The Pied Piper of Sweden
by Tom Steele (9781605942803)

The Pied Piper of Sweden
 
Tom Steele
Release Date: 01 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Llumina Press
ISBN: 9781605942803
ISBN-10: 1605942804



In 1846, Erik Jansson founded a religious colony in western Illinois. Using the collective resources of fellow Swedish immigrants, Jansson established a settlement called Bishop Hill. Under Jansson's leadership, Swedish pioneers endured individual hardship, communal prosperity, pestilence, and disillusionment, while Jansson recklessly promoted the belief that he was the Second Coming of Christ. At Bishop Hill, a personal struggle raged between Erik Jansson and John Root, a Swedish adventurer, over which man would secure the allegiance of a young woman named Charlotta Jansdotter. The competition for Charlotta's loyalty forced her to choose between spiritual commitment and physical desire, and determined the future fate of the colony. Years of suppressed romantic need drew Charlotta to John Root, but Charlotta's dilemma was complicated by the fear instilled in every Bishop Hill colonist: The cost of departure from the colony and rejection of Erik Jansson would be eternal damnation. Tom Steele is a retired high school teacher. During his career in education, Tom's teaching abilities were recognized with the following honors: the PTA Educator of the Year Award, the Western Illinois Master Teacher Award, the Illinois Board of Education's Award of Excellence, the Channel One Teacher Award, a USA Today Teacher Team Award, the American Councils Excellence in Teaching Award, the U.S. State Department Russian-American Art Exchange Award, and four Western Illinois University's Most Inspirational Teacher Awards. Tom served as a Staff Sergeant in Cu Chi, Vietnam and is the recipient of two Army Commendation Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He resides in Illinois with his wife, Linda and their three children. Tom is the author of Muddy Water, Romance and Murder in Henry County and Perish, Murder in Wicker Park.

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