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Light Out of Darkness

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Light out of Darkness -- Available: April 11, 2015
Book 1 The Waldensian Series

A prestigious art exhibition turns into a horrific spectacle when a murder sends an art curator and a professor on a hunt for a highly coveted stolen painting.

Jamie Holbrooke came to Italy to escape a painful past in Ohio. But Jamie’s past follows her during an evening stroll along Varenna’s shoreline walk when an assailant, who looks like her dead brother, presses a mysterious riddle into her hand. Still reeling from shock at breakfast the next day and clueless about what the riddle means, she discovers that her long-time paragon Dr. Alessandro Marianni may have a link to the enigmatic riddle. Finding Jamie and her questions intriguing, Alessandro’s answers are cut short when their colleague falls prey to an assassin’s bullet. Convinced the riddle and murder are connected, Jamie and Alessandro risk their lives to discover why an obscure painting has caught the attention of art critics and criminals alike. At stake is a two-thousand–year-old drama, unfolding in the contemporary world of the Northern Italian Alps. Will Jamie and Alessandro stop powerful organized crime figures before the painting is lost forever and with it a secret more valuable than the prized artwork? Will Jamie find the answers to help her reclaim her life again? She will need the courage to face her fears and the persevering faith of Dr. Alessandro Marianni to heal her wounded heart.


Our town, settled in 1893 by “Valdesi” pioneers, is humbly honored and gratefully blessed by Donna Wichelman’s delightful literary voyage into Waldensian chronicles as she pays worthy homage to the rich history and unfailing faith of our founding fathers.
--Barbara Hefner, Tourism Director, Valdese, North Carolina

Donna Wichelman has crafted a wonderful tale of intrigue, murder, and family surrounding the art world and a Christian sect begun in the 12th century. The history of both worlds intertwines effortlessly throughout the story, reflecting the meticulous research by the author.
--Majorie Vawter, Editorial Consultant and Author

There's nothing like a good ol' romantic, suspenseful, inspirational novel like Light Out of Darkness to curl up with on a rainy day. Add Donna Wichelman's impressive weaving-in of little-known historical detail and you'll be there long after the sun comes out.
--Nancy Rue, best-selling fiction author

A well-written story; it really held my interest. Wichelman's lively descriptions of the Italian countryside and Alpine village life bring an exquisite richness to the narrative."
--Dave Fessenden, Editorial Consultant, Author, Literary Agent