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Florian's Gate (Priceless Collection Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

T. Davis Bunn
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Book Description

The Iron Curtain has been torn open, setting Poland on the road to democracy. But can true freedom come to those still bound by tragic memories of - Florian's Gate

When Jeffrey Sinclair takes on the challenge of assisting in a high-priced London antique shop, he discovers that more than good salesmanship to wealthy customers is required.

Alexander Kantor, his enigmatic relative and employer, has a reputation for acquiring priceless antiques under mysterious circumstances. As Jeffrey learns the business and becomes more deeply involved, he discovers that the source of the antiques is not the only secret Alexander has hidden.

And the woman Jeffrey loves, Katya Nichols, also has secrets to hide. Even as they travel to Germany and then to Poland on a buying trip for Alexander, Katya's shrouded, undisclosed past acts as a barrier, an Iron Curtain that separates Jeffrey from her love.

His excursion into the Eastern Bloc takes Jeffrey to places he had never imagined to the secret treasure troves of Europe, to poverty-stricken men and women haunted by the past and hoarding their few valuables against a final day of reckoning.

But the journey takes him inward as well, into his own pain and the related wounds of those he loves, a place where only a divine Father can bring hope and light.

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About the Author

A native North Carolinian who now lives abroad, T. Davis Bunn was recognized internationally as a consultant, lecturer, and speaker in the area of international finance and received invitations to address symposiums, conferences, and management meetings. His professional interests took a decided turn nearly eighteen years ago. Although he continued his career in international finance, he became a "closet" novelist. For nine years, he wrote with discipline and drive, never to have anything published. When one of his novels came to the attention of Bethany House Publishers, his status as an unpublished novelist changed. His first book, The Presence, was published in 1990 and quickly became a bestseller.

A prolific writer, he now has over twenty books in publication, including three with Janette Oke, a wonderful children's picture book called Princess Bella and the Red Velvet Hat, the heartwarming gift book The Quilt, and his latest, The Dream Voyagers, originally published under the pen name Thomas Locke.

"The novels I've had published by Bethany House are the direction I hope my future writing will take--captivating stories of intrigue, drama and faith, with compelling characters in an enjoyable contemporary fictional setting," says Bunn. "The emotional bonding that occurs with the reader in good fiction often gives the Christian message more direct meaning in the reader's life."

Prior to his work in international finance, Davis completed studies in psychology and economics at Wake Forest University. Fluent in three languages, he has traveled extensively in more than forty countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Davis has also avocationally become a serious student of comparative religion, learning from Jewish rabbis, Buddhist monks, Muslim imams, Catholic priests, and Baptist ministers. Drawing on these experiences, Davis fills his books with colorful dialogue and richly textured settings.

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  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 1992)
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  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched novel! April 30, 2000
Bunn's marriage to a Polish woman is reflected in this novel's treatment of post-communist Poland. His characters are adequately developed, and although the plot is not gripping, in truth it doesn't have to be. Life in Poland and other eastern European countries just after the fall of communism is highly intriguing without fictionalization. Bunn does an excellent job of weaving documentary research into an interesting story-line. As mentioned, his Polish wife and her contacts in Poland helped immensely in this task. His book exhibits a genuine love for Poland, and if you are interested in a good story, that also teaches a little modern history - good choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the author's best March 19, 2003
I first picked this book up years ago while working at a religious book store and found I could not put it down. Bunn's pictures of post-Soviet Eastern Europe are breathtaking and have remained incredibly vivid in my memory for years. The protagonist is immediately sympathetic and interesting as a young man already bored with his life and looking for something beyond the every day. I identified with Jeffrey Sinclair the first time I read the book, and I identify even more strongly today as a twenty-something businesswoman. Equally gripping are the backdrops Bunn paints of London's high-end antique trade, Poland's back streets, and everything in between. I think that Bunn must have loved Warsaw to write about it in such vivid colors. The other books in the series are worth reading as well, but this remains my favorite. I recommend it without hesitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Florian's Gate April 3, 2013
" Florian's Gate gets 4 stars from me. This book was hard from me to decided what rating to give it as at first I thought it was to much details but as I got more into the book I understood why all the details and some of it was really interesting. This book deals with Poland and antiques.
Jeffrey Sinclair is hired by Alexander Kantor, a relative, to assist him in his antiques shop. But why is Alexander' trips and where the antiques come from such a mystery. One day while Alexander is gone away on another trip Jeffrey has to have help and decides to ask Katya Nichols to help him out. That decision leads him to hire Katya full time. There is also attraction there. One day Alexander asks Jeffery to make a trip and take Katya with him as she could translated the language. They were two stay there two days and then Jeffrey was to meet Alexander and go with him on another trip. This trip he met Gregor, another relative who was part of Alexander secret. It was on this trip that changed Alexander's life (he let go of bitter memories and gave them to God at least that is how I took the ending, if you read this book and believe something else happened I hope you will add a comment to this and let me know) and it changed Jeffrey,I know he turned backed to God. This book brings up some lessons we can all learn about suffering and why God allows it. In this book you will learn things about the war and Communists you might not have known. This book is fiction but the antiques described are real and do exist and the terrible abuse suffered by the people was based on actual fact. And once again in the end the boy gets the girl. I would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Florian's excellent read August 17, 2013
By t march
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a book a few weeks ago called Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn . I had no idea what it was about until I looked at the back cover and notice the word "Poland." That caught my attention as I am of Polish descent. I am intrigued by Polish history and I thought I would give this book a chance.
This story was slow to start but finally accelerated half way through when I discovered what Florian's Gate represented.
The author takes us on a journey through America, London, and Cracow, Poland in search of all things : antiques. The plot line is very different as it takes us to Poland in search of valuable antiques that have been hidden away for years, only to be sold to a honest antique dealer and his apprenticed- nephew from America.
Davis Bunn has written a well-documented novel about the buying and selling of well-hidden antiques in a post- WWII and present day Poland. The devastation that Poland went through from Germany and Russia is described quite vividly. The fall of Communism and the "Solidarnosc" movement did not bring about much change to an historically war- torn country. Oswiecim, or Aushwitz are described by the main character, Alexander Kantor, as he re-visited his nightmare , having been sent there as a sixteen year old.
This novel was a reminder of man's inhumanity to man as well as asking the proverbial question: "Why did this happen, God?"
If European history, the world of antiques, and a man's struggle to bring faith in God back in his life intrigues you, I think you are going to like this book. A five star salute to Davis Bunn! Dziekuja bardzo
(This book was provided by BookFun for an honest review and opinions expressed are my own.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! August 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was very interesting and it kept my attention. I got it for free, but because it was so good, I'll have to buy the rest of the series.
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This book I also still have and intend to keep!!
Published 3 months ago by Belle Hanks
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Published 3 months ago by Joann Hollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Very informational. Like the way he described the situation in Poland after the war. Liked the way he did the love affair in the story.
Published 4 months ago by Dale Shook
5.0 out of 5 stars Florian's Gate
Tragic. All the suffering millions of people yesterday in Eastern Europe and now in Africa and the middle east endure at the hands of despots and zealots and the unending God's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Conrad Samayoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Florian's Gate did not disappoint! Davis Bunn has the ability to...
Florian's Gate did not disappoint! Davis Bunn has the ability to capture the time and the atmosphere of the places about which he writes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bird2368
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Historical Fiction
Florian's Gate is Literary Historical Fiction with a Christian slant. There isn't a lot of action, but there is mystery and a journey through a Poland recovering from Nazis and... Read more
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Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

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