(Review) The Good At Heart by Ursula Werner

The Good at Heart

Publisher and Publication Date: Touchstone. February 21, 2017.
Genre: Historical fiction, World War II, family, Germany.
Pages: 320.
Source: Free hardcover copy from Touchstone.
Rating: Very good.

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Ursula Werner’s website. Please scroll down at Werner’s website to read a tribute to her great-grandfather, and the reason behind writing The Good at Heart.

Summary:
Oskar and Edith Eberhardt had built a vacation dream home in the town of Blumental, Germany. Their home has a lovely view of the Alps of Switzerland. During the war, they relocated to this home in order to move away from Berlin. Their daughter, Marina, and her three daughters live with them. Oskar is apart of Hitler’s cabinet. He is away from home often. Marina’s husband, Franz, is in Hitler’s army. Marina hates Hitler and Nazism. Despite her husband being in the military and her father’s work, Marina became involved with helping Jewish people escape. Marina also has a lover who is involved in the Nazi government. Marina helps shelter Jews until they can move to the next safe place. During the arrival of one of her “packages,” Hitler came to visit her parents home.

The story’s timeline is over a three day period: July 18, 19, and 20, 1944.

My Thoughts:
I loved the story taking place over a three day period. By slowing down the timeline of days, the story had a pace I could keep up with, and understand the details of each day.
When the story began, I had no idea the attention each character would have in the story. One of Marina’s daughters has a strong role. She is a child, but the full scope of her purpose will become apparent at conclusion.
Marina and her father, Oskar, are at enmity. However, Oskar is adored by his wife and grandchildren. He is a quiet man. There is a gentle quality in his personality. This is a sharp comparison to his role alongside Hitler.
Marina is a sad character. She represents women who married the wrong person. I don’t know how else to express this predicament she’s in. She did not marry the person she loved, but the person who was available…she settled. I watched her story unfold. On one hand, she could have stayed at home and cared for her daughters in quiet duty and stoicism. Instead, she joined a movement to rescue the oppressed. This task took her out of her melancholy life and gave a new focus.
At times, I thought Edith was thin-skinned and unready for her new situation away from her beloved Oskar. But, her character showed me differently.
The Good At Heart is a very good character study. I loved this aspect more than the story itself. The story is good, but watching the characters move through the three hard days was the reason I could not lay the book down.

 

 

 

 

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(Review) The Unexplainable Church by Erica Wiggenhorn and Included in Christ by Heather Holleman

The Unexplainable Church

Publisher and Publication Date: Moody Publishers. June 6, 2017.
Genre: Bible Study on Acts 13-28.
Pages: 256.
Source: Free copy from Side Door Communications, on behalf of Moody Publishers.
Rating: Excellent.

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Do you believe God has called you to a unique purpose? Do you ever wonder what your purpose may be? God has offered you a divine invitation. The truth is all believers have been chosen by the Holy Spirit for a special work, a mission of grace to be pursued in connection with believers around the world as part of Christ’s church. We accept, discover and become equipped for that invitation through the community of the unexplainable church.

“The wonder of the Holy Spirit is that while He calls us individually to live unexplainable lives, He works collectively through the body, bidding the realization of the unexplainable church,” says Erica Wiggenhorn, author of the new Bible study, The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers (Moody Publishers, June 2017). “The early believers understood their interconnectedness to one another. They found it inconceivable to accept their divine invitation apart from each other as members of the Christian church at large.”

In her second title in Moody Publishers’ Bible study line for women, Wiggenhorn, a Bible teacher, speaker, and founder of Every Life Ministries in Phoenix, begins where her last study, An Unexplainable Life, which covers the first half of Acts, finished. Guiding readers through the second half of Acts, Wiggenhorn looks in-depth at Paul’s missionary journeys, how the early church supported him, his ministry to the Gentiles throughout the Roman Empire, imprisonment, and his trip to Rome, all while urging women to live out the mission of the church—sharing the amazing grace of God.

Designed for small groups, churches, as well as individual study, The Unexplainable Church includes ten weeks of lessons, five per week, and features a daily Scripture passage (which women are encouraged to read aloud), commentary from Wiggenhorn, and in-depth, interactive questions. Wiggenhorn’s hope is that this study would ignite the awe and wonder of God’s grace in each reader and help them discover all that God has for them in living out the mission of the unexplainable church.

“The early believers held one mission: sharing the grace available through Jesus Christ,” says Wiggenhorn. “This mission united people of different races, different religious practices, political affiliations, ethnic traditions, and social classes. This mission, the kingdom of Jesus Christ, turned the world upside down. And it is our mission today: to share the powerful, life-altering grace of the Lord. The question is, will we accept it?”

Throughout the study, Wiggenhorn guides women as they learn about unexplainable grace, the ways of God, His riches, protection, simplicity, and community through the life and ministry of Paul and the early church. She encourages women to surrender, resolving to follow Jesus wherever He may lead, and to realize that the unexplainable church needs them just as they need the church to fulfill the calling Christ has given them.

“The story of the unexplainable church heralds the atoning power of Christ and the power of His gospel over all sin and death,” says Wiggenhorn. “It prevails against injustice, racism, greed, evil, jealousy, economic disparity, corruption, and hate—along with every sin that seeks to destroy it. The one who conquered sin and death through the tremendous tragedy of the cross and the triumph of the resurrection leads the unexplainable church both now and in the ages to come. Our mission as believers in Jesus is to spread the message that God’s grace is greater than all. And for others to see its working in our lives.”

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Erica Wiggenhorn is the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of Scripture to transform your life. By digging deeply into God’s Word, Every Life Ministries encourages you to discover your unique purpose, accept God’s promises, and live by His power. Erica is the author of two Bible studies including An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church, and The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers (both Moody Publishers).

Erica serves on the women’s ministry leadership team for her church and regularly teaches in various venues. She’s also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God’s Word to anyone who’ll listen!

A graduate and post-graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan.

For more information, along with free resources that coincide with the study, visit ericawiggenhorn.com.

Included in Christ

Publisher and Publication Date: Moody Publishers. June 6, 2017.
Genre: Bible Study on Ephesians.
Pages: 240.
Source: Side Door Communications, on behalf of Moody Publishers.
Rating: Excellent.

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Have you ever battled insecurity, rejection, or a feeling of worthlessness? Maybe your ethnic background, family dysfunction, financial struggles, career failures, or your own inner battle with shame or fear have led you to feel like an outsider. Have you been telling yourself that you just are not special, chosen, included?

“As someone who spent a lifetime feeling like an outsider and experiencing rejection—both real and imagined—the notion that I’m included reaches my soul like healing balm,” says Dr. Heather Holleman, author of Included in Christ: Living a New Story from Ephesians (Moody Publishers, June 2017). “As we learn in Ephesians, we are part of the whole of God’s family.”

Holleman, a speaker, writer, and English instructor at Penn State University, who also serves on the Faculty Commons for Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), struggled for years with loneliness, fear, and feeling like an outsider. God used the book of Ephesians to minister to her and to usher in profound and lasting personal transformation.

“Paul’s primary purpose in writing Ephesians has everything to do with explaining to readers—and reminding them again and again—that they belong not only in personal and actual union to a living Christ, but that salvation involves including them to one another as believers,” says Holleman.

Written as part narrative but full Bible study, Included in Christ takes readers through an in-depth, eight-week study of the book of Ephesians. Designed to be studied in community, Holleman focuses the first seven week’s themes around a vivid verb—included, chosen, seated, strengthened, renewed, filled, and proclaiming. Each week, women study Ephesians through the lens of the verb, engage in personal reflection questions, discuss lessons in community, and work on developing, what Holleman calls, their Savior Story.

“The Jesus I met through the book of Ephesians is a God who includes us, chooses us, seats us at the table, connects us deeply with others, refreshes us, empowers us, and proclaims truth through us,” says Holleman. “Instead of the Shadow Narratives that often dominate our lives, we need to replace them with our Savior Stories and begin to live and walk in that freedom.”

Many women are stuck in their Shadow Narrative–a story that they tell themselves over and over again that keeps them in the darkness of exclusion and loneliness, weariness, and toxic patterns of jealousy, comparison, and despair. As readers study the verbs and phrases found in Ephesians and work through the discussion questions both personally and in community, they will replace these stories with those that have shaped their lives in Christ. These new stories are what Holleman calls Savior Stories, stories that look at who you are as a new creation in Christ, living with a different, biblical reality of a new mindset.

“Can you imagine living each day like an included person?” says Holleman. “Someone chosen instead of rejected or ignored? Someone seated at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King instead of lonely and fighting for belonging? Someone strengthened instead of weary and powerless? Someone renewed instead of languishing in sin? Someone filled with the Holy Spirit instead of living in self-effort all day long? And finally, someone proclaiming her Savior Story instead of living in silence or stuck in her Shadow Narrative.”

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Heather Holleman, PhD, is a popular author, speaker, and college instructor. She is a faculty member of Penn State’s English Department and teaches both freshman composition and advanced writing. Heather studied shame and narcissism for her doctoral work in English literature. She is the author of three books including Seated with Christ, Guarded by Christ, and Included in Christ (all Moody Publishers).

Along with teaching and writing, Heather serves on the staff of Faculty Commons with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and helps direct the graduate student ministry at Penn State. She has received numerous teaching awards and her teaching philosophy finds its roots in what it means to be “seated at the table.”

She’s obsessed with vivid verbs like grapple, fritter, and effervesce. She also greatly admires the semicolon; it is the most beautiful and misunderstood punctuation mark, she says. In addition to teaching, she loves writing books, encouraging teachers, reflecting on spiritual principles in everyday life, petting her cats, walking with her neighbors, lighting candles, reading grammar books, watching movies and any television show with singing and dancing in it, entertaining, eating leftover Chinese food, and blogging. Her favorite Psalm is Psalm 16, and her three favorite Bible verses are Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:6, and Deuteronomy 31:6.

In addition to her full speaking schedule, Heather writes daily inspirational material that reaches thousands through social media on her blog, Live with Flair, and is slowing making her way through seminary classes in the summers.

Heather lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ashley, and their two daughters.

Learn more about Heather at www.heatherholleman.com.

My Impressions of both Bible studies: 

  1. The Unexplainable Church by Erica Wiggenhorn is a 10 week study of Acts chapters 13-28.
    “Paul’s Acts 29 Story” is the last chapter in the Bible study.
    A full map of the Mediterranean Sea area is located on two, full-spread pages.
    The paperback is 9 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches length.
    The pages are a matte finish.
    The type font and size is not available, but it’s easy for my bi-focal wearing eyes to see.
    The print color is in black and turquoise.
    Before the study begins two chapters give us “A Divine Invitation” and “Making The Most Of This Study.”
    The Bible translation text used is the ESV.
    Each of the 10 weeks are broken down into 5 daily lessons.
    I noticed after several pages were turned the book began to lay open on its own. I love this!
    The book does not have illustrations. It is directly words and the map included.What I love about this study is it is a Bible study. This is not a topical study. Topics are addressed in the Bible study. But, the focus and intent is to study chapters 13-28 of Acts.
    A secondary reason is I love the questions. For example in Week 7/Day 2, Acts 20:7-16. “What do you sense the Lord is saying to you in this season of your life?”
    “Do you feel as though your spiritual journey is speeding up or slowing down? In what way(s)?”
    These two questions are evaluation questions. I love thinking questions that provoke my mind and heart to evaluate where I am at this point in time.
    Week 1/Day 1 gives a brief overview of the previous Acts study, chapters 1-12.
    Greek terms are taught. For example the word “doxa, meaning “honor, renown, and glory, especially divine.”
  2. Included in Christ by Heather Holleman is an 8 week study of Ephesians.
    This paperback book is the same in size, lay-out, organization of the weeks and days, and type-font as the previous reviewed study.
    The differences is the print is black and teal. I do not see maps. The translation used is the NIV. Some Scripture translations are NASB and the NLT.
    At the starting page for each week, a beautiful quote is given on a two page graphic lay-out.
    Week 3/Day 4, Ephesians 2:1-10. A stirring quote is given, “Seated people adore instead of obsess over appearance.” Holleman goes on to talk about how she has tried to “hide my imperfections.” Instead, “We radiate the beauty of Christ as we adore Him from our seats in the heavenly realms.” Page 92.
    I noticed this study of Ephesians prompted further Scripture readings than the Acts study.
    The final chapter is on sharing the message of the Gospel that’s been read.

(Review) The Wisdom of God: Letting His Truth and the Goodness Direct Your Steps by A.W. Tozer, Compiled and Edited by James L. Snyder

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Publisher and Publication Date: Bethany House. July 4, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, wisdom, Christian living.
Pages: 192.
Source: Free paperback copy from Bethany House.
Rating: Good.

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A.W. Tozer—Aiden William Tozer. 1897-1963.
A_W_TozerSummary:
The Wisdom of God is compiled from Tozer’s sermons on the subject of wisdom. This is the first time in print for Tozer’s topic of wisdom.
The book begins by teaching what the Hebrew’s understanding of wisdom was in the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. In addition, a portion about wisdom is included from The Wisdom of Solomon, one of the books of the Apocrypha.
In chapter two, the focus shifts away from the OT aspect of defining God’s wisdom to, “the truth that Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God, the incarnate Word.”
Examples of further chapters: “Christianity Flows Out of God’s Wisdom,” “The True Essence of Divine Wisdom,” “The Benefits of Eternal Wisdom,” “Moral Wisdom vs. Divine Wisdom,” and “God’s Wisdom Is Absolute and Unqualified (Not Limited).”
Rev. James L. Snyder has been given permission by the estate of A.W. Tozer to write new books from the archive of Tozer’s sermons via audiotapes.

My Thoughts:
I’ve read a few of Tozer’s books before The Wisdom of God. These books are Tozer On The Almighty God, The Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer: Mystery of the Holy Spirit, and The Pursuit of God.
One of the reasons I enjoy reading Tozer is he uses language that packs a punch. He has a way with illustrations that are vivid and speak loudly his message.

A Christian is not one who has a ticket to heaven as one might have a ticket to a ball game. A Christian is one who has sought to become a new person. He has found himself out and has learned what a scoundrel he is by the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Page 139.

We put a price tag on everything from a human stand point, which is how our world works. We cannot, however, bring that over into our relationship with God. Our relationship with God must be based upon God’s ways and not our ways. Page 68.

Some Christians have not read a decent book in the last twenty years. They have grown physically, but spiritually they are still in the hospital ward. Page 55.

I love how the book began by defining wisdom, but my favorite part of the book is when Tozer explains repentance.
Hasn’t it become rare to hear the word repent? When I was a child growing up my pastor often spoke of sin, repentance, forgiveness, and God’s grace.

Repentance is to seek to become a new person, to open the heart to the incoming of moral wisdom, to seek to be like that most excellent wisdom. It is to seek to live and have an affinity toward Jesus Christ the Lord. The idea that Christ reaches out to you with a lifeboat and pulls you aboard without changing you or identifying himself with you or you with Christ is a modern heresy that ought to be set aside until the Lord comes, or until men learn better. Page 140.

To be repentant means to come to Christ self-accusing and without defense. Page 142.

A second reason I love reading Tozer is he asks questions that make me think. And, I am compelled to answer them.

How do we recognize the fool? The wisdom books of the Old Testament are full of examples of foolishness, but in Proverbs 12:15, it tells us that “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes,” which is one of the marks of the fool. Page 107.

The Wisdom of God is not one of my favorites of Tozer’s adaptions from sermons. The book did not compare strongly against the other Tozer books I’ve read. The Wisdom of God is missing something. Possibly a stronger and clearer direction for each chapter’s interpretation. The points are not a clear picture of what is being stated. However, this does not take away from Tozer’s message of God’s wisdom.

My favorite quote, from page 180.

Either I do believe in God or I do not. Either I hold God to be wise altogether, or I do not. Either I believe that He is, or I doubt Him. Either I believe that He is the only wise God our Savior, or I do not. Everything lies here: destiny, death, life, heaven, and hell, and the Christian has an answer for the doubter.

(Review and Giveaway) The Secret of the Abbey, Book Three by Kathleen C. Perrin

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Publisher and Publication Date: Langdon House. June 3, 2017.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 568.
Source: Free copy from Langon House.
Rating: 1 star. Did not like.

I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

The first two books are The Keys of the Watchmen and The Sword of the Maiden.

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About the author:
Kathleen C. Perrin
holds bachelor’s degrees in French and Humanities
from Brigham Young University
and is a certified French translator.
Besides being the author of The Watchmen Saga,
she has published several non-fiction articles, academic papers,
and a religious history about Tahiti.
Kathleen has lived in Utah, New York City, France, and French Polynesia.
She and her French husband have spent years
investigating the mysteries and beauties of his native country
—where they have a cottage—and have taken tourist groups to France.
The Perrins have three children and currently reside in Utah.
Link to see photographs related to book.
Summary:
After unwillingly leaving a comatose Nicolas behind on Mont Saint Michel in 1429, Katelyn Michaels is distraught to be back in the United States in modern times. When a series of remarkable events facilitates her taking up residence on the Mount and reveals why Katelyn was called as a Watchman, her fondest hope is to be reunited with Nicolas, regardless of the circumstances. However, when Nicolas unexpectedly arrives with a new mission for her, Katelyn is devastated to learn that his head injury has deprived him of any memories of their relationship. Nonetheless, she is determined to once again save the Mount—this time in sixteenth-century France amidst violent religious turmoil—and rekindle Nicolas’s feelings for her. The couple’s love and loyalty is tested as she and Nicolas attempt to unmask the true source of the threat¬—their adversary Abdon—sort out their conflicting emotions, and deal with the consequences of an astounding age-old secret.
My Thoughts:
The Secret of the Abbey is explained as historical fiction, historical romance, French Wars of religion, time travel, and Huguenot and Reformation history-fiction. I am adding fantasy fiction to the list. The use of magic keys that give people the ability to travel in time. And, the fictionalized account of angels, an explanation of the story of the fall of man in the garden, and why Satan wants to inhabit mortal bodies. I consider all these points fantasy and fiction.
I have been writing book reviews ten years. This is the first book I’ve read where a mainstream historical fiction book has expounded heavily religious doctrines. This element is expressed in the last 1/2 of the book. The book is heavy with Mormon teaching. On the other hand, The Secret of the Abbey is heavy with the French history of Catholicism. During one of the time periods of this novel, the French Huguenots believed in the Protestant Reformation teachings, but there were those opposed to this belief and held strong to Catholicism. The Watchmen of the novel hold strong to Catholicism, plus the Mormon beliefs, which are entered in the last 1/4 of the novel
The Secret of the Abbey gives a strong history lesson in the Hundred Year’s Wars, the wars between the English and French in the 14th-15th centuries, and Joan of Arc’s contribution. The first book in this three book series introduced Joan of Arc. The Secret of the Abbey‘s focus is to tie-up the series, by giving the reasons for the Watchmen and what secret they guard.
The Secret of the Abbey is a heavy book laden with history and religion. It’s a huge undertaking for a novel. I enjoyed reading the history parts of the book but did not care for the Mormon elements. At no point is the word Mormon or Latter Day Saint used. However, it is easy to google these teachings and read they are of this religion. I believe it would have been appropriate to state where these teachings came from, because they are not a creation of the author.
A few of the historical people mentioned are Catherine de’Medici, Charles IX, Francois III, Francois d’Andelot, House of Valois, and the House of Bourbon.
Katelyn Michaels is the main character. She is a teenager living in our modern era. She is still in high school during most of the three books in the series. I’ve had an opportunity to watch her personality and character develop. She is an amiable person. I was shown her strengths and weaknesses and this makes her a relatable character.
The Secret of the Abbey is a clean novel. There is a romantic element to the story. However, the book is clean of intimate demonstrations of love.
In the opening chapter, a catch-up is given for readers who’ve not read the previous two books. I feel this information is helpful.
The dynamics of Katelyn’s family and their blended nature is brought out in the story. Blended families is something most readers, including me, can relate to.
Katelyn is a character easy to identify with, her humanity is shown, but her ability to work through and persevere under the gift is amazing. She is a worthy heroine.
Over-all The Secret of the Abbey is an interesting story.
Some readers may read The Secret of the Abbey and not take issue (take seriously) with the religious teachings, it is just fiction after-all. For them, the book is for entertainment purposes and is not to be taken seriously. But, because I am a Christian and because I have an opportunity to review this book (I had no idea about the books teachings prior to reading) I must state I did not like it. The additional teachings I’ve spoken of is the turning point in why I gave this book 1 star for do not like.
An example of one of the teachings:
Our physical bodies are a great blessing to us. To obtain them is one of the reasons we came to earth, Katelyn, to become more like God, or as the Apostle Paul put it, ‘to be heirs of God.’ and to have a body like His. To become His heirs entails a test of our willingness to follow His plan and to stay true to His teachings. This meant we would have a veil of forgetfulness about our pre-mortal life come upon us, so that our mortal life could be a true period of testing.” Page 477.
Kathleen C. Perrin states in the “Author’s Notes” section on page 551.

It is a reminder to us today that we must learn to respect each other’s beliefs and each individual’s right to worship as he or she sees fit. Only through mutual acceptance and respect can we avoid repeating the pitfalls of the past. Unfortunately, events in our current environment show that this idealistic hope will probably never be achieved.

I agree with being respectful. I do not agree with false teachings of the Bible.

I’m not going to argue. I am not going to coerce with pretty words. I will close this review with one of my favorite portions from God’s Word.

John 1:1-5. CSB. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. Verse 14. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

(Feature) The Quest for the Crown of Thorns, Book Two of the Long-Hair Saga by Cynthia Ripley Miller

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Publisher and Publication Date: Knox Robinson Publishing. June 12, 2017.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 308.
Source: Available in paperback and eBook.

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Summary:
AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic’s farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria’s insistence, but against Garic’s better judgment, they leave at once.
Upon their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and the dangerous mission that awaits them. The fate of a profound and sacred object–Christ’s Crown of Thorns–rests in their hands. They must carry the holy relic to the safety of Constantinople, away from a corrupt emperor and old enemies determined to steal it for their own gain.
But an even greater force arises to derail their quest–a secret cult willing to commit any atrocity to capture the Crown of Thorns. And all the while, the gruesome murder and the conspiracy behind it haunt Arria’s thoughts.
Arria and Garic’s marital bonds are tested but forged as they partner together to fulfill one of history’s most challenging missions, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns.

About the Author:
Cynthia Ripley Miller is a first generation Italian-American writer with a love for history, languages and books. She has lived, worked, and travelled in Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. As a girl, she often wondered what it would be like to journey through time (she still does), yet knew, it could only be through the imagination and words of writers and their stories. Today, she writes to bring the past to life.
She holds two degrees and has taught history and teaches English. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Summer Tapestry, at Orchard Press Mysteries.com and The Scriptor. A Chanticleer International Chatelaine Award finalist for her novel, On the Edge of Sunrise, she has reviewed for UNRV Roman History, and blogs at Historical Happenings and Oddities: A Distant Focus
Cynthia has four children and lives with her husband, twin cats, Romulus and Remus, and Jessie, a German Shepherd, in a suburb of Chicago.
On the Edge of Sunrise is the first in the Long-Hair Saga; a series set in late ancient Rome and France and published by Knox Robinson Publishing. The second book in the series, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns, was released in June 2017.
For more information please visit Cynthia Ripley Miller’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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“Ripley Miller astutely brings to life a Rome teetering precariously on the brink of collapse …the combination of political and romantic drama–spiritual as well–is rousing. The reader should be glad to have read this volume and eager for a third. Intelligent and artfully crafted historical fiction…” -Kirkus Reviews
“From cover to cover a gripping read – in all senses of the word! Grips your interest and imagination, your held breath and your pounding heart! A thumping good novel!” -Helen Hollick USA Today bestselling author of the Sea Witch Voyages
“Forbidden love, a turbulent time period, and world-changing events combine to produce a real page-turner.” -India Edghill, author of Queenmaker, Wisdom’s Daughter, and Delilah.
“A passionate and intriguing take on the often overlooked clash of three brutal and powerful empires: the Romans, Franks, and Huns. A Compelling read!” -Stephanie Thornton, author of The Secret History and The Tiger Queens
“Readers will be absorbed by a setting of barbarian Gaul and the constancy of Arria’s and Garic’s destined love amid the strife of a dying Roman Empire.” -Albert Noyer, author of The Getorius and Arcadia Mysteries
The Quest for the Crown of Thorns, is an elegant masterpiece of historical fiction. This book totally ensnared me in its clasps, and it did not release me until I had read it all. The attention to detail was exquisite The characterization was sublime, and the romance was breathtakingly beautiful. I adored the world that Miller has created, as well as the characters in it. This is a sit-down and finish book and is one I would Highly Recommend.” -Mary Anne Yarde author of the Du Lac Chronicles