The Line That Divides

by Melanie Mason

The line that divides

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With boundaries clearly drawn by the horror of World War II, Austrian teenager Marianne Leichtner doesn't think about love. Returning from Germany, where she was forced to attend school as a linguist, she settles back into life in the countryside.

The crash of an American B-17 bomber in the hills behind her family's home changes everything. Shortly following the accident, Marianne discovers Charlie and Sam, the only surviving crewmen from the plan, hiding in the barn. She decides to help them and is thrust into a world of danger and secrets. An unlikely friendship forms, and then the Nazis arrive. After a week of hiding the young men, Marianne is attacked by Lieutenant Herske, a Nazi officer, and is rescued by Charlie. She helps the Americans escape, but assumed the worst when she learns two Americans were killed trying to cross the border.

As she pieces together her broken heart, Marianne decides the only way she can defy the Nazis is to join the Austrian resistance. To cross that line means discovering who she really is and what she is willing to do. Because of Charlie, she is willing to take the chance.

When the war ends it seems impossible to return to normal life. But a miracle occurs, saving Marianne one more time.

About the Author

Melanie Mason

MELANIE MASON has told stories all her life and finds her passion in writing. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in communications. She won first place in the Beginning of Book Contest for Young Adult Fiction at the American Night Writers Association 2014 conference, and she is the editor of ANWA's monthly newsletter. Melanie has published several articles and stories that are featured on HubPages.com. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where the beauty of the Pacific Northwest feeds her imagination.

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A FANTASTIC READ!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-20

What an AMAZING book!
So well written you will feel as if you are immersed in the time and place; the emotions reeling you along.

Marianne Leichtner is given the opportunity to go to school in Dusseldorf, a privilege she should be grateful for...

Yet WWII is raging and this school seems more like a prison to her.

Then one night the school is bombed in an air raid. Marianne is paralyzed with fear.

Her friend is hurt and Marianne feels responsible.

Being sent back home to Austria due to the school closure Marianne faces the nightly nightmares that come.

They seem to be getting better until another loud boom crashes close to her home.

An American plane has gone down and when she next goes into the barn she is surprised to find the two American crewmen hiding there.

With a quick decision she chooses to help Charlie and Sam...a secret she must keep well hidden.

If anyone should find out the repercussions could be deadly.

Keeping them hidden has become a big challenge with the arrival of the Nazis wanting to use her house as their base while searching for the Americans.

So Marianne and her mother put into play an escape plan.

Going down this path and already knowing multiple languages Marianne decides to defy the Nazis by joining the Austrian resistance...

Crossing "that line means choosing sides and the consequences that might come."

Such a GREAT read!
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!

A story full of danger and excitement
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Melanie Mason has written a novel full of danger and excitement in “The Line That Divides.” Set against the backdrop of World War II, Marianne Leichtner must test her courage and resolve in the face of Nazi threats to her beloved Austria before her heart can find the peace it longs for. A nice, clean historical read that can be enjoyed by ages 12 to 102.

A story full of danger and excitement
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Melanie Mason has written a novel full of danger and excitement in “The Line That Divides.” Set against the backdrop of World War II, Marianne Leichtner must test her courage and resolve in the face of Nazi threats to her beloved Austria before her heart can find the peace it longs for. A nice, clean historical read that can be enjoyed by ages 12 to 102.

Intriguing debut novel
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Melanie Mason's debut novel, The Line That Divides, is a fast-paced story of young love, dangerous choices, and inevitable consequences amidst the turmoil of World War II. Mason's writing shivers with intriguing twists and turns.

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