Marta's Promise

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“The chill April wind whipped a strand of fine brown hair across Marta Ebel’s cheek, as
if punishing her for betraying her homeland. . . . She understood Russia’s offer of a respectable future for unmarried women. The German states offered only a slow death of servitude or a life of shame for women without the protection of family.”

As Marta Ebel leaves her German homeland seeking a better future in Russia, her life becomes inexplicably ...

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Overview

“The chill April wind whipped a strand of fine brown hair across Marta Ebel’s cheek, as
if punishing her for betraying her homeland. . . . She understood Russia’s offer of a respectable future for unmarried women. The German states offered only a slow death of servitude or a life of shame for women without the protection of family.”

As Marta Ebel leaves her German homeland seeking a better future in Russia, her life becomes inexplicably entwined with two unlikely companions—an orphan named Hans and a handsome stranger named Carl. Completely alone and faced with imprisonment as an illegal immigrant, Marta has no one she can trust and is forced to put her safety in the hands of Carl—a man of questionable character and unexplained actions. Amid the danger, Marta holds on to the hope of owning her own land in Russia, but an unexpected marriage and countless hardships threaten to complicate her dream.

Will she ever gain her freedom and the love she so deeply deserves?

“Brimming with the spirit of new hope amid dramatic uncertainties and physical hardships, the story of German relocation in the 1700s comes to life in these remarkable pages. It’s not a story of the past as much as a story of human endeavor, challenges, dangers, and faith.”

—Gerald Perschbacher
Editor, historian, and author

Jeanne Gowen Dennis is a freelance writer with eleven books in print, including Running Barefoot on Holy Ground: Childlike Intimacy with God, also from Kregel. She is the editor of Barefoot Path and Barefoot for Kids online magazines and speaks to women, writers, parents, and homeschoolers.

Sheila Seifert is a prolific freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and scripts, and teaches creative writing, composition, and literature classes at local colleges and universities. She has authored or coauthored fifteen books (seven fiction, six nonfiction, two books of skits) and two e-books. Her first script for an animated TV show recently aired on PBS.

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Editorial Reviews

The Lamplighter
Because it deals with the deceit, hardship, deaths and moral and spiritual crisis that these immigrants endured, it keeps the reader traveling with these people. It should be one of your selections for your Christian fiction section. It will circulate!
— Barbara J. Raupach
jlcaryreviews.blogspot.com
If you like historical fiction that is authentic, you will enjoy Marta's Promise.
— Jenny
Author's Choice Reviews
With enough twists and turns to rival any roller coaster, this well researched story of the German immigration to Russia keeps the reader wondering what ghastly thing awaits around the next bend in the river. Can Martha keep her promise and will she be able to hold onto her hope and faith long enough to see the plans God has for her life? Full of adventure, heartbreak and hope. An excellent read.
— Carolyn R. Scheidies
Christian Book Previews.com
Marta's Promise gives the reader a glimpse of what life was like for German immigrants during the relocation to Russia in the 1700's. This story is more than just historical fiction; it reveals the joy that comes from overcoming challenges and adversity that we all face. It is intriguing, bringing a message of hope and faith that will keep the pages turning until the satisfying end.
— Christy Wong
jlcaryreviews.blogspot.com - Jenny
"If you like historical fiction that is authentic, you will enjoy Marta's Promise."
Author's Choice Reviews - Carolyn R. Scheidies
With enough twists and turns to rival any roller coaster, this well researched story of the German immigration to Russia keeps the reader wondering what ghastly thing awaits around the next bend in the river. Can Martha keep her promise and will she be able to hold onto her hope and faith long enough to see the plans God has for her life? Full of adventure, heartbreak and hope. An excellent read.
Christian Book Previews.com - Christy Wong
Marta's Promise gives the reader a glimpse of what life was like for German immigrants during the relocation to Russia in the 1700's. This story is more than just historical fiction; it reveals the joy that comes from overcoming challenges and adversity that we all face. It is intriguing, bringing a message of hope and faith that will keep the pages turning until the satisfying end.
The Lamplighter - Barbara J. Raupach
Because it deals with the deceit, hardship, deaths and moral and spiritual crisis that these immigrants endured, it keeps the reader traveling with these people. It should be one of your selections for your Christian fiction section. It will circulate!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825424892
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning author and national speaker, Jeanne Gowen Dennis partners with Christian families to equip the next generation to hold fast to faith. She has published many books, articles, stories, illustrations, and greeting cards, and has been interviewed on national television and radio stations throughout the country. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and veteran homeschooler.

Sheila Seifert has more than one thousand freelance sales (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and scripts) and teaches creative writing, composition, and literature classes at local colleges and universities. She has authored/coauthored fifteen books (seven fiction, six nonfiction, two books of skits) and two e-books. Her first script for an animated TV show will air on PBS in 2006. Sheila currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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