The Oak Leaves (The Oak Leaves #1)
Two time periods -- Regency England and contemporary Chicago -- are woven together when Talie Ingram finds an old journal belonging to her great-great-great grandmother, Cosima Escott. Through Cosima's entries, Talie learns that her family was once considered cursed with feebleminded offspring, the result of a genetic disorder (Fragile-X) that may have been passed down to...more
This inspirational novel has an alternating-chapter two-story structure, the linking factor being the genetic ties between the two female protagonists, Talie in the modern day and Cosima in the 19th century. But in this novel genetics don't just mean familial ties; the Fragile X gene runs through the two women's family giving rise to cognitively disabled children.
This setup would be bound to get me i ...more
I was completely stunned by the depth presented in this book. The realistic characters grapple with some very difficult questions about suffering and pain and along the way discover some answers that are both satisfying and deeply encouraging.
Maureen Lang weaves a story that is qu ...more
OK, now that I've read it, how the heck did I miss the reviews that discuss the Christian part of this book? This is considered Christian writing. In fact, there's probably not a page that doens't mention God, or his blessedness, or god's grace, or doesn't have so ...more
A very touching story of the boundaries of love, blind faith and acceptance. I loved the interaction between present day and generations ago. Having spent much time doing genealogy, I found the secrets uncovered while exploring a family's past fascinating and exciting. It was only when I finished the story and read the close ties between the story and the author's personal experiences that the reality of the story hit home. A great book of faith an ...more
Talie and Luke Ingram have everything they've ever wanted...a good marriage, financial stability and a beautiful little boy. Talie notices that her little boy is a little behind ...more
The story follows two lives. Talie lives in the present day, with her husband and young son. After finding an old journal that mentions a curse involving the male children in her family, Talie realizes that he son doesn't behave as the rest of the children do. Cosima is one of Talie's ancestors. Her brothers suffers from an affliction. Knowing that quite a few of her male relatives had the same problems, Cosima believes she is cursed, and had ...more
I am so glad I read The Oak Leaves and consider it one of the best books I have ever found at my local library.
I enjoyed the question and answer section in the back of the book, where Maureen talks about what inspired her to write this painful story. Although the story is bas ...more
The Oak Leaves is a book about Talie who brings home a box of memorabilia from his father's house with the intent of making some scrapbooks. In the box she discovers a journal. When she re ...more
There is a major problem with titles in this book. Cosima's aunt and uncle should have been referred to as Lord and Lady X (X being the name of the dukedom; I do ...more
•Pace of Book: Steady pace throughout
•Writing: Easy to read
•Sexual Content: none, just hugging and kissing
•Christian Element: yes
•My Rating: An excellent cupcake with sprinkles AND a cherry on top, 5/5
•Thoughts on plot: I loved how the present story was interwoven with the past story of Talie’s family. The Regency period is one of my favorites, so I really enjoyed the historical component to the book and felt that it was rather ...more
The book was long by around half it's current length! I mean, there's only so much repetition a ...more
The chapter alternates between a young modern family and the journal of the wife's ...more
I enjoyed the Historical (Regency England) and Contemporary settings of this book; connected via ancestral history found in a diary. Both stories held my attention, perhaps the historical a bit more than the contemporary.
The story stems around genetic abnormalities that carry on from generation to generation. The fact that the author has pulled from her own personal strugg ...more
This book showed that those with special needs are the ones that teach others to just accept and be. Enjoy today, live and love today. While Talie worried ...more
Maureen Lang has always had a passion for writing. She wrote her first novel longhand around the age of 10, put the pages into a notebook she had covered with soft deerskin (nothing but the best!), then passed it around the neighborhood to rave reviews. It was so much fun she's been writing ever since.
Most of her books are historical, with an emphasis on faith and romance.
Maureen liv ...more