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Light Out of Darkness

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Book 1 The Waldensian Series, Light Out of Darkness

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 sought after stolen painting.

Jamie Holbrooke’s painful past follows her to Italy when an assailant, who looks like her dead brother, presses a mysterious riddle into her hand. Soon she discovers that her long-time paragon, Dr. Alessandro Marianni, may be linked to the enigmatic riddle. Intrigued by her questions, Alessandro’s response must wait when their colleague is murdered in cold blood in full public view. Convinced the riddle and murder are connected to the coveted stolen painting, Jamie and Alessandro set out to discover who’s responsible. At stake is a two-thousand-year-old drama, unfolding in the contemporary world of the 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 art work? 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