BOOK TWO: In a Foreign Land
Released Janaury 2017, In a Foreign Land, is a story loosely based on the memoirs of a survivor. Many of the facts are true, but have been fictionalized for the sake of story…
Manchuria has been home to the Martens and Giesinger families ever since they escaped Soviet Russia in 1930. At fifteen years of age, Danny Martens and Rachel Giesinger are content with their lives, and with each other.
But the end of World War II changes everything. In 1945, the Soviets invade northern China, infiltrating the temporary vacuum of power, and repatriate all men who were older than twenty years when they fled the Soviet Union.
Robbed of home, livelihood and security, Danny’s family and friends move southward, trying unsuccessfully to acquire emigration papers.
Amid the difficulties, a ghost from the past stalks the Martens family in search of vengeance for previously hidden crimes. Danny struggles to honor his father’s wish to move his family out of the country, but all his plans are thwarted.
In desperation, Danny’s mother requests sponsorship from friends, Phillip Wieler and Jasch Fast, who emigrated to the States in 1932. In spite of their own struggles with personal and economic tragedy, the Wielers and the Fasts attempt to help their friends who are held captive In a Foreign Land.
This story is based loosely on memoirs of a survivor.
Available in both Kindle and print formats. Thanks to Marcia Laycock at Small Pond Press for her professional editing, Fred Koop at Fred Koop Design for the great eye-catching cover, and Rik Hall at Wild Seas Formatting for the interior design.
BOOK ONE: Other Side of the River
The first book in my In Search of Freedom series is a venture into new territory. Previously released as a traditionally published book, Other Side of the River has now been released in second edition through my own imprint, Tansy & Thistle Press, as of April 2016. The content is virtually the same as the first edition, but the cover, ISBN and ASIN have changed in its independently published form.
The year is 1926. The Russian Revolution is past, and the grip of communism tightens around the Mennonite people in Western Siberia. Luise Letkemann yearns for freedom, security, and marriage to Daniel Martens, but escalating oppression from Stalin’s regime threatens to destroy everything she lives for and believes in.
Daniel would be content with Luise and a degree of compromise with the state, but as he faces life-and-death situations at every turn, he realizes there is no middle ground. A confrontation between Daniel and Soviet officials results in far-reaching consequences.
Over time and vast distances, Luise and Daniel struggle to survive separation, threats, life-changing decisions, harsh climate, and a sinister personal vendetta by a Soviet official. Will Luise and Daniel be reunited? Will their faith survive the test?
Is there freedom on the other side of the river, and what will that freedom cost?
For a detailed look at my independent publishing journey check out my “second Tuesday” blogs on my website (they appear with the most recent post first).
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