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5 Stars Out Of 5
Amazing Page Turner
February 12, 2012
Hated this book to end, wanted to stay with these friends forever!
This is the third book in this series, and you do not have to have read the previous ones to know what is going on, enough is explained! We start our visit back with Jasmine and Nolan Houston, and their great family. Alice Ann has survived Scarlet Fever, and life is good. When Jasmine's Father's Lawyer pays her and her brother McKinley a visit, they find out the the rest of their family have all passed in a Yellow Fever epidemic.
It is decided that Jasmine, Nolan and family will travel to Louisiana to settle the estate. Both Jasmine and her brother abhor slavery and have every intention of freeing all of the slaves her family had held at the Willows. You will not, well maybe, believe all that is about to happen, you won't be able to put this book down.
There are so many twists and turns in this book, and great adventure. You will also spend time with Paddy, Margaret, Reverend Chamberlain, Reggie, Mrs Brighton, among others. You will love all the stories that are presented.
This was a fabulous book! It was a perfect ending for a wonderful series.Once again the authors have developed a wonderful story with intriguing characters and exciting twists.I loved Reggie Chamberlain and her father,Justin.And I really liked the story parts involving Elinor Brighton and the Chamberlains.It was so sweet how Reggie and Elinor became friends and then family.It was so funny how Elinor and Justin became engaged.Reggie had everything all planned out!And I'm still laughing about those ANNOYING church ladies who came in and just rearranged Justin's house!I also liked that this book taught that God always uses bad circumstances for good.He turned the bad beginnings of these people to something good and blessed their lives.This book was well worth the read.I suggest everyone read it!
In 1857 Lowell, Massachusetts Nolan and Jasmine Houston pray everyday for a miracle as their five years old daughter Alice Ann struggles to recover from Scarlet Fever. When Dr. Hartzfield deems the little girl is healthy enough to celebrate her birthday that passed three months ago, the Houstons rejoice that their beloved child has healed.<P>Not long afterward, attorney Forbes tells Jasmine and Nolan that her father, her brother and most of her other relatives died from Yellow Fever at the family Mississippi plantation, the Willows. They need to decide what to do with the slaves and the property. Nolan and Jasmine head south to free those slaves who survived the epidemic. In Mississippi their abolitionist philosophy anger their neighbors and the few surviving relatives until someone burns down the Willows leaving Jasmine and Nolan to wonder how to keep their family and themselves safe while doing the right thing for the slaves they want to free.<P>THE PATTERN OF HER HEART showcases how violent the country was over slavery just prior to the Civil War. The Houstons meet derision and hatred for wanting to free her family slaves. However as noble and obvious as that seems, the pair soon find how complicated that can be. Several of those they want to liberate have no economic means of survival as they have been dependent on their owners and when the Willows is destroyed causing the Houstons to flee for Lowell they ponder how to protect those they left behind from an angry local populace. Book Three of the Lights of Lowell series is a fabulous insightful Antebellum historical.<P>Harriet Klausner