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Freedom to Endure
"The most beautiful are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross With his medical training finally behind him, Drew Carson returns home to fill the position at the new local hospital. Planning to pursue Miss Ellie Mae O'Connell, his hopes are dashed when he finds her engaged to another man. Surprising his family and perhaps even himself, Drew accepts an unexpected position elsewhere, only to find his heart in more turmoil than he ever believed possible. Meadow Foster has long been accustomed to the disdain of others. Married off at a young age by her father, she soon finds herself faced with raising a child. Mistreated by her husband and ignored by the community, Meadow has always felt unloved, unwanted, and undesirable, until a note beneath a tree begins to unveil the beauty within. A note that begins to changed the way she sees herself. But will it be enough to change her future?
With the newest installment to the Freedom series, Kulczyk (Freedom to Forgive) provides an engrossing tale of love and loss in late-1800s Oregon. Meadow is a young, isolated, abused woman determined to protect her young son from the tempestuous, mercurial moods of a violent husband she never chose to marry. Drew is a young doctor who, after leaving on a mission, had been looking forward to returning to his home in rural Oregon to court the woman he loved, only to find her affections engaged by another man. Desperate to get away from the heartache, he takes a position in Dalles, Ore., assisting the town’s female physician. Chance brings Meadow and Drew together, though faith and ethics kept them apart through a variety of trials and tribulations. While this is a sweet, gentle story that immerses readers into the lives of people attempting to survive a tumultuous period in history, many questions are left unanswered, and some plot errors (one character dies of smallpox, and later influenza is said to be the cause of death) distract from otherwise lyrical writing. While some sections live up to the story’s exciting setup, others are undeveloped and poorly researched, resulting in a haphazard reading experience. (BookLife)