The Oak Leaves
by Maureen Lang
The Oak Leaves Series, Book 1
Talie Ingram has found an old journal among her father’s belongings, which belonged to her great-great-great grandmother, Cosima Escott. Cosima lived in Regency England while Talie lives in contemporary Chicago. While Talie reads Cosima’s journal, she finds that she and Cosima are more alike than she could have ever thought. Talie learns that her family was considered to have a curse that offspring were considered to be feebleminded. What Talie discovered was this genetic disorder that affected her family over 100 years prior still affected their family today. Talie hides the journal until she realizes the same disease has affected her own son.
On Sparrow Hill
by Maureen Lang
The Oak Leaves Series, Book 2
The Oak Leaves Series continues with On Sparrow Hill, in which Victorian England intersects with contemporary England. Rebecca Seabrooke is the commercial manager for Quentin Hollinworth family’s manor. Hollinworth is the great-great-great grandson of Cosima Escott from the first book. Rebecca’s family has worked for Quentin’s family for generations. But Rebecca had a crush on Quentin when they were children. Rebecca has come across letters that Cosima’s sister-in-law, Berrie, wrote Cosima. When Talia’s sister Dana contacts the Hollinsworth’s family and shares Cosima’s journal, Rebecca finds the letters from Berrie and shares them with Dana. Dana is in the UK with her husband who is there on business. While she is there, she wants to learn more about Berrie and the school that she started for children, and why it only lasted a year.
Will Rebecca and Quentin be able to navigate their relationship while still running the manor? Will Dana be able to find the answers she is looking for, especially when they begin to affect her own family?