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The Oak Leaves (The Oak Leaves Series #1) [Paperback]

By Maureen Lang (Author)
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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.29" Width: 5.57" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414313454  
EAN  9781414313450  

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Two time periods--Regency England and contemporary Chicago--are interwoven when Talie Ingram finds her great-great-great grandmother's journal and discovers that her family was once considered cursed as a result of a genetic disorder. Original.

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More About Maureen Lang

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Maureen Lang is the author of ten Christian Inspirational novels and three novellas that celebrate a mix of God's love, history and romance. Early writing distinctions include RWA's Golden Heart Award then ACFW's Genesis, followed by published works winning RWA's Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. She's also been a finalist for the Rita, Christy and Carol Awards. A wife and mother of three, she is the primary caregiver to her adult son with Fragile X Syndrome and lives in the Chicago area. Maureen can be found online at her Website, on Goodreads or Facebook and participates in a group blog at Christians Read.

Maureen Lang has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Gilded Legacy

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Expertly Crafted!  Sep 4, 2009
I loved this book. It was just terrific! It definitely provides a window into dealing with a shocking diagnosis, conjoined with a tale of romance in spite of a terrible "curse." Maureen Lang wove together a beautiful story that is part mystery, romance, historical detail and family drama. I cannot imagine that this was an easy book for her to write since she herself has a son who has Fragile X.
The Oak Leaves  Apr 29, 2008
This book is a must read...a great story that is wonderfully written. Anyone who loves a good love story, whether you like historical romances or not, will be quickly captivated. The way the author moves quickly from the past to the present, keeps you turning the pages. Rarely do I find a book, as this one, so well written that I wouldn't changed a thing. You will fall in love with the characters; I'm sure, as I did. I couldn't wait to start to read the next one, "On Sparrow Hill".

This story also has wonderful teaching lessons for living a God, honoring life. Lessons we could all learn from. After reading this book, how could one not view others with disabilities and their families, differently? This book will make you cry and laugh.

I'll be looking forward to reading more of Maureen's books in the future.

A blessing and a curse  Mar 4, 2008
I read the first chapter of this book online several weeks ago, and was finally able to get it from inter-library loan this past week. I started the book last night, and could not put it down. I did sleep, but once I woke up this morning, I did not even get on my computer. I just read, stopped to make a PB&J and read. It is now almost four in the afternoon and I am finished. Maureen Lang has quite the affinity for story telling. I was completely entranced by the family heritage story that she was unrolling and could not stop until there was no more. (I'm glad there is a sequel!) As a genealogist myself, I'm very interested in learning of other peoples adventures into their heritage through newspaper entries, letters, or in this case an old diary.

Natalie, or Talie as everyone calls her is the modern mom of America. She attends her contemporary church with her husband and enjoys having her mother and sister near. Mom and baby's social group turns out to be less than she expected... and then she finds a box of heirlooms including a diary. The family legacy lies within the pages and it is not what Talie expected, but it turns out to be a curse that Lord can make into a blessing.

Other than genealogy, at one time I fancied a future as a nurse and genetics is something else that I have found intriguing. This story is one that all families should read. If something comes at you that seems terrible, there is a chance that there is good to come from it. Look for your lemonade in your lemons, and your blessings in your supposed curse.
Love is Stronger Than Fear  Dec 24, 2007
With her book The Oak Leaves, Maureen writes a compelling tale that most women can relate to. We're nurturers. We want children. Healthy children who will one day give us healthy grandchildren. I know a family who had a daughter who was deaf. Everyone but the parents knew it for years before they had her tested and got her hearing aids. One of my son's didn't talk until he was three. He was my fourth child so I didn't think anything about it until his grandfather started worrying about it.

So I understand when Maureen's character Talie denys that her precious son, Ben is anything but just a little slow. I understand how she wants to protect Ben, her husband and herself from reality as long as she can.

And when she reads her ancestor's diary and learns about the Kennesy legacy, she can deny the truth no longer, I understand why she wants to protect her sister from the Kennesey "curse."

The story leads us though the present day with Talie and takes us back to 1849 as she reads Cosima's journal, making this a parallel story. Cosima wisely writes ". . .love is stronger than fear." This, I believe is the message Maureen would like us to take with us as we finish reading this inspiring book.
Her History Is Her Story  Sep 28, 2007
Oak Leaves
By: Maureen Lang
This story is as beautiful as the rich gold of oak leaves on an autumn tree. This book is almost like two in one. Maureen mastered the art of telling family history within a modern story in such a way that made all characters, both present and past real.

Talie Ingram found a family treasure, the journal of her great-great grandmother. She discovered within the pages a history of her family. As she began her journey into the past her heart thrilled at the chance to find out about her Irish heritage. But the joy was short-lived. Within the pages she discovered a sad family history which unraveled the very fabric of her life.

She and Luke had the perfect marriage and a beautiful son and another baby on the way. But what she read within her ancestor Cosima Escott's journal threatened to destroy her world. Was it possible that she passed the frightening genetics to her children?

Maureen Lang has written a story from her heart directly to yours. It is written to the place in every heart that looks to God with doubt and frustration when life does not go as planned or expected. And within this story that crosses generations and enters its precious message into the reader's heart that with God we can grow through all and whatever comes our way.
Chandra Lynn Smith

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