In this second book of the Secrets of the Cross trilogy, the story of the Algerian war for independence from France continues. David travels to Algeria to rescue his friends and discovers his estranged father has been kidnapped as well. The orphanage in France struggles for survival in the midst of controversy and threats. Gabriella struggles with confidence as she contemplates taking on the running of the orphanage with Mother Griolet’s failing health. A young Arab boy is sent to the orphanage as a spy with orders to kill one of the children as well as Gabriella and David, but in the face of so much love and care, he has a change of heart.
Two Testaments is not at all a disappointment as a sequel. I read far into the night, way past my bedtime, as the pages seemed to turn of their own volition. In addition to learning about a segment of history that I knew little about, I also found it interesting to read about life at the beginning of the Arab domination of North Africa.
I am eagerly awaiting book three of the Secrets of the Cross trilogy as Elizabeth Musser brings the story into the present day! If you are a historical fiction fan, you should definitely put this series on your short list!