The Legacy Of Longdale Manor by Carrie Turansky is a most delightful Christian dual timeline novel that is extremely powerful and has lessons for us all.
The time periods of 1912 and 2012 are linked by Longdale Manor and the location of Keswick. Both time periods have similar themes too.
A major theme is that of forgiveness. We need to forgive because we are forgiven. If we fail to forgive, we risk becoming bitter. Forgiveness is not excusing the sin but it is freeing us and leaving any judgment to God.
In both time periods we see the damage of separation and witness the theme of the prodigal son. Sometimes the separation is not our fault but the fault of our parents. We are not destined to repeat their sins. There is power in reconciliation and much rejoicing when the prodigal returns home.
We see the importance of trusting. “Trusting God through the good times and bad.”. He is our good Father and can be trusted even if our earthly fathers fail us.
God is still at work even when He is silent. “God didn’t seem to care what happened to them.” God does care and God does love throughout all the seasons of our lives. “Facing challenging circumstances did not mean God was not in control.” God is always in control, even when our circumstances seem out of control.
A Brave New World
Across The Blue by Carrie Turansky is a fabulous Christian historical romance. Set in 1909 on the south coast of England, it is the dawn of a new era, the beginning of modern Britain.
The novel’s focus is the new interest in aviation – who will be the first to cross the English Channel? It is also about fame and a newspaper dynasty.
Women are coming to the forefront. No longer content to merely be homemakers, they want careers too. The leading lady is a very modern woman believing in love, not wealth and titles as a basis for marriage.
The old order is still reigning. Daughters still have a ‘coming out’ season, paraded to the highest bidder.
Uncovering The Truth
Shine Like The Dawn by Carrie Turansky is a Christian historical mystery romance and one that had me gripped from start to finish.
The novel has the theme of faith. Faith in God can keep one going through the darkest of times. When life is tough, handing control over to God is best. “I’ve chosen to let Him carry that load.”
Prayer goes hand in hand with faith. Sometimes events happen and we pull away from God instead of running to Him. We build a wall around our hearts to protect us but all that does is keep us prisoner. We mistakenly believe that God does not hear us or even care. “I don’t think God hears or answers my prayers.” We need to return to God. “She had ignored His voice and hardened her heart.” We need to break those walls down and return to God.