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Friday, September 28, 2012

Two Destinies

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Two Destinies
David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)
Elizabeth Musser

Elizabeth Musser, author of acclaimed novels such as The Swan House, grew up in Georgia, but now lives in Lyon, France, where she and her husband serve as missionaries with International Teams. Look for Two Testaments, her sequel to Two Crosses, in stores now, and Two Destinies, the third book in the trilogy, set for release in Fall 2012.

A word from Elizabeth:
Recent exciting news is that, finally, the whole trilogy is going to be published in 2012. Many readers have written to me throughout the years to encourage me to keep pursuing getting Two Destinies into print. In a fun twist of fate (really the Lord's perfect timing), David C. Cook (who originally published Two Testaments) has offered me a contract for all three novels. The Secrets of the Cross Trilogy will be published in June 2012 (Two Crosses and Two Testaments) and in September, 2012, Two Destinies will be in the bookstores for the first time! 
Elizabeth can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

Now 1994, France faces unrest and rising poverty while neighbor
Algeria is in the midst of a blood civil war. Risléne Namani, a French
woman born to Algerian parents, converts to Christianity and falls in
love with Eric Hoffmann, a Christian, committing the unpardonable
sin in the eyes of her Muslim family. Eric must find a way to rescue
her—from a forced marriage in Algeria, or even death.
A powerful, relevant tale of social struggle, heartache, cultural conflict,
and faith put to the ultimate test.
If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Two Destinies, go HERE.
My Thoughts About The Book:
I really liked everything about this book starting with the cover design.  The story is well written and touches on current and prevalent themes.  The story of Rislene and others in Two Destinies is one that will speak to faith, love, loss and danger.  I felt I was missing something having not read the previous two books in this trilogy:  Two Crosses and Two Testaments.  The numerous characters were a little difficult to keep track of; the author also shifts rather frequently within a single chapter between their stories.  I'd like to go back and read the previous novels sometime.  
I also really appreciate how David C. Cook includes the after words section in publication of their novels.  This section includes a historical note, discussion questions and more about the author of the book.