Madeleine, a young widow, is determined to break free from her paralyzing memories and controlling family. The paperweight, a gift from her father, spurs her to declare independence, and she joins her aunt’s house-restoration project in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Two men enter her life, bringing joy, conflict, and danger. She’ll need courage to fight the treachery she discovers, and faith to step into a new life of promise. Can she do it?
THE DUMONT CHRONICLES
The Dumont family, French Huguenots, settled in New Jersey during Colonial days. Certain Dumont women led adventurous lives, and they held in common the gifts of artistry, courage, and a growing faith in God. Madeleine Dumont Burke is one of them.
Madeline/ “Mollie” is just trying to run away from memories of disturbing abuse from her now-deceased husband and the death of her greatly loved father. Escaping to Jersey pine country to help her aunt refurbish an old house full of junk and antiques seems like a perfect place to hide and maybe start over. She figures she’ll spend her days inventorying glassware and cooking for assorted workers (a lot of cooking in this book. Foodies will love it.). When tangled threads of mystery and suspense combine to push her out of her comfort zone, Mollie discovers the empowering love of her forever-God—and the love of a man patient enough to help her heal.
This piece was an unhurried, beautiful look at the real ways God can strengthen us. I often felt myself moved to tears at the sincerity of the prayers uttered by characters. They were not fancy or eloquent or preachy—they just hit the center of a heart in search of hope. Many scenes have stayed with me now, several days after “closing” the kindle, and I have a feeling this will be a book I remember for a long time to come.
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