Laurel by Susan F. Craft

Title:  Laurel
Author:  Susan F. Craft
Pages:  260
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
This story takes place about three years after the first novel, The Chamomile.  Lilyan and Nicholas have started their vineyard and are now the parents of a 1-year-old daughter, Laurel.  Laurel is visiting one of the nearby Cherokee villages when it is attacked by slave traders who take all the women and children to sell as slaves.  Upon hearing this devastating news, Nicholas and Lilyan begin an intense search for their daughter, but only find the barest of clues to look for her.  The story continues with many ups and downs as the couple faces adversity.  They, however, are strong in their faith and in their commitment to do whatever it takes to find their daughter.  Can they remain faith-filled if their daughter is never returned to them?
The story drew me in from beginning and held my attention until the last page.  I enjoyed the historical notes of people, places or things mentioned in this story as well as its predecessor, The Chamomile.  I also liked reacquainting myself with some of the characters from the prior novel who appear in this book as well.  Nicholas and Lilyan’s faith, as well as that of many other characters, is really put into action in this novel.  They endure hardship after hardship as they search for their child.  Many mothers among the readers will be able to put themselves in Lilyan’s place and feel the frantic, desperate anxiety over the whereabouts of her child.  I thought the author did a very good job of building tension throughout the plot to keep me glued to the pages to see what would happen.  I look forward to reading this author’s next historical fictional offering.
My rating is 5 stars.
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