Crossing of Promise Novels

by Hugh Alan Smith

When Lightning Strikes

The year is 1874, and Paul Wipf is enchanted by dreams of America. But when lightning strikes, killing his parents, his dreams are shattered and buried in the ashes of sadness and guilt.

How can Paul be happy, knowing it is his parents’ death that makes it possible for him to leave Russia? How can he be happy living with his sour old aunt and her group of Hutterites, whose life seems controlled more by rules than by love? How can he be happy when all he wants is what can never be-life as it used to be?

Then there is Hannah, the peculiar girl with shining brown eyes that probe straight into the darkness of his soul. Can Paul trust her with his story? 

Can Paul be saved from the bitterness he feels toward God and himself? Will he abandon Hannah and the Hutterites, and run to the wild life of the American west? Only Paul can decide what will become of his life as the awesome power of God is revealed once more, when lightning strikes.

"This book is a feast, a joy, an inspiration!  When Lightning Strikes has high drama, vivid settings, and characters so brilliantly fashioned they echo in my head long after I've set the book down."  T. Davis Bunn, best selling author

"An awesome book.  I highly recommend this story about the importance of trust, relationships, and  crucial decisions."  Natalie Gauthier, The Lethbridge Herald

When the River Calls

Six years have passed since the Hutterites arrived in South Dakota from the Russian steppes.  In that time Hannah's relationship with Paul appears to have deepened -- until he abandons the colony, disappearing somewhere up the Missouri River.  Has Paul lost his faith and given up on the Hutterite way?

The deathbed intuition of Paul's aunt pushes Hannah on a quest to find Paul and save him from an unkown danger.  Hannah's journey takes her from Split Rock Colony to the farthest reaches of America.  Will she find Paul in time?  How will she survive the dangers of 1880 America with no one but a naïve younger brother
and a tormented, gun-toting alcoholic for protection?  Will she be able to trust God and find the love she is looking for?

"For a wonderful faith journey into history, let Hugh Smith's absorbing storytelling whisk you away!"  
Sigmund Brouwer, best selling author.

"...a very informative book...a way to expand our horizons...more intriguing with every chapter."  Janine Ecklund, The Lethbridge Herald

The Author:  An award-winning author and teacher, Hugh Alan Smith lives in rural Alberta, where he has taught in a Hutterite colony school. Smith’s extensive research and firsthand knowledge of Hutterites and rural life give authenticity to his writing. As a speaker and writer, he is known for his sense of humor, which finds its way into novels.

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Titles: When Lightning Strikes; Whe the River Calls
Author: Hugh Alan Smith
Publisher: Herald Press
ISBN: 0-8361-9164-1; 0-8361-9268-0

Retail Price: $12.99 ($18.29 in Canada)
Format: Ppaperback
Pages: 180; 260
Classification: Historical fiction (Hutterite history)

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