The Bonfires of Beltane
432 – Ireland
Since before anyone can remember, Taran’s Celtic, island people have
sacrificed children to Crom Cruach, the dread sun god. His whole clan
accepts this atrocity, yet in his heart he knows it’s wrong.
Now, Taran is about to be inducted into his clan’s circle of leaders.
He promises Laurna, his betrothed, he’ll hide his doubts. But at the
ceremony beside the bent idol of gold, he can’t help but question
the druids’ rule. He blames the clan’s miserable fortunes on Crom
Cruach, calling it a demon.
As a result, the druids order his banishment. Instead of a wedding
with Laurna, he faces a tearful parting. As a storm darkens the horizon,
Taran paddles his wee craft into a vast, raging sea. Thus begins
Taran’s adventure in A.D. 432.
Beyond the sea lies ancient, Celtic Ireland. There wait the Roman
evangelist, Patrick, and two kingdoms ruled by powerful kings and
their druid advisors. It’s a proud land where tradition is
everything and travel through the wild can mean slavery
or death. The druids will stop at nothing to remain in power and
prevent Patrick and his followers from changing their ancient ways.
Will Taran find the spiritual truth he desperately seeks? Can he
escape wrathful kings and conniving druids? Will he ever be
able to return home and rejoin his beloved Laurna?
From Across the Ancient Waters (The Green Hills of Snowdonia)
1791 – Wales
Return to Wales with best-selling author Michael Phillips in his latest historical novel. After being sent to his uncle’s estate, young Percy Drummond has no intention of letting the country atmosphere soften his rebellious ways. Then he meets a village girl Gwyneth Barrie and her friendship changes his life. When Percy later returns, his intriguing friend has grown into a young woman. But by this time, Percy has caught the eye of his beautiful cousin Florilyn. . .who has also become Gwyneth’s friend. What will result of their threefold friendship? And what repercussions will his uncle’s surprising request have for them all?
5th Century – Ireland
A fanciful, romantic tale of passion and faith that invites readers to the “God-graced mountains and plains” of Ireland. Maire, Gleannmara’s warrior queen, finds her fierce heart is gentled when she takes a reformed mercenary — a Christian, no less — as hostage during a raid. At first she wonders what kind of God would make a fine warrior like Rowan of Emerys such a coward. But as she comes to know Rowan and witnesses the force of his beliefs, she learns that meekness and humility to the one true God are stronger than any blade of steel. And in the process, Maire discovers the transforming power of love and faith.