The glimmering Huguenot cross she innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows. When Gabriella Madison arrives in France in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence from France. The further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged. The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forces—a wise nun involved in the smuggling, a little girl carrying secret information, and a man with unknown loyalties who captures her heart. When she discovers a long hidden secret from her past, it all leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.
Originally published in 1996 and then re-released in 2012 this gem fought its way to the top of my retro TBR pile until I had to take notice. I say fought because I kept passing it over for no other reason then that I was unfamiliar with the book's backdrop and history. In fact, I had no idea there even was an Algerian war in the early 1960s or the horrific atrocities committed under the name of religion and race. Sound familiar? I found eerie parallels in modern day conflicts.
Astonishingly good. Musser knows how to cast a spell that will hold her readers captive until the very last page...at which point there will wailing and gnashing of teeth because this is the first book in the Secrets of the Cross trilogy and while there is some resolution there's still a cliffhanger ending.
Truly compelling. Characters, plot, intrigue and especially the moving testimony of forgiveness that is expertly woven throughout. God touches lives in this novel in unexpected ways. Gabriella, so solid and resolute in her faith struggles for answers to questions she never thought she'd have to ask. And the wisdom and strength of Mother Griolet is inspiring. A mesmerizing read that held me spellbound.
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