Two women--a century apart--embark on a journey to healing, faith, forgiveness, and romance. In 2012, art historian Gwen Morris travels to England's Lake District to appraise the paintings and antiques of an old family friend, hoping to prove herself to her prestigious grandfather. While at Longdale Manor, she meets David Bradford--the owner's handsome grandson--who is desperate to save the crumbling estate by turning it into a luxury hotel. When Gwen stumbles upon a one-hundred-year-old journal and an intricately carved shepherd's staff similar to one in a photo of her parents, she's left searching for answers.
In 1912, after her father's death, Charlotte Harper uncovers a painful family secret she can only confess to her journal. She and her family travel to the Lake District to stay on a sheep farm, hoping eventually to find a home with Charlotte's grandfather at Longdale Manor, but old wounds and bitter regrets make it a difficult challenge. As Charlotte grows closer to shepherd Ian Storey and rebuilds her shattered faith, she must decide whether she will ever trust in love again.
My thoughts: I always love a good duel timeline story! I enjoyed both of the stories in this book, though I favored Charlotte's more, since it had more depth to it. My mother's heart felt bad for her, as she shoulders the secret of her father's that she uncovers after his untimely death. I can only imagine how that would color life. I hadn't read much about the Lake District of England, so I enjoyed the setting and looking up pictures of the area. This story has me wanting to visit there now! This is a well written story with a beautiful message of faith and hope.
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.