their faith and that things between them didn’t just get fixed within a few weeks. I have found that this is more the way the real world so it added the element of reality for me.
Catharine adores her new husband, yet she still wavers between the life she was raised in, one of wealth and prestige, or staying with her husband to start a new life in a new land. I thought it was a brilliant move on the part of the author to include a physical piece of Catharine old live that she continues to hang onto, “just in case”. In life this is what so many of us do. Instead of surrendering our entire beings to God, we hang onto bits and pieces for our “just in case”. In the end it comes down to how much we are willing to trust God with our future.
I love finding books that introduce me to new people, places or traditions. With the little bit of research I did it was fascinating to learn about these people. While I don’t agree with a lot of their practices, such as husband and wife’s living separately, leaving their children to be raised in a community home, it was their commitment to proclaiming God’s great love regardless of the risk that held my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.
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Review 2 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Date:March 29, 2012
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Age:35-44
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Sometimes these types of books are predictable...but this one had me guessing at several turns. Well written story, with the added bonus of teaching about an often overlooked piece of history. I enjoyed it!
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Review 3 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Even better than I expected!

Date:March 7, 2012
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charleen borger
Location:Stumptown
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"Love Finds you in Nazareth, Pennsylvania" is an excellent book. Most of my reading is nonfiction or theology. So, I was pleased to find such enjoyment from this historical fiction.
This book worked for me. First of all, the characters were believable. I was never aware of the author's voice, devices or contrivances. The story had everything to keep me interested--conflict, suspense, adventure, passion, virtue...a real page-turner! Romance was a theme, but the story also traveled the higher ground of God's love and worth, self-sacrifice, salvation, redemption and justice. I always have several books going at once, but this was the book I found myself looking forward to. I didn't want it to end!
Ms. Dobson's well researched book provided fascinating insight into the Moravian's unique approach to community, marriage, family life and ministry. While I bristled at many of their traditions, I met a woman whose story validated the the effectiveness of the Moravians. She came from Alaska and told me her great grandfather, a tribal shaman, was saved through Moravian Missionaries! Her faith, generations later, was part of that legacy.
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Review 4 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Couldn't put it down...

Date:March 4, 2012
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Kari Adams
Location:Beaverton, OR
Age:25-34
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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.
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Review 5 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Another Great Story by Melanie Dobson

Date:December 20, 2011
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Jodistilp
Location:Newberg, OR
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Book Review for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
By Melanie Dobson
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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Review 6 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Enthralling Read!

Date:December 13, 2011
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dianaFlow
Location:W Columbia, SC
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Melanie Dobson sweeps us away on a spellbinding journey into the New World, a half untamed land fraught with strife and dangers on every hand, and pervades with hidden, forbidden passions. Two couples in a Moravian community in Germany, are chosen by lot to marry, Christian and Susanna Boehler, and Elias and Catharine Schmidt. Although Susanna does not know Christian personally she accepts her lot, wanting only to travel to the colonies in America, and share their faith in God with the Indians. The beautiful Catharine was raised into wealth, and is not ready for the hardships that await her in this savage new land of Nazareth; and the separation from her new husband that is required by their religious sect.
Susanna and Christian's marriage is never consummated, for she becomes ill and he must travel to minister to the Indians without her, along with Catharine and Elias. Unbeknownst to all, Christian is in love with his friend's beautiful wife, and suffers torment day and night over her, and the fact that his lot was chosen to marry Susanna, a woman he does not love. Even in his passion in ministering to the Indians, he cannot control his passion towards the lovely Catharine, and he falls into a web of deceit and betrayal. What happens when Elias discovers Catharine and Christian's secret, and will Susanna's love for this stranger, her husband, ever be returned? Will their dedication to the Indians' salvation be rewarded or end in tragedy?
This was not your typical lighthearted LFY read, but was filled with complex relationships, and an intense plot that will keep the reader turning those pages well into the night. Melanie Dobson's research is impeccable and therefore lends to the realism of her characters and storyline (and some of it is not at all pretty), but she stays true to the times and the many dangers that were ever present. Some of it will leave the reader heartbroken, some joyous, but all more appreciative of what our ancestors went through for their faith, and love for this great country we call home. The forbidden passion was handled with discretion, and does not cross over the boundaries of Christian fiction. Excellent writing, Melanie Dobson!
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Review 7 for Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Closer to 4.5 stars. Great story! Very emotional!

Date:November 12, 2011
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Michelle Sutton
Location:Arizona
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This was a deeply insightful book with the kind of emotional tie-in that I always expect when I read one of Melanie's books. She does such an impeccable job with research and with communicating so many things between characters with few words spoken. I love that about her writing. My heart was broken a number of times for these characters. I found that part of the pull of the story, which kept me reading in anticipation of how things would work out.
One thing I love about Melanie's books is that her characters always have a consistent and strong "voice" that is grounded in their culture. This author doesn't have to agree with it to write it well. My heart hurt for those separated families and those children. They really believed they were doing the right thing. Plus that whole decision by "the lot" thing was intriguing and a bit heart-wrenching as well. The good thing is God used even man's foolishness to accomplish His will in those "iffy" cases.
The mission to the Native Americans captured my attention as well. I loved the characters' hearts for the lost. I felt like I was fully entrenched in their belief system and experienced their conflicts along with them. The whole way their society dealt with marriage was seriously flawed, but the author was true to the times. I can't imagine having to sneak away to be with my own husband or limiting our private time to one our per week in the room designated for that act. Oy, how embarrassing that would be to have people know why you were going in there.
I guess they took that sex for procreating "only" thing a bit too seriously, though the author never mentioned that in the book. I believe many religious societies held that view. I can't imagine... In short, this was a deep, moving, emotional story that dealt with a number of issues including forgiveness, true love, following God's will, and learning to be content wherever God has placed you. It must have been difficult to fear the very people you have come to share Christ's love with. The fact that they persevered anyway was truly inspiring, and no doubt rewarding for them as well. Great story!
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