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The Oak Leaves [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Lang
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two time periods—Regency England and contemporary Chicago—are woven together when Talie Ingram finds an old journal belonging to her great-great-great grandmother, Cosima Escott. Through Cosima's entries, Talie learns that her family was once considered cursed with feebleminded offspring, the result of a genetic disorder (Fragile-X) that may have been passed down to Talie and her sister. Unwilling to face the implications their discovery might have on her own life, Talie tucks the journal back into secrecy, until she begins to see signs of developmental delay in her son.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B001QXCJSG
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (3 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book and a very touching story 31 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book for free after seeing a link to it on the Kindle discussion forums. To be honest as it was free I wasn't really expecting much from - boy was I wrong!

This is one of the most touching and beautiful stories I have read for a long time, made even more so by the author's note at the end where she explains her motivation for writing the book - that she herself has a son who suffers from Fragile X syndrome.

The book initially introduces us to Talie, Luke and their young son Ben who seems to be quite behind in his development. Talie knows deep in her heart that something isn't quite right with Ben but she tries very hard to push it to the back of her mind; if she doesn't acknowledge it then it can't be true.

After clearing out the attic at her mother's home Talie comes across a journal written in the 1850s by her great great great grandmother, Cosima, and this becomes the second branch of the story.

Cosima's journal was started as a 19 year old and in it she describes in detail the 'curse' that has overshadowed her family for generations. Cosima writes about her journey from Ireland to England, ostensibly to find out more about a prospective husband, but as is often the case, whilst she is in England things don't go according to plan.

The two stories are intertwined very cleverly and as we find out more about Cosmia we see Talie having to face up to things in her own life.

The author really draws you into the characters giving you a detailed insight into their lives and feelings and you can't help but feel both sad and uplifted by the joys and sorrows they face in their life and at their unwavering faith no matter what befalls them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story 15 Sept. 2011
By Lilian
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This was a very good read and one I thoroughly enjoyed particularly as a free download. It kept me engrossed and was read over 2 days. The story is cleverly interwoven each time leaving you wanting to know what happens next.
There are a lot of religious references (which is why I marked it as a 4 star and not a 5) but everyone has their own choices to make when in difficult circumstances.
A book I would recommend and off to have a look for more written by the same author :-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the oak leaves 12 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Basic story line good but felt I was drawn in by the author and then beaten severly over the head with a bible. Far far too much religious reference for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Oak Leaves 2 Oct. 2011
By Pam
Format:Kindle Edition
This book started out ok but gradually become a debate about God and his grand scheme. I felt that the author was using the book as a form of therapy and it was too much for me towards the end. As a previous review said 'i felt like i had been hit over the head with a bible'. The characters were likeable, storyline different but a little too long. However i do feel the author put across the feelings of despair and devastation on the diagnosis and didnt try to paint a rosy picture and that was touching. On the whole the book was ok and it was free!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is Christian Literature - beware 24 Sept. 2011
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A fairly interesting story that begins benignly but becomes increasingly peppered with biblical quotes and religious rhetoric. The main characters are pious church-goers, and the `bad' guy is, naturally, a non-believer. A central theme seems to be that only `true believers' can be good, have any morals, be compassionate or find happiness. And so much of Humanity is relegated to the gutter. Aside from the slightly insulting message, with some of the book reading like a dull sermon the predictable plot made this a disappointing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By cerises
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Before reading this novel, 'fragile X syndrome' was something I knew nothing of. The story, dating back firstly more than a certury, and then back and forwarding to present times, allowed us to understand that the offending chromosone responsible for this terrible condition is genetic. We learned, whilst turning the pages, the way in which the different generations handled the disability of thir children. Having faith in God allowed these families to cope with the situation, without feeling cursed, or ashamed. For me, the main point that came through was that God isn't punishing families by introducing disablities to ceratin folk. There are no guarantees of trouble free lives for any of us, no matter from what background we come. I enjoyed this touching book and would recommend it to you to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Read 21 Sept. 2011
By Ann M
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This book tells of the effect of the genetic disorder Fragile X Syndrome on two families 150 years apart and is set in 19th century Ireland and 21st century USA, It is told through the eyes of Cosima and Talie. The female characters are well drawn though the male ones are rather one dimensional. The two stories are well interlinked. On the whole it is a moving story. However, particularly at the end, the religious element becomes too dominant and in your face for my taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent holiday read 27 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Downloaded this book as a reserve for holiday reading, glad I found time great read found it hard to put down although I would have appreciated a page showing the family tree, as the chapters jumped from one era to another i sometimes became confused as to who belonged to which family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
A very moving story of how two families from different centuries deal with the genetic disorder Fragile X Syndrome.
Published 2 months ago by Owlet
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must to Read
A heart warming read about one's faith in God which I highly recommend. Once you start reading you do not want to put the book down.
Published 6 months ago by JenJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Oak Leaves
I could not put this book down and had to keep reading to find out what happened next. It has a different twist on the normal historical novel.
Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by Julie Dickinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Potentially good book stifled by a religious agenda
Despite checking carefully before downloading no reviews then posted) I find that I have yet again been mislead into yet another book with an overt evangelising agenda. Read more
Published on 5 Oct. 2011 by Caro
1.0 out of 5 stars The Oak Leaves.
constant references to God. all these books should have a warning on them! THIS IS A RELIGIOUS BOOK. so boring and a waste of my TIME!
Published on 1 Oct. 2011 by rosyreader
1.0 out of 5 stars If you've got more important things to do...please do those first!
This is a story set over 2 time periods, with the character plot referencing significant points in each timeline. Read more
Published on 26 Sept. 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars prepare to be bible bashed
Relatively interesting storyline but ruined by the constant reference to God. Actually scrolled through 4 pages of how faith and devotion to the Lord can guide you through the... Read more
Published on 26 Sept. 2011 by jayne56700
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
Downloaded this book because it was free, however it was as good as any that i have puchased, a really enjoyable read, would definately reccomend it!!!
Published on 23 Sept. 2011 by Jane M
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