Of Darkness and Light
Author: Heidi Eljarbo
Series: Soli Hansen Mysteries, Book One
Genre: Historical Mystery, Clean Read
About the Book:
Oslo, 1944. Soli Hansen’s passion for art history is and always has been a way of life for her. While she spends her days working in an art shop, WWII is taking its toll on everyone. Apprehensive of the consequences, Soli avoids becoming entangled in the war resistance efforts. She closes her eyes in hopes the enemy will retreat and leave her beautiful country for good.
But when a woman is found dead in the alley alongside the art shop and a painting from the last auction goes missing, Soli is thrown into the thickest of the fray involving both Nazi art theft and the Norwegian resistance.
Once Soli finds her courage, there’s no turning back. Her personal life is turned upside-down with danger, lies, spying, and an incredible discovery.
In this dual timeline novel, Heidi Eljarbo paints a vivid picture of what people are willing to do in desperate times. With unforgettable characters and rich historical details, Of Darkness and Light will keep the reader mesmerized until the last satisfying page.
Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Rhys Bowen, Katherine Neville, and Kate Quinn.
Books in Soli Hansen Mysteries:
from the Past
Awards and Nominations for
"Of Darkness and Light":
Praise for Book:
“Artful prose and at a pace that makes for a can't-put-down, first-class literary voyage."–Melissa Dalton-Bradford, bestselling author of Global Mom
"What would you have done to preserve art masterpieces from falling into the hands of the German Nazis? Interspersing love, hope, and courage, the participants are drawn together in mysterious paths."-Pauline Isaksen, author
"I absolutely will be counting the days until the next one is released. I inhaled this in one sitting, it's just that good!" -Amy Bruno, Passages of the Past
"Heidi Eljarbo has certainly given herself a challenge - to write two historical periods in one novel which flow seamlessly from one to another, but the narrative works well and the two timelines inform each other beautifully...all described in sumptuous detail. If you love the art world and a good mystery, you will really enjoy this well-written book which has plenty of excitement and intrigue to keep you turning the pages...a highlight for me in descriptive writing." -Deborah Swift, author
"On its surface, this book is a wonderful mystery which will keep you guessing right up until the culprit is revealed. Underneath, this book is a story about how people can evolve and change, how different people confront challenges in different ways and how good can triumph over evil, but with a cost. If you are looking for a mystery which weaves in human themes, history and art seamlessly, please read this book." -Lynn Morrison, author
"Soli is a character whom a reader can get behind and root for. I thought her depiction was absolutely fabulous, and her story drove the narrative of this book forward. Eljarbo also reminders the reader, through her portrayal of Soli, how war can consume and change the lives of ordinary citizens sometimes for the better, more often for the worse. There are several antagonists in this novel...they were masterfully drawn and wonderfully portrayed. "Of Darkness and Light" is a reward for any reader who adores quality World War II Historical Fiction. This is a book that is definitely deserving of your time. I cannot wait to get my hands on Book 2." -Mary Anne Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club