BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

The Oak Leaves

Average Rating 4.5
( 90 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(50)

4 Star

(32)

3 Star

(6)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    Very enjoyable

    This was the first book I have read by this author. Although it was a bit slow in the beginning, I soon became engrossed and involved with the characters. As someone interested in genealogy myself, I found it fascinating how Ms. Lang connected the past and the present through the parallel stories of a current day mother and her great-great grandmother. The reader empathizes with each of these women as they struggle with the effects that the Fragile X Syndrome has on their lives, but, at the same time, finishes with the message that through God and His love, all can be overcome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    The Oak Leaves is a gripping story of two women, separated by 150 years but joined by a family tree. Maureen Lang artfully weaves between the two stories in a way that kept me flipping pages because I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter in each woman's life. The author pulls from her experiences as the mother of a child with Fragile X Syndrome to weave a story that engulfs the reader. I felt Talieâ¿¿s emotions: the rage, the fear, the guilt, and finally the willingness to accept. Through Cosima, we see what society used to do, and are challenged to avoid those stigmas and see the blessing that each person is. 'All and whatever.' Those words form the backbone of the book. All our love, commitment, faith, hope whatever the circumstances. When life throws us a curveball we didn't anticipate, we can dig in and commit to sticking 'all and whatever,' or we can run. This book is a beautiful example, in two generations, of sticking 'all and whatever.' I loved this book and am already looking forward to the next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 15, 2013

    A very moving, heart-warming story. I love how the author weaves

    A very moving, heart-warming story. I love how the author weaves the present day story with the past.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Marjorie

    I was very impressed with this book. I enjoyed the suspense and the real story. Very good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Great book!

    This book was surprisingly wonderful. Definitely an eye opener. Highly suggest :)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Seeing Gods blessings

    Good read. A family diary is found among family stuffed away. It reveals members and stuff they encounter. With this in mind, it helps a the family many years later to explain other issues and relize it's all in Gods hands. Life has its ups and downs, but no matter what.....u see Gods many blessings unfold. Sry don't want to give out too much info......lol. Enjoy

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Very Inspirational

    This was a very inspirational story that deals with special needs and genetics. It was very long but did cover some very interesting territory. There is love and acceptance as well as coming to grips with how to make the best of your life's challenges.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Excellent Read- very heart warming

    Maureen Lang does an excellent job weaving the story of the past family with the current family and the difficult tie that binds them. She takes a hard subject, a family discovering they have fragile x and the implications that causes, and makes the reader aware of the subject gently and thoughtfully.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Rccommend

    Good book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Enjoyed!

    Great book, felt like I bonded with characters and was invested in what happened in their lives. Would have given 5 stars but the ending felt a bit rushed for my tastes. Again great book, high recommend (and I do not have special needs child, but as a mom you can't help but relate to the moms in the book...) Though there were 2 time periods, I never felt confused while reading the book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    highly recommend

    the book was very well written and held my interest. You felt hope and disappointment for them.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Great read

    Loved this book. I loved the way she mixed the history with the present.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Kept my attention...enjoyed it immensely.

    Although being factious, the dairy of Cosima became real due to excellent writing. I've never heard of this disease and I appreciate the candor and knowledge in providing this information.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Well Written

    I enjoyed this book. I work with children with special needs in a school setting and it was interesting to read this book in a family and extended family setting. Some very good insights, and some lovely history of inclusion in previous generations.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 19, 2011

    So good.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 2