Meadowvale: A Novel by Tim Chesterton

Meadowvale: A Novel

byTim Chesterton

Kobo ebook | January 23, 2017

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Tom Masefield has just graduated from Oxford University, but he chooses to take his first teaching job, not in England, but in the small town of Meadowvale, Saskatchewan, far away from everything and everyone he has ever known.

Kelly Reimer grew up in Meadowvale, but has been nursing in Jasper for a year. As a teenager she stepped away from her family’s Mennonite faith, but recently she has begun to think again.

Meadowvale is the biography of Tom and Kelly’s marriage, a story of life and love, struggle and loss. Their journey unfolds against the backdrop of the community of Meadowvale, with its network of extended families and rich characters. In this setting Tom, the shy introvert, gradually discovers a new faith and a new family, while Kelly, the confident extrovert, encounters challenges she had never dreamed of, coming face to face with the uncertainty of human life and her own need for help outside herself. As their story continues, Meadowvale explores the central truths of human existence: strength and weakness, anger and forgiveness, doubt and faith, life and death.

Title:Meadowvale: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 23, 2017Publisher:Tim ChestertonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0995874301

ISBN - 13:9780995874305

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love, faith, and family on the prairie Against his family's wishes, Tom Masefield leaves England for a teaching job in a small mostly Mennonite community in Saskatchewan. There he meets Kelly Reimer and her extended Mennonite family. When Tom and Kelly meet, neither is a convinced Christian. As their friendship develops, they explore the faith together. Both eventually commit their lives to Christ. In the meantime their friendship blossoms into love and they marry. Challenges they face as a couple include strained relations with his family in England, ovarian cancer, and Kelly's inability to have more children after the birth of their daughter, Emma. There's lots of Mennonite history in the book. The author is obviously interested in it. Also evident in the novel are his interest in music and experience as a performer. Many characters appear on the stage of this novel. As a reader I would have liked to see fewer, and would have enjoyed being carried along by a leaner, swifter storyline. On the other hand, I appreciate the author's warmth, love of family and community, strong faith, and authentic portrayal of Mennonite life on the Saskatchewan prairie. I know it's authentic because I grew up with that kind of life, especially during my earliest years. Elma (Martens) Schemenauer is the author of many books including the 1940s-era Saskatchewan Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers.
Date published: 2017-02-17