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Under Penalty of Death

Book One of Slavery of the Heart Series

Book Description

Today Keturah became a woman. Abba accepts an offer for her betrothal. Will she be chained under the Jewish Law? Her plan to escape the arranged marriage worked. She’s now free to find her brother and live as she chooses. But the lies and deceit catch up to her. If she confesses, will it lead to her death? Is there a path to forgiveness?
Justus‘ devotion to Yeshua results in Abba proclaiming him dead to the family. When Justus rescues a child from slavery, Keturah falls in love with the toddler. But the child’s mother returns, and Justus falls in love. Will Keturah’s jealousy destroy all bonds with her brother? Can they save their relationship?
Onesimus, a runaway slave, has a secret. Befriending Keturah, he finds she has a secret of her own. Will the two friends be destroyed by what they hide, or can they learn to give everything to God?

Will running set them free or sentence them to death?

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  • Unforgettable characters that will grab your heart. Vivid historical detail. Ancient middle eastern and Jewish culture comes alive. This award-winning novel captures the heart with authentic historical characters, customs and events.
  • It was so interesting and had a lot of action. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn’t get enough of (this) adventure! Maria Henriksen Author of Not Again
  • Memorable and inspiring. Brings First Century life through a courageous Heroine.  Portia Hopkins PH.D, M.Div. Ast. Rector, Former Profession/English Head Jessup University
  • Easy to read and filled with suspense. – Lori Chasko 5 Star Goodreads review

Coming Soon

Book Two of Slavery of the Heart Series will be out winter of 2022. Keep an eye out for updates here.