Inheritance [NOOK Book]

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She risked everything to save a life...but who would save hers?

Vietnamese-American Victoria Nguyen, seventeen, flees to England with a powerful secret...and a determined senator on her trail.
Madeleine Seymour, a history professor, and her husband, Jack, a retired wine broker, travel from San Francisco to London to purchase property for a children's home-and find much more ...

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Inheritance

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Overview

She risked everything to save a life...but who would save hers?

Vietnamese-American Victoria Nguyen, seventeen, flees to England with a powerful secret...and a determined senator on her trail.
Madeleine Seymour, a history professor, and her husband, Jack, a retired wine broker, travel from San Francisco to London to purchase property for a children's home-and find much more than land at stake.
Brother Cristoforo, a black Franciscan from the Seymours' Quattro Coronati orphanage in Rome, wrestles with demons of his past and present.
Woven through the mists of Lent to new life on Easter Day, Inheritance draws the lives of these four characters together to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion.

A poignant story about choices made along the way...and the miracles of the heart. Set in the breathtaking beauty of England.
Don't miss Pilgrimage, Book One of the trilogy, set in Italy, or Offerings, Book Two of the trilogy, set in France.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000221327
  • Publisher: OakTara
  • Publication date: 3/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 633 KB

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Will not disappoint

    Fans of inspirational fiction may delight in the arrival of Inheritance, the third novel in Christine Sunderland's trilogy. In the first book, Pilgrimage, we journeyed with historian Madeleine Seymour and her husband Jack through Italy. Next in Offerings, we traveled a winding road to recovery through France. Our European tour concludes with Inheritance as we survey London, England and its surrounding towns. In this book the author does a thorough and tidy job of reminding readers of past story lines and filling in details for readers new to the series. However, I recommend new readers start at the first book; not because you have to, but because if you enjoy Christian historical fiction you will want to.

    With this third book, Sunderland seems confident in her literary choices, and her writing style remains poetic, descriptive and developed. In addition, the historical and religious "lessons" continue to be prominent and are given plenty of room to breathe. Using brochures, guidebooks and the history professor's book manuscript, Sunderland doesn't miss an opportunity to import interesting details about the political and religious history of England. These instructional moments in the book are almost nearly seamlessly blended into the plot, adding further dimension to the reading experience.

    Inheritance intertwines three very different story lines that blend together in a complementary braid of imagery and theme. Of course we are guided on our final voyage by Madeleine and Jack as they traverse parts of England seeking out a proper place for the children's home that Jack vowed to God to establish during his battle with a life-threatening illness. Madeleine reflects as the story sets off, "God had healed him, in so many ways, since his time in France. What was God's will for them in England?"

    The second thread centers on Victoria Nguyen, a seventeen-year-old girl who is exiled to England as she and her father conspire to allow her to carry out her pregnancy in opposition to the wishes of Victoria's high-powered, politician mother. Victoria obediently follows her father's guidance as he tells her, "We'll take one step at a time, okay? We'll get you to London, get that baby born, and then decide what to do...You made the right choice. This child should not be punished for the sins of the father."

    The third section of Sunderland's triptych follows the Italian monk, Brother Cristoforo, whom readers met in the second book. We learn more of his personal history and the spiritual quest that motivates him to preach en plein air throughout England. Through Cristoforo, the author dispenses sermons aimed at real, working folk. In fact oftentimes when he is preaching, a crass voice from the crowd challenges him, to which he replies with God's word. In one of these sermons, he extols, "God gave us free will. We can choose him or not choose him. Adam and Eve chose not. This is why our world suffers.Because many do not choose God, but reject God. To reject God is to welcome sin. With sin comes suffering.and death."
    Quill says: The third of Sunderland's trilogy will not disappoint readers of inspirational fiction.

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