Maureen Lang is such a good storyteller, whether dealing with more serious subjects or writing a straight romance. On Sparrow Hill has two timelines. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this, but I should have trusted her storytelling abilities. I was quickly caught up in both heroines' stories. Lang's use of language is so good: the Victorian era heroine sounded old-fashioned and formal enough; and the modern day heroine sounded properly British. Two great heroes to complement these heroines, each one quite different from the other, as were the heroines. The book deals with a serious subject, Fragile X, but this doesn't make the book depressing read. It's uplifting because of its strong spiritual message.
After reading The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang, I was delighted to find the sequel, On Sparrow Hill. In another parallel story, Maureen Lang uses Cosima's letters from 1849 to bring the news of the family affliction to more of her current day ancestors in contemporary England. Can they rise above the family curse to find lasting happiness that only faith in God can bring?I personally recommend this book. It is more than a love story with a lesson on leaning on God.
Maureen Lang once again proves her ability to tell a great story and write a great sequel. On Sparrow Hill is the continuation of the family legacy she brought to us in The Oak Leaves. With some new characters and places, Maureen gave us two stories in one in the book, also. Rebecca Seabrooke is the curator for Quentin Hollingsworth's family estate. Her family has worked in this estate for generations and her goal is to preserve its history by making it the most successful historic home in the country. She must overcome the crush she has held on Quentin since their childhoods. They aren't exactly from the same class, after all.Quentin Hollingsworth understands the treasure he has in Rebecca's work as curator, but also in her friendship. When the two of them discover a package of letters in the family vault, written years ago by one of his ancestors, it changes the course of both of their lives. Rebecca and Quentin discover both of their histories are linked and as they uncover family secrets, meet cousins from the United States, and learn that sometimes God's perfect plan is found in the most amazing imperfections, they also find love that crosses classes and time.This book is tender love and grace at its best. Maureen Lang take the challenges of life and makes them into beautiful family treasures. Open the pages of this book and meet characters that will touch your heart and affect your life long after you read the last page.
I had a hard time putting this book down. I liked how the author dealt with the two time periods. I'd never heard of fragile x and find myself still thinking about it. It is always good to be reminded that God desires us to lead lives of service.