“When we choose to forgive others, we are not excusing what they did or saying it was right. We are releasing them into God’s hands and allowing Him to deal out justice as He sees fit.”
A journal connects two women across the years. Ms. Turansky skillfully navigates the dual time genre with her compelling story set in the Lake District of England. In 1912, Charlotte keeps a devastating secret about her deceased father and tries to mend the reduced circumstances he has left her family in. In present day, Gwen evaluates antique pieces for auction sale as a representative of her grandfather’s business. She comes across a journal that has great significance to the owners of Longdale Manor as well as a neighboring farm. I loved both settings, especially the modern one because of the connection to antiques. I appreciate that people value old things and the history they represent.
A large theme in this book is turning to God in prayer and seeking forgiveness in order to move on to healing. The complexity of the story showed the growth of Charlotte and Gwen and I liked that the author gave them each a wise person to give them advice.
The characters were realistic in their struggles and showed the ability to rely on God. The romances were enjoyable to watch unfold.
A stunning story that taught timeless truths.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and a strong faith thread
Two women--a century apart--embark on a journey to healing, faith, forgiveness, and romance.
In 2012, art historian Gwen Morris travels to England's Lake District to appraise the paintings and antiques of an old family friend, hoping to prove herself to her prestigious grandfather. While at Longdale Manor, she meets David Bradford--the owner's handsome grandson--who is desperate to save the crumbling estate by turning it into a luxury hotel. When Gwen stumbles upon a one-hundred-year-old journal and an intricately carved shepherd's staff similar to one in a photo of her parents, she's left searching for answers.
In 1912, after her father's death, Charlotte Harper uncovers a painful family secret she can only confess to her journal. She and her family travel to the Lake District to stay on a sheep farm, hoping eventually to find a home with Charlotte's grandfather at Longdale Manor, but old wounds and bitter regrets make it a difficult challenge. As Charlotte grows closer to shepherd Ian Storey and rebuilds her shattered faith, she must decide whether she will ever trust in love again.