In book two of The Restoration Trilogy, Jennifer Rushmore has overseen the restoration of brooding bachelor Michael's ancestors' doctor's house long enough to work through their initial differences. They've begun applying the lessons of family and community learned from the past. Now the apothecary shop discloses a heart-breaking tale circa 1870 Georgia, shaking loose Jennifer's own carefully suppressed past. She fears that when Michael sees beyond her façade, her tentative steps toward trust and love may disintegrate into rubble. On her journey to forgiveness, Jennifer draws on her new faith and friendships, even as the mysterious accidents clouding her first preservation job escalate into imminent danger.
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Widow: The Restoration Trilogy, Book Two based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
After having trouble with allergies in my eyes this year I was able to finally finish this book This is another great read by Denise Weimer who has the knack if blending past with present as she brings her characters to life. This wonderful novel talks about forgiveness which was what our Pastor Goia preached on for the last month. You totally need to forgive others before you can move on and have peace in your own life. I am living example for I still have not forgiven my father before he passed away. Jennifer os a courageous woman yet she is afraid to love and to put herself out there or just to be around pp in general. Fortunately she has a wonderful group of friends out there who are willing to give her a nudge in the right direction. Jennifer begins to heal through the wonderful love of friends and most of a loving God. Charlotte has been dealt a rough blow through her husband Stuart. Even though ppl have tried to warn her she is heard Headed like me and wouldn't listen. Because she wouldn't listen she learned things about her husband the hard way!! Somehow, through all of these things, she has learned to forgive those who have hurt her including any family members. A favorite verse of mine is I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Power of forgiveness is an awesome thing. For without it, we can never truly heal! Michael is still struggling with this but together I believe that he and Jennifer will ha together. Who knows maybe something special will happen between them. Only in God's timing will they know. I loved this book! I can't wait until the 3rd book!! Thanks for another wonderful book Denise Weimer! ! Sorry I took so long to read this book! I rely enjoyed it!
Widow #2 The Restoration Trilogy***** by Denise Weimer Widow is the second book in the Restoration Trilogy, but can be read as a stand-alone book. The story spans two eras: 1857, Oglethorpe County, Georgia and present day. It is interesting that many of the characters of the past parallel present day characters' in their life experiences, heartaches, struggles, joys and faith. There are events that occur in both eras that are not something I like to read about but the author has sensitively dealt with these events—I appreciate that not much detail is given about them but it is clear what those event(s) are. I enjoyed the descriptions of the restoration process and the lifestyle of the past era. I would like to see the mural of the Dunham Plantation in the parlor that Stella painted, it sounds beautiful. One of the characters from the past era felt she was a widow even though her abusive husband was very much alive due to the events in their lives together—I could see why she felt that way. Jennifer Rushmore’s ideas for the small community where she is restoring the house and apothecary shop of Michael Johnson’s ancestors excites most of the community. Michael and Jennifer often didn't agree on things but learned to overcome their differences and work together on the restoration. Little by little the suppressed past Jennifer has long hidden from others—and herself—is triggered, bringing fresh pain and heartache. I love the Bible verse Stella shares with Jennifer, “He will give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV) and reminds her that as a Christian she is “no broken piece of pottery”. Michael has his own heartaches and griefs from his past which he is struggling with as well. His past griefs certainly impacted his life in every way. Will he open his heart to God and finally forgive and let the past go? I enjoyed the friendship between Jennifer and a 12 year old girl, Montana and how they interact. The armadillo infestation was fun to watch as Michael, Jennifer and the others tried to prevent further damage to the yard and gardens and their ultimate solution. Then there is the mysterious accidents and danger that occur on the restoration site which brings anxiety, uncertainties and possible danger. We see the characters applying the lessons learned from the past regarding many areas in their own lives: overcoming heartbreak, importance of friendships, how forgiveness frees the one doing the forgiving, love, faith and God's unfailing love and grace. ~ I received a PDF copy of this book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~