Thursday, July 26, 2012

It’s Like a Bouquet of Wildflowers for Your Soul


In this sequel to From Across the Ancient Waters, author Michael Phillips brings us to the conclusion of our time in the Snowdonia region of Wales.  Percy Drummond is engaged to Florilyn Westbrooke and considering Law School when the promise he made to his dying uncle starts to weigh heavily upon him.  His uncle’s vagueness in his deathbed instructions do not leave Percy much to go on, but Percy does his best to follow the clues where they lead him.

Meanwhile, heir apparent to the Westbrooke Estate, the spoiled Courtney Westbrooke is counting the days when he inherits his title and can evict his mother and sister from the estate grounds.

This book, as its predecessor, is at its core peaceful.  I cannot truly explain the peace that settled upon me while reading this story.  In the forgiveness and selflessness displayed, we see how we should behave when if we really want to be alive for Christ and be an example of a life that honors Him. 

There were times on Percy’s journey that I wanted to say, “Hey, the answer is right there in front of you!”  But we as readers can see where the story is going before the characters do.  My only true gripe is that I really need a pronunciation guide for some of the place names given.  My Welsh is still fairly poor!

Michael Phillips dedicates and pays homage to George MacDonald greatly in this book.  If you are interested in reading some of MacDonald’s original works, Amazon has free Kindle versions.  Also free on Amazon is Henry Drummond’s work, The Greatest Thing In The World and OtherAddresses.  The Greatest Thing In The World is a study based on 1 Corinthians 13 and lauded by D.L. Moody discussed in Celtic Triangle between Henry-real person-and his fictional uncle and cousin-Edward and Percy Drummond.

This is a greatly enjoyable story and one that will encourage you to grow spiritually if you are willing to let it.
For more information and to read the first chapter of the book click here or the title above!

I received this book free of charge from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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