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The Oak Leaves
The Oak Leaves
Author: Maureen Lang
Two time periods--Regency England and contemporary Chicago--are woven together when Talie Ingram finds an old journal belonging to her great-great-great grandmother, Cosima Escott. Through Cosimas entries, Talie learns that her family was once considered cursed with feebleminded offspring, the result of a genetic disorder (Fragile-X) that may ha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781414313450
ISBN-10: 1414313454
Publication Date: 4/2/2007
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio Cassette
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This book was a wonderful book about perseverance through trials and dependence on God.
It reminds the reader that every child is a gift from God no matter the circumstances and He has a purpose for placing him in his family.
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[close] 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.
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I started reading it sometime yesterday and read almost 300 pages before my eyes gave out and I had to go to sleep. I made myself finish some housework, then I sat down and read the rest of the story.
What a good story. There is the mystery surrounding a curse that dates back to 1848 and the current life of Luke and Talie and their son Ben. The chapters alternate between life now and life in England and Ireland in the late 1800s.
My only complaint about the book is the typeface that is used in the beginning of the chapters when Cosima Escott Hamilton's diary is being read (it is a little hard to read when the light is poor in the room). Other than that, the book kept my interest and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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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.