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I thought the author dealer gracefully with the themes surrounding the life of the Linewood sisters.
Even though this book focuses on Lark, it was lovely to get a view of what was happening with each sister as well.
After a season of heartache, Lark returns to her farm to help out however she can. She reunites with Anson, whom she met in Kenya, and agrees to help out with the school he intends to open.
I think Lark reacted as anyone should after being mislead and having her trust on herself and others waver. But her friendship and romance with Anson developed In a sweet and satisfying manner. Both of them had to learn to let go of their own dreams and it was lovely how they found support in one other during these times.
Larkspur (“Lark”) Linwood’s visit to Professor Keene’s office would change her life … in many ways. She agrees to travel to Kenya to gain practical teaching experience as part of a mission program. While there, she meets Professor Anson Schafer, but health problems cause him to return to the United States earlier than anticipated. Lark unfortunately realizes that things with the trip were not as she had been led to believe, so she returns home. Her path crosses once again with Anson, who is looking to start a program to help the uneducated in Arkansas. He wants Lark to help him. She agrees, as it is an opportunity which will allow her to earn money to complete her own education. Anson’s vision for a school to educate students of all colors is not as well received as he had hoped, which will leave Anson and Lark questioning whether they should follow their dreams or their hearts.
This is this second installment of the “Flowers of Eden” series, and it is just as delightful as the first! Precise details combine with touching scenes, and the book is topped off with a beautiful cover. Johnson weaves in numerous historical facts and addresses difficult topics, such as discrimination, in a sensitive manner. The author’s time in Kenya adds to the realism of the story. She also provides historical details related to the story which will educate the reader on things such as Jim Crow Laws, the Dust Bowl, and the Great Depression.
I love the overall theme that satisfaction comes from your heart’s attitude instead of what you are doing. While this book can be read as a standalone, the reader will have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the family if the books are read in order.
One of my favorite lines is, “But if you’re too focused on falling, it isn’t a leap of faith at all, is it?”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I was not required to provide a review. All opinions are my own.
Larkspur catches the attention of her Professor due to her dedication and grades. He is handsome
and had a way with words which creates new feelings in Larkspur beyond teacher student admiration.
He offers her and a couple of other women a chance of a lifetime adventure which would advance their teaching skills. This adventure will be taking them to Kenya, Africa to a missionary school under the tutelage of a Professor Schafer.
Schafer was highly overworked and sadly had a disease which was taking his eyesight. He was very kind and handsome but different than her Professor from the college. After finding her relationship with her college Professor was not reciprocated she felt naïve and became depressed then decided to return home to the disappointment of the Kenya Professor.
Professor Schafer ends up having to go to the States hoping he was leaving his Kenya school in capable hands. While he is in the States he decides with the help of a colleague to start a missionary school for the farmer's children whom were without schooling. He gets in touch with Larkspur in hopes of recruiting her as a teacher since she had not returned to college. Reluctantly she agrees to help.
Schafer and Larkspur slowly but surely to find a attraction and respect for each other. But Larkspur was as resistant as Schafer to feed into any romantic feelings due to her trust issues and his health issues.
Will they get past their issues in this Great Depression and the ever growing problem of bigotry among parents of potential students..
I loved this story remembering stories my mother and grandparents shared with me about their lives during the Great Depression. The names of the characters were right on for that era. When I was small I remember in the early 50's the attire my grandparents and great grandparents wore was still very similar to that worn during the Great Depression.
The author did an amazing job with this novel. I felt the hurt and the joy of the characters as I put myself in their place with in my minds eye as I read the book.
Thanks Myra Johnson!
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from Franciscan Media via NetGalley for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
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