Item description for The Longing Season (Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)) by Christine Schaub...
In the 1740s, British culture allows few options for the son of a merchant ship captain. And in a time of war, a man with John Newton's experience must serve the king. But Newton---a man who quotes Virgil and curses God with equal fervor---is interested in serving only himself. Mary Catlett simply cannot believe her childhood friend sailed away on a British warship and vanished in Africa. In desperation, she takes a step that will change her life and call her lost love home. But will he arrive in time? Newton's odyssey takes him from the West Africa gold coast to the banks of Newfoundland to the heart of the Atlantic before he finds what he's spent his entire life longing for: deliverance. In an account that challenges popular myth, Schaub continues the Music of the Heart series with one of the greatest redemption stories of all time---the story of "Amazing Grace." (Music of the Heart Book 2)
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Center Point Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.73" Width: 7.01" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2008
Publisher Center Point Large Print
ISBN 1602850844 ISBN13 9781602850842
Reviews - What do customers think about The Longing Season (Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print))?
The Rest of the Story.... May 12, 2007
All I can say is, "Wow."
I did not want to put the book down. I haven't completed reading a novel that quickly in a very long time.
Christine Schaub's, The Longing Season, filled me with wonder and brought unexpected tears to my eyes at the daring, almost unbelievable, yet poignant, story of Miss Mary Catlett and the young man she loved.
The beauty of it all is that this amazing tale is absolutely true and without a doubt is one of history's great love stories.
The beauty of it all is that, although almost no one has heard of Mary Catlett, almost everyone, whether they know it or not, has heard of the love of her life.
And although many may not realize it, we pay tribute to the mighty hand and providence of God in the life of John Newton every time we open a hymbook and sing...Amazing Grace.
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Longing for reality... Mar 24, 2007
I read "The Longing Season" and was somewhat disappointed. It was interesting to read about John Newton's life, but the biggest problem I had was..it was boring. I'd always heard how exciting his life was, but "The Longing Season" had me longing for some action. The biggest problem was the romance...or lack of. The central plot of the story is the intense love between John Newton and Mary Catlett, with the possibility of romance between Catlett and Viscount Alexander Todd.
The problem with all that was Schaub did a very poor job establishing the "intense love" between Catlett and Newton. It was all based on a few letters and very brief flashbacks, but a series of detailed flashbacks fleshing out that childhood romance would have made me a believer.
The book isn't without merit. Schaub does a great job with the setting and her dialog is excellent. I learned a few things as well. If Schaub had put as much effort into creating a "real" romance between Catlett and Newton as she did alluding to the possibility of a romance between Catlett and Todd, the story would have been much better.
Wonderful story of all time favorite hymn Mar 9, 2007
Like a reviewer before me, this, too, is my favorite hymn. And Schaub does an outstanding job of telling the story of John Newton, the man who penned the lyrics that were born of his own realization of just how amazing is God's grace.
Outstanding redemption story... Feb 17, 2007
"Amazing Grace" by John Newton has long been my favorite hymn, and with the recent film release of the same name (focusing on William Wilberforce and his efforts to abolish the slave trade in Britain), I was eager to learn more about the man behind the lyric. The words of that timeless song can tug at the heartstrings like few others. I'd always heard that Newton's dramatic conversion to Christianity and subsequent renunciation of slavery occurred while captaining a slave ship caught in a violent storm. It turns out that truth does not quite match the legend attributed to his life. However, after reading The Longing Season, I would posit that the actuality of Newton's life, though it may lack the "light bulb" moment and some of the drama of the legend, is an altogether more satisfying, stirring, and powerful portrait of the grace and transformative power of God at work in one man's life.
The Longing Season is both a redemption story and an exquisitely told love story. The novel is framed by two sections where an older Newton reminisces about his early life, rebellious youth, and the events that shaped his character. Author Christine Schaub paints a powerful portrait of the experiences and choices that brought Newton to the point that he could write the words to "Amazing Grace" and know with every fiber of his being that those words represented the truth of his life. The narrative seamlessly alternates between Newton's experiences and those of Mary Catlett, the woman who would eventually become his wife. John and Mary conducted a correspondence-driven, clandestine courtship that transcended distance, separation, and years of anxious uncertainty. As Newton reflects at one point in the novel, Mary was a living, breathing expression of God's grace in his life.
For most of the novel, Newton is quite unlikable, even replusive in his callous worldview. But I think any dislike has more to do with the fact that if you're brutally honest with yourself when reading Newton's story, you'll be able to admit to relating to the "pre-saved" Newton in some way -- if not in action, than in thought. The Longing Season does not look at life through rose-colored glasses -- it's at times painfully honest, but always heart-wrenchingly real in its portrayal of man's sinful nature and the power of Christ's redemptive work. Christine Schaub writes with the pen of a master wordsmith, and her skill and deft touch imbues the novel with a literary, almost lyrical quality. It's a story worth savoring that will stay with you long after you finish the final pages. Highly recommended.
Great story, but could've been even better... Feb 11, 2007
Bottom line...I enjoyed this book. However, after getting to know Mary Catlett so well and then not seeing their relationship develop (because the book was essentially over by then) was a bit of a bummer. I understand the focus of the book was on "longing," but come on, us romance lovers want to see what happens when they finally get the person they've been longing for!
On the other hand, I was impressed with how well the author showed John Newton's life while he was still living as an infidel. Sometimes the content was PG rated (but I liked that point because it gave me--the reader--a better sense of the character's view of the world) so I wouldn't want a bit of that content changed. John Newton was truly wretched and I think the author was very effective in communicating that point. The scene where he was in the midst of that horrible storm and he started to remember what people told him about God...and how he thought he was going to die, was very effective.
But then he FINALLY sees Mary after all that time, and that's it! I wanted to scream "wahhhh" over that point. I really liked Mary and actually hoped she'd end up with the Viscount Alexander Todd because he was such a fabulous man who loved the Lord. It made me sad when the Viscount finally realized she would never love him until her affections toward the missing sailor John Newton resolved. I wonder if Mary would've married the Viscount if she'd known what John had been doing in the Ivory Coast prior to returning to England. I wish the story would have either left out Mary altogether, or showed at least one chapter of their reunion after he returned to England. That would've made it a five star story, but since that didn't happen, I'm ranking it lower. It was an excellent read otherwise.