The Cattleya Heiress, Life in Liverpool, England in the 1890s

Though I am so happy to be in the modern culture with all the conveniences, the history of the lives of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still partial in my heart.  Reading historical fiction my …

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The Cattleya Heiress, Life in Liverpool, England in the 1890s

Though I am so happy to be in the modern culture with all the conveniences, the history of the lives of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still partial in my heart.  Reading historical fiction my whole life could have something to do with it, but maybe it is also the gratitude in my soul for being blessed to have been born in the U.S. in the time period I was.  How different my life would be if I was born in a different time period and place.  It is what I love to imagine and escape to when reading.

One of my favorite places to read about is Victorian England.  “Jane Eyre,” by Emily Bronte was one of my first historical novels to read and I was hooked on it after reading it. After reading several fat historical novels, as I chose to buy my novels based on the thickness and blurb on the back to get the best story for my money, I have chosen in the last decade or so to only buy Christian historical fiction.  I do not feel that a good story needs all the visuals on the page to be a page turner.  Now, after reading Victorian period novels for so many years, I am now adventuring into the writer’s world writing my first Victorian novel, The Cattleya Heiress.

Living in the streets 1895 Liverpool

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Based in 1890 Liverpool, England, my story delves into the injustices that were going on in that day shortly after the potato famine of Ireland caused an influx of immigrants into England.  England was not prepared to take on the increase and many of the immigrants were living in workhouses and on the streets.  Children were walking around hungry and barefoot to sell things to help their families get out of their plight.  Many of the elite and high society families were more concerned with the status in their communities than acknowledging what was going on with the families who were struggling.  Those trying to come up the society ladder were driven to do criminal acts to provide for their families, rarely taking the step backward to ponder if they were affecting the lives of others.  There have been many stories of the fate of the poor, but this story also includes the hope and love of the Lord in a lonely world.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”                         Jeremiah 29:11

Shoe shine boy on the streets of Liverpool England

A shoe shine boy fallen asleep on the streets of Liverpool, England.  Author unknown.  ( from https://pinterest.com/source/poboh.tumblr.com)


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Children in a workhouse dormitory   https://www.pinterest.com/source/workhouses.org.uk/.

 

Life in 1890 Liverpool, England was not easy for those who were not born into wealth.  While the wealthy were having their society parties, the working class were struggling to keep the jobs they were lucky to find to provide for their families.  If a mistake was made in their lives, they paid for it through the loss of their jobs and through the struggles years afterwards.  There was no help up the society ladder unless a wealthy person had mercy on them and offered a way out from where their lives were headed.  Many times it was because one person in that wealthy family believed that the less fortunate were to be helped, not criticized or judged for their circumstances.  Those who followed their hearts to help the less fortunate had to take a risk to lose all they had, maybe even their lives.

Delve into the Liverpool, England society in the late 1890s with me as I share little tidbits of my story and life there during that time period.

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Writing in the modern world about the old.

Pinterest allows writers to share their fiction world in visual form.  Escape to Victorian England with me…

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Writing in the modern world about the old.

Pinterest allows writers to share their fiction world in visual form.  Escape to Victorian England with me…

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Your writing will be seen by many..

You feel called to write.  Maybe you have already written your inspired novel, or you have yet to start. What is holding you back on continuing or starting?  Is it fear, self-doubt, or rejection? &…

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Your writing will be seen by many..

You feel called to write.  Maybe you have already written your inspired novel, or you have yet to start.

What is holding you back on continuing or starting?  Is it fear, self-doubt, or rejection?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8 NIV

There are times we can feel that the storm is too great to push through.  Our story can transform us as we write.  This may be scary, but we must keep writing to get to the other side.  Our lives are too busy to take those moments necessary to write.

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet!  Be still!”  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?”  Mark 4:39-40 NIV

With the technology world we live in, our stories can seem so minuscule.  Who would want to hear my story?  No one cares.  There is no one else who could understand or relate.  God is the one who cares and who knows who needs your story.  You must continue to write.

“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”  Romans 10:17 NIV

Are you ready to give up on writing because you have been rejected?  Hold fast.  Even through rejection, you can be transformed.  As we write and edit, we are the vessels for what He needs in the world.  Our writing is molded and formed into what it needs to become.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be more fruitful..”  John 15:1-2 NIV

Your writing is a blessing to a future moment in time, a reader in time.  Let your soul, passion and thoughts fill the page.  Allow God to work through you.  Trust Him.  Have faith in your story and talent.  Open your heart to God.  Ask Him to transform you and your story, so that it may do the same for those that only He knows will benefit from it.

“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”  Psalm 102:18  NIV

I have worked on my first novel draft for years, allowing life to interfere and time to go by. My dream is to see it published some day, but I must take the steps needed and trust Him. Little blessings come along the way through other writers.  When I feel like I want to give up, I turn to Him and ask for Him to remind me why I am doing it and ask for His assistance for the next needed step.

Recently, I submitted portions of my first novel to state and national writing contests.  I didn’t think that I would ever get to this point.  I also wondered what God was trying to tell me through finishing my story.  What was the reason I wrote this story?  How did all those prayers for assistance in writing it connect to me and my life?  He has connected me to stories of others online and people who can relate to the reason behind my story.  I am transformed as He continues to connect the puzzle.

 

 

Faith PuzzlePieces of my heart may be on the pages written, but God is going to take those words and reach others with them.  I must trust and have faith in His timing.  His plan for these words are so much greater than just me writing them and getting published.

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Only He knows the doors that will be closed and the ones He will open.  The words will reach who they are meant to touch.    I must have faith and keep asking Him to guide and light my path. Ultimately, it is His story I am sharing, for I am part of Him.

 

Where have you struggled in your writing? What metamorphosis have you gone through in writing your story?  What is your plan to use your story to connect with others?  I am interested in connecting with other writers.  Comment below and please leave how I can best reach you.

Jesus Fish  Blessings,

Leslie S. Lowe   Bible 1

 

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A Father’s Love

Through our loss, we are drawn closer to our heavenly Father.

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Along Life's Journey

This morning, I relived the day my father died. I’m not sure how or why it came to me, but tears poured forth as I recalled every detail and felt every emotion.

That day, several years ago, it seemed to take forever for me to make arrangements and drive the four hours to be by my father’s side. My sister and his wife were already there—they had been there all day. For almost seven hours, Dad hung on. Finally, I arrived, kissed him on the forehead and told him it was okay if he needed to go. Within 15 minutes, he was gone. To this day, I’m astonished at how patient and strong he was as he lay there in his hospital bed with his machines off, struggling for breath all day waiting for me to come to him.

Oh, how my daddy must have loved me to suffer that…

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