Hill of Grace

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Wakefield Press, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
1951. Among the coppiced carob trees and arum lilies of the Barossa Valley, old-school Lutheran William Miller lives a quiet life with his wife, Bluma, and son, Nathan, making wine and baking bread. But William has a secret. He's been studying the Bible and he's found what a thousand others couldn't: the date of the Apocalypse. William sets out to convince his neighbours that they need to join him in preparation for the End. Arthur Blessitt, a Valley pioneer in floriculture, helps William deliver pamphlets and organise rallies. Others join the group but as the day approaches their faith is tested. The locals of Tanunda become divided. Did William really hear God's voice on the Hill of Grace? Did God tell him to preach the End of Days? Or is William really deluded? The greatest test of all for William is whether Bluma and Nathan will support him. As the seasons pass in the Valley, as the vines flower and fruit and lose their leaves, William himself is forced to question his own beliefs and the price he's willing to pay for them.

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Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Nine
Chapter Eleven
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About the author (2011)

Stephen Orr is an author whose career began as a runner-up in the 2002 Vogel/Australian award. Attempts to Draw Jesus was published by Allen and Unwin in 2002. Since then he has written several other novels, been long- and shortlisted for awards such as the Commonwealth Writers┐ Prize and the Miles Franklin, and worked as a journalist and teacher. His latest novel, One Boy Missing, was his first venture into literary crime writing.

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