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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Jan 2008
Revell Books


by A.J. Kiesling

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Sisterly bonds and the love of a family are the two elements that bind first-time novelist A.J. Kiesling’s work, Skizzer. Skizzer takes the reader into the fabric of a family’s history to explore the secrets that are woven into its past.

When Claire Trowling gets a call from her brother-in-law, Rainey, saying that Becca, the sister she has both adored and resented since childhood, has disappeared, she knows that something must be wrong. Desperate for answers, she looks in a childhood hiding place and discovers a recently written note addressed to her. “Something both terrible and wonderful has happened,” Becca has written. Claire and Rainey’s determined journey to find out why Becca would so abruptly leave takes them to the lush English countryside Claire and Becca had visited as children, where an heirloom of unknown value provides a valuable piece to the puzzle of events. Through meetings with old friends and long-lost relatives, Claire and Rainey begin to discover that theirs is a family where things are not as they have seemed for years, and that secrets run deep. But will these secrets change everything?

In the course of the story, Claire finds her heart being drawn once again into a trusting relationship with her heavenly Father, and she learns the value of being open to meeting with Him.

The historical elements of this story are well-researched and intriguing, and they expose the reader to some different facets of the culture surrounding the Anglican Church. The characters are well-defined, and the relationships between them draw the reader into a closer understanding of who they are. All in all, readers looking for an intriguing, engaging plot will find it in Skizzer. -- Lyndi Markus,

Book Jacket:

"Something both terrible and wonderful has happened. I can't explain now . . ."

Claire Trowling is on a quest. After receiving news of her sister Becca's abrupt disappearance, Claire must piece together the shadowy remnants of a past she's long forgotten in order to find her.

A cryptic note scrawled in Becca's handwriting leaves more questions than it answers. When a stack of mysterious letters along with a rare necklace is found, Claire races to discover the secrets that hold her family captive.

Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes you on a transcontinental hunt for answers, weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present.