- From Real World Bible Study:
"You start to overcome bitterness when you share your story. You overcome bitterness when you place your story in God's hands, over and over, while he does physical therapy on your heart. It's not an instant change. It takes time. But here's the kicker - you don't even have to be ready to believe to start healing. T
his was a beautifully told story of healing in the midst of mystery and suspense, and I would definitely recommend this book. There's a romance element but it doesn't take a front row seat, and I think man or woman, romance lover or suspense lover or mystery lover, you'll be tugged into this story the way I was. Maybe God will overcome bitterness in your heart along the way too."
"The Mending Of Lillian Cathleenby Linda Brooks Davis is a marvellous Christian historical novel set in 1914.
- From Christian Bookaholic:
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 women and girls. There are some strong female characters determined to make a difference.
Life can be hard. Sometimes in our hurt and pain, we turn from the One who can give us peace. "Are You watching, Ma's God? Do You care?" God cares. He never takes His eyes off us.
Or we may drift from God. "I let life come between Jesus and me." We must never take our eyes off Jesus to focus on the world. Sometimes we do not realise how far we have travelled from God until we look back.
Life is a spiritual battle. There is evil in the world. We must fight it by standing on the Word of God and with prayer. "Bathe yourselves in prayer. The forces of evil are forever on the prowl."
There is the theme of fathers. Earthly fathers may let us down. Our heavenly Father never will.
Love conquers all. Love puts others first. Within the novel selfless souls take care of vulnerable women and children.
Apowerful read with life lessons for us all."
"Lillian Cathleen's heart desperately needed mending, like so many people who live in reality today, this fiction tells of a young woman who endures unimaginable horrors at the hand of her drunken father. Thankfully, a godly woman took pity on her and took her to be a part of her family. Lillian was drawn to a trunk that her mother kept for her. Some great history was in it. An awesome story relating to the items her mother left was entwined in the story. Her mother's legacy of following the Lord, prayer, loving God continued to shine a light in Lillian's life. An dark story of abduction, and child trafficking was also woven throughout. It was one of those stories that when it was over, I had to take a day or so to rest from reading, it was incredibly intense, but such a good one.
Sometimes I do a "What I liked" "What I Didn't Like" thing, but this time, I can't think of anything I didn't like. So, I'll do what I liked and then a warning.
What I described above is why I liked the story so much. The writing style was very good. The narrative was quick moving and first person, which I really seem to enjoy. The story teller can paint a very clear scene in just a few words. I definitely got the feel for the era it was supposed to take place in - written in the voice of an old-time news reporter, I could hear the clipped, fast spoken voice in my head, as I was reading."
"The Mending of Lillian Cathleentakes 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 ...
This book has a remarkable ability to move the reader's heart to compassion towards the situations that the women faced ...
This was a moving novel and one that was well worth the read. It reveals the danger of being a woman in 1914 America, and gives a better understanding to why women needed to fight for more equal treatment. I would recommend this to fans of historical fiction."
"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."
- From Inklings and Notions:
From the Author
One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandmother's lap, mesmerized by her stories about life in Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. Now I find fulfillment in writing fictitious stories set in the past but based in truth, yarns about ordinary people who discover their voices and use their newfound gifts in extraordinary ways. I value tales of past generations who overcame hardship through faith and grit. Such stories testify to the hope and healing found in an eternal, all-powerful God and can inform and inspire today's generations. The character Lily emerged as I wondered how my grandmother's life might have developed had the kaleidoscope of her simple world turned a hair's breadth in one direction or the other.
Two experiences in my young life are branded into my memory. One, hearing the story of the abuse of a family member of another generation. The other, the sight of my brother Dalton the day after he drove his small car under a parked 18-wheeler. That story of abuse and the image of the brother I knew and loved obscured behind the monstrously injured being in that hospital bed crept into my conscious thoughts as I penned the abuse Lily sustained in The Calling of Ella McFarland. And the scars she must come to terms with in The Mending of Lillian Cathleen.