“Fortune’s Lament” by John Cressler wins the Sunny Award for Milford House Press Bestseller in 2018

“Fortune’s Lament” by John Cressler wins the Sunny Award for Milford House Press Bestseller in 2018

John Cressler’s historical novel was the 2018 bestseller for Milford House Press, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Much of modern Spain was under Muslim control for nearly 800 years (from 711 to 1492 C.E.). Medieval Islamic Spain was deeply influential in world history, for a multitude of reasons, including the rediscovery, translation, and dissemination of the lost works of medicine, science, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. The Muslim Umayyads (with roots tracing back to Syria), were lovers of books and learning, and helped launch a cultural revolution in Córdoba which transformed the western world. An exceptional 200+ year period of peaceful coexistence occurred between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam under Muslim Umayyad rule, providing a powerful lesson in the practice of multiculturalism for our 21st-century world.

Fortune’s Lament is the third release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series, which break open this largely forgotten and fascinating history for modern readers. All three historical novels are love stories set at pivotal moments in the history of medieval Islamic Spain. Fortune’s Lament is set in Granada’s Alhambra Palace, 120 years after Emeralds of the Alhambra, and tells the story of Danah, a young Muslim woman who aspires to be the first female physician in the city. Love unexpectedly blossoms between Danah and Yusef, a valiant prince of court from a rival clan, during the bloody final conquest of Granada by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Christian Spain. As the light of Islamic Spain dims, the Inquisition looms large on the horizon, as does the coming voyage of Columbus to discover the Americas.

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Fortune’s Lament . . . soars to new heights as a compelling tale that leaves nothing wanting: provocative prose that delights the imagination, intrigue on multiple levels, vivid scenes both tender and terrifying, and Great Love that spans generations.” ―Catherine Crosby, co-founder of the Neshama Interfaith Center, Atlanta

“Extensively researched and beautifully written, Cressler’s novel leads us into an exotic world of love, ghosts, intrigue, and betrayal. A must-read for all lovers of historical fiction.” —Joan Fallon, author of the Al-Andalus series, Málaga, Spain

“Wrapped up in yet another a deliciously satisfying love story, Fortune’s Lament provides readers with an intimate view of the complex geopolitical panorama surrounding the fall of the last Muslim stronghold in Iberia and the rise of Catholic Spain on the world stage.” ―Julia Baumgardt, Marian University, Indianapolis


John D. Cressler is the Schlumberger Chair Professor and the Ken Byers Teaching Fellow in Science and Religion at Georgia Tech. He is the author of five nonfiction books (two for general audiences), as well as the historical novels Emeralds of the Alhambra and Shadows in the Shining CityFortune’s Lament is the third release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series. Visit the author at http://johndcressler.com and https://www.facebook.com/BooksByJohnDCressler/

by John D. Cressler
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1.4
602 Pages with maps and photographs
FICTION / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Religious
John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. John Cressler’s recently-released Fortune’s Lament held the top spot. Cressler took one other spot with his first book of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Emeralds of the Alhambra at 16th place.  Joe Harvey’s From Blue Ground bolted to #2. Joan West’s first book in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance, held at #3. Her three other books in the series: Courting Doubt and Darkness (#13), Darkness at First Light (#14), and Had a Dying Fall (#15) also charted. Marie Sontag charted with her YA novel Rising Hope in 10th. Bridget Smith returned to the rankings at #5 with Where Elephants Fought.  Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took 12th place. The recently-released The Broken Lance was 6th.  The Wolf of Britannia Part I was 7th, while its partner, Part II, was 9th. Jim Remsen rounded out the top 10 with his YA historical novel Visions of Teaoga.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
2 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA – Historical
3 3 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
4 10 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA – Historical
5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
6 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
7 12 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 15 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
9 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
10 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA – Historical
11 16 The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Historical Thriller
12 2 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
13 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller
14 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
15 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
16 4 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
17 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
18 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
19 14 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
20 NEW The Bolivian Sailor Donald Dewey Detective Thriller

Cressler’s novels continued to sell after release. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. West’s books were helped by author activities, as were most of the others.