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Based on true stories of an immigrant family.

How will Elisa's family go on without her beloved father?

Elisa carefully lifted out each piece of linen and laid it on the floor beside her. A long lace tablerunner, a set of doilies—all lovely, but not what she was hoping to find. Her heart beat faster. After all, it wasn't just any piece of lace that she hoped to see—it was her mother's wedding veil.

As Swiss Consul to Brazil, Edouard Bolli and his family live a life of ease. But when he becomes ill and fears he will not recover, he moves his family from Brazil to Tennessee to be near relatives. The family cannot return to their homeland, Switzerland, because religious persecution is great there. Besides, Switzerland is just as foreign to the Bolli children as America, for they have lived most of their lives in Brazil.

In their first year in Tennessee, though, Elisa's family suffers several tragedies and hardships that test their faith in God. How will Elisa's older brother manage the farm after their father dies? Finding her mother's wedding veil would bring her mother hope in her grief. Why can't Elisa find it? And when a neighbor does an ill deed to the family, will Elisa be able to forgive him?

In The Journey of Elisa, Elisa Bolli learns that even when we suffer great loss, our faith and God's love comfort us and give us hope for the future.

Nancy Parker Brummett lives in Colorado. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where many descendants of the French-Swiss immigrants still live and worship. Elisa Bolli was her great-grandmother. Twenty brides have worn the Swiss veil since Elisa's mother wore it in 1836.

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When her father's illness causes the family moves from Brazil to Tennessee to be near their Swiss relatives, eleven-year-old Elisa finds that her family's faith sustains them through a number of trials.

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