Letters in the Grove, Renaissance Hearts Series, Book Five
Sometimes secrets keep people alive; sometimes they cast doubt and suspicion.
Gustav Braun is an ex-emissary for the French government. After his failure to stop an assassination attempt, his prospects for future employment disappear. German by birth, he decides to leave France and return to his native homeland…and his wife. He has been gone for a very long time and fears of her acceptance have him stalling his journey.
Teresa Braun has waited patiently for her husband’s return. While he gallivanted across Europe saving the world, she’s been forced to care for their home and possessions. The only form of communication with her husband was through letters stuffed secretly in a public grove.
With religious tensions growing at home and abroad, secrets can be one’s own worst enemy. And with some local Germans determined to protect their country from religious change, Teresa’s secret activities label her as a dissident.
Will the letters that shared Gustav and Teresa’s love save Teresa or be her doom?
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Code in hand, she translated the symbols. Tears beaded in her eyes as the words became clear.
I hope you fare well. The news of continued peace is Augsburg is music to my soul. As long as you are safe I can continue to work toward our future.
It saddens me that the French government is staunchly against Protestant freedom. The admiral and his friends work tirelessly to rectify this situation. Brazil is ready for its first inhabitants. I hope one day we will be able to travel there together and make a new life.
As my quill flows over this paper, I think of you. The air is rife with the aroma of roses. It reminds me of holding you in my arms and smelling your sweet scent. I can picture you, your hair lying around your face, a smile of contentment tugging at the corner of your lips. I wish I was there now holding you. One day, these dreams will become a reality.
Remember to always code your messages. Pressures on our movement have caused people to do desperate things. And as always, I love you.
Your husband, Gustav
Teresa ran her fingers lovingly over the original letter. If she closed her eyes she could almost see Gustav penning the missive.
I hope you enjoyed the snippet for Letters in the Grove. Wonder if this will be the last book in the series? Only time will tell.
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“This was a sweet story and Sarra was a heroine that you can relate to. It does not matter in what time you live in, you want to know that the person you plan to spend your life with loves you for you.” – IowaAngela, reviewer on Amazon
“Loved, Loved, Loved this book! Great Historical Fiction. I also loved the spiritual thread. Eventually the truth will always come out. This is the first book in a series and I cannot wait to read the other books in this great series..” – Wilani Wahl, reader
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