A Hope Remembered
In the third book of the Of Love and War series, the protagonists have both lost loved ones in the First World War: Nora Lewis’ fiancé fighting in the trenches; Colin Ashby’s brother, another pilot in his squadron, shot down in a dogfight. Both are scarred by their loss, but when Nora unexpectedly inherits a sheep farm in England’s Lake District, she courageously leaves Iowa to start life anew. The son and heir of the neighboring baronet is, of course, Colin; they fall in love. This is a gentle, inspirational romance, which emphasizes consolation rather than loss. The villagers are surprisingly kindly and welcoming; the ‘villains’ turn remorseful; the challenges, including class barriers, are rather too easily overcome; and the lovers’ religious faith is deepened after suffering is bravely endured, lessons are learned, and suitable penance is offered. A comforting message.