“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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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1.4
9781620063729
602 Pages with maps and photographs
FICTION / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Religious
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1 Green Triangles Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
2 Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
3 2 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
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5 3 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
6 All the Aliens in the Neighborhood Donald Dewey Short Stories
7 8 Death Knell of the Caliphate Scot McCauley Spy Thriller
8 6 Moon Games Shelly Frome Detective Thriller
9 7 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
10 Plus and Minus Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
11 Wake Up and Smell the Bees Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
12 1 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
13 15 The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Murder Mystery
14 Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers? Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
15 14 A Lenape Legacy Doris Wilbur Historical
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Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
2 1 Atonement Kyle Alexander Romines Western
3 NEW The Peacekeeper Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 NEW A Lenape Legacy Doris Wilbur Historical
5 14 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
6 16 The Wolf of Britannia II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
7 19 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
8 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
9 12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
10 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
11 17 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical
12 7 The Wolf of Britannia I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
13 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Murder Mystery
14 5 The Titan Strain Virginia Soenksen Dystopian Thriller
15 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Murder Mystery
16 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
18 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
19 Green Triangles Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
20 3 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
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Kyle Romines’ debut western “Atonement” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for June

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Atonement Kyle Alexander Romines Western
2 18 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
3 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
5 1 The Titan Strain Virginia Soenksen Dystopian Thriller
6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 The Wolf of Britannia I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
9 NEW The Man Who Hated History Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
10 NEW Plus and Minus Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
11 10 Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers? Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
13 8 The Fantasy League Murders Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
14 9 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
15 5 Wake Up and Smell the Bees Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
16 The Wolf of Britannia II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
17 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical
18 Murder Run Shelly Frome Murder Mystery
19 6 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
20 Three Rogues at Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical