Two time periods--Victorian Ireland and contemporary England--are again woven together in this sequel to The Oak Leaves. Rebecca Seabrooke is a commercial manager for Quentin Hollinworth's family manor and is focused on two things: running the best historical home in the country and forgetting about the childhood crush she's had on Quentin ever since her father worked as the valet for his family. They don't, after all, run in the same social circles. When Quentin's distant cousin Dana Martin Walker comes to visit the Hollinworth estate, Rebecca realizes she must confront some of her preconceived ideas about herself . . . and about Quentin. Dana wants to learn more about her ancestors--especially about Berrie Hamilton, who in 1852 decided to fulfill her sister-in-law's dream of opening a school for the mentally challenged. Dana also discovers that, despite their precautions, she and her husband are expecting, and their unborn child may turn out to be like many of Berrie's students. It will take reading Berrie's letters--written a century ago--for Dana and Rebecca to learn the importance of serving others and to realize that ultimately, even our best-laid plans are not always God's plans.
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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.
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Review 3 for On Sparrow Hill - eBook
Date:January 4, 2012
It helps if you read the first book in the series before this one, but it's not necessary. It's a nice book. Not too fluffy, not too deep or intense either. Relaxing, and a fairly typical Christian romance.
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Review 4 for On Sparrow Hill - eBook
great quick read
Date:January 1, 2012
Location:Kelowna, B.C. Canada
interesting book. Enjoyed reading it. Changes between centuries was nice using different chapters for going back and forth.
This book was really good! I liked how it presented two stories, one contemporary and the other historical, and that together, they made sense and completed one another. The fragile X is very well presented in the story without overwhelming the reader with too many details and too much science. This book can definitely be enjoyed by readers of every background and of all ages. I also liked the good values that the characters in both stories portrayed. Overall, "On Sparrow Hill" is a very enjoyable book! I recommend it!
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.
Rebecca Seabrooke is committed to her work as the curator for the Hollingsworth Estate, an important British family. Secretly, Rebecca has had a crush on Quentin Hollingsworth since childhood. Now he seems interested in her. Could there possibly be a future for them? Of course, the times are different, but could nobility and the servant class become an item without stirring idle gossip? And what of Quentins thoroughbred mother? Respected for her familys long history of service to the Hollingsworth, could Rebecca find acceptance as an equal?When 150-year old letters, written by Berrie Hamilton, one of Quentins ancestors, are fount in a vault, Rebecca is reminded that hurdles can be jumped with Gods help and wisdom. Maureen Lang, in this sequel to The Oak Leaves, has once again weaved engaging parallel stories: that of Berrie Hamiltons quest to help a young mentally impaired girl find meaning within her disability, and that of Rebecca Seabrookes struggle against conventionality. Berrie writes her sister-in-law Cosima regarding the hardships she faces as she works to establish an Irish school for the mentally challenged. She fights against an uncaring system and is unwittingly pitted against the brother of one of her students, an Irish Lord. She dislikes her attraction to him. And he reminds her of his distrust of the English.When Quentins English cousins visit, Rebecca is reminded of the struggle Cosima endured regarding her fears of the family curse, the fear of bearing a mentally disabled child. And indeed, in later years, the ancestral gene would carry the Fragile X-Syndrome, a theme prominent in Langs first book, The Oak Leaves, and a reoccurring subplot in this book.A good read from start to finish.
Langs second book in this series, On Sparrow Hill starts when commercial manager Rebecca Seabrooke finds out her boss, aristocrat Quentin Hollinsworth will be moving into his family home (which Rebecca manages) for the summer.Rebecca has been successful at hiding her long-time crush on Quentin with him gone most of the time, but fears hell find out about her feelings if hes in such close proximity. Does God have a plan to bring them together?Letters from Quentins ancestor, Berrie Hamilton, reveal a family history that starts with her intentions to be headmistress over a school for handicapped children. Berrie takes in a stranded girl whose family apparently doesnt want her, but when the girls brother, a dashing Irishman, shows up on Berries doorstep her ordered world is upset.Berrie is sure Gods plan is for her to run the school. Does He have a bigger plan in mind?Things to love about On Sparrow Hill:Romance. Two times the story lines equals two times the romance in this book. Lang creates a fine tension between the characters that makes the romance jump off the page. My favorite scene is when Quentin chases Rebecca in the rain with no shoes on sigh!History. Langs use of small details throughout the historical portion of this book makes reading it a joy and really draws you into the story.Also:Double the heroesStrong heroinesInspirational messagePlotThis is a great read - so don't miss it!
Two eras intertwine in this tale; present day England, and Victorian Ireland.Rebecca is the commercial manager of Quentin Hollinworths estate. The biggest challenge her job affords is trying to forget the childhood crush she had on Quentin. For twelve generations her family had been servants to Quentins family. Although class distinctions arent supposed to exist anymore, its not so easy to forget a history she comes face to face with every day. Besides, as a member of the dying aristocracy, Quentin makes regular appearances in the tabloids. Rebeccas duty is to protect his reputation, not provide more fodder for the paparazzi.When an American contacts her claiming to be a relative of Quentin, Rebecca searches the vault for proof of the connection. There she comes across letters written by Beryl Hamilton in 1852, which lead us to the historic storyline.In Beryls role as headmistress of a school for the mentally handicapped, she faces many obstacles. She has to deal with a justice of the peace who thinks women in general are feeble-minded, a population who thinks her students are beyond help, and the brother of one of her charges who all but accuses her of kidnapping his sister. The two time lines are placed in alternating chapters. I found this added suspense, and kept each story fresh in my mind. I also appreciated the fact that the two tales were left to unfold independently. What I mean is that only once in the book do we see someone actually sitting down to read a letter. After the first chapter, its left to our imagination that Rebecca is finding time to read Beryls letters.I highly recommend On Sparrow Hill. Each storyline was so compellingly told that I started every chapter eager to see where that particular thread would go next. Even though this was a sequel to The Oak Leaves, it stands on its own very well. This was a touching and romantic story I wont soon forget.
When reading Maureen Langs book, On Sparrow Hill, one feels like you are there living the events along with the characters. Empathy, excitement, intrigue, love, and excitement are just a few words that describe feelings evoked. Ms. Lang has the ability to weave and unfold a story involving the past and the present leaving the reader wanting to know the result of how they come together. One feels empathy while reading of the fears and challenges of raising a special needs child. A delightful addition is the word pictures painted such as the cuddle farm where the sheep live. Wonderful reading!
Maureen won me over with her first book "The Oak Leaves" and this sequel does not disappoint. I finished the book last night, but the characters were so real to me, they're still with me today. I especially love how Maureen weaves her themes throughout the story, while visiting the past as well as the present. Once again, she has demonstrated a powerful Christian concept in an easy-to-ingest () format. I recommend "On Sparrow Hill" for readers who enjoy inspirational women's fiction and Christian romance.
It was so good to keep "Oak Leaves" going! I thoroughly enjoyed "Oak Leaves" and enjoyed just as much, if not more, "On Sparrow Hill." Very interesting story line - it kept me interested the whole way through. Not only entertaining reading, but encouraging, challenging, and convicting for anyone. The romance was wonderful! Keep writing, Ms. Lang!
Okay I admit I took one look at the cover and thought to myself, "oh its one of those stories" it looked like a soft romance story and well I love romance but I normally like a little action in mine. I will admit that I really liked this story once Quinten and Rebecca found the old letters and it transformed us back in time. I really thought that Maureen Lang handled the switching back and forth from historical setting to modern day very well, not once did I fill confused and I was always interested to see what was going on in both settings. I liked the use of the fragile X from the past coming into the future with Dana's sister kid, it brought it to life more having it in both settings. I loved the story about Quentin(high class) and Rebecca(lower class) and how they got past the class differences. Over all it was a great story and I really didn't want it to end. Two thumbs up :)
Some readers might think reading two time periods at once would be confusing, but Lang handles these interwoven stories with finesse.Commercial manager Rebecca Seabrooke struggles with a secret crush on her boss, aristocrat Quentin Hollinworth. Rebecca is thrown into a tailspin of emotions when they share a kiss. She knows Quentins mother will never accept someone of Rebeccas social status in a relationship with her son. But every time she tries to talk to Quentin, her arguments are forgotten in the magic of being with him.When surprising news disrupts Rebecca's life, can she trust that God is in control? Will she find comfort in the letters from Quentins ancestor, Berrie Hamilton?Victorian Ireland wasnt especially open to women in positions of leadership. Berrie finds this out as she takes steps to become headmistress of the school for mentally handicapped children that her sister-in-law Cosima dreamed of.When a dashing Irishman arrives on the schools doorstep to take charge of his sister, his temper ignites Berries ire. Until she realizes that they share a mutual attraction. But God wants her to run the schooldoesnt He?In this sequel to The Oak Leaves, Lang draws readers into two distinct and thrilling settings. And does a bang-up job of it. The dialogue, secondary characters, and surroundings are so well-written that the reader will swear theyve been transported to contemporary England or nineteenth-century Ireland.Lang gives both lead females a strong, unique voice, as well as problems to face that touch on their personal insecurities.And the romanceLangs scenes are definitely clean, but you will be entranced with the attraction, tension, and dialogue between the main characters. If you love romance, you wont be able to put this book down.Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommended.