Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony
Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war–including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair’s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.
And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel’s life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow, mix historical 1800’s Amish living with the Civil war and what you get is an awesome, interesting and intriguing novel that will capture your attention as no other book has. I thoroughly enjoyed Murray Pura’s new book, “The Face of Heaven.” I felt like I was in a history class there for a while, with all of the vivid historical details so professionally described by the author. With a case of characters that will sure warm your heart, this book will stay with you for a long while. I love Amish fiction, and I love historical fiction and books about the civil war, so this was a winner for me!
For all of you history buff’s out there….you will be amazed at this wonderful book with all of his historical facts. I strongly encourage you to grab a copy for a most amazing and enjoyable read.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Harvest House and CFBA for me to read and review. I was not expected to required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.