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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
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
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Two CrossesOctober 20, 2016muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Elizabeth Mussers Two Crosses was a little hard to read but also interesting. This book is fiction but has a lot of history in it. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is definitely the book for you.
This book follows Gabriella Madison who comes to the French town of Castelnau to continue her studies at the university. During this time, she finds herself drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war. She also discovers a family secret. This in turn challenges her faith more than ever.
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Not an easy read, but a Great historical novel!October 19, 2016Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a terrific read. It's a bit complicated as its set during the Algerian war, which has more than two sides.
The character depth in this novel was exceptional. I really enjoyed getting to know the main and secondary characters. The background is fascinating. I love history, and the history discussed here was all new to me. I'm really wanting to get the two sequels to this read.
If you love historical fiction that has meaning and purpose don't miss out on this one.
I received this book from book fun. This is my own opinion.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5historical fictionSeptember 27, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The beginning of the novel lays the historical foundation during a time of war between Algeria and France. The author includes some of the characters speaking parts in French followed by English for those of us who dont know French. While at first it was distracting, I became enamored with the beauty of the written language and trained myself to just read over the non-English words. I enjoyed the beginning of the romance between one of the American Lecturers David Hoffman and Gabriella, who is an exchange student at the time.
Inside the cover are mysteries, drama, romance, and interesting historical facts like learning about Operation Hugo during this particular war. With an ease that I believe comes from the heart of the author are many spiritual threads and themes that readers will find bring a beautiful perspective to the tale. Readers will travel between the two nations at war, France and Algeria, as the chapters alternate between the two. I found it interesting too that this took place the same year I was born so it was interesting to read about an event at the time of my birth.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Story of an Historic WarAugust 30, 2016DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have become a huge fan of Elizabeth Musser. She takes a story and captures the time period with such ease. This book was so intriguing I couldn't put it down. I loved the description of France and felt like I had been swept away to witness the story of Gabriella and David. There is more to the book than just a blossoming relationship as the story also takes us to a scene where a war is raging on. It's the heart of the book and brings intrigue and hidden secrets that will change people's lives.
Gabrielle is a smart young woman with fiery red hair and blue eyes that sparkle in the sun. . She wears a cross around her neck that is very special to her. I loved the intricate description of the cross and could picture it as it hung gracefully around Gabriella's neck. She has come to France in 1961 to further her studies. I loved the beautiful countryside where she stayed and the history of the Algerian war. I am not familiar with this war at all, but with the details that the author wrote , I have become very fascinated by this time period. I could hear the sounds of war as people screamed . The author did an excellent job of vividly bringing the war to life with her descriptions. Will anyone be able to survive the horrors of the war?
The secrets, deceit, intense drama and overall powerful story had me glued to the book. I found David to be quite a charmer. He is one of Gabriella's teachers and is drawn to her from the start . Can David be trusted? It was interesting to read the interactions between the two as Gabriella shared her faith with David. As an unbeliever, he really struggled to believe there was such a God who forgives and loves unconditionally.
When Gabriella learns a secret about her mother, will she turn away from those she trusts? Can she forgive those who kept the secret from her for so long? The story is intense at times and there are times I found myself gasp out loud. What is the connection to the nun who Gabriella is staying with and David? I loved how we see Gabriella praying and relying on her faith when she sees danger closing in on her. The book is very well written and l loved the reading about the orphans. Are they being hidden from someone? I am so glad to know that there are more books that continue the journey of David and Gabriella. Will David be able to find who he is looking for? Can he accept someone he didn't know existed and be able to forgive what happened in his past?
Forgiveness is not just for the offender. You're a victim , and until you forgive , you will always be a victim, locked in your hurt and bitterness. Forgiveness frees."
I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5France and Algeria in the 1960sAugust 28, 2016CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two Crosses started out being difficult for me to keep everything straight. This may have been because I knew nothing about the 1960s Algerian war for independence from France. Once I had the characters straight in my mind, it was an intriguing story that I didn't want to put down! Two Crosses is the first book in the Secrets of the Cross Trilogy and I will certainly be looking for the next books! I would recommend Elizabeth Musser's book to anyone who wants a more intense story and is not afraid to read of some of the horrors of war time. I received my copy of Two Crosses from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.