BOOK Two of THE CHOICE Series
What voices influence your choices?
In 1953, the United Kingdom eagerly anticipates Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. Hope shines for the British and our five young friends. And yet, a real and insidious enemy continues to pummel away at their souls. Invading their minds with perverse thoughts, he’s bent on destroying that rekindled hope. If they’ll open their hearts to the still small voices of those who love them, our five friends will have the truths necessary to defend themselves against the lies of an Adversary, who wants to ruin their lives.
The Earl of Wembley’s brilliant daughter, Phila Claiborne, studies at Oxford University. But she’s not allowed to be tutored by the highly esteemed C. S. Lewis and J. R. R., Tolkien because they teach at men’s colleges where women can’t enroll. Yet, Phila can attend their lectures, and while doing so, the brawny giant sitting at the back of the hall notices her.
O. C. Ogilvie, a former army hero, studies at Oxford with his tutors Mr. Lewis and Professor Tolkien. Enamored with the tiny redhead in front of him, he finally gets up the courage to ask her to tea. A fascinating friendship blooms, however both want to be liked for themselves, so they intentionally fail to mention their aristocratic heritages.
At the same time, WWII demons still haunt Ollie. Guilt, Grief, and Shame plus his brother’s voice of Ridicule threaten Ollie’s hopes of a romantic relationship. So does a charming London lawyer who better fits Phila’s vision of Prince Charming. But she battles Insecurity and Envy as they remind her that a plain pudgy intellectual won’t likely attract a prince.
After winning her London fashion school’s contest for the most gorgeous gown for the Queen’s Coronation, Phila’s beautiful friend, Lily Whitely, rises above the staggering grief over the deaths of her parents and siblings. Her victory and strong ties to the Claibornes lead to a position with the Queen’s couturier. Lily revels in working at Hartnell’s, the fashion house creating the Coronation regalia, as well as attention from a young duke, and confusing romantic overtures from Hugh.
Phila’s brother, handsome Royal Navy Lt. Commander Hugh Claiborne’s exceptional intellect made him a perfect fit for Naval Intelligence during the war. It also denied him the opportunity to earn glory at sea. However, during his four years as a naval attaché at Britain’s Embassy in Washington D. C., he was instrumental in exposing two traitors who leaked secrets to the Soviets. Relishing the taste of counterespionage, Hugh now hears the siren song of Ambition luring him toward the unconventional life of a secret agent—an occupation not conducive to marriage or as a future earl expected to produce an heir. Hugh’s passion for honor conflicts with his growing desire to be more than a pseudo-brother to Lily.
As a UCLA professor, the intriguing former USAAF ace, Dan McCauley is jubilant when invited to speak on humanism at Oxford. However, like “Daniel in the Lion’s Den,” he faces unsettling questions from Lewis and Tolkien. When he beholds the stunning Lily, who’s also in the audience, perhaps he faces the most powerful “lion” of all. Desire threatens to consume him.
Nan Rinella has crafted a powerful tale about the voices that influence our choices and the challenges of listening to those that can make or break us.
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“Nan Rinella’s novel and series should appeal to Lewis / Tolkien devotees and draw readers to further explore their lives and works.”
Steven Elmore, VP C.S. Lewis Foundation
“Dreams in the Distance is full of heart. I look forward to more from this author.”
Carolyn Curtis, award-winning journalist / co-author of Women and C.S. Lewis
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