A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley tells the story of Lucy Fairbanks, a young girl in the post-Civil War small town of Rocky Creek, Texas. Trying to follow her dream of becoming a photographer, Lucy meets a mysterious stranger with an even more mysterious past. Questions pour through Lucy’s heart as the stranger brings unwanted memories back to Rocky Creek.
Brownley’s ability to create characters meshes well with her ability to create strong background stories. Her descriptions and attention to detail do an excellent job of bringing the reader back in time to the late 1860s.
Lucy is faced with the challenge of finding her place in the world while discovering her feelings for David Wolf, who is half Indian and half white. Lucy helps Wolf uncover the secrets that have haunted him his entire life. They discover together the plans that God has for them (Jeremiah 29:11).
Lucy is always ready to see the good in others and willing to help in any situation. She relates to major and minor characters through her love and compassion. Although she has trouble recognizing God’s presence in her life, she puts peoples’ needs ahead of her own and tries to encourage and build them up.
A Vision of Lucy is suitable for older teenagers and adults, especially lovers of Christian romance. The highs and lows that follow Lucy Fairbanks will take readers on an emotional adventure that will leave them wanting more. The mysteries that weave through Rocky Creek will keep readers glued until the very end. Brownley’s writing is uncomplicated, natural, and rather charming in its simplicity. She has done a wonderful job creating a story to capture the hearts of readers everywhere. – Caroline Cilento, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes. So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.
Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.
But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.
When Lucy meets David Wolf—a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.
Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy's life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away? And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?