Lilacs For Juliana by Carrie Fancett Pagels is the third book in the Christy Lumber Camp series but can be read as a stand-alone. It begins part of the way through the second book with the action being seen from Juliana and Richard’s viewpoints.
As with the previous novels, a major theme is taking care of the widows and orphans. Juliana’s four brothers and father have died. She feels it is her responsibility to provide for her mother and younger sister Claudette, both of whom suffer from rheumatism, meaning they are unable to work. Juliana is the librarian with a heart for the local orphans, employing Gracie an older orphan as her assistant. She also tells the orphans stories, hoping not only to expand their knowledge but to encourage a love of reading. Juliana has an open heart and an open hand, helping others whenever she can. Richard also has a heart for orphans. God’s heart can be seen to be working through them both.
Lilacs For Juliana also deals with the theme of faith in God. God’s will and direction for life cannot always be seen but the reader is reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 that God has plans to prosper us and for our future. Juliana steps out in trust for God’s direction over her life.