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Engaging characters and storytelling!
on November 12, 2013
Living Spring (Florida Springs Trilogy)
Living Spring, the second book of the Florida Springs Trilogy, is an enjoyable novel for lovers of interesting characters, descriptive locations and real-life plot development. I enjoyed the main character, Jean Schaefer, who we briefly met in Book One, Sacred Spring.
Jean is a single mom who has bought one of Florida's hidden jewels, an 1800's home located near Living Spring. Jean's 4-year old daughter, Missy, is her whole life and Jean tries to build a new life with her in the rural setting.
As Jean "unwraps" the contents, closets and secrets of her new home, we learn the stories of those who lived in and loved the old house. Handmade quilts, antique furniture, filigreed lace, and delicate dinnerware are treated as speciality items as Jean prepares for her upcoming auction. She finds an old journal and realizes life's challenges are always among us, no matter what the year, and she finds comfort in the old writings.
She meets and hires Bess, to help her with the chores and childcare. Nick, Bess's son, becomes an instant friend, a peer and protector in Jean's life. Jean sees and appreciates his honesty and concern as she makes decisions for herself and her daughter. His job, as a Fish and Wildlife officer, introduces us to real-life conflicts of wildlife abuse and environmental disregard by others.
Jean is also "unwrapping" her personal and spiritual life as she settles into her daily life. She feels there is a possible reconciliation with Missy's father, Richard. He also lives in the area and Jean feels there is a future with him-a new beginning for them all. She sees a perfect family in her mind, but Richard's actions feel forced and unhealthy. She must decide to either turn loose of her self-made plans, or decide to let God unfold His new life for her. Her faith is challenged as her emotions try to take control.
I recommend you purchase Living Spring and enjoy the book as much as I did. You may even identify with Jean's story and her desire for God's best...a life-gift for all of us to be "unwrapped" new each day!