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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.
Light Out of Darkness
Jamie appealed to the woman once more, her voice more urgent. “Signorina, we’re terribly concerned for our friend. You must understand …”
The woman kept her nose down, straightening up the clutter on her desk—or pretending to. She seemed to cogitate in silence. She looked up and around and then back at Jamie. Her eyes pleaded, and she whispered. “Signorina, please. The man in the photograph. Capo di Mafioso.”
Jamie’s eyes softened, desperate to show the woman she understood. Of course Justina would fear the mob boss. “Just tell us. Our friend—did he say where he was going?”
Justina hesitated. Then with a sympathetic tilt to her head, she nodded. “Milan, I think, but you heard nothing about it from me.”
Jamie laid a grateful hand over the woman’s. “Thank you, Justina. You can’t know how much we appreciate your help.”
The woman didn’t look up but waved her hand to warn them away.
Taking the hint, Jamie grabbed Alessandro, and they made their way to the door and out into the night air.
Once outside, Alessandro exhaled long and hard before heading toward the railing at the end of the wharf.
“Milan is a big city.” Jamie walked next to him.
“Yes. It will be like hunting for a needle in the proverbial haystack.” He found a spot along the railing and leaned against the metal, remaining silent next to her.
Jamie dug her hands into her pockets, observing the night in silence beside Alessandro. Only a ferry outlined in white lights interrupted the dark expanse in front of them. The calming lap of the water below them gave a respite from the pain of Nico’s choices.
“Virgil once said of Lake Como that it was the ‘greatest lake’ for its unprecedented beauty,” Alessandro said at last. “At times like these, I forget the persistence of evil wanting to invade the peaceful centers of the soul.”
Jamie studied the form beside her. Over the days, Alessandro had surprised her by his poetry and his depth of heart. She wondered what other mysteries lay beneath the surface of the man. Compassion compelled her to reach a hand to his arm. “I’m sorry. I know you carry a heavy burden for your grandmother and for Nico.”
He looked down at her hand, then up into her eyes, searching, probing.
There it was again—she didn’t know how to navigate the waters. She averted her eyes and dug her hand back into her pocket. “I was engaged once …”
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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