May 14, 2012

Heiress

'Love is a hunger, a famine in your soul...' This is a line from a song called "I'm with You"  from the album "The Story" and it reminded me of the theme of this book.

We all want to be loved. We desire it with our whole being because we were created to love God and be loved by Him. No other love is enough, no other love will do.

This is a story of two sisters, born into wealth and prestige during the Gilded Age, who take two different paths in life on a search to be loved.

Neither knows the Lord.

One seeks love through things and notoriety making some horrific mistakes, the other runs away looking to find love somewhere away from all the glitz and glamor.

The author says of the wealthy during the Gilded Age:

"...But under all the glitter and gold simmered stories of adultery, murder, embezzlement, and unrest. People who weren't satisfied. People who thirsted for more out of a life that had already given them 'everything.' I believe it's because they-like all of us-were searching for love. They simply didn't realize they couldn't buy it."


This is where Susan May Warren sets her story.


The writing in this novel was superb. I could not put it down. The words were almost lyrical, so beautifully written.

I loved the way Susan gently wove this story. The spiritual theme was subtle, yet powerful.

There were times though, when I did feel uncomfortable reading, as one sister has an affair. This sisters emotional struggles, within her loveless abusive marriage, were expressed deeply and honestly, yet I never felt the author condoned or glorified the affair. It was essential for the reader to feel what the character was feeling, in order to see her deep desire to be loved. So many women seek love in relationships that can not give them the unconditional love God can.

It is a natural reaction to feel anger, disgust and judgmental towards someone who has had an affair, but I kept thinking of Jesus and how he treated the adulterer in John chapter 8.

"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 

and said to Jesus, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 

In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?'

They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'

Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 

Jesus straightened up and asked her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?'

'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin."

Jesus did not condemn her, she was already condemned in her sin. He gave her a way out. He forgave her and told her to sin no more.

I will say I am so curious as to what Jesus wrote on the ground that day! Some say he wrote the sins of those around Him, but we may never know.

*If you are sensitive to the subject of adultery, this may not be the book for you. But if you'd like to read a book with exquisite writing and a redemptive story I would recommend this one.





8 comments:

  1. Susan Warren is one of my favorite authors, but I haven't read this one yet. I keep adding books to my summer reading list (once homeschooling is out, I get 3 glorious months to read and write!) but I think my list is longer than I have days to read!:)

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    1. I know what you mean! My TBR list is always growing. So many great books to read, so little time. :)

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  2. I really want to read this one! It's gotten some great recommendations, so I know it will make its way into my hands somehow. :) Thanks for your insightful thoughts and the parallels with scripture.

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    1. I also read many great recommendations, so I decided to read it. I'm glad I got a chance to. It's a difficult subject but the author does a respectful job and I really felt for the characters and their desire to be loved.
      I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series which is about these sisters daughters. :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing the great review of this book with the sensitive subject! Thank you for the reminder that Jesus didn't condemn the woman in the Bible story, and we certainly should not judge others. It sounds like a beautiful book.

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    1. Glad you stopped by Connie! Have a good evening. :)

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