Edla's Destiny

Edla's Destiny

by James Harold Carlson


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Edla's Destiny by James Harold Carlson

Sixteen-year-old Edla Serafia Andersson emigrated from Sweden in 1903 to work as a house maid in America. Based on a true story, Edla's Destiny is the compelling account of how she survived the harsh realities of the immigration experience and matured as a woman to embrace an unwavering reliance upon God. After a tumultuous voyage across the Atlantic and a protracted examination at Ellis Island, she began working in the manse of a cold-hearted reverend in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. When he was reassigned to Germany, Edla found employment in Youngstown, Ohio as an upstairs maid at the estate of steel magnate, Robert Bentley. The setting was an American version of Downton Abbey replete with drama, romance, intrigue, and humor. Edla returned to Sweden in 1914 with two-year-old daughter, Gladys, to visit her parents and ended up in the middle of World War I. The novel's thrilling conclusion embodies its recurring theme: God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519440037
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

James Harold Carlson served for forty years as a Christian minister-a U.S. Navy Chaplain during the Vietnam Era and a pastor in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Michigan. He is now pursuing a passion for writing historical fiction. This is his second novel, the first being From the Eyes of Jesus. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, earned a doctorate from a leading theological seminary, and addressed the critical issues of living with thousands of parishioners. He and his wife Marilyn have two sons, a daughter, and eleven grandchildren. They presently make their home in Florence, Kentucky. Dr. Carlson believes there is no greater joy than discovering the ways of God and cultivating the spiritual dimension of living in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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