About the Book:
The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall — or the beautiful woman he finds there — to ease his troubled soul.
A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can't accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?
A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.
No one is beyond redemption.
This story has a great underlying message of the need to forgive oneself and that God does not give up on us even when we have given up. Penelope was an admirable heroine who had a loving and compassionate heart for all. John and Penelope's romance was a little mild, but sweet nonetheless. I lowered my rating because I was very frustrated at how the "villain" story played out. When the villain's identity was revealed I was so surprised, but not in a good way. This man had played a major role throughout the story and was characterized (I felt) early on as a man who had made mistakes but who had matured and was seeking to prove himself, even seeming to be a protector in parts of the story. At the end, however, he ended up being this terrible, violent, immoral man with vulgar vices. I like it when a story takes an unexpected twist, but this one just did not work for me based on his early character portrayal.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
Jennifer has a passion for anything British and anything bookish. She has visited the UK three times and still has not visited all the bookstores there. A fourth visit seems necessary if not inevitable. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) she makes time to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact her cats like to lie on her keyboard. You can connect with Jennifer at www.jenniferadavids.com.
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