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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
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The Hugo mission begins in Two Crosses, where a nun, an Algerian harki, an atheist teacher, and a Protestant exchange student, unknowingly at first work together to rescue pied-noir and harki children from a revengeful man in Algeria, with the symbol of the Huguenot cross leading the way. Mother Griolet, the nun who operates a French exchange school in Castelnau as well as an orphanage, is not new to keeping information secret and housing children displaced by war. But when Gabriella Madison arrives as a student, Mother Griolet becomes unsure of what God has in store as she remembers another young woman with a painful past. As Gabriella grows closer to the young and handsome teacher David Hoffman, Mother Griolet's suspicions of the man lead her to feel protective of Gabriella.
After David rescues a small girl named Ophelie Duchemin off the streets of Paris following a riot, Mother Griolet feels a little better about David, but Gabriella is pulled even deeper into danger as she travels to random towns with David and gets to know Ophelie because of the Huguenot cross necklace they both wear. As both David and Gabriella fight with the idea of forgiveness in regard to their pasts, Gabriella tries to hold onto Jesus' promise that, "I am the vine; you are the branches" (John 15:5), but several "accidents" occur and lead to life-or-death situations, threatening the success of the Hugo mission and bringing about an understanding that saves more than one life.
However, as seen in Two Testaments, even with the Hugo mission being mostly successful, the cease-fire and call for independence in Algeria leave thousands of pied-noir and harki families without a place to call home. The French do not want them to steal jobs and space, and those loyal to Algeria see them as traitors and foreigners. When David decides to continue his work in Algeria in order to rescue Anne-Marie Duchemin, a past lover and Ophelie's mother, Gabriella starts to wonder if he will realize he still loves Anne-Marie and forget about his new love for her.
After a couple of deadly weeks in Algeria, David is finally able to get Anne-Marie to a ferry that will take her to France, but when no harkis are allowed on the ferries, David once again prolongs his stay in Algeria in order to save Anne-Marie's friend Moustafa and his family. Luckily, Anne-Marie is not alone on the long journey, for she meets an old friend who holds her father's last testament, which could reveal that nothing is left after the war or change her and Ophelie's lives forever. When Gabriella is left to take care of the children from the St. Joseph orphanage and protect Anne-Marie and Ophelie from an unforeseen threat, she must have faith that God will protect them and see her through all that lies ahead.
Throughout these two books, Musser's style remains consistent, pulling readers along as she introduces them to complex, relatable characters and takes them through the beautiful streets of France and the terrifying alleys of Algeria. Through the use of strong dialogue and the characters' inner thoughts, Musser is not only able to tell an amazing story about courage, love, and forgiveness, but she also informs readers about a piece of history they may not know or remember, showing that minorities, no matter where they are, should not be taken for granted.
I am so glad that the first two books came out together, because it would not have been fun impatiently waiting for the second book to come out months later. With that said, I most certainly recommend reading Elizabeth Musser's Two Crosses and Two Testaments. - Nicole E. Dynes, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5AmazingSeptember 12, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Astonishingly 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.
raisonpaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great bookNovember 26, 2013raisonpaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I really like this author. I learned a lot of history in this book that otherwise I wouldnot have thought about much. I recommend this and the 2 that follow it
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Suspense, Adventure, Danger, Romance ThrillerDecember 8, 2012VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Elizabeth Musser in her new book, "Two Crosses book coverTwo Crosses" Book One in the Secrets of the Cross Trilogy published by David C Cook brings us into the life of Gabriella Madison.
From the back cover: The glimmering Huguenot cross she so innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows.
When Gabriella Madison arrives in the French village of Castelnau 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. And the further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged.
The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forcesâ€”a wise nun who knows more about the war and Gabriela's past than she's saying, a lost little girl carrying secret information, and a debonair man with unknown loyalties who pursues Gabriella. When she discovers a long-hidden family, it leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.
I like history and since I was six at the time of the events in this book I had no idea of what was going on back then. Thanks to Elizabeth Musser now I do. The Algerian war of independence began in November 1954 and ended officially on July 3 1962, when France's President Charles de Gaulle formally renounced his nation's sovereignty over Algeria and proclaimed its independence. When Gabriella arrives in Castelnau it is September, 1961 so there is still quite a bit of revolution to go. Gabriella is drawn into what is going on and in doing so learns secrets about her own family history. "Two Crosses" 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. If you want to read a rousing yarn that contains a good dose of action and memorable characters that you really care about then "Two Crosses" is the story for you. 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 the second book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
readdpattyBuffalo, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Captivating!November 13, 2012readdpattyBuffalo, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I read Two Crosses 15 years ago, I was impressed. So much so, that I have read all of Elizabeth Musser's books and have never been disappointed!
I remember being impressed with her writing style--no chick lit here!It was immediately evident that she writes Christian literary fiction. It is refreshing to read a book that teaches as well as inspires and entertains.
When was the last time you read about the Algerian War? Most people don't even know where Algeria is located. You will learn about this important era in modern French history. The world has changed so much in 15 years that I found it even more interesting this time around. The chaos in the Middle East and the growing influence of Islam in the West make this a timely re-release. You will also be fascinated with the weaving of Huguenot history into the story.
You will be inspired by the wonderful and complex characters Musser creates. Their journeys of faith include crises that we still face today. Mother Girolet,my favorite character, beautifully wraps all the characters in her loving arms and gives wisdom to the struggles they all face.
History and faith, entertaining? Musser does it! she includes realistic and complicated romances, humorous insights into the villagers and their culture, and heart-warming insights into the children who are blessed to live at St. Joseph's orphanage. Oh, did I mention suspense? Yep--that too!
I am so pleased David C. Cook was wise enough to re-release the first two books in The Secrets of the Cross series, and finally publish the third book in English. It's been a long wait and I am excited to finally complete the series.
***I was sent a copy by David C. Cook to honestly review. This review is my own opinion.***
christianfictionreaderAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5November 9, 2012christianfictionreaderAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book that I have read by this author. At first, I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight along with all the new terms. I have a nook so I book marked the definition page and turned to it often. After several chapters the story line hooked me and it was hard to put down. Not only did I enjoy the characters in the book, but I learned some history too. Be prepared to get the second book in the series, because the ending of the first book has sort of a cliff hanger. If you haven't tried this author I would suggest giving her a try.