Special thanks to Miriam Ezeh, author of “The Story of Peace” for this excerpt:
In a small farming village off the coast of Africa, the clouds displayed the golden brown effects of the sinking sun signaling the end of another work day. The occasional crows and bleats of animals surfaced amidst the laughter of children as they played in their parents’ yards. The little ones had been to school, they had completed the day’s chores, and now they remained outdoors determined to enjoy every remaining moment of the fading daylight. Farmers trekked home after another day of plowing the harsh soils while their wives prepared the modest meals that they would later call dinner. And for those women who opted to cook outside the house, the aroma of their meals mingled with the scent of wood smoke did not go unnoticed by any passerby.
In the southern end of this settlement sat a two-story cement house. The structure, though quite small and unpainted, served its farming owners well. The main level consisted of a compact living room and a scant kitchen. On the upper level, the only bathroom in the house stood sandwiched between two bedrooms. The builder saw fit to roof the house with corrugated iron while the floors received nothing but a slab of concrete.
Laughter was once a common occurrence in this home. But a tragic event befell the inhabitants slashing their number from four to two. The lives and hearts of the surviving orphans propelled in opposite directions. And instead of laughter, the grey walls of the structure became witness to tears and arguments.
On this fine day, just as the other citizens of the village were sitting down to dinner in their homes, these two orphans sat in the kitchen of their unpainted cement farm house and engaged in a debate that would determine the outcome of their lives…
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Don’t miss this engaging chaste love story about a young woman who struggles under the threat of violent conflict to keep her only sibling safe while relying, at the same, on her trust in Christ and on her Catholic Faith.
Thank you, Miriam, for sharing this excerpt of your beautiful novel!
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