Nineteen-year-old Stephan Varda flees his father’s wrath over the death of his beloved brother in unstable 1880s Hungary. It doesn’t take long for Miklos Varda to regret losing yet another son, but it’s already too late to find Stephan. Strong-tempered Miklos learns one bitter lesson after another until he becomes homeless himself — at the same time Stephan is learning about the mercy of Jesus Christ from a beautiful, devout young Hungarian-American. Intricately coordinated events lead both Stephan and Miklos to America and to a pivotal decision: whether or not to accept God’s undying love.
Inheriting his slighted forefathers’ bitter hatred for Queen Victoria, Nigel Whitaker has finally found a way to punish the Queen: kidnap her great-grandson David, “the apple of her eye,” and whisk him off to America. But when fortune-seeking emigrants Jeremy and Cecelia Barlow, unable to have children of their own after a riding accident, become attached to the adorable child, his fate is even more uncertain. Meanwhile back in England, Queen Victoria’s grace and her faith in Christ are working changes in the heart of Nigel’s secret accomplice. The Lacys weave another complex plot line involving America’s early immigrants and revealing the all-knowing power of God.
Handsome, accomplished Dr. Erik Linden veers between heroism and accolades/ failure and despair in this fascinating new historical novel. A recent medical graduate in nineteenth-century Switzerland, Erik finds himself in a crisis of faith after his former fiancee dies on his operating table. Should he give up performing surgery? Should he abandon his homeland and seek a better life in a freer place? Meanwhile, lovely young Dova, a friend in Erik’s hometown, faces murderous avengers after identifying them to the authorities, even as she struggles with an affection that she must keep quiet. As the two young people cope with love’s longings on opposite shores, can they find the serenity of God’s covering in The Secret Place?
Young Russian Vladimir Petrovna is always minutes away from disaster. He is a Christian in a pagan country that exacts extreme penalties from believers. His farm is nearly destroyed by blight and he cannot pay the taxes he owes. And he is a husband and father of three whose daughter is secretly in love with a Cossack-one of the very soldiers who persecute families like Vladimir’s. Though he may lose everything he loves, Vladimir must trust God as he navigates his river of trouble. When he finally arrives in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” his destiny-and faith-is changed forever.