Veil of Fire
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About "Veil of Fire"
In 1894, the worst firestorm in Minnesota history descended on the town of Hinckley, consuming 400 square miles and killing 418 people in just four hours. Heat, flames, and darkness swept through the town, devouring lives, and consuming all hope. In the aftermath of the fire, the town of Hinckley rises from the ashes, its people determined to rebuild their lives. But in the shadows, someone is watching. A rumor spreads of a mysterious figure that haunts the hills surrounding Hinkley. Who is this hermit? A monster, a ghost, or a memory? An enemy in hiding, or a lost love? This compelling story of one person's journey of loss will challenge readers to live the life God has given even if it's not the life we dreamed of.
Meet the Author
Marlo Schalesky is a frequent contributor to Today's Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal, as well as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Marlo and her husband live in California. A
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In 1894, the town of Hinckley, Minnesota was forever changed by a rampaging fire that struck without warning. Marlo Schalesky weaves a compelling and moving story around that tragic historical event, with tenderness and lyrical artistry. Josef, Ellie, Lars and Arla's lives take a twist they never thought possible when the Hinckley conflagration consumes buildings, stock and people indiscriminately. Fear, pain, hope and love all rise up from the ashes as they wonder how to move on. God's faithfulness and protection is called into question by some, while others cling to their faith in the face of such tragedy. As the community attempts to restore their lives, another is hoping a dark and sinister secret has been laid to rest underneath the blackened landscape. The impact of Veil of Fire is lasting and heartfelt. That the fire actually took place, killing 418 people in four hours, contributes to the book's punch but no less is Marlo's beautiful abilities as a wordsmith. She has crafted a tale that engages the heart with her appealing and compelling characters and activates the mind with a mystery that remains satisfyingly unresolved until the final chapter. I was so impressed with this novel that I have nominated it for my book club to read later this year!