Psalm 30:10-12 (NIV) Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help. ” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
All Lydia wants is to travel the world before she has to settle down with a husband. But she may not have that choice anymore.
Debutante Lydia Jane Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. But while her sisters happily learn the traditional tasks of women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back.
Then one day Hamilton opens Lydia’s eyes and her heart to love. But before they can receive permission to court, Lydia overhears a secret conversation about an unscrupulous business deal. Worse, it has everything to do with her and her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards.
Passion. Friendship. A bitter enemy. A life-changing decision.
Set in Victorian-era Florida.
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Review on Barnes & Noble: “This is my first experience reading a book by Sherri Wilson Johnson. I loved it and will look forward to her books in the future. While this book isn’t a suspense, it had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the final chapter. I enjoyed reading about Lydia’s life, her heartaches, her desires, and her walk outside the norm of society. Her character was real and believable.
I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to live in the late 1800′s. Now I know, at least in part. Ms. Johnson did a wonderful job of showing me Lydia’s life, as well as that of the other characters, without taking me out of the story.
My take from this story: Sometimes the right thing doesn’t feel right, but God works everything out in His time.”
Another Review from Barnes & Noble: “From the very first page, I was caught up in 1800s Florida plantation life, from the smell of the flowers to the sounds of nature. Ms. Wilson Johnson captured the setting to perfection, casting me back over 100 years as I watched the charming Miss Lydia Barrington come of age. As a young, idealistic teen, Lydia has high hopes of travel and freedom. However, society¿s restrictions and a sneaky business deal threaten to steal it all away. Caught between duty and hope, Lydia is a tormented soul, struggling to determine which path she should take and how she must face it all while presenting herself with charm and grace. As she grows, she feels heartbreak and joy, love and pain, and ultimately learns that life is what you make of it. But the Lord works in mysterious ways, and in the end Lydia is able to find love and happiness in this charming, historical story that will warm you to your toes.”
Quote from the book:
“I guess sometimes it seems like God doesn’t even know who I am,” Lydia said.
Eliza, her eldest sister replied, “Of course He does. Just because things aren’t always as you want them doesn’t mean God is absent in your life. In fact, it may be His very presence in your life that makes you feel that way.”
“What do you mean?” Lydia put the skein of yarn in her lap.
“I mean that you may feel that way because some things you wish for do not come true. And it could be that God’s all-caring hand is guiding you down another path that He knows is better for you.”
“Oh,” Lydia said, quietly reflecting on Eliza’s words.
“A place to call home“