By Jackson Keene
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About The Book:
The beautiful yet deceitful Rossalyn McDonald had twisted the knife deep in David Adam MacDougall’s big heart. He was extraordinarily handsome: chiseled muscles, kindly soul, thoughtful personality, and totally faithful. Any other lass in his Scottish Highlands village would have cheated her own sister to become his bride.
Now David’s entire being felt broken. He felt into a thousand pieces. Now he only wanted to reach the faraway city of Beiping China where he was called to be a missionary. But before arriving in that mysterious mistress of the orient, he would face uncertain dangers.
The year is 1904. The bloody Boxer Rebellion is only four years past. Much of northern China still seethes with undercurrents of resentment and hatred of all things Western. If David can just make it to the ancient city with body and soul intact, if he can just survive, there he’ll find his new purpose, his new home, and his new people.
There, he’ll meet the woman he comes to believe is the love of his life. The lithe, athletic, saucy, highly intelligent and equally independent Xiu Li!
WOW! Talk about a diverse set of characters, situations, and fundamental story elements. This historical romance touches on just about everything that could occur to a young man in his prime who feels the need to pursue a spiritual calling in a foreign land. David MacDougall is a strong man with a big heart. He proves equal to the challenges he faces, but not without experiencing pain, deprivation, and danger. The historical setting adds to the exotic flavor and opens a whole new realm to David's life, especially in the person of Ziu Li.
What does basketball have to do with this story? You'll just have to read the book to find out. The plot is expansive, the characters endearing, and the story's resolution is very satisfying. Author Jackson Keene certainly garners my respect with this book. I'm happy to give it Five Stars!
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