From bestselling author Melody Carlson comes this award-winning story of three generations of Lancaster women. For twenty years Meg Lancaster has avoided Briar Hedge, the Lancaster family estate. Now she has been drawn back to her grandmother's home to uncover secrets that have been hidden for decades and to try to regain the family she long ago abandoned.
My Ranking: 9 out of 10
Ages: 15 & up
I've read two of Melody Carlson's teen books and wasn't very impressed, but this book had quite the different effect on me. In fact, I must say that I actually loved this book! An incredible tale of forgiveness was masterfully weaved into the surrounding story of a woman named Meg who loses it all, only to return home and find it once more. Guilt begins to settle heavily upon her as devastating events take place one after another and hidden secrets come to light. Through the book, the lesson of forgiveness is heavily placed and it is recognized that the hardest person forgive is often not the one who has wronged you, but yourself.
Each character had their own faults and virtues and were excellently laid out and easy to love, hate, or feel sorrow for depending on the character. I especially liked Jason and Clive. They were two great characters with sweet personality and a cute relationship. Ashley was another favorite of mine. She was so cute and reminded me of a little girl who lives down the street from us. :)
A couple speaks of their past life and how before they moved they lived in a bad neighborhood and the people started sharing "drugs, and spouses". There also was a couple who lived together for a while before marriage before coming to salvation. No details given. A women tells of her past and how her physically abusive husband theatened to do "dreadful things" to their young daughter if she tried to leave.
A man shoots a dog and drags it to his place. The owners find a pool of blood and know who did it. They find the dog dead but no details are given.
All in all, this was an awesome book that had excellent lessons on forgiveness and moving on in it. I really enjoyed this book and while I will steer clear of her teen books, I will be looking forward to reading more of Carlson's adult fiction.
I received this book in return for an honest review from Glass Road Public Relations. All thoughts and opinions expressed in my review are my own.
has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award- winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.
Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab.