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5.0 out of 5 starsEnriching Read
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2014
Rich in detail of history, geography, and personalities; this book provides a full bodied, wholesome, and enriching experience. The first book ended as the two families who had become friends are separated: each with the other's baby. This book picks the story up 18 years later; introducing us to the two young ladies in their respective worlds. One has grown up knowing the friendship and tragedy that caused her to be raised by surrogate parents; the other has no clue. Add to mix, an estranged brother seeking an heir to the family estates back in England and you have a potent mixture of humanity. The characters and story are wonderfully developed and engaging. There is a well balanced mix of joy and sadness and ultimately/always the promise of redemption. This book left me feeling renewed and full of the best of mankind.
From the first book we jump a couple of decades, yet the story is as sweet as before. New troubles and complexities enter the picture, but the story doesn't lose continuity. I am made to wonder why Andrew and Catherine are made to appear so old (aren't they 40 or less?)--Catherine is gasping for breath and walking very slowly to the meadow meeting place; Andrew is taking afternoon naps, rising slowly from being seated and can't manage to do leather work. I know life expectancy was shorter then, but they almost seem in their 70s. Still the book sets up real faith struggles and resolves them realistically, not the quick fix approach. Such makes for good lessons in dealing with the struggles we find in our lives. The writing continues to be engaging and enlightening. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Enjoyed this ti 2nd story of the return to Acadia by a long time away of 18 yrs old Nicole. The struggles to learn about God in her life were realized thru her travels. Andrew's forgiveness of Charles after his inner struggles to find God and peace are explored as well. Excellent family storyline in this book,I look forward to the next book.
Jeanette Oke has been a favorite author since I was a young girl reading the Canadian West series. Each of her books are special. This one is even better than the first book in this series and brings some much needed redemption from the start of the story. It lacks in the romance department, but definitely makes up for it in the sincerity of the characters, the genuine searching & finding God in the lives of the characters and their faith journeys aren’t unlike our own and are quite inspiring. Loved this unique story.
I would recommend this book to those who like to read about how God leads and guides us to make the right choices in life. This book and the events inside encourage faith and love in family as well as God. The pace wasn't as fast as some readers might wish. There was a lot of emotional weeping. The writers jumped 18 years between the first book in this series and this one, which was somewhat disappointing as the reader now must fill in that space of time with guesses and reading between the lines of emotion. However, the plot leads the reader to anticipate choices made and the playing out of events which should follow in the next book.
5.0 out of 5 starsE-reader Historic / Christian based story
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2016
This was one of the best books I've read. It's a follow up to Song of Acadia. It follows what happened in the last 18 years of the Harrow family & Robichaud families. The hardships, love of God. Also both trying to find each other since they swapped their baby daughters to get Antoinette Anne Robichaud & Elsapeth Harrow. Read on to find out what as happened since the villagers of Minas were forced to leave Acadia, now Nova Scotia. Well worth your time, you won't want to put the book down
I give this a 5 star because I was drawn to keep reading it, and this after the first book of the series, "The Meeting Place". This is a deeply moving story about love of God, family, and crossing nationalities and classes. I really agree that the most important choice we ever make in our life is how we yield to God, and always do this freely . We are rich in all ways if we get this one choice right. I plan on reading more of Nanette Oak's books, and I would recommend this author to anyone seeking to find meaning to the apparent meaninglessness of life.
I gave this book 5 stars because of the how the emotional battles were brought out and then how God's amazing love and mercy was demonstrated in each life. That's just how our wonderful Savior is! Loving us enough to meet us where we are at and tenderly opening our hearts and minds to His Love, Salvation and Plan for our lives. Another wonderful story from Janette Oke. Thank you!
This story was a real page Turner and very well written on my opinion. For the first time since becoming an e-reader I found myself highlighting sentences and tears were brought to my eyes. I purchased book 3 the moment I finished this one as I can't wait to find out what happens next.
This book did not disappoint after the build up and drama of the first (The Meeting Place). Since I knew nothing of the history of Nova Scotia (Acadia) it was as fascinating historically as it was for its plot. Janette Oke is a great author and indirectly infuses the book with valuable Christian truths which build up ones faith while racing through the story, trying to turn the pages as fast as the plot develops.
This book and the others in the series are brilliant. The only fault that I can find is that I don't want to put them down therefore, I am neglecting my other duties!! Not only are they excellent storylines but they have factual information as well. It has been helpful to understand how the different peoples have fared during times of great difficulty. I will certainly recommend this book and indeed the whole series.