The Highest Of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason is a most charming Christian historical novel and the second book in the Canadian Crossings series. It can be read as a stand-alone.
Susan Anne Mason has created a wonderful set of characters who will warm the reader’s heart. There are cameo appearances from characters from book one which enhances the feeling of familiarity for the reader.
The year is 1919. The leading lady is searching for her father in a quest to belong and be loved. What she fails to realise is that God, her perfect Father, already loves her and has given her a home in Him. The family she searches for are flawed, they have their own agendas. Our true family is not always found in blood relatives but in the arms of those who love us.
World War I left its scars. Some are physical, others are mental. “Nobody really won in a war… It ate at your soul long after the gunfire had faded.” Shell shock was just beginning to be known and treated. “The horrors in his head were something he might never be able to erase.” There are some sights we can never ‘unsee’, but we can learn to manage the effects.
When fear rules lives, it immobilises. Sometimes we just have to ‘do it afraid.’ We need to master our fears especially if they affect the health of others. The reader witnesses a mother’s fear for her daughter in case she has a relapse of Polio if she pushes too hard.
The world was on the brink of change. The old order of marriage alliances for wealth and power was being challenged by the younger generation who wanted to marry for love.
Love is the greatest force. We are urged to love as seen in 1 Corinthians 13. Love has no room for self. It puts others first. God loves each of us completely as we are His unique masterpieces.
I am adoring Susan Anne Mason’s stories. They are full of love and care with godly lessons for us all.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.