On Sparrow Hill

Published By: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Book Category: Fiction, Historical

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Reviewed by Lacy J. Williams

Some readers might think reading two time periods at once would be confusing, but Lang handles these interwoven stories with finesse.

While overseeing his historic family manor, commercial manager Rebecca Seabrooke struggles with a secret crush on her boss, aristocrat Quentin Hollinworth. Rebecca is thrown into a tailspin of emotions when they share a kiss. She knows Quentin’s mother will never accept someone of Rebecca’s social status in a relationship with her son. But every time she tries to talk to Quentin, her arguments are forgotten in the magic of being with him.

Then Quentin’s distant cousin Dana comes all the way from America for a visit, and Rebecca welcomes the distraction. Surprising news disrupts both Rebecca and Dana’s lives. Can they trust that God is in control? Will they find comfort in the letters from Quentin’s ancestor, Berrie Hamilton?

Victorian Ireland wasn’t especially open to women in positions of leadership. Berrie finds this out as she takes steps to become headmistress of the school for mentally handicapped children that her sister-in-law Cosima dreamed of.

When a dashing Irishman arrives on the school’s doorstep to take charge of his sister, his temper ignites Berrie’s ire. Until she realizes that they share a mutual attraction. But God wants her to run the school…doesn’t He?

In this sequel to The Oak Leaves, Lang draws readers into two distinct and thrilling settings. And does a bang-up job of it. The dialogue, secondary characters, and surroundings are so well-written that the reader will swear they’ve been transported to contemporary England or nineteenth-century Ireland.

There’s a lot more to love in this book, with its unlikely love matches in both centuries. Lang gives both lead females a strong, unique voice, as well as problems to face that touch on their personal insecurities.

And the romance–Lang’s scenes are definitely clean, but you will be entranced with the attraction, tension, and dialogue between the main characters. If you love romance, you won’t be able to put this book down.

Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommended.

Author’s Web site: http://www.MaureenLang.com

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