Precious In His Eyes
A Picture Of Hope by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is part of the Heroines Of World War II series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is set in occupied France in 1944. The war is turning but the evil acts continue. The leading characters are an American female war correspondent and a French resistance fighter. At a time when trust is in short supply, the pair are thrown together, trusting in the dark.
Both leading characters have hearts to help the vulnerable – in this case it is children with Downs Syndrome who had no worth in the eyes of the Nazis. The leading characters need to navigate their way to neutral Switzerland.
Hearts are swollen with love as the children put their trust in their rescuers. Lives are put on the line. “If not us, then who?” It reminds me of the story of Esther “for such a time as this.”
Revealing The Past
Behind Love’s Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a charming dual timeline Christian novel that will warm your heart. It is part of the Doors To The Past series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Carrie Fancett Pagels always writes the most delightful novels. My heart always leaps for joy at a new offering from her as I settle down for a few hours of pure hours of escapism into the most beautiful settings. As with previous novels Behind Love’s Wall is set on Mackinac Island surrounding the Grand Hotel. It was lovely to meet up with characters from previous books. As I found out in this book, the Grand Hotel was the setting for one of my favourite films, Somewhere In Time. This enabled me to perfectly picture the opulent setting and served to enhance my reading experience.
The action takes place in 1895 and present day in alternating chapters. The characters are linked by family lines.
Within both time periods there are parallel themes as characters search for the truth surrounding their family lines. We all need to know who we are and where we come from. Family is important. We all want to belong and be loved.
Undercurrent Of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel is a delightful dual timeline novel and part of the Doors To The Past series.
A hundred year old steamboat unites the two time periods which alternate between chapters.
There are the parallel themes of identity, and love for the steamboat and water. In present day the leading characters search for the identity of the lady in half an old photo, known simply as ‘Hattie.’
Our true identity is to be found in our hearts. We are children of the King and we are loved. True love transcends all our circumstances.
Bridge Of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse is a most delightful dual timeline Christian novel. It is part of the Doors To The Past series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The story alternates between present day and 1933 at the time of the construction of the Golden Gate bridge. It is told from various alternating points of view enabling the reader to become emotionally invested in the characters.
The lure of gold corrupts lives. When people live for treasure, there are no depths to which they will not stoop.
In counter balance there are people of faith who realise the true treasure that is found in God and others.
There is the theme of loss. When accidents happen, we want answers but sometimes we just have to accept that there are no answers this side of heaven.