Item description for On Sparrow Hill (The Oak Leaves Series #2) by Maureen Lang...
Overview As the commercial manager for Quentin Hollinworths family estate, Rebecca Seabrooke is focused on just two things: making hers the most successful historic home in the country and forgetting the childhood crush shes had on Quentin. When 150-year-old letters are discovered in the family vault, Rebecca discovers that Quentin isnt the only one with a legacy to appreciate.
Publishers Description 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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Romantic Times - 02/01/2008 page 64
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.74" Height: 1.07" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414313462 ISBN13 9781414313467
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More About Maureen Lang
Maureen Lang is the author of ten Christian Inspirational novels and three novellas that celebrate a mix of God's love, history and romance. Early writing distinctions include RWA's Golden Heart Award then ACFW's Genesis, followed by published works winning RWA's Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. She's also been a finalist for the Rita, Christy and Carol Awards. A wife and mother of three, she is the primary caregiver to her adult son with Fragile X Syndrome and lives in the Chicago area. Maureen can be found online at her Website, on Goodreads or Facebook and participates in a group blog at Christians Read.
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A Sequel As Good as the Original Feb 18, 2008
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 Quentin's thoroughbred mother? Respected for her family's 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 Quentin's ancestors, are fount in a vault, Rebecca is reminded that hurdles can be jumped with God's help and wisdom. Maureen Lang, in this sequel to The Oak Leaves, has once again weaved engaging parallel stories: that of Berrie Hamilton's quest to help a young mentally impaired girl find meaning within her disability, and that of Rebecca Seabrooke's 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 Quentin's 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 Lang's first book, The Oak Leaves, and a reoccurring subplot in this book. A good read from start to finish.
deep family drama Feb 10, 2008
England's National Trust constantly makes job offers that would pay much more and provide greater prestige, but Rebecca Seabrooke prefers to remain manager of Hollinworth Hall. Part of it might be her lingering crush on the owner Quentin Hollinworth, but much is because she needs to prove to herself she can run the best historical site in the country without dependence on her father. Her efforts are paying off as the manor has received a prestigious nomination from the Featherby Education Award although she hopes that proves enough to keep his mother from having him shut the place.
An email arrives from West World Genealogy (WWG) in which they claim an American family wants to contact their English Hollinworth cousins as they possess an original 1852 diary belonging to Cosima Escott Hamilton, an ancestor of Quentin. Intrigued they visit the vault to find letters from that period written by Beryl "Berrie" Hamilton to Cosima. Meanwhile Dana Walker responds to Rebecca's email via WWG; she claims she possesses Cosima's journal brought to America by the Englishwoman's youngest son Kip whom Dana says she is his descendent. As Rebecca and Quentin work on understanding his ancestors and hers who have serviced Hamiltons for twelve generations, they admit their love for one another, but his mother objects; besides Rebecca believes Lady Caroline is more suited for her employer.
Once again as Maureen Lang did with the deep family drama that focuses on Fragile X Syndrome and its impact on people (see THE OAK LEAVES), the author provides a powerful tale of two families during the Victorian and contemporary eras. In both periods the key characters seem genuine as comparisons of the aristocracy and their servicing class then and now between the times make for a fascinating drama. Whether it is Berrie opening up a school for the mentally retarded or Quentin's mom grieving the coming extinction of the aristocracy due to McDonalds and the Internet, readers will appreciate the well written poignant ON SPARROW HILL.
double the romance Jan 28, 2008
Lang's 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 he'll find out about her feelings if he's in such close proximity. Does God have a plan to bring them together?
Letters from Quentin's 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 doesn't want her, but when the girl's brother, a dashing Irishman, shows up on Berrie's doorstep her ordered world is upset.
Berrie is sure God's 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. Lang's use of small details throughout the historical portion of this book makes reading it a joy and really draws you into the story.
Double the heroes Strong heroines Inspirational message Plot
This is a great read - so don't miss it!
A well-crafted story Jan 23, 2008
Two eras intertwine in this tale--present day England, and Victorian Ireland.
Rebecca is the commercial manager of Quentin Hollinworth's 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 Quentin's family. Although class distinctions aren't supposed to exist anymore, it's 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. Rebecca's 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 Beryl's 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 timelines are placed in alternating chapters. 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, and this gave it a more immediate feel.
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. I haven't read the first book--yet--but I didn't feel I was missing a piece of the puzzle. This was a touching and romantic story I won't soon forget.
You don't want to miss out on Maureen Lang's latest book! Jan 22, 2008
When reading Maureen Lang's 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!