Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Flashback

The Eleventh Hour
Michael Phillips
ISBN: 9781414307879
Publisher: Tyndale House
Series: Secret of the Rose #1
Source: Purchased

About the Book:
Prussia, 1937.

Baron von Dortmann cares for his family with the same passion and devotion with which he tends the roses in his beloved Spring Garden. His daughter, the beautiful Sabina, drinks in the nourishment of his fascinating stories in the garden--his wonderful life-lessons about God and creation and the secrets of growing things.
As the baron watches over his estate and his family, he knows his daughter is destined to be a lovely bloom. Already she has caught the eye of the young American, Matthew, and their neighbors’ son, Gustav.
Amid the placid rhythms of farm life, the baron looks over his world with both a father’s and a gardener’s eyes.

Unfortunately, he is not the only one watching...

Suddenly a storm sweeps over neighboring Poland--the thunder and lightning of the German blitzkrieg--which will change the Dortmanns’ lives forever...
The baron will be left with a most difficult decision. Sabina will be left with the secret of the rose.
My Thoughts:
I LOVED this series!  I have read it twice and each time I appreciate the novels more.  This Christian historical fiction series is wonderful.  I couldn't tear myself away from the pages.  The novel intrigued me so much that I had to buy the next book in the series as soon as it was available.  I read this series in high school and re-read it after college.  I am not a fan of the cover pictured above, the edition I have has a more appealing cover.  This is a book you should not judge by the cover.  Picture it as something you'd love and read it.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it!  Great writing, great flow, intriguing story and lovable characters make this one a must read.

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