The Mending Of Lillian Cathleen: The Women of Rock Creek - Book 2Linda Brooks DavisBrookstone Publishing Group / 2018 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Christian Historical NovelOctober 19, 2018MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From the tumultuous start and all the unexpected twists and turns with never a dull moment, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen was one powerful magnificent novel even with all the heart wrenching events. Set in 1914 and filled with historical eventsbeginning of WWI, women suffrage, Hell's Half Acre and the unthinkable events that happened outside of Ft. Worth, TX area, child trafficking and the heroine's own abuse by her drunken father was difficult to read at times but definitely an outstanding worthwhile novel to read.
Lillian Cathleen treasuring her mother's hidden trunk, caring for her malnourished brother, Donnie, caring neighbors who took her in after her abuse and unforeseen connection of her deceased mother gave way too many moments of heart pounding, tears and eventual smiles with her resilience and determination to stop the ring of abductions. Lily is a character that will remain with me for a long time, along with her story and overcoming multiple obstacles while discovering the secret to inner peace, joy and love through Jesus Christ as her Savior. Cade, the hero, and other secondary characters added dimension and realism to the story. The vivid descriptive words placed me right there with the characters and kept the pages turning wondering what is going to happen next.
I received a complimentary e-book from Celebrate Lit for the book tour. All thoughts expressed are my sincere ones. Linda Brooks Davis is one gifted author tackling some difficult themes that give way to finding inner peace with God.
Houston writerHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Editor neededMarch 12, 2019Houston writerHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5Linda Brooks Davis is an excellent writer. Her characters are richly drawn, and she writes in such a manner as to make the reader really care about them.
Sadly, the publisher did her a real disservice by not providing a top-quality editor/proofreader. The mistakes in both her manuscripts were myriad, and distracting. Ms. Davis really deserves better! Her excellence in crafting this story is the primary reason I gave the book five stars.
I was not provided copies of either book in this series by any outside source. Had a pre-release copy been available, I would gladly have called the inequities to the publisher's attention.
Donna C4 Stars Out Of 5A heartbreaking, but Redeeming novelOctober 31, 2018Donna CQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is a gripping novel set in 1914 Oklahoma and Texas. Lily is a woman who does not know her own strength after growing up with an abusive father who eventually kills her mother. Even though she was rescued from the abuse by loving neighbors, she wasn't able to save her mother and brother. Now Lily must learn to use her story to bring about much needed change in Women's rights.
I am the Great Granddaughter of Sharecropper, this novel gave me glimpse into the poverty and despair that could be found in the situation, thankfully my family, even though poor was filled with love. I loved this book, it gripped me from start to finish. It was a suspense, mystery and sweet romance all rolled into one. The characters face challenges that tug at my heart, I found myself wanting to rescue them. This in not a light read, it does not shy from the topics of child abuse, sex trafficking and prostitution, however it does it in a way that is not too detailed if a younger teen were to pick up the book. I hope to read more of The Women of Rock Creek series.
I received a copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
E_Espinoza4 Stars Out Of 5A Meaningful Book of Healing and RedemptionOctober 31, 2018E_EspinozaThe Mending of Lillian Cathleen, by Linda Brooks Davis, is an historical fiction novel that tells a realistic and emotionally poignant story of one woman's journey through serious loss, rejection, and grief. At times the story is heavy with extremely raw emotions and very painful truths. Yet, this journey through and beyond despair and heartache is significantly strengthened and uplifted by meaningful moments of grace and gentle reminders that hope, restoration, healing, and reconciliation are made possible through God's mercy, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, the second book in the Women of Rock Creek series, may not always be an easy, light-hearted read because of its serious themes and content; however, it is an extremely meaningful, relevant, and thought-provoking novel. The author, Ms. Davis, is exceptionally talented at telling the story through the first person perspective of the main character, Lillian. Throughout the story, it is Lillian who must bravely pursue the answers to tough questions, while also fighting desperately to grasp the healing and the hope that might be found within her heartbreak. And it is within her search for hope and healing that the significant themes of this novel manage to encourage and inspire. Lillian perseveres. She carries on. She accepts help when needed. She chooses courage and selflessness. She finds faith. She fights for freedom and redemption for herself and for others. And in so doing, she becomes an inspiration, and her story becomes one of encouragement and hope. Lillian's story shows that even though life can be very hard, and trials can befall anyone, God's strength, grace, and forgiveness are always available to make the process of healing and restoration possible.
I found The Mending of Lillian Cathleen to be interesting and authentic. It is a deeply moving and thoughtfully written novel that touched me through its skillful use of relatable characters, historical settings, and meaningful themes. Ms. Davis is truly a gifted storyteller. She seems to be unflinching when it comes to crafting relevant stories that need to be told. In The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, Ms. Davis has written a compelling work of historical inspirational fiction that I can certainly recommend to all late-teen and adult readers who enjoy stories that include history, mystery, romance, and faith.
**It is worth noting that this powerful novel deftly explores issues and emotions that are related to very difficult experiences, including child abuse, child abduction, and even sexual abuse. Those who are sensitive to direct or indirect references to these issues may find certain scenes in this novel tough to read. However, these difficult scenes are never presented without also referring to the mercy, hope, and healing that is made possible through the abundant love, forgiveness, and grace of Jesus Christ. Above all, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is a story of redemption and new beginnings made possible through the unconditional love of God.
**I received a copy of this novel from the author and Celebrate Lit. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enjoyable historical fictionOctober 29, 2018ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this historical romance with a bit of suspense. Lillian is learning to become her own person. She left her father because of abuse and soon needs to figure out who she is and while doing this she must try to care for her brother and help find a lost child. There is a lot of twists and turns in the story. This is book two in the series and I recommend reading the first book but they do explain much of the high points so you can figure out what is going on. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5best Emotional Historical Book I've ReadOctober 29, 2018DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book took a while for me to get into it. I don't know if there were a lot of characters at the beginning or if the author was trying to give us background information too quickly. I was determined that I was going to see this book through to the end and I am so glad I did.
Lily has had a horrendous childhood and is determined to make the man who caused so much pain to her family pay for his torture. When she is able to escape from his clutches she is taken in by a wonderful woman. That is when her life became meaning to her. Her father is one nasty human being and I cringed every time I saw his name, read what he did or said a word. The author portrays him with accuracy and what he does will have readers feel anger and disgust . Lily has scars so deep that she isn't sure she is worthy of anyone's love. Her despair is overwhelming at times. The story is filled with raw emotions and shares a time when women were little more than slaves or nobody's.
The day Lily leaves the courthouse I could feel fire in her eyes. Her father is evil and a woman's word didn't mean much in the eyes of the court in 1914. I was shocked that an eye witness to a crime was dismissed simply because she was a woman. That day in court defined Lilly's destiny and how God was able to heal her scars.
I don't want to give too much away but just enough so readers will not miss out on one of the best historical books I've read about prostitution and child abuse. In the 1900s times were hard as families tried to survive. They worked hard and were thankful for what they had. Lilly's mom was someone who devoted her life to her children and God. She would do anything to keep her children safe. I loved how the author showed how much Lilly's mother had sacrificed to keep her children as safe as possible.
Lilly travels to find where her father has run off to and hopefully make him pay for what he has done. I never expected the story to take a turn like it did. We never know how someone's life is when they go home at night. Lilly stumbles upon a deplorable child traffic ring that will hit close to home. The people involved were horrible, unfeeling and money hungry. Lilly has been asked to speak at women's events to share her childhood. I know all too well how difficult it is to speak about your past in front of people. Thoughts of will they judge me runs through your mind. Will they blame me for what happened? Do they look at me as damaged goods? I am thankful that the author wrote a book that depicts the horrors of child abuse and human traffic among young women and girls.
The ending was so emotional I cried until the end. God does care about each one of us. He sees our scars and wraps us in his arms to heal them. It was important in 1914 to stand up and be heard as a woman and that still stands today. This is one story that will linger with me forever. It reminds me that I am a survivor and just like Lilly, I realize that God was right there beside me through everything. Lilly and others like her will have to learn how to forgive, know that they are beautiful in God's eyes and loved unconditionally.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.