The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History)

By Murray Pura

Following at the heels of The Wings of Morning, the 1st ebook in Murray Pura's Snapshots in heritage sequence, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.

In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers runaway slaves in her family's barn. whilst the lads are captured and again to their plantation, Lyndel and her younger Amish beau, Nathaniel King, locate themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony

Nathaniel enlists in what is going to turn into the recognized Iron Brigade of the Union military. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse at the battlefield, sticking with reference to Nathaniel as they either witness the horrors of war--including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. regardless of the pair's heroic sacrifices, the Amish in simple terms see that Lyndel and Nathaniel became a part of the battle attempt, and either are banished.

And a critical conflict wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's existence. Lyndel needs to name upon her religion in God to suffer the savage clash and to stand its painful aftermath, now not realizing if Nathaniel is alive or lifeless. Will the momentous conflict switch her existence perpetually, simply because it will switch the process the struggle and the background of her country?

The Face of Heaven is a dramatic tale that may unlock at the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the old conflict of Antietam, September, 1862.

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Publication studying, ma’am. i used to be taught to learn and write by means of an aged gentleman on the plantation. He had me learn the Bible to him and every kind of books written in the United States and England. Seven instances I learn the Bible via from starting to finish for that high-quality guy. ” Lyndel paused. Smiling again, she patted the guy at the arm. “Then we needs to take excellent care of you. ” He published his grip on her wrist and he or she stood up. “I could be a couple of minutes,” she stated. “Please don’t fear. i cannot betray you. ” He used to be nonetheless smiling. “I think you. ” “What’s your identify? ” she requested. “My identify is Moses Gunnison,” he stated. She reached down and took his hand in hers. “I am happy to satisfy you, Mr. Gunnison. i'm Lyndel Keim. ” “Pardon me for asserting so, yet you've huge arms for a girl, ma’am. and a few energy in them. ” “I were a farmer’s daughter all my existence, Mr. Gunnison. ” “Do you have got a husband, ma’am? ” “Oh, no. There’s been no time for that. yet I do have a brother. He’s the only i'm going to visit. he'll assist you. we'll either assist you. ” “Thank you, ma’am. God bless you. ” Lyndel straightened and brushed the straw off her gown. “Why, God bless you too, Mr. Gunnison. ” She adjusted the black prayer kapp on her head and appeared down at Charlie. “You are going to be alright. ” He stared up at her, his eyes exhausted from worry and discomfort. “I may be correct again with my brother Levi in addition to food and drinks. ” She proposal quick as she walked throughout the barn and out into the morning sun. the lads have been nonetheless seated at the porch and nonetheless conversing politics. Her father, the bishop in their Amish neighborhood, sat in the midst of them, tall and slim, his beard night-black, listening rigorously to the several evaluations, from time to time leaning ahead and interjecting. She enjoyed her father—indeed, she cared for the entire males seated with him, a number of of whom have been the church’s ministers. yet she additionally knew how law-abiding they have been. If she advised them approximately Moses and Charlie they might provide as a lot tips as they most likely may. but they might additionally think certain to hitch up a wagon and force into Elizabethtown and tell the legislations there have been runaways hiding out within the Keim barn. immediately she determined opposed to confiding in any of them, together with Papa. She smiled as she walked earlier them towards the strong, the place she knew her brother used to be doing the paintings of a farrier and trimming their horses’ hooves now that it used to be spring. Levi used to be wiping his face with a purple handkerchief, sweat operating down into the collar of his white paintings blouse. He was once chatting with a person who used to be bent over and conserving a horse’s hoof among his legs and battling to get the nipper in place to chop. Lyndel hesitated. even if the fellow with the hoof nippers had his again to her she famous his construct, and while he spoke back her brother she knew for sure: Levi’s friend, Nathaniel King, used to be the only wrestling to trim Dancer’s left entrance hoof. She had no longer anticipated to work out him this present day yet Levi should have requested him to return over and have the same opinion with the horses.

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