A decent story, engaging enough. Not a super satisfying ending, but not bad. There were a lot of time jumps, which bugged me a bit, but the protagonisA decent story, engaging enough. Not a super satisfying ending, but not bad. There were a lot of time jumps, which bugged me a bit, but the protagonists were interesting. ...more
This sweet book is all about forgiveness, redemption, and love. The number of secrets held by both protagonists and their families keep the reader intThis sweet book is all about forgiveness, redemption, and love. The number of secrets held by both protagonists and their families keep the reader interested and engaged. Giving a small glimpse into Victorian England, this book is quite a good read. The overall tone of the book is quite pleasant and the lesson is that even though bad things happen, Yahweh can bring good out of it. Love is available for everybody at any time, so long as they choose to receive it. ...more
Elizabethan England is a marvelous place to set a story! This one paints quite a different view of Elizabeth than the " Good Queen Bess" we always heaElizabethan England is a marvelous place to set a story! This one paints quite a different view of Elizabeth than the " Good Queen Bess" we always hear about. My favorite part of the story was that it showed readers that the world system was and has always been corrupt and unrighteousness, lest we, in looking at the past and history through the rose-colored glasses of one who never lived it, think that somehow there was ever a time when the evils of the world system (Babylon) were not seeking the demise of all goodness. Only in the Kingdom of Heaven does truth reign over all. Which is why it is better to live in the bright truth of the Kingdom of Heaven than in any time or place in Babylon. ...more
While not quite the emotional ride that Klassen's other books have given me, I did enjoy the tale of Miss Mariah Aubrey and Captain Matthew Bryant. ThWhile not quite the emotional ride that Klassen's other books have given me, I did enjoy the tale of Miss Mariah Aubrey and Captain Matthew Bryant. The supporting characters were quite a treat as well, including residents of a nearby poorhouse and servants on the estate where Mariah was staying. (I will say the villians seemed a bit two-dimensional, but that is a flaw that can be overlooked as I don't really want to understand villains overmuch anyway.)
All of the characterization pales in comparison from what I learned while reading this book. Or rather, I re-remembered it. I can't give too much away because of spoiler purposes, but lets just say that I saw certain sinful actions in a new light. It was never that I judged the perpetrators of this action overly harshly: indeed, it IS a sin, and that cannot be judged too harshly, but the I have come to understand the PEOPLE who commit this particular sin in a deeper way than I have before, and thus to have more compassion, while not condoning the action itself.
You see, we--all of creation--were not created unwhole, but we became that way when the world fell into chaos because of Adam's actions. Many people do the most idiotic things in searching for fulfillment that can only be found in our creator, Yahweh. Actually, we all have been guilty of some stupidity or another while searching for ourselves. While these stupidities are not excusable, they are sad. Because they can NEVER fill the void left by the Creator, and until He fills that void in a person's life, they shall forever remain unfulfilled. But when He does fill that void, we need never again search for Him in other people or things. ...more