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By Murray Pura

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

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

Nathaniel enlists in what's going to develop into the well-known 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 basic terms see that Lyndel and Nathaniel became a part of the conflict attempt, and either are banished.

And a critical conflict wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's lifestyles. 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 useless. Will the momentous conflict swap her lifestyles perpetually, simply because it will switch the process the conflict and the historical past of her country?

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

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