Agents of an international organization risk everything to rescue victims.
From this historical adventure comes the tale of an international rescue agency, The Gold Rose, operating in the 1940s under the guise of a world horticulture organization. Top-rated ROSE Agent Charlotte Hunt-Basse has defied death and danger for a decade, but saving two of her assignments, Pinkie and Babe, will challenge her as never before. Against a backdrop of WWII and the Communist takeover of China, this mystery drama sends the reader around the world and into the raw and bloody truths of history.
What if there was a secret rescue agency navigating across political, ethnic, religious, and geographical boundaries which operated under the guise of a global horticulture group? The Gold Rose is such an organization. Founded in the 1940s, its headquarters lie hidden in plain sight in side-by-side Victorian homes on a slanted street in San Francisco.
1958, Charlotte, a highly trained ROSE agent, is stranded overnight by severe weather conditions in a rustic bus station in Bangor, Maine. To pass the long night, she reflects on her current dangerous but thrilling career with ROSE and on two of her favorite assignments, Pinkie and Babe.
1941, Two-year-old Pinkie is found during a violent storm on a dirt road in South Texas by a young oil heir as he drives the woman he loves and her brother to Mexico to save them from the lying accusations of his father’s second wife. Three years later, the child is stolen away to Argentina by an unscrupulous woman to use as bait in her fortune-telling business. Pinkie suffers from the malice of her captor but gains the fatherly love of a Buenos Aires circus owner and his fiancé. Before THE GOLD ROSE can rescue her, Pinkie’s life takes two more shocking twists.
1941, Babe, the child of Texas-based missionaries, is hidden with a Chinese Family during the Japanese invasion of mainland China. Her foster family meets with tragedy. Her second foster family forces her to live incognito as a boy to save her from the ruthless soldiers pouring into China from the North. Before being imprisoned, the grandfather of the family teaches Babe Yǒng Chūn in deepest secrecy. As the civil war escalates, the secret codes on the bottom of a wooden box send Babe on a dangerous quest for survival as she journeys alone through enemy territory toward the faintest hope of rescue.
Jodi Lea Stewart grew up smelling cedar berries and cattle pens on a large ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Her friends were Native American and Hispanic, with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure. Her pastimes were singing to chickens, climbing giant petroglyph-etched boulders, hanging on for dear life in the back end of rattly old pickups driven over terracotta roads so washed out they qualified as mini-Grand Canyons, and riding one of the orneriest horses God ever put on this planet. Many monsoon seasons later, Jodi writes adventure-mystery novels set in the Southwest, the South, and beyond..
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