The Oak Leaves
By Maureen Lang
Talie Ingram has an ideal life: a successful, devoted husband; a beautiful one-year-old son; and another on the way. But her world is shattered when she discovers a shocking family secret in the nineteenth-century journal belonging to her ancestor Cosima Escott. Only in reading Cosima’s words can Talie make peace with the legacy she’s inherited and the one she’s passed on to her son.
My hope is that anyone who reads The Oak Leaves will be reminded that God loves each and every one of us, flaws and all, disabilities and all. Our faith in Him can overcome some of our biggest fears if we trust Him.
Why the author wrote this book:
In two separate but related story lines, the pages follow two heroines living in very different eras who are linked by a genetic flaw. The Oak Leaves is very much a "book of my heart," since my education about the genetic flaw at the center of this book is one I carry. My oldest son suffers from Fragile X Syndrome, a form of genetic mental retardation. I needed to write about living with the aftermath of receiving such a diagnosis, and find comfort in knowing God doesn't make mistakes. Sometimes our greatest challenges prove to be our biggest faith builders.