Deeds of Darkness;
Deeds of Light
Donna Fletcher Crow
Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.
Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 11, 2017
Catherine Perronet finds her world is shaken when she learns Charles Wesley is engaged to marry another. After all, her initials were on the list John Wesley gave to his brother naming acceptable matrimonial candidates.
And that is not all. As teacher at a Methodist Society school in London, she sees her brother beaten while preaching in the open air, her favorite pupil forced to leave school because of poverty, and a prisoner receive his death sentence in Newgate Prison. Catherine undertakes the joys and hardships of a circuit-ride preaching tour to Canterbury where a French invasion threatens then must face the terrors of the Great London Earthquake before coming to an understanding of the gentle calling God has for her.
Where Love Illumines
Mary Tudway is forced to choose between two worlds: the pleasurable life of her high society friends: Sarah Child, heiress of Osterley Park, and the Bishop of Raphoe with his dashing nephew, Roger; or the life of faith and service represented by the Countess of Huntingdon, her lovely daughter Selina and the witty but devout Rowland Hill.
The story moves through the fashionable worlds of London and Bath as the death of one friend, the elopement of another and the startling unveiling of the Highwayman of Hampstead Heath play their parts in illumining her understanding so she can make a choice of lasting value.
Where Love Triumphs
Brandley Hilliard, aristocrat, brilliant classical scholar and cripple finds his carefully ordered world turned upside down by the delightful Elinor Silbert, daughter of the Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. And his conflicts increase when her head is turned by the debonair Marquess of Widkham.
The scholarly search takes a destructive turn until Charles Simeon, Fellow of Kings College, takes the young gownsman under his wing and shows him a life beyond any his academic pursuits had taught him.
Where Love Restores
Granville Ryder is in despair. The disapproval of his father the Earl of Harrowby leaves Granville believing he cannot be accepted by his heavenly Father or accomplish anything of worth. Even his special friendship with Georgiana, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, is almost destroyed by these conflicts.
In a story that moves from Cambridge to the Midlands, to London to Wales, the counsel of Charles Simeon, the example of William Wilberforce and the terrors of the Cato Street Rebellion (more dangerous than the notorious Guy Fawkes Plot) lead Granville to restoration and love. This is the most entirely historical of the series. Even the dogs are a matter of record.
Where Love Shines
Half a league, half a league/ Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death/ Rode the six hundred. Lieutenant Richard Greyston seeks heroic glory in the Charge of the Light Brigade. Jennifer Neville goes to Scutari as a nurse with Florence Nightingale, dreaming of wiping the brows of the wounded. Richard winds up blinded and Jennifer spends her days carrying slops as mice fall from the walls of the hospital.
Back in London Jennifer throws herself into charity work under the leadership of the Earl of Shaftesbury. She is delighted to reconnect with the convalescing Richard until she learns that his wealth is built on the potteries where children are subjected to unimaginable brutality. Richard eventually joins Lord Shaftesbury to fight for social justice but must find a way out of the darkness to deal with his feelings for Jennifer.
Where Love Calls
Hilda Beauchamp believes that God guides the life of every believer, and that it is her job to guide God. Her plans meet many complications, but at least one of her prayers gets answered when the winds of spiritual revival sweep England, stirred by the great evangelistic campaigns of D. L. Moody and Ira Sankey. Word of Hudson Taylor and his mission to China fires imaginations and missionary fervor within the Cambridge community.
But Hilda and the charming Kynaston Studd, whom Hilda has slated to marry her sister, find their plans sidelined. Kynaston was the leader, the first within his circle to catch the vision of going to China. But God seems to be calling his friends there instead of him and Hilda is horrified to find herself falling in love with the man she had intended for her sister.
Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com