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Expectations (The Oxford Chronicles) [Paperback]

By Melanie M. Jeschke (Author)
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Pages   372
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2005
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736914374  
EAN  9780736914376  

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An unforgettable tale of dreams pursued in Tolkien's Oxford and romantic Paris. A beautiful autumn afternoon in 1965 finds Kate, David, Austen Holmes, and Yvette Goodman each on their way to the Eastgate Hotel to meet the others. Kate has just learned that she is pregnant. Yvette is struggling with her single status as her twenty--ninth birthday nears. Austen quickly pays a brief visit to the grave of his young wife. David is bursting with the good news that he has been invited to spend the winter term as a visiting lecturer at the American University in Paris.

They all have longings, hopes, and dreams. Will God provide as they trust He will, or is His plan for each of them something far beyond their expectations?

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MELANIE M. JESCHKE is a pastor's wife and homeschooling mother of nine children. She graduated from the University of Virginia with an Honors degree in English Literature. The Oxford Chronicles also includes "Inklings.

Melanie M. Jeschke was born in 1942.

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A fresh perspective, a fascinating story...  Aug 29, 2006
This wonderful novel provided precisely the perspective and resolve that I so seldom see in other books and stories in today's age. Too many modern works take issues of morality far too lightly, and too many specifically-Christian works make purity seem "easy" for those who are "really" committed to serving God. Melanie Jeschke's riveting novel "Expectations" acknowledges and deeply explores the challenges and temptations that young adults face throughout adolescence and courtship. The story takes place in 1960s Oxford, England, and while the love story that transpires between the two main characters is perfectly constructed and well-detailed within the setting and time period, the core elements of their relationship and interactions can be lifted from the book and applied to the present day. In other words, Jeschke is providing readers simultaneously with a beautiful, page-turning read AND a blueprint for how to hold oneself and one's love to high, Christian standards.

I am an avid reader of "Classics" and "canon works," and sometimes fall prey to the false mentality that all time spent reading should be spent on the day's newspaper or critically-acclaimed great works by writers like James Joyce and Philip Roth. A friend gave me "Expectations" while we were at the beach, and so I made the time for it, anticipating a quick, breezy beach-read. I was floored by what I read. Jeschke's novel was more than worth my time and has stayed with me - the endearing story and the emotional resonance of so many parts - for over a year now.

The appeal of "Expectations" is not limited to those who believe in God. For everyone out there who likes any combination of C. S. Lewis, England, the '60s, drinking in pubs, and falling in love, get a copy of this book. You'll be glad you did.

I highly recommend beginning by reading Jeschke's first novel in the series, "Inklings." And the third in the series, a prequel entitled "Evasions," has just been released!
The books keep coming. . .  Jul 19, 2006
Melanie has such a gift for writing. We learn history along with a good romance. She manages to make each book new and fresh. I eagerly anticipate her next novel, due in August, 2006!
Excellent!  Oct 14, 2005
This is a great read and true to the spirit of Lewis and Tolkein.
Excellence in writing and reading!  Sep 20, 2005
After reading Melanie Jeschke's INKLINGS and INTENTIONS, and enjoying those thoroughly... I was anticipating the sequel, EXPECTATIONS!! Jeschke more than met my expectations in her novel! She blew me away as the story took turns and developed in ways I was not ready for! It is refreshing to read this genre and feel excited, uplifted, encouraged and ready to read more! As soon as I received EXPECTATIONS, I had to read the entire book... THEN, went back and re-read INKLINGS/INTENTIONS and EXPECTATIONS again back to back. Jeschke does a wonderful job of developing her characters with realism and truth that shines through - no "candy store formula" in these novels. The other benefit is that I soooo want to travel to Oxford, Cambridge, Castle Coombe and the other places to see them for myself... preferably WITH Melanie to here her thoughts,etc. You really think you will meet David Mackenzie and Kate and Stuart and crew on the streets of Oxford! THANK YOU, Melanie for writing a great novel and chronicles - CANNOT wait for the next one!
Better than _Inklings_  Apr 1, 2005
First let me say that I had been a bit disappointed with Jeschke's earlier books, _Inklings_ and _Intentions_ (these books were later published in one volume under the title _Inklings_ and for the rest of my review I'll treat them as one novel). Jeschke's idea of writing about Oxford and a neo-Inklings group was an interesting one, and that's what drew me to buy the first book. I DID find it to be an interesting and entertaining book. However, when I read it, I was disappointed in part because I felt that the style needed work. For example, too much of the information about C.S. Lewis was delivered in clunky, not-always convincing storytelling, part of a general difficulty with exposition. In _Expectations_, in contrast, since the Tolkiens are actual, living characters, her connection to the original Inklings works much more smoothly. In other words, I liked that the Tolkiens were a real part of this work, rather than someone just telling stories about them. Overall, I'd say that I think her writing has improved. Improvement between a first and second novel and the third might be expected, but I didn't expect to notice so much of a difference. She's moving from a novice writer to a more polished novelist.

What is more important than style is that she has a stronger, deeper storyline in this work. No longer is she "only" writing a romance that emphasizes Christian purity. Now she is writing about grief, loss and recovery, writing about conversion and the need to adopt Christianity personally, and writing about truly accepting God's will even if it seems unlike what one wants, all in addition to the romance plot. To me, at least, this gave the book more depth. It goes far beyond being a fictional guide for Christian courtship.

As a Catholic Christian, I also appreciated that Jeschke dealt with some ecumenical issues. I am really impressed that she made Catholic Christians some of her main characters, because usually "Christian fiction" means "evangelical fiction" and the characters in Christian fiction are usually Protestant. So kudos to Jeschke for describing orthodox Christianity that is not limited to evangelical Protestantism. I would like to see more Christian fiction like this.

However, I suspect that a lack of personal familiarity with Catholicism meant that she "botched up" a few points. For instance, the two Catholic characters have dinner with their family on Good Friday; no mention is made that Good Friday is a day of fasting for Catholics! It is also a day when most Catholics would desire to attend church services, since it is one of the most important days in the Catholic liturgical year. This leads to a deeper concern on my part with regard to her handling of Catholicism: though the characters mention their appreciation for Catholic liturgy, I don't feel that Jeschke shows it very well. In fact, it's not always clear how their being Catholic shapes their identity as Christians. I would rather have seen a description of a Catholic Easter or Easter Vigil service than the description of the high-church Anglican Easter service that Austin, Yvette, David and Kate all attend. The friends do attend a Mass on Easter vigil, but it is described as a "noonday mass." In fact, as Catholics may know, there is no Mass celebrated in between Holy Thursday and the Saturday night before Easter! There would have been no noonday celebration for them to attend, though they could have attended an evening Mass. Leaving aside these minor errors, I want to reiterate that I am impressed that Jeschke wrote as positively about Catholicism as she did.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, moreso than the first one, and will most likely reread it to savor it more slowly. In some ways, this book may have less interaction with literature than Inklings had (which for book-lovers may be a down side) but it rewards readers with a deeper, more complicated plot and more polished writing.

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