“When we choose to forgive others, we are not excusing what they did or saying it was right. We’re releasing them into God’s hands and allowing Him to deal out justice as He sees fit.”
“Forgiveness was not a one-time event—it was a process.”
The Legacy of Longdale Manor is a beautiful dual timeline story about forgiveness, faith, and family. It follows two women a century apart, Charlotte Harper in 1912 and Gwen Morris in 2012, as they travel to the Lake District in England. Talented author Carrie Turansky paints lovely pictures of the area and has created some engaging and well-drawn characters to populate it. The main characters were all likeable and interesting. Turansky seamlessly wove the two timelines together without jarring transitions, and it was easy to separate the two different stories and characters.
There is a fairly strong faith element, particularly around the principle of forgiveness, that is organically included in the tale. I recommend this book to those who enjoy clean and wholesome historical fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars
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.