A Perfect Weakness
By Jennifer A. Davids
About the Book:
The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.
A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?
A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.
No one is beyond redemption.
A Perfect Weakness is a beautiful redemption story. I loved the usage of Scripture as it added depth and a spiritual connection to the theme of the book. The characters in this story are hurting, they’ve been through some terrible things and made some huge mistakes. Our heroine, Penelope Howard is still grieving the loss of a loved one, but she has accepted God’s forgiveness for her sin. Now, it’s up to her to help Dr. John Turner, the new lord of Ashford Hall, forgive himself before tragedy strikes the little town of Woodley.
I love how John, the American, shakes up this little English village. He challenges their backwards traditions, namely the separation of “classes.” It has a bit of a Cinderella twist as “servants” attend a ball and a groomsman becomes a doctor!
I love how the author shows the changes in the times as the doctors squabble over the source of the epidemic– the discovering of water-borne diseases verses “bad air.”
One thing I appreciated is that not everyone is the story finds redemption or a happy ending. It reminds us that for there to be redemption, we have to want God’s redemption. This subplot to the story does also introduce some more sensitive issues including: an attempted abortion, attempted suicide, rape, and pornographic artistry. They are not described in detail and are well-handled with lots of tact, but it is a part of the story.
I love how the “Castle” acts as imagery throughout the book. The ruins of the first Ashford Hall is a beautiful picture of the ruins that both John and Penelope see as their lives. It’s a wonderful reminder that “No One is Beyond Redemption.” It doesn’t matter how far you fall, God is always there to rebuild the ruins of your life and make something from the pieces that remain.
I recommend this book for readers who love historical English settings and stories that have a deep faith message.
I received a copy of this book from the author. A review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Jennifer has a passion for anything British and anything bookish. She has visited the UK three times and still has not visited all the bookstores there. A fourth visit seems necessary if not inevitable. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) she makes time to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact her cats like to lie on her keyboard. Jennifer is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she’s not reading, she’s dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She lives in central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.
You can connect with Jennifer at http://www.jenniferadavids.com