Love Cannot Be Measured
The Mending Of Lillian Cathleen by Linda Brooks Davis is a marvellous Christian historical novel set in 1914.
The main theme is that of searching for the lost, reminding the reader of the parables of the lost coin, sheep and son. God relentlessly pursues us. He does not give up because He loves us.
The novel is about the fight for emancipation for women. For too long the world has been dominated by men. Men who abuse and use women. There are the difficult themes of prostitution and trafficking of women and girls. There are some strong female characters determined to make a difference.
Life can be hard. Sometimes in our hurt and pain, we turn from the One who can give us peace. “Are You watching, Ma’s God? Do You care?” God cares. He never takes His eyes off us.
Or we may drift from God. “I let life come between Jesus and me.” We must never take our eyes off Jesus to focus on the world. Sometimes we do not realise how far we have travelled from God until we look back.
Life is a spiritual battle. There is evil in the world. We must fight it by standing on the Word of God and with prayer. “Bathe yourselves in prayer. The forces of evil are forever on the prowl.”
There is the theme of fathers. Earthly fathers may let us down. Our heavenly Father never will.
Love conquers all. Love puts others first. Within the novel selfless souls take care of vulnerable women and children.
A powerful read with life lessons for us all.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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About the Book
Book Title: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen
Author: Linda Brooks Davis
Release date: October, 2018
It’s 1914. American women are demanding the vote. And the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe. But a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma.
The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day.
The jury has reached a verdict.
Lily fidgets in the old church pew. Her name has clotted into a by-word. Her blood is tainted. Can she right the wrongs? Or will her past forever define her?
She eyes the judge. And the courtroom holds its breath.
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About the Author
Linda Brooks Davis was born and reared on a farm in Raymondville, a small Rio Grande Valley community in the southernmost tip of Texas. Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s Degree from Houston Baptist University. She retired in 2008 after forty years as a special educator and administrator. Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren, three of whom are triplets. Readers may contact Linda through her website, www.lindabrooksdavis.com.
Linda’s debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award. It was released in 2015 and won the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. The sequel novella, A Christmas to Remember, is set in 1908 Oklahoma and released in December, 2016. A second novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, released in 2017. It is set in 1910 and is a prequel to Linda’s second full-length novel, this one set in 1914, The Mending of Lily Cathleen, which releases in 2018.
Guest Post from Linda
Certain ancestors and their experiences appear in my stories. There’s bit of my grandmother and a strong dash of my mother in one character. My father’s sterling qualities appear in another. And there’s a low-down family reprobate in another. Don’t forget cotton planting, hoeing, and harvest time. The glorious aroma of fresh-picked cotton and the nothing-in-the-world-like-it odor from the pig pen. A sewing machine whirring. The clink of a milk pail. A cow hollering to be milked. Summer’s sun on my face, the hearty South Texas wind in my hair, and the comfort of backing up to a wall heater on a cold winter morning. All find their way into the plot lines.
In my family’s history, my own life, and the kaleidoscope of lives in my stories, Jesus appears as the golden thread linking the past to the present and beyond. He turns an ordinary morning into a hint of the “Sweet By & By.” He adds the delicate aroma of the Rose of Sharon to the sultry stillness before a summer storm. And He wraps the bitterness of grief and failure in the richness of His incomparable grace. The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is one of those tales that reach beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary because of Jesus.
Lily’s story captures some of the heartache of domestic abuse, but it packs a powerfully joyous punch at the end. I thought I’d add a strong dash of sweet to this post with a recipe that appears in The Calling of Ella McFarland (which is re-releasing in October 2018). Mama’s (or Papa’s) Nectar of Heaven was a treat my mother enjoyed as a child. She set the same yummy delicacy before her kids, and I, of course, have done the same. Here ’tis, ya’ll, from Texas with sweet, sweet love.
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First of all, I love this theme of God’s relentless pursuit. Secondly, having written books set in this time period, what’s not to love? I love the setting of the WWI era. Sounds very good.
This sounds like a good, but hard read.
Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.
Julia, thank you for sharing this book. Sounds like an emotional yet necessary story.
Sounds like a good book.
I’ve got to read the book after this review. It sounds like a good Christian, fiction read.
Please consider reading and/or reviewing non-fiction “faulty Christian.” Compelling story about my online dating marriage. I tell how Satan uses our emotions to trap us. God told me not to marry him and when “Biz-arre” events occur, living out of God’s Will- my reactions are shocking. #grace.
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