Winter Birds

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Baker Books, Sep 1, 2006 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Plain and dutiful, Sophia Hess has lived most of her life without ever knowing genuine love. Her professor husband had married her for the convenience of having a typist for his scholarly papers. The discovery of a dark secret opens her eyes to the truth about her marriage and her husband.

Eventually nephew Patrick and his wife, Rachel, take Sophia into their home, and she observes from a careful distance their earnest faith and the simple gifts of kindness they generously bestow upon her and others-this in spite of an unthinkable tragedy they've suffered. Dare she unlock the door behind which she stalwartly conceals her broken heart?

An insightful and moving portrayal of the transforming power of love

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80 yr old Sophia - married late in age, thought she had a wonderful marriage until the day her husband was shot and while on his death bed she discovered hidden files in her husbands office which ... Read full review

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I found this to be a dark and dismal but fascinating study of one human being coming to the end of her life. Many times I wanted to stop reading but was unable to put the book down. I found myself ... Read full review


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The Whirligig of Time Brings in His Revenges
To Dive Into the Fire to Ride on the Curled Clouds
Some Meteor That the Sun Exhales
The Wide World and All Her Fading Sweets
Vowing More Than the Perfection of
A Foul and Pestilent Congregation of Vapors
As the Gentle Rain From Heaven
Like a Fair House Built on Another Mans Ground
And Therefore Is Winged Cupid Painted Blind
And When He Falls He Falls Like Lucifer
A Tide in the Affairs of
Whats Gone and Whats Past Help
Trifles Light As
That Makes These Odds All Even
The Web of Our Life Is of a Mingled Yarn

Against the Stormy Gusts of Winters
Honor Is a Mere Scutcheon
So Strong a Prop to Support So Weak a Burden
Men Must Endure Their Going Hence
Wipe Off the Dust That Hides Our Scepters Gilt
Second Childishness and Mere Oblivion
A Tattered Weed of Small Worth Held
Like a Rich Armor Worn in Heat of
O Tigers Heart Wrapped in a Womans Hide
Now Music Sound and Sing Your Solemn Hymn
Home Art Gone and Taken Thy Wages
To Feed on Such Sweet Honey and Kill the Bees
To Burn This Night With Torches
Stones Have Been Known to Move
The Thread of His Verbosity
No Other Tribute at Thy Hands
My Gracious Silence Hail
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JAMIE LANGSTON TURNER, a college professor for thirty-three years, has written extensively for a variety of periodicals. Her acclaimed novels have earned both the Angel and Christy awards. Currently a professor of creative writing and literature at Bob Jones University, Jamie has lived in the South all her life and currently resides with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit for more information.

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