In the Midst of the Flames
JP Robinson, author
The stunning sequel to In the Shadow of Your Wings (Northshire Heritage Book 1). Divided by a lie. Haunted by the past. Drawn together by their love. As the fires of the Great War rage across the European continent, the Steele family is caught in the midst of the inferno. Estranged from his wife Malcolm wonders if he can ever find forgiveness for his betrayal as he begins the long journey home. Leila desperately searches for a way to escape her past life as a spy—and the German agent who has been sent to kill her—as she struggles to prove her innocence. Determined to save his family, Thomas risks everything in a high-stakes political gamble, bringing Britain to the brink of obliteration, as spymaster Robert Hughes plots his downfall. Will everything be reduced to ashes?Or does God still walk with those who, through faith, step out into the midst of the flames?
In the dramatic and intricately plotted second installment to the Northshire Heritage series (following In the Shadow of Your Wings), Robinson continues his exploration of espionage, romance, and faith during WWI. As the war rages across Europe, Sir Thomas Steele, head of the Bank of England, continues to care for his daughter-in-law Leila—a former German spy who was injured during a plot to silence her. In France, Thomas’s son, Malcolm, lies to his friend Will’s wife, Eleanor—claiming Will was killed when he was actually captured—to save Eleanor from worrying. Later, in the midst of battle, Malcolm becomes determined to find his friend. Will, meanwhile, must face repeated challenges, not just to his life but to his faith. Rich with political intrigue and subtle nods to the Bible, this novel’s strength comes in the precise attention to historic detail and evocative imagery. The unrelenting intensity of the subject material falters with some of Robinson’s over-the-top expressions of faith and honor (such as Will’s frequent arguments with God delivered as monologues), but the tension and stakes will keep readers engaged. This should be a hit with fans of inspirational historicals. (Self-published)