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The Mending Of Lillian Cathleen

(Women of Rock Creek #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  33 reviews
1914. While American women are demanding the vote and the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe, a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence, even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day. The jury has reached a verdict.

Lily fidgets in the old church
Paperback, 370 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Brookstone Publishing Group
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is an emotional story that deals with issues that have crossed the decades and remain just as relevant today as they were in 1914. Domestic abuse. Human trafficking. Self worth. Injustice. International turmoil. Faith. Family. Friends. All put to the test as Lily struggles against her father’s evil and her mother’s God.

Davis takes Lily through an authentic faith journey. In light of all she’s been through with her earthly father, it makes absolute sense for her to
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Mending Of Lillian Cathleen by Linda Brooks Davis is a marvellous Christian historical novel set in 1914.
The main theme is that of searching for the lost, reminding the reader of the parables of the lost coin, sheep and son. God relentlessly pursues us. He does not give up because He loves us.
The novel is about the fight for emancipation for women. For too long the world has been dominated by men. Men who abuse and use women. There are the difficult themes of prostitution and trafficking of
Chautona Havig
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, Linda Brooks Davis writes a compelling tale of family secrets, miscarriages of justice, the threat of what would become “The Great War,” and the horrible reality of sex-trafficking.

Too often, we like to think of those beautiful, glorious days of the Edwardian period as too genteel for the horrors of modern life, but sin lived and thrived in the “good old days” just as it does now.

With careful skill, excellent
Becca-Rae Weidel
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen takes the reader on a journey back into a time in the world when women were in a desperate fight for fairer treatment. Be prepared for your temper to flare as the tangible injustice seeps from the pages. Lillian’s life has been a battle. Shortly before the age of 13, her father Walter beat her nearly to death. She was fortunate to be taken into the home of the people her family was sharecroppers for. Years later when she is unable to get justice for her
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this historical novel, set during World War I, intriguing. It deals with some tough topics and included plenty of suspense—holding the reader’s attention, with increasing eagerness to find how all the threads weave together to complete the whole story. The author skillfully regales the account in first person present tense, which is hard to do well and usually turns me off. I hardly noticed this point of view since the tale pulled me in. Lily seemed so real and really made me care about ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is not only an inspirational story for faith but for women being strong characters. It is inspiring what our character comes across, and how she faces it. Lily has faced more than anyone could imagine, the terror, the grief and how to move forward are all challenges that we as readers experience with her. This character had me in tears and had me smiling in more chapters than I can recall, her story was one that I truly enjoyed.

Not only is the world holding its br
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I cannot even imagine being Lily in that court room. Things were so different back in the early 1900's, and think today a lot of women forget that. As much as we might complain, we have it pretty good today ladies. This book will remind you of the hardships that women used to got through simply based on their sex. I think the outcome of the trial was exactly that - based on that fact that Lily's testimony was basically worthless because she was a woman. The book also brings to light some issues ...more
Deana Dick
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book took a while for me to get into it. I don't know if there were a lot of characters at the beginning or if the author was trying to give us background information too quickly. I was determined that I was going to see this book through to the end and I am so glad I did.

Lily has had a horrendous childhood and is determined to make the man who caused so much pain to her family pay for his torture. When she is able to escape from his clutches she is taken in by a wonderful woman. That is whe
Florence Wright
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The evil in the world is great”…
…” just look at the cross if you don’t believe it”. When we see evil, we should look at what was done to Jesus Christ, perfection in human form, God in the flesh, how much worse can it be? Yet, that brought about the most incredible and beautiful results, that being the re-birth of God’s children, where His children will enjoy eternity in His presence, in a renewed, redeemed and renovated earth. His death and resurrection showed us that death has no power over th
LisLovesReading E.Espinoza
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, by Linda Brooks Davis, is an historical fiction novel that tells a realistic and emotionally poignant story of one woman’s journey through serious loss, rejection, and grief. At times the story is heavy with extremely raw emotions and very painful truths. Yet, this journey through and beyond despair and heartache is significantly strengthened and uplifted by meaningful moments of grace and gentle reminders that hope, restoration, healing, and reconciliation are m ...more
Becky Lewis
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen by Linda Brooks Davis turned out to be quite a surprise. I was expecting a simple historical romance. Instead, what I read was a novel set in the early twentieth century, involving some romance, but more importantly delving into the taboo world of human trafficking of young girls. Nearly beaten to death by her no-account father, Lily goes to live with a rich, generous neighbor. When her benefactor leaves for Europe, Lily also chooses to leave behind the town that ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cl-tour, 2018, historical
From the tumultuous start and all the unexpected twists and turns with never a dull moment, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen was one powerful magnificent novel even with all the heart wrenching events. Set in 1914 and filled with historical events—beginning of WWI, women suffrage, Hell’s Half Acre and the unthinkable events that happened outside of Ft. Worth, TX area, child trafficking and the heroine’s own abuse by her drunken father was difficult to read at times but definitely an outstanding w ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
What a story! The main character, Lily, faces so many challenges.  She is abused as a child, and the emotional and physical scars accompany her into adulthood. Throughout the book, she wrestles with the question of how a loving God could allow such suffering and cruelty, a question which most people have to confront at some point in their lives. Her journey to faith is inspiring. Although Lily's father was evil embodied, her mother was a shining example of the love of Jesus. Lily was rescued fro ...more
Debora Wilder
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing historical woman's fiction book.

The characters were incredibly well developed. Many times my heart broke for what they were having to deal with and go through. I wanted to step into Ella and Abbie’s place and take Lily in and protect her. She had so much thrown at her in her life.

This story was much heavier than most of the books that I read. The depth of evil that was perpetrated against others was appalling. I was completely engrossed by it though.

I loved the fact that so ma
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Mending of Lillian Cathleen" by Linda Brooks Davis is a really wonderful book about allowing God to heal our past and not allowing it to continue to define our future. It is the second book in "The Women of Rock Creek" series and can read as a standalone but I recommend reading the first book first to get Lily's background.

This book is about sex trafficking and abuse, but it is done without alot of graphic details. It is also three great love stories; Jesus and His love for His children and
Donna C
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is a gripping novel set in 1914 Oklahoma and Texas. Lily is a woman who does not know her own strength after growing up with an abusive father who eventually kills her mother. Even though she was rescued from the abuse by loving neighbors, she wasn’t able to save her mother and brother. Now Lily must learn to use her story to bring about much needed change in Women’s rights.

I am the Great Granddaughter of Sharecropper, this novel gave me glimpse into the poverty
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful & yet heartbreaking story our author has written for us! Can I just take a minute to appreciate the cover, and how beautiful that is? The treasure found within the pages is one that is truly emotional, eye-opening, and heartfelt. The weaving of the Lord within the circumstances our characters face reminds us of the hope we have in the Lord at all times and in all places. The author so clearly depicts the good vs. evil, and really makes us cringe at the villains found within. The ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Lily, such a life you have lead. So many questions about your early life. Linda Brooks Davis answers those questions over the course of The Mending of Lillian Cathleen. The answers are given gradually. If they had been given out more quickly, the reader and Lily would be overwhelmed. Linda Davis has included much historical information - the start of World War I, Women's Suffrage, human trafficking in the early 1900’s. This is my favorite way to learn history, and I did learn some things in t ...more
MaryAnn Bell
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s 1914. American women are demanding the vote. And the first flames of the Great War are

igniting Europe. But a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day. The jury has reached a verdict. Lily fidgets in the old church pew. Her name has clotted into a by-word. Her blood is tainted. Can she right the wrongs? Or will her past forever define
Maureen Timerman
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
As I picked up and began reading this read I realized that there had to be a previous book, but I was soon caught up and page-turning as it kept getting better and better.
The author gives us a glimpse into the dark side of something that was happening back in the early 1900’s, and unfortunately it is still going on.
The world Lillian is embracing is about to enter into a worldwide war, but she is supporting rights for women, and the vote, all the while dealing with missing her mother and newly fo
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Linda Brooks Davis is one of those authors who evokes a feeling that you have personally known them all your life. Her writing brings you the feeling of family, of a legacy that you truly feel a part of. Her stories make you want to be a part of the past, of history and gives you the all-knowing first hand feeling that you are there, with her characters as you follow through their lives along with them.

Lillian Cathleen has been abused most of her life. She has never really known love. Her father
Janice Sisemore
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The mending of Lillian Cathleen

This is quite a story. Lily was such a strong character, she wanted to find the truth and nothing will stop her. The book starts out with her father being found not guilty of murdering her mother. So he get off and she is concerned about her brother Donnie. At some points in the book I wandered where the story was going. It definitely became clear as a kept reading. A lot of surprises. The more I read the more exciting the book was.

I have not read any books by th
Jennifer  J.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A poignantly-written, at times haunting story full of a certain depth and breadth of subject and characters. The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is a story of soul-searching and pain, and one well worth reading as a strong reminder of the powerful struggle against injustice for generations of women (a struggle that isn’t truly over). Not an especially light read but very powerful, visual and important nonetheless. This new to me author has certainly caught my attention with her style and subject mat ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This novel was not as light-hearted as I was expecting. Instead, it deals with abuse, adduction, human trafficking, and suffering. Lillian is a well portrayed heroine, taking up the cause of woman everywhere by becoming a suffragette. Its an interesting read and I’m interested in reading more of Linda’s novels in the future.

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have
Virginia Winfield
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this historical romance with a bit of suspense. Lillian is learning to become her own person. She left her father because of abuse and soon needs to figure out who she is and while doing this she must try to care for her brother and help find a lost child. There is a lot of twists and turns in the story. This is book two in the series and I recommend reading the first book but they do explain much of the high points so you can figure out what is going on. I received a copy of this book ...more
Clarice James
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the while wishing I had written them, I marked so many passages in The Mending of Lillian Cathleen by Linda Brooks Davis. The author has a beautiful love relationship with language, history, and her characters. If that's not enough, she weaves in righteous causes, some of which mirror today's headlines, and gives us enough tension to keep us turning the pages. I'd read the first book in her The Women of Rock Creek Series and one of her Christmas novellas, so I was pleased to catch up with "o ...more
Amanda  H
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Linda, though I look forward to reading more of her stories! Lillian's story was a fascinating one that dealt with some hard subjects, like abuse and standing up against it. The story also has a mystery and intrigue. This story drew me in from the very start! I enjoyed getting to know Lillian.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
Deanna Stevens
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This story about Lily was one of physical, mental and spiritual growth. She became a strong young lady as her trials were many. The book is well written, full of mystery and action. I just didn't connect with this character. The, well, descriptions were just too descriptive I guess. It does have a good story line, interesting characters and an interesting ending that tied together and explained her story.  I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary.. ...more
Martha J. Thompson
Truly amazing love story!

I enjoyed this continued story of a dramatic character previously met in earlier book of this series. This was a powerful rounding out of a once tragic life only God could renew! Loved it.
Kylie Hunt
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellently written historical fiction novel written by Mrs. Davis that I throughly enjoyed - I love how she keeps things exciting and very realistic in her tales!
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Reared on a farm in South Texas, Linda earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Abilene Christian University and Houston Baptist University. She devoted 40 years to students with special needs and reared a daughter and son who are now veterinarians practicing together.

Linda was introduced to the world of publishing in 2007 by winning an essay contest that resulted in the Christian Writers Guil

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