Elizabeth Musser in her new book, “Two Testaments book coverTwo Testaments” Book Two in the Secrets of the Cross Trilogy published by David C Cook continues the story of Gabriella Madison.
From the back cover: Love for war’s victims keeps them apart. Will love for each other see them through? The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. And the tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in 1960′s France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. In the midst of the chaos, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care while battling jealousy with Anne-Marie Duchemin, David’s former flame who has recently arrived in Castelnau, France. Even more problems arise when the townspeople start expressing their discomfort with the multicultural orphanage. They want it shut down…permanently. Meanwhile, David is trapped on the other side of the Mediterranean, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help. But even if he accomplishes his mission, can he get out of Algeria alive? I like history and Elizabeth Musser is doing her best to increase not only my knowledge of history but political and religious freedoms as well. The Algerian war of independence, begun in November 1954, is still raging as “Two Testaments” begins. We pick the story up in March, 1962 just a few months from when the war will officially end on July 3 1962, when France’s President Charles de Gaulle will formally renounce his nation’s sovereignty over Algeria and proclaim its independence. However there is still quite a bit of story to cover in these few remaining months. David and Gabriella are separated; she stays in Castelnau while David is in Algeria. Gabriella is defending the orphans, David is protecting the refugees. For this romance to really work these two are going to have to get back together. “Two Testaments” is filled with danger, suspense, thrills and romance. Ms. Musser knows a thing or two about France as she and her husband are missionaries there. Once again Ms. Musser has provided us a gripping adventure with plenty of action and memorable characters that you really care about. If you are looking for history you will find it here. If you are looking for a really good romance you will find it here. I liked this book and am really looking forward to where Ms. Musser will take us in the third and final book in this series.
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A skillfully interwoven tale that though set many years past is more than relevant in today's world.
Political unrest between France and Algeria spark unrest and plenty of danger, Gabriella Madison finds herself caught in the middle. Gabriella courageously fights to protect the orphans under her care. Things only get tougher when her beau's former love and mother of his child arrives, to work along side Gabriella.
I loved how intricate the storyline was, and I will tell you now that it would be most helpful to read this series in order because reading this one without the first (Two Crosses) might be more than a bit confusing. I loved how relevant this series is, though set in the 60's with everything that is happening it is almost like it was happening today!
This book is also emotionally strong, with main characters having to make tough choices, and deal with the unrest around them. The characters were well done, and they were so realistically written that they felt like genuinely real people. I loved how deep each of them ran.
Overall this is not a lightly written book that will take you to another time and place, not too much unlike the world we live in today. I loved how there was so much going on and how it all came together, there were so many characters and I liked the complexity of this book. A book and series that I heartily recommend.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
I've now read these book twice. The first time was several years ago. I was ashamed to admit that reading this was one of my first exposures to the Algerian wars. One reason I love Elizabeth musser is for her historical fiction told so delightfully through lovable and detestable characters. I loved them even more the second time I read it knowing I would be able to complete the series now that the third will finally be printed in English in September. I would definitely recommend it!! The second book is my favorite so far. . . possibly because I knew the characters and was already enthralled in the story! There is some closure to what you are left hanging with from the first book and new plot lines arise which leave you waiting for the third! Thankfully we will finally be able to finish it now that Two Destinies is coming out in September 2012!
This book picks up where the book “The Two Crosses” ends. It continues this complex story. It centers on the turmoil taking place in Algeria and in the lives of the main characters.
Like the first book in the series this book is pretty heavy reading. The characters are well developed but if you haven’t read the first book you might be lost at first. The story itself moves along at a slow pace but is an intriguing one. You have war scenes and very good relationship conflicts that keep you reading. As in the first book the characters are so well developed you will put the book down thinking they are based on real people.
I enjoyed this book more then the first and because of that I look forward to reading the last book in the series too. I gave this book 4/5 stars because it was a slow read and pretty deep subject matter.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Gabriella and David are still in France, working to save as many orphans as possible while coming to grips with their discovery of David’s daughter. Gabriella goes to class and works at the orphanage, while David teaches classes until David goes to Algeria to bring back his former lover, the mother of his child. As more orphans come to the orphanage, the town turns against it out of racism and the parents of the students in the exchange program begin to grumble. David and Gabriella’s love is tested as they continue their efforts to save children from the Algerian war and an evil Algerian seeking retribution. Gabriella takes a larger role at the orphanage and David goes to Algeria to help Anne-Marie get to France, but he stays behind to help Mustapha.
As with the first book, I loved Two Testaments. Musser does an excellent job with all the characters, but especially Mother Griolet as she deals with the racism of the town, overcrowding, and her successor. The story is interesting, exciting, and heart rending. This is definitely one of the best I have read this year. I would recommend it to anyone enjoying history, romance, and suspense.
The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. The tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. And the growing friction, especially in Algeria, will soon combust. A tentative ceasefire offers little to cool the heat. And in the midst of the turmoil, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care, while battling jealousy when Anne-Marie Duchemin, David’s former flame, arrives in Castelnau, France. As they protect the little ones in their care amid rising discomfort in the community with the multi-cultural orphanage, each wonders who David will choose. Meanwhile, David is trapped in Algeria, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help. And escape seems impossible. Unable to predict what lies ahead, Gabriella and David learn that in life, waiting is the hardest part. The answers lie in two testaments. ~ Amazon.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Set near the end of the Algerian Civil War (1954 - 1962), Two Testaments picks up where Two Crosses left off. David is in love with Gabriella, but he feels pulled to return to Algeria to rescue the mother of his daughter in spite of the dangers of returning. Once there, he is again in the middle of chaos and political unrest. Is he able to save Anne-Marie and her friend, Moustafa? Will they be able to save a few more children from being killed? Elizabeth Musser does a wonderful job bringing this very torrential time in history to life. Her knowledge of the French and Algerian culture and history flows easily from her pen to the pages. I love learning about different times in history through well written historical fiction novels. The characters in Two Testaments quickly become your good friends. You will find yourself cheering them on and praying for them as they go through difficulties due to the war, messy relationships, and sin. Elizabeth writes from the perspective of a Christian seeker including characters who are being led by the Spirit to know the true God and a rewarding relationship with Him. I LOVED this book. It was a great second book in the trilogy series. My rating: 5 out of 5 stars I received a complimentary eBook from David Cook Publishing and NetGalley for my honest review.