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.
This book was the winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.
About the Author:
Melody Carlson 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.
I enjoyed this novel. At the beginning it had the feel of women's fiction, but as I read more it turned into a spiritual parable of sorts about forgiveness. The spiritual journey of Meg, the main character, was well-charted and seemed very realistic for someone who's been through so much trauma. I enjoyed the romance, too, because it wasn't everything to Meg--just one more way she begins to grow and change as a woman.
I also enjoyed the cranberry bog portions of the novel. How fascinating!
Overall, if you enjoy women's fiction with a Christian worldview, I recommend this novel.