Book Review: Two Testaments

14 May

404991_w185The 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. Unable to predict what lies ahead, Gabriella and David learn that in life, waiting is the hardest part. The answers lie in two testaments.

11-05-11-sweetest_thing_arrives__12_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.

My Impressions:

After reading Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser (see my review HERE), I just had to read Two Testaments. The second book in the series, it starts where book 1 left off. Lots of unfinished business in the first book, but a very satisfying conclusion awaits in the second. Two Testaments continues the sweeping story of David Hoffman, Gabriella Madison and the other characters you will grow to love against the backdrop of the French-Algerian War. The war is about to come to an end, but the horrors of war, torture and terrorism continue after the peace declaration is signed. David and Gabriella separate so that David can continue his work rescuing orphans in Algeria. The wait to be reunited is hard for the characters and the reader! But as a friend that read it first stated — happy endings after a lot of sadness.

Elizabeth Musser is a very talented writer. Her characters are complex, well-developed and completely believable. Her research is meticulous and accurate. The settings come alive in her prose. And the love of God shows through naturally.  She is definitely an author on my must read list.

One more book is in the series — Two Destinies. It takes place some years following the first two books. And of course, it is in the TBR pile! If you want some great summer reads, pick up these three books and get ready for some wonderful reading.

Highly Recommended.

(I listened to the audiobook version of Two Testaments. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Two Testaments”

  1. Sue May 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    The third volume is worth the read. These books were so informative and unique. Aren’t audio books wonderful, too? I find when I am listening to an audio book, I get so caught up in the story that stopping is even harder than putting aside a print book.

    • rbclibrary May 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      You are right about audiobooks. Just finished Double Blind by Brandilyn Collins. Felt like I was in the midst of the action.

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