Doris Elaine Fell gives us a page turner in The Trumpet at Twisp, her second novel in the Fields of Valor series. The story focuses on Megan Juddman, wife of a soldier serving during the Gulf War. Megan loves her husband deeply and wants to be a good and brave soldier's wife, but she is paralyzed by her fear of what the future might bring without her husband. Ironically, her husband escapes death at the hands of the enemy, only to be killed by friendly fire. Determined to honor her late husband's memory, Megan raises her son the best she can.
The twists and turns of this story will keep the reader on the edge of her seat as the tensions mount. Fell's excellent use of powerfully descriptive language and her innate understanding of a woman's emotions make this story ring true. Megan is challenged as a Christian when she meets the man who called in the order that resulted in her husband's death. Yes, in time she believes she can come to forgive him; but when her feelings of pity turn to forgiveness and then to love, she wonders if she is crazy or actually blessed to find two phenomenal men in one lifetime.
Fell is a talented author who is a Christy Award finalist, a 2003 SPU Medallion Award winner, a 2004 Silver Angel Award winner, and a feature writer for Mainstream and other inspirational publications. The Trumpet at Twisp is Fell's seventeenth novel, and she has also written two nonfiction books.
This book is only for those who enjoy a good love story. Itís simple to follow and easy to read, yet intense enough to grasp the readerís attention and hold it for the duration. It contains war, journalism, terrorism, and romance all mixed into one. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wonders if love can happen twice in one lifetime. -- Judy Jackson, Christian Book Previews.com
When Megan Juddman learns that "friendly fire" killed her husband in the Gulf War, guilt and bitterness consume heróguilt over a shameful secret she harbors and bitterness over a suspected government cover-up. After escaping to her hometown, Twisp, in eastern Washington, she meets Tharon Marsh, a decorated officer in the Gulf War who has also come to the valley to bury a painful past. Their friendship grows towards something deeper until Megan discovers Tharon's terrible secret: he ordered the fire that killed her husband. Their personal turmoil increases when the disasters of the September 11, World Trade Center attacks, thrust the country into a new war and Tharon is recalled to active duty. Tension reaches the breaking point when, over Megan's protests, her troubled eighteen-year-old son enlists. Will Megan be able to relinquish her hold on the past and find a way to forgive?