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A prestigious art exhibition turns into a horrific spectacle when a murder sends an art curator and a professor on a hunt for a highly coveted stolen painting.
Escaping a painful past in Cleveland, Ohio, Jamie Holbrooke flees to Milan, Italy as an art curator. But her past follows her during an evening stroll along Varenna’s shoreline walk when an assailant, who looks like her dead brother, presses a mysterious riddle into her hand. Still reeling from shock the next day, she discovers her long-time paragon, Dr. Alessandro Marianni, may have a link to the enigmatic riddle. Before she can discover the answers, their colleague falls prey to an assassin’s bullet. Convinced the riddle and murder are connected, Jamie and Alessandro risk their lives to uncover why an obscure painting has caught the attention of art critics and criminals alike. At stake is a two-thousand–year-old drama, unfolding in the contemporary world of the Northern Italian Alps.
Will Jamie and Alessandro stop powerful organized crime figures before the painting is lost forever and with it a secret more valuable than the prized artwork? Will Jamie find the answers to help her reclaim her life again? She will need the courage to face her fears and the persevering faith of Dr. Alessandro Marianni to heal her wounded heart.
For nature lovers, ski aficionados, travel enthusiasts and history scholars, the French Alps offer some of the most spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation in all Europe with its majestic mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled forests and quaint mountain villages. People come to get away from the daily grind and rejuvenate their spirits.
But when Alessandro Marianni’s grandmother Luciana is kidnapped during a church conference in Chamonix, the same landscape becomes an ominous height to scale, and Jamie Holbrooke and her fiancé Alessandro have difficulty distinguishing between friend and foe on the race to find her. They will have to weather a rainstorm on a mountain trail, negotiate a dangerous waterfall, outmaneuver a car chase, and defy an assassin’s gun in their search.
Will they find their beloved Luciana before it’s too late? Who will die on the way to the finish line? Who can they trust? And where will Jamie find the courage to confront her adversaries?
In this sequel to Light Out of Darkness, the answers will lie in unanticipated places and with unexpected allies and require Jamie to discover what it means to trust God with Undaunted Valor.
Outwardly, Luciana could only manage deep guttural sounds through the hands that clasped her mouth. What did these two people want with her, an old lady from a long-forgotten Alpine people? She didn’t have a scrap of money. They would see that right away.
Her impostor spoke in Italian. “I feel … old in this drab outfit. I don’t understand why I need to impersonate her. It’s not like anyone will care.”
Perhaps not here. But my grandson—
“You are not being paid to ask questions. Just do your job right, and you will be handsomely rewarded.”
“Fine. I’ll need her bags.”
“Take them,” the man responded with bland tedium, “but I want her cell phone.”
My paper. She can’t. Luciana wriggled, but it was no use. The man only tightened his grip. She moaned. She had put tens of hours of research into that paper. Perhaps no one else would care, not even the so-called historical experts in whom she had hoped to generate interest. Still, she had viewed the work as her last achievement in her small, but significant life, a task she believed God had meant for her to accomplish before she left this world.
She watched the woman bend, her face coming close to hers. Their eyes met—knowing eyes, younger eyes, eyes that had once been dark but were now blue like hers. Dear God. Juliette?
The woman grabbed the straps of Luciana’s briefcase and purse, then yanked them from her.
Luciana flinched again. When had she become so old?
“The cell phone, quickly!” the man ordered.
“No need to snap at me, Jozef. I’m not an imbecile.” The impostor dug into Luciana’s purse for the phone, then handed it to her cohort. “Here. I hope Seseri is satisfied.”
“It is not for you to worry about whether he is satisfied. Now go!” Jozef commanded the woman. “And remember; be in Megève day after tomorrow.”
Juliette, or whatever her real name was, gave him a surly gaze, then scurried out the door with Luciana’s possessions.
“As for you, old woman,” Jozef derided and jostled her, “I will not hurt you if you do exactly as I say. Is that understood?” He waited for her answer.
Luciana stopped squirming and nodded, if only for the reprieve from his hurting grasp.
He pressed her into a chair. “Very good.” He let her go, then drew a gun. He held her phone out to her. “Now, you will make a call to your grandson if you want to live.”
About the Author
Donna Wichelman was a communications professional before writing full-time. She has authored short stories, essays and articles in various inspirational publications and lives her dream writing novels and screenplays. She and her husband work with teens at their local church in Fort Collins, Colorado. They travel, bike and kayak whenever their schedules allows.
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