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Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.
Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love―let alone the love of her God.
As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. They must learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late. Will they turn to God for answers as He redeems their past and restores their future?
With Wings As Eagles – Guest Post by Kaitlin Covel
But they that wait upon the Lord shall
renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they
shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Eagles must be near and dear to God’s heart because He makes many
allegorical references about them in His Word as noble, majestic creatures.
Perhaps that is why the Bald eagle was selected as the national emblem of the
United States of America by our founding fathers.
Our God is a loving Heavenly Father whose understanding is
infinite (Psalm 147:5) and whose compassions fail not. (Lamentations 3:22) Yet,
as His children, how many times do we doubt His wisdom? It is easy to trust Him
on the mountain top, but when we pass through the valley’s shadows our trust
wavers like a flame in the wind. It is in those times we must choose our focus:
to contemplate who our God is or to rely on ourselves.
Eagles are a beautiful illustration of “tough love” as parents. In
raising their chicks, they have faithfully provided for their every need. They
built them a safe nest, hunted for their every meal, and shielded them from
predators and the elements beneath the shelter of their wings. The God-given
instinct instilled in the eaglet’s body makes him restless as he begins to
outgrow the nest he calls home and beat his growing wings to strengthen the
muscles in preparation for flight. This nest is the only world he has ever
known, but beyond the nest a beautiful world beckons, waiting to be explored.
Then the fateful day arrives in the young eaglet’s life when he must learn to
As the eaglet peers over the edge of the nest, his vision collides
with the imminent danger. He is so focused on the dizzying height and jagged
rocks below that he fails to recognize that his very survival depends on his
ability to fly. However, his parents coax him closer to the edge, knowing this
in their maturity of years. When the eaglet fails to jump, his parents shove
him out of the nests with their beak. The eaglet panics in the thin air as he
begins his plummeting descent, realizing he must learn to do this on his own.
He begins to flap his wings madly in an effort to save himself.
Meanwhile, his parents take flight and circle above him, prepared
to swoop beneath him and catch him on their wings if his wings aren’t strong
enough to fly yet. Only in trying will the eaglet discover his ability to fly.
God gives us abilities. He is the same God who formed us in our
mothers’ wombs and the same God who knew our name before the beginning of the
world, but in his sovereign wisdom, He knows that we will only discover our
ability when we are forced to step out of our comfort zone in a leap of faith.
He knows the time has come for us to experience growth, but growth
makes us uncomfortable. We don’t want to leave the safety of our cozy, warm
nest. In His wisdom, God allows us to take a “leap of faith”. We may think He
has abandoned us as we focus on the terrifying sensation of “falling”, but He
hovers over us with tender loving patience, prepared to catch us.
Ye have seen what I did unto the
Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto
myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the
earth is mine:
As an eagle stirreth up her nest,
fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth
them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and
there was no strange god with him.
Are you tumbling in a terrifying free-fall wondering where your
God is right now? May I encourage you, dear reader, to look up? He is hovering
over you, prepared to catch His beloved child and bear you up on eagles’ wings.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget
not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with
lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so
that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
In the free-falls of life, we find the Heavenly Father who loves
us too much to leave us in our comfort zone, but delights in providing a safe
place for us to land in our journey of growth.
As we exercise the abilities He has given us to strengthen them the way an eaglet does his wings, may we remember that He has created us to soar beyond the reach of the troubles of this world. May we seek Him out as our safe place to land, trusting the Heavenly Father who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will renew our strength as He bears us on eagles’ wings until we mount up with wings as eagles.
You are sure to enjoy this gripping story. I loved every minute of it. So many unexpected twists, and each one has you wondering what will happen next. I fell in love with Josie. I think my favorite aspect of Josie is her faith in God. I loved how no matter what happened, she gave it to God. Sometimes she had to ask for forgiveness for trying to do things her way first, but she always remembered that God is in control, and can work in ways she can’t. Charles I fell in love with in a different way. From the beginning you know that he is struggling with something, you just don’t know what, or to what extent it has affected him. Throughout the story you can see his struggle to love Josie the way he knows she deserves to be loved, and to get over his past. Find out if they can overcome the past, and get their happily ever after. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
**I received this book from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts an opinions are my own.
Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea.
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