Women of Fearless Devotion
Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World?
Virginia, present day
Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister, Nicole, following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole—and the shadowy figure watching them from afar.
From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, My Sister's Prayer tells an epic tale of two women compelled to protect their sisters, confront their fears, and navigate the muddy waters of betrayal to find true love.
Clark and Gould continue their Cousins of the Dove series (My Brother's Crown) with this tale of forgiveness, betrayal, and love. In one narrative thread set in contemporary Virginia, Maddee Talbot has agreed to care for her sister, Nicole, after a serious car accident, and soon realizes Nicole needs more than physical healing. Then, jumping back to 18th-century Virginia, Celeste Talbot is considered her parents' responsible daughter until a promise of love puts her in a difficult position and leaves her younger sister, Berta, in danger. These two relatives, separated by centuries, discover startling truths about their sisters, and also about themselves. Reaching beyond its romance elements, the novel deftly highlights the loving but sometimes difficult relationships between unique pairs of sisters. Maddee and Celeste's plots mirror each other well without overlapping. Clark and Gould handle the parallel time frames with aplomb, providing a solid sense of setting to keep the reader grounded and expertly intertwining the historical and modern story lines. Maddee's character arc drags occasionally, and she seems slow to grow, but Nicole's growth proves an interesting counterbalance. This novel is a satisfying tale for those who enjoy both contemporary and historical fiction.
This is a wonderful historical/contemporary romance!
This book is part of a “true” series. You need to read the first book to truly understand and follow this story.
The characters in the book are extremely well developed and I was able to quickly connect with many of them. I related the most to Celeste and Maddee. I enjoyed seeing how each of them learned to accept that life isn’t always neat and tidy. They also had to learn that they weren’t responsible for the consequences that others have to face because of their own choices. This is something that we all need to learn and some of us have a much harder time learning it. Both Celeste and Maddee work hard to remember to take their concerns for themselves and their sisters to God in prayer.
I found a number of parallels among the main characters between the two time periods. I was fascinated by the similarities between the two sets of sisters.
The continuation of the story of the dead man in the cabin in the woods from about 19 years prior to the present day story-line is great. I really like the fact that this book focuses on two of the other cousins that were there that day. Each of them has been affected by that long ago event and they are all trying to move past it in their own ways.
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Second book in series!
My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the second book in Cousins of the Dove series. Madeline “Maddee” Talbot is twenty-seven years old and has a busy life (and it’s about to get busier). Her sister, Nicole gets into a car accident (because of drugs) and needs around the clock care (broke both her legs). She is staying with their Nana (who has a big house and money for caregivers), but Nicole feels smothered. Nicole wants to stay with Maddee (she is whining). Maddee finally agrees to let her stay with her with a few conditions (daily AA meetings are a part of it). Maddee is a little nervous because Nicole was a drug addict, and Maddee is not sure how she will be able to care for Nicole (she has a full-time job). Nicole has doctor appointments, AA meetings, and physical therapy. The two sisters were close when they were little but grew apart after Nicole started her downward spiral with drugs. It all goes back to the dead body that they found in a cabin when they were little (along with their cousins Rene and Danielle). By the time the girls returned with their parents, the body had vanished. No one believed their story. The case is still unsolved. But there is new evidence (thanks to the cousins) and Detective Ortiz is looking into the case. Can solving this case help heal Nicole and the breach between the two sisters? While the two are staying together, Nana gives them some family letters and journals to read. She wants them to go through the papers together.
Celeste Talbot has always done what she has been told to do. But she fell in love with Lt. Jonathan Gray who has been recently assigned to the New World (he had to leave without her). Celeste is running away to be with him. What Celeste does not expect is her sister, Berta to follow her. Celeste does not have enough money for the passage, and signs on as an indentured servant (for four years) to pay for her voyage. Celeste knows Jonathan will buy her contract when they arrive in Williamsburg. Celeste discovers Berta on the ship. Berta ends up very ill and needs constant care. When The Royal Mary arrives in the New World, they land in Norfolk (instead of Williamsburg). The captain sells their contracts and the two girls end up in different cities. Celeste has to find a way to get in touch with Jonathan. Celeste promised Berta she would rescue her as soon as possible. Celeste is in for a big dose of reality. Will she be able to reunite with Berta? Can she find Jonathan and get out of her contract? Join these two sets of sisters on their journey of discovery in My Sister’s Prayer.
My Sister’s Prayer goes back and forth from present day to the past to tell the story. It is told in the first person (which I really dislike, but after a while I do not notice it). While this is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. The book has very good writing (as usual for these two great authors) and the story draws in the reader. It deals with forgiveness, adversity, the impetuousness of youth, and trusting that God has a plan for your life. You can see the parallels between the two sets of sisters as you read the novel. I give My Sister’s Prayer 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould did a very good job at capturing the historical time period. Their writing is very descriptive. I can envision what they are describing. Past events are not wrapped up in My Sister’s Prayer. We will have to await the next novel to find out more about the man that died in the cabin. I will definitely be reading more books by these two authors.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.