Gables of Legacy, Volume II:
A Guiding Star
Since this book was coming
out at Christmas time, I wanted it to be kind of a Christmas book, and also fit
into the series. In my original broad conception of the series, I knew that it
was important for Tamra to go back and face her own past. To have it happen at
Christmas time seemed appropriate. In volume one, Jess had to deal with the
skeletons in his closet, and now Tamra needs to do the same.
message of this book is one that I’ve used multiple times, laced into different
plot lines. Many of us come from some degree of a dysfunctional family, and if
we really want to be at peace, sooner or later we have to face up to how those
things have affected us, and decide if we’re going to carry on the negative
cycles or break them and start better ones. Tamra’s mother was definitely at the
higher end of dysfunctional, but Tamra was one of those people with a strong
spiritual instinct that brings her beyond it. Later in the series, we find out
some things that help us understand how Tamra became the way she was, which is
often the case. We certainly can’t judge something when we can’t see the whole
picture. But we CAN choose to rise above it.
I loved bringing in the
surprise of Tamra’s father in this book, and his turning out to be something
completely different than what she’d expected. The life lessons Tamra learns in
this book are something I think we each should consider, as she comes to learn
that it’s her own choices, and not her past, that determines who she is.