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Page Count: 352
Release Date: October 2008
Two time periods–Regency England and contemporary Chicago–are woven together when Talie Ingram finds an old journal belonging to her great-great-great grandmother, Cosima Escott. Through Cosima’s entries, Talie learns that her family was once considered cursed with feebleminded offspring, the result of a genetic disorder (Fragile-X) that may have been passed down to Talie and her sister. Unwilling to face the implications their discovery might have on her own life, Talie tucks the journal back into secrecy, until she begins to see signs of developmental delay in her son.
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Talie Ingram has an ideal life: a successful, devoted husband; a beautiful one-year-old son; and another child on the way. But her world is shattered when she discovers a shocking family secret in the nineteenth-century journal of one of her ancestors, Cosima Escott.
Only in reading Cosima’s words can Talie make peace with the legacy she’s inherited and the one she’s passed on to her son.
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The Oak Leaves earned an Award of Merit in the Long Inspirational category of the Virginia Romance Writers.
The dull hum of the garage door sounded. Luke was home. Talie looked up from the books and papers spread across her kitchen table. She might have been tempted to stay up all night reading, but not now. Welcoming her husband home was the only thing she liked about his occasional business trips.
As the door from the garage opened, Talie stood to greet her husband. “Welcome home!”
He moved to put his briefcase in its usual spot, but finding the table covered with the memorabilia Talie had been studying, he settled it on a nearby chair.
“Hey,” he said, taking her into his arms and kissing her.
Amazing how even after four years of marriage her heart still twirled at such a thing, especially when he gazed at her afterward. She read nothing but pure love in his lively blue eyes.
“Good to be home.” He scanned the adjacent family room.
Talie guessed he was looking for the baby. “I tried to keep Ben awake, but he crashed about twenty minutes ago.” She grinned. “You can probably get reacquainted around two in the morning, though.”
“Has he been up a lot while I was gone?”
Luke shrugged broad shoulders out of his suit coat. “I’ll look in on him when we go up.”
“How did everything go on your trip?”
“Better than I expected. They offered me the job.”