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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Silver and the Cross by Kathleen Mulroy

The Silver and The Cross by Kathleen Mulroy
Publisher: Comfort Publishing
Genre: Inspirational, Historical
Length: Full Length (151 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Leora Browns religious faith will be challenged and her heart captured when she and her father, a minister, move to the silver-mining town of Wallace, Idaho Territory, in 1890.

Handsome Englishman Edward Lycroft is swept away by the lovely and spirited Leora. But despite her attraction to him, she despairs of finding happiness with a man who doesnt share her beliefs. Can Leora and Edward find the strength and commitment they need to create a God-centered life together? It will take more than one brush with tragedy to answer that question.

Living by faith is difficult when it seems to deny a love that makes the heart ache with longing. The lack of faith that blocks the way to one’s true love proves difficult, also. Consequently, Leora Brown, a minister’s daughter, and Edward Lycroft, an Englishman and an engineer, both stumble along a path of frustration and self-discovery as they each, in their own way, work to make life better for the people in the silver-mining town of Wallace, Idaho Territory.

The Silver and the Cross is a gentle, inspiring story of good deeds, prayer, and patience that bring life-changing love out of doubts.

The feisty, beautiful Leora, steeped in organized religion, tells herself Edward Lycroft is far too opinionated and anti-religion for her, but her heart begs to differ. It sees the way he helps others, his gracious manners, his sense of humor, and it feels the vibes of his beautiful body.

Two things estranged Edward from God, his mother’s death, and his father’s insistence that he become a bishop in the Church of England for which Edward had no calling. Striking out on his own after college, Edward made his way in the secular world and now finds his being able to use his engineering degree in American silver mine rewarding. Not until he meets the energetic, intelligent, and well-educated Leora has he wanted a serious relationship with a woman - now that seems to be all he can think about.

The characters in The Silver and the Cross are fun to know as they interact and cope with living in an exciting time of Idaho’s development as it moves toward statehood. With flaws and foibles so common to humanity, these characters do make their share of miscues, but the way they finagle around or rise above these failings makes entertaining reading while giving the reader pause for thought about how we deal with people and life in general.

Much of The Silver and the Cross is told rather than shown, yet it holds one’s interest much like my grandmother’s stories kept me curled up close to her and listening intently. Kathleen Mulroy creates a story that reaffirms the resilience and basic goodness of humanity.