Historical Fiction at its finest! Gabriella is the daughter of American missionaries to Senegal. Mother Griolet is the head of the French-American exchange program at the boarding school in the south of France. David Hoffmann is the very handsome American professor of French Literature. Gabriella finds herself an innocent participator in a world she never imagined. A Huegenot cross necklace she received from her mother becomes a link to the past and also puts her in danger from those who believe she is part of an underground spy organization.
Algerian innocents and Europeans living in Algeria are caught between the FLN, the Arab socialist political party seeking independence from France, and the OAS, the French nationalist organization working to prevent Algeria’s independence. Hugo is the mysterious head of the underground resistance, but who is he? From secret messages hidden in loaves of bread to orphans smuggled out of Algeria on sail boats, the suspense keeps you turning the pages.
I LOVE historical fiction, and this series is not only captivating but also very well-written. I would put Elizabeth Musser right up there with the Thoenes, and that is high praise indeed! In addition to crafting a masterful story, the author has chosen a fascinating, yet little known, historical event as a setting. Two Crosses is the first book of Elizabeth Musser’s Secrets of the Cross trilogy. Be on the lookout for my review of Two Testaments coming soon!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.