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.
The Sacred Shore is the much awaited sequel to The Meeting Place. I eagerly watched the store shelves for this sequel as the ending in the prequel nearly tore my heart out as I vicariously lived the anguish of the main characters. The timid friendship began and developed in the prequel is wrenched apart as the French Acadians are torn from their homes, loaded on inferior ships, and carted off to regions unknown. Along with the banished Acadians is the beloved daughter of Andrew and Catherine Harrow. She was lost among the displaced Acadians God–only-knows-where over 18 years ago. The daughter of her dear friend, Louise, was raised as Catherine’s own daughter. Catherine prayed that Louise looked on her daughter as her own as well, raising her to love God. She wondered if her birth daughter knew of her heritage and yearned to hold her “first” mother in her arms as she yearned to hold her. Only God knew where they really were and how they were faring. Could Catherine leave her lost daughter alone in God’s capable hands? Would her birth daughter make wise choices as she struggled with her love and passions for the wild Jean Dupree in the bayous of Louisiana? Would there be a reunion in the plans of their loving God? What of this conflicted wealthy man who threatened to take their birth daughter from their welcoming arms the moment they might have the chance to be reunited? Where would their paths lead them as they face the daily struggle to survive among the wild lands of Acadia? Read the sequel, The Sacred Shore, to answer these questions and many more enclosed within the pages.