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“The evil in the world is great”…

…” just look at the cross if you don’t believe it”. When we see evil, we should look at what was done to Jesus Christ, perfection in human form, God in the flesh, how much worse can it be? Yet, that brought about the most incredible and beautiful results, that being the re-birth of God’s children, where His children will enjoy eternity in His presence, in a renewed, redeemed and renovated earth. His death and resurrection showed us that death has no power over those who follow Jesus. The quote “The evil in the world is great, just look at the cross if you don’t believe it.” is one of my favorites in this book.

About the Book

Book Title: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen

Author: Linda Brooks Davis

Genre: Historical

Release date: October, 2018

It’s 1914. American women are demanding the vote. And the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe. But a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma.

The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day.

The jury has reached a verdict.

Lily fidgets in the old church pew. Her name has clotted into a by-word. Her blood is tainted. Can she right the wrongs? Or will her past forever define her?

She eyes the judge. And the courtroom holds its breath.

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My Thoughts

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 liked:

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.

Warning:

The story deals with child abuse, not a whole lot of detail, but enough to sympathize with Lillian. It also deals with child trafficking, which is horrendously disturbing. But there are too many redeeming qualities for anyone to decide not to read it, just because it deals with wickedness. Parents may want to know this. It’s not graphic, but its hard to read sometimes.

If you only like to read fluffy, romance-y stuff. This is not the book you are looking for.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.

About the Author

 

Linda Brooks Davis was born and reared on a farm in Raymondville, a small Rio Grande Valley community in the southernmost tip of Texas. Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s Degree from Houston Baptist University. She retired in 2008 after forty years as a special educator and administrator. Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren, three of whom are triplets. Readers may contact Linda through her website, www.lindabrooksdavis.com.

Linda’s debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award. It was released in 2015 and won the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. The sequel novella, A Christmas to Remember, is set in 1908 Oklahoma and released in December, 2016. A second novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, released in 2017. It is set in 1910 and is a prequel to Linda’s second full-length novel, this one set in 1914, The Mending of Lily Cathleen, which releases in 2018.

Guest Post from Linda

Certain ancestors and their experiences appear in my stories. There’s bit of my grandmother and a strong dash of my mother in one character. My father’s sterling qualities appear in another. And there’s a low-down family reprobate in another. Don’t forget cotton planting, hoeing, and harvest time. The glorious aroma of fresh-picked cotton and the nothing-in-the-world-like-it odor from the pig pen. A sewing machine whirring. The clink of a milk pail. A cow hollering to be milked. Summer’s sun on my face, the hearty South Texas wind in my hair, and the comfort of backing up to a wall heater on a cold winter morning. All find their way into the plot lines.

In my family’s history, my own life, and the kaleidoscope of lives in my stories, Jesus appears as the golden thread linking the past to the present and beyond. He turns an ordinary morning into a hint of the “Sweet By & By.” He adds the delicate aroma of the Rose of Sharon to the sultry stillness before a summer storm. And He wraps the bitterness of grief and failure in the richness of His incomparable grace. The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is one of those tales that reach beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary because of Jesus.

Lily’s story captures some of the heartache of domestic abuse, but it packs a powerfully joyous punch at the end. I thought I’d add a strong dash of sweet to this post with a recipe that appears in The Calling of Ella McFarland (which is re-releasing in October 2018). Mama’s (or Papa’s) Nectar of Heaven was a treat my mother enjoyed as a child. She set the same yummy delicacy before her kids, and I, of course, have done the same. Here ’tis, ya’ll, from Texas with sweet, sweet love.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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4 Comments

  • Linda Brooks Davis

    Thank you, Multifarious, for inviting me to your “home” and shining the spotlight on my newly born young’un, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen. I feel like a mother whose infant is encircled by baby-lovers who can’t take their eyes off the child. I dribbled a slew of tears on each page of this story. It deals with hard subject matter that, surprisingly to me, was rife in the first couple of decades of the twentieth century. (Someone in my ancestry endured pain similar to Lily’s, but I always thought her case was a rare one. But while researching this novel, I realized it was all too common.) Although we hear of similar atrocities today, somehow knowing it was not only a reality way back then but prolific enough for the U.S. Congress to pass in 1910 The Mann Act to address human trafficking across state lines enlarged and deepened the subject matter. The evil in this world is, indeed, great. When I consider evil such as that perpetrated on Lily (in Book 1: The Calling of Ella McFarland) and then gaze the cross of Jesus Christ, I can only kneel in worship and gratitude for his incomparable, healing grace. Again, thank you ever so much for having Lillian Cathleen and me on your beautiful blog. God bless you, Multifarious, and may He bless your readers as only He can. For Jesus’ sake.

    • Florence

      Wow, thank you for this incredible comment. I truly appreciate your appreciation 🙂 I feel very much the same way about my pottery and art work as you feel about your stories. I am looking forward to a lull in my reading to add some of you other books to my reading list. Thank you so much for give God the glory and honoring Christ, making Him more than just a “prop” in your story. God bless you richly as you continue to write for His glory and honor and our enrichment.

  • James Robert

    I very much appreciate getting to find out about another book to read that my family can enjoy. Thanks so much for the info and the giveaway as well.

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