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Title:
The sacred shore
Author:
Oke, Janette, 1935-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Bethany House, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
268 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: The meeting place.
Language:
English
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 12.0 53769.
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ISBN:
9780764222498

9780764222474
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Summary

In This Intimate Historical Epic, the Heart-wrenching Dilemmas of The Meeting Place Come to Rest on...The Sacred Shore



Oceans and circumstances have forced families apart. For the banished French Acadians drifting in exile, the shore means safety--though it is a safety at a terrible price. For the lonely British nobleman, the shore holds a single chance to secure his legacy. For Andrew and Catherine Harrow, the shore marks a tragic separation.



An extraordinary set of journeys awaits them all, each as intricate and perilous as the coastline itself. New beginnings are connected to all that has come before. And the past penetrates into what is yet to come. The common thread is a yearning to discover their identities in their families, in their communities, and in their God.


Summary

In This Intimate Historical Epic, the Heart-wrenching Dilemmas of The Meeting Place Come to Rest on...The Sacred Shore


Oceans and circumstances have forced families apart. For the banished French Acadians drifting in exile, the shore means safety--though it is a safety at a terrible price. For the lonely British nobleman, the shore holds a single chance to secure his legacy. For Andrew and Catherine Harrow, the shore marks a tragic separation.


An extraordinary set of journeys awaits them all, each as intricate and perilous as the coastline itself. New beginnings are connected to all that has come before. And the past penetrates into what is yet to come. The common thread is a yearning to discover their identities in their families, in their communities, and in their God.


Author Notes

Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. She and Edward married in 1957 and went on to serve churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana.

Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. The book experienced immediate success because works of fiction were a virtually unknown genre in the Christian publishing industry. Oke has gone on to publish some 36 romance novels, earning her the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. She is the author of the "Love Comes Softly" and the "Prairie Legacy" series of books.

Oke enjoys a large reading audience primarily comprised of teenagers, homemakers and working women. She recently started writing for young children.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. She and Edward married in 1957 and went on to serve churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana.

Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. The book experienced immediate success because works of fiction were a virtually unknown genre in the Christian publishing industry. Oke has gone on to publish some 36 romance novels, earning her the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. She is the author of the "Love Comes Softly" and the "Prairie Legacy" series of books.

Oke enjoys a large reading audience primarily comprised of teenagers, homemakers and working women. She recently started writing for young children.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

n Blind Justice, Bell adopts the tough-but-wistful tone of gumshoe novels to tell the fast-moving story of Jake Denney, a boozing lawyer whose wife has divorced him and who is on the verge of being disbarred. He takes on the case of a childhood friend, Howie Patino, a slightly retarded fellow married to a vamp he's accused of murdering. The case seems open and shut against Howie, and Jake muddies the waters even more with his drinking, losing the case in the process. Odd events then add up to a plot involving devil worship and black magic, and Jake, with the help of Howie's sister, goes on the spiritual warpath, freeing Howie and redeeming himself. A fresh take on the California detective territory of Hammett and Chandler. One wouldn't have thought spiritual warfare could have its whimsical side, but Davis' God Bless Mr. Devil presents the devil as a grumpy fallen angel who sits around in his bathrobe in an air-conditioned central chamber of Hell, running the enterprise of sin with a bank of computers. Bored with his daily chores, the devil amuses himself by eating popcorn, smoking Cuban cigars, and marveling at the freedom of Ted Turner's herds of buffalo running across New Mexico. Satan has one weakness, the power of prayer, and is done in by the sincerity of an eight-year-old named Katie Hart, who prays for his salvation and sets off a chain of irresistible goodness, forcing Mr. Devil to repent. Davis acknowledges that the devil's conversion may be theologically unsound, but it's funny all the same. Prolific romance writer Hicks turns in a slight, sometimes comic performance with Loves Me, Loves Me Not, about the divorced owner of a gift shop, Bonny Van Hooten, who has given up on romance but whose employees run personal ads for her, convinced that she is full of "Denial. Fear. Probably unresolved anger." Meanwhile, reformed and contrite, Bonny's ex-shows up intent on wooing her. Bonny makes him suffer a little with the results of the personal ad, but the two get back together. Oke and Bunn offer a sequel to the best of their collaborations, The Meeting Place (1999), with The Sacred Shore, again featuring the conflict between the French and English in eighteenth-century Acadia, or Nova Scotia. Louisa Robichaud, who is French, and the young Englishwoman Catherine Harrow formed a friendship across cultural and political divides in the first book; here, almost a generation later, all flee to American shores seeking religious freedom. Ten years after the Crucifixion, history tells us, Pontius Pilate was accused of murder and found guilty by the emperor Caligula. What happened after that is less certain, but Mills has Pilate living out his final days in a relatively comfortable exile. Widowed and lonely, Pilate researches and writes The Memoirs of Pontius Pilate, quite effectively laying out the dilemmas of a Roman provincial ruler dealing with political strife and internecine battles among the Jews, but also offering an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mills is rigorous about staying inside Pilate's head as he relates a feisty, entertaining fifth gospel that is a kind of commentary on the other four. A first novel, Schalesky's Cry Freedom carves out a niche in a period seldom treated in Christian fiction: the prerevolutionary Pennsylvania frontier, where Indians ally themselves variously with French or English. Kwelik, a Christian Indian, survives a war party's raid only to be captured and placed on an auction block. Jonathan Grant, fleeing from religious and political upheavals in England, buys her, marries her, and the two stake out a homestead. Yet their troubles are far from over, as Kwelik is spirited away by yet another tribe of "savages." Jonathan must call upon his strained faith in God and go after her. First in the Freedom Quest series. Shapiro's Promise of God is a Jewish novel from a new imprint of Health Communications, publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It's about a brilliant Brazilian cardinal, Isaac Benda Cortes, who learns through a series of divinely inspired events that he has Jewish ancestry reaching back to King David. Cardinal Cortes is renowned because of his scholarship and his courageous crusade against South American drug cartels, and he is the likely successor to the ailing Pope. But as he becomes Pope it also becomes clear that he is the Jewish Messiah, not, like Christ, divine but a holy man chosen by God to unite his farflung people. This is an interesting variant on the evangelical apocalyptic novel; unfortunately, Shapiro's publisher has appended a disclaimer to the text because of what the publisher views as Shapiro's negative portrait of Gentiles--or specifically, the Catholic Church--for their repression of Jews and Judaism during the Spanish Middle Ages and, more recently, their failure to speak out during the Holocaust. Shapiro's publisher does him wrong. He merely speaks the truth. The minimally fictional All God's Children, Snyder's life's work, is about Rome and the rise of Christianity after the Crucifixion, or from 31 to 71 A.D. Snyder uses an ex-slave become bookseller, Attalos, for his narrator and, at times, achieves the ironic power of perhaps the best-known novel of this period, Robert Graves' I, Claudius. For the most part, however, Snyder simply relates history, drawing upon the Bible, Josephus, Plino, and various Roman historians such as Tacitus and doing an admirable job of giving chronology and coherence to a shadowy period. Whitlow's List is superficially similar to Bell's Blind Justice in that it features a non-Christian lawyer reluctantly drawn into spiritual warfare, in part by the Christian woman with whom he falls in love. Josiah "Renny" Jacobsen is a greedy young lawyer whose rich father dies under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Renny has visions of expensive cars and fine houses, but his father bequeathed him only the membership in a mysterious "Covenant." The Covenant began at the end of the Civil War, when several aristocratic South Carolinian families jointly diverted their assets to the North. The money has been passed down ever since and has grown to several billion in a Swiss account. Unfortunately, the original pact was really a bargain with the devil. Renny, seduced at first, converts to Christianity, finds deliverance from his greed, and does battle with the devil. A terrific premise, though the action bogs down in the more conventional spiritual battle that Renny's girlfriend wages for his soul--the love story, in other words.


Library Journal Review

This historical novel is the sequel to The Meeting Place by best-selling authors Oke and Bunn. The plot follows Anne Harrow and Nicole Robichaud, whose families voluntarily switched them at birth (read the first novel to find out why) and then lost touch with each other when the Acadian Robichauds were forced out of Nova Scotia by British edict. Now grown, the girls learn about their "real" parents, and a shaken Nicole (born Anne) embarks on a desperate search to find the Harrows and reaffirm her belief in herself with God's help. At the same time, Lord Charles Harrow, Nicole's uncle, arrives in Nova Scotia to end the estrangement with his brother, now a minister, and name his niece Anne (now Nicole) as his heir. Unfortunately, shallow characterizations and miraculous resolutions mar the plot, but the strength of the authors' popularity will fuel demand. Purchase accordingly. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

n Blind Justice, Bell adopts the tough-but-wistful tone of gumshoe novels to tell the fast-moving story of Jake Denney, a boozing lawyer whose wife has divorced him and who is on the verge of being disbarred. He takes on the case of a childhood friend, Howie Patino, a slightly retarded fellow married to a vamp he's accused of murdering. The case seems open and shut against Howie, and Jake muddies the waters even more with his drinking, losing the case in the process. Odd events then add up to a plot involving devil worship and black magic, and Jake, with the help of Howie's sister, goes on the spiritual warpath, freeing Howie and redeeming himself. A fresh take on the California detective territory of Hammett and Chandler. One wouldn't have thought spiritual warfare could have its whimsical side, but Davis' God Bless Mr. Devil presents the devil as a grumpy fallen angel who sits around in his bathrobe in an air-conditioned central chamber of Hell, running the enterprise of sin with a bank of computers. Bored with his daily chores, the devil amuses himself by eating popcorn, smoking Cuban cigars, and marveling at the freedom of Ted Turner's herds of buffalo running across New Mexico. Satan has one weakness, the power of prayer, and is done in by the sincerity of an eight-year-old named Katie Hart, who prays for his salvation and sets off a chain of irresistible goodness, forcing Mr. Devil to repent. Davis acknowledges that the devil's conversion may be theologically unsound, but it's funny all the same. Prolific romance writer Hicks turns in a slight, sometimes comic performance with Loves Me, Loves Me Not, about the divorced owner of a gift shop, Bonny Van Hooten, who has given up on romance but whose employees run personal ads for her, convinced that she is full of "Denial. Fear. Probably unresolved anger." Meanwhile, reformed and contrite, Bonny's ex-shows up intent on wooing her. Bonny makes him suffer a little with the results of the personal ad, but the two get back together. Oke and Bunn offer a sequel to the best of their collaborations, The Meeting Place (1999), with The Sacred Shore, again featuring the conflict between the French and English in eighteenth-century Acadia, or Nova Scotia. Louisa Robichaud, who is French, and the young Englishwoman Catherine Harrow formed a friendship across cultural and political divides in the first book; here, almost a generation later, all flee to American shores seeking religious freedom. Ten years after the Crucifixion, history tells us, Pontius Pilate was accused of murder and found guilty by the emperor Caligula. What happened after that is less certain, but Mills has Pilate living out his final days in a relatively comfortable exile. Widowed and lonely, Pilate researches and writes The Memoirs of Pontius Pilate, quite effectively laying out the dilemmas of a Roman provincial ruler dealing with political strife and internecine battles among the Jews, but also offering an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mills is rigorous about staying inside Pilate's head as he relates a feisty, entertaining fifth gospel that is a kind of commentary on the other four. A first novel, Schalesky's Cry Freedom carves out a niche in a period seldom treated in Christian fiction: the prerevolutionary Pennsylvania frontier, where Indians ally themselves variously with French or English. Kwelik, a Christian Indian, survives a war party's raid only to be captured and placed on an auction block. Jonathan Grant, fleeing from religious and political upheavals in England, buys her, marries her, and the two stake out a homestead. Yet their troubles are far from over, as Kwelik is spirited away by yet another tribe of "savages." Jonathan must call upon his strained faith in God and go after her. First in the Freedom Quest series. Shapiro's Promise of God is a Jewish novel from a new imprint of Health Communications, publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It's about a brilliant Brazilian cardinal, Isaac Benda Cortes, who learns through a series of divinely inspired events that he has Jewish ancestry reaching back to King David. Cardinal Cortes is renowned because of his scholarship and his courageous crusade against South American drug cartels, and he is the likely successor to the ailing Pope. But as he becomes Pope it also becomes clear that he is the Jewish Messiah, not, like Christ, divine but a holy man chosen by God to unite his farflung people. This is an interesting variant on the evangelical apocalyptic novel; unfortunately, Shapiro's publisher has appended a disclaimer to the text because of what the publisher views as Shapiro's negative portrait of Gentiles--or specifically, the Catholic Church--for their repression of Jews and Judaism during the Spanish Middle Ages and, more recently, their failure to speak out during the Holocaust. Shapiro's publisher does him wrong. He merely speaks the truth. The minimally fictional All God's Children, Snyder's life's work, is about Rome and the rise of Christianity after the Crucifixion, or from 31 to 71 A.D. Snyder uses an ex-slave become bookseller, Attalos, for his narrator and, at times, achieves the ironic power of perhaps the best-known novel of this period, Robert Graves' I, Claudius. For the most part, however, Snyder simply relates history, drawing upon the Bible, Josephus, Plino, and various Roman historians such as Tacitus and doing an admirable job of giving chronology and coherence to a shadowy period. Whitlow's List is superficially similar to Bell's Blind Justice in that it features a non-Christian lawyer reluctantly drawn into spiritual warfare, in part by the Christian woman with whom he falls in love. Josiah "Renny" Jacobsen is a greedy young lawyer whose rich father dies under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Renny has visions of expensive cars and fine houses, but his father bequeathed him only the membership in a mysterious "Covenant." The Covenant began at the end of the Civil War, when several aristocratic South Carolinian families jointly diverted their assets to the North. The money has been passed down ever since and has grown to several billion in a Swiss account. Unfortunately, the original pact was really a bargain with the devil. Renny, seduced at first, converts to Christianity, finds deliverance from his greed, and does battle with the devil. A terrific premise, though the action bogs down in the more conventional spiritual battle that Renny's girlfriend wages for his soul--the love story, in other words.


Library Journal Review

This historical novel is the sequel to The Meeting Place by best-selling authors Oke and Bunn. The plot follows Anne Harrow and Nicole Robichaud, whose families voluntarily switched them at birth (read the first novel to find out why) and then lost touch with each other when the Acadian Robichauds were forced out of Nova Scotia by British edict. Now grown, the girls learn about their "real" parents, and a shaken Nicole (born Anne) embarks on a desperate search to find the Harrows and reaffirm her belief in herself with God's help. At the same time, Lord Charles Harrow, Nicole's uncle, arrives in Nova Scotia to end the estrangement with his brother, now a minister, and name his niece Anne (now Nicole) as his heir. Unfortunately, shallow characterizations and miraculous resolutions mar the plot, but the strength of the authors' popularity will fuel demand. Purchase accordingly. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.