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Two Testaments: A Novel (Secrets of the Cross Trilogy) by Elizabeth Musser

Two Testaments: A Novel (Secrets of the Cross Trilogy) by Elizabeth Musser

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Published by David C Cook
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.
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.

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Published by: David C Cook on May 30, 2012
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 March 1962 Castelnau, France 
Poppies were springing up in the elds beyond Castelnau like bright-red drops o blood staining the countryside. Seeing the owers,Gabriella Madison took a deep breath. Lieblood and hope eternal.She closed her eyes and elt a stinging sensation inside her chest.Poppies reminded her o David. And poppies reminded David o her. But now he was in Algeria, perhaps already in the company o Ophélie’s mother, Anne-Marie. How Gabriella wished he werestanding here beside her instead.Ophélie’s voice interrupted her thoughts. “Bribri, do you think it will be today that Papa and Mama get back?”Gabriella shook her head, her red hair glistening like sun on theriver. “Not today, Ophélie. But very soon.” Were they even now laughing together, reliving old times, catch-ing up on seven lost years? Was David explaining what had beenhappening here in lazy Castelnau? Had he even mentioned her nameto Anne-Marie?Tey had been walking, Gabriella and a whole troop o chil-dren, toward the edge o Castelnau, where the village anned outinto armland and vineyards. Te children trailed behind their young
maîtresse 
in pairs, holding hands and chattering excitedly. Gabriella
 
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glanced back to see Sister Rosaline, red aced and out o breath, wav-ing rom the end o the line.“All here,” the nun called out happily in her singsong French.All orty-three.”Gabriella waved back, smiling at the children. “Do you want togo a little arther? We’re almost to the park.” A chorus o 
Oui, Maîtresse 
sang back to her, so they proceededdown a narrow dirt road into a grassy sanctuary enclosed by tallcypress trees. At the ar end o the eld were several seesaws, somemonkey bars, and an old swing set.Tis walk outside the orphanage had become a daily ritual aterlunch, weather permitting. Mother Griolet had hesitated at rst. Whati people began to question? Ater all, the population o the orphanagehad doubled in a ew short months. But Gabriella and Sister Rosalinehad insisted. Te new arrivals were loud, araid, and restless. ogetherthe children acted like pent-up animals, and they needed to be uncagedin a space larger than the courtyard inside St. Joseph.In truth, Gabriella worried or Mother Griolet. With David away and all the new children here, the old nun’s predictable schedule hadcome tumbling down.“It’s always this way at rst,” she had reassured Gabriella. “Duringthe Second World War we scrambled or a while, but we eventually settled into a routine.”But Gabriella was not convinced. Over teen years had passedsince that war, and Mother Griolet was no longer young. Still spry,yes, but she was suddenly looking quite old beneath her habit. Herace looked more wrinkled, and her green eyes had lost some o theirsparkle.

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