On Sparrow Hill by Maureen Lang {book review}


On Sparrow Hill by Maureen Lang {book review} is the sequel to The Oak Leaves

Summary:  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.

My Reaction:

Library copy.

This book picks up the thread of The Oak Leaves. It’s been awhile since I read it, but I know they are both about the Fragile X babies. Both books are multigenerational stories, in the present day and from family history. I love the way the author weaves it all together.

That aside, it is just one more well-written story on so many levels. Maureen Lang is one of my favorite authors, because she uses several elements with equal strength in her stories. I love the history, the strong value in knowing family history; her characters are believable, strong, and growing; the faith element is strong, naturally flowing in the story, not tacked on; and, of course, the Fragile X piece is the core of the story, but not overwhelmingly so.

If I had one suggestion, it would be to use the children more. I love the descriptions of them, and wish there were a few more scenes which captured children.

I highly recommend this book to any reader. It is squeaky clean, wholesome, with wonderful relationships and characters who deal with real life difficulties realistically, including their relationship with God. No spoilers, but there is a strong theme of servanthood, as well as motherhood, in the story.

Thank you, Maureen, for writing about real life in a creative way, from which there is much to learn!

My Rating:  5 stars

About the Author:

 Maureen Lang has always had a passion for writing. She wrote her first novel longhand around the age of 10, put the pages into a notebook she had covered with soft deerskin (nothing but the best!), then passed it around the neighborhood to rave reviews. It was so much fun she’s been writing ever since.

Most of her books are historical, with an emphasis on faith and romance.

Maureen lives in the Midwest with her husband, her two sons, and their much-loved dog, Susie. Visit her Web site at www.maureenlang.com.

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