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Book details
  • Genre:FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • SubGenre:Love & Romance
  • Language:English
  • Pages:300
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098362799
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098362782

"...the way of a man with a maiden."

A love story

by Charlene Eagles Richmond

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Overview


More than a love story lived quietly through the chaos of 1976, this compilation of love letters, and journal entries transports us back to a more innocent time and reminds us of our own life story.  The letters were found, revisited and shared as an explanation of who they were 44 years ago but also as a study on the human journey.  The author’s running narrative which she uses to create this character study blends humor, sarcasm and respect to provide a picture of their lives; then and now.  In these pages you may see yourself.  If you too have loved, you will have “ah ha!” moments.  You may laugh, you may cry, you may be angered and you may be encouraged…that is life. Originally written for her children and grandchildren as a gift of their heritage, the book began to reveal themes and topics worthy of consideration by a greater audience. One of the main themes of the book is their Christian faith and convictions. These convictions are explained and commented on to compare her early belief system to that which she holds today...after 44 years of life. This book is an authentic picture of these two country farm-kids as they prepare to begin their journey toward each other. As stated by her husband in the forward; an individual often experiences chagrin today by what they wrote yesterday. However, both Wayne and Charlene believe that the life lessons revealed here are worth that pain of that embarrassment. Their early personalities are exposed...good and disappointing… and the ensuing struggles to blend two people into one are revealed. They initially lived in two different countries and did most of their dating through letters, so we can now look back and watch that blending in black and white. In stark honesty.  The narrations are not shy about pointing out difficulties that arose throughout the ensuing years with the sole purpose to remind others that life happens and God stays with us.   The author believes that sometimes old beliefs need to be restated. Maybe they are only ‘old’ beliefs because our generation stopped communicating them…and not because they are worn out or dead.


Description

A compilation of love letters, journal and diary entries, as well as present day comments that combine to tell a love story and provide insight into character development, compromise and commitment in forming two people into one as God designed. The letters were written 44 years ago when the couple were in their early twenties. We are introduced to them when they were single and not really on each others radar. We are able to glean info about their thoughts of marriage, partner choice, life goals, faith and many faucets of their personalities because of the extensive writing that they both engaged in. Their courtship, engagement and wedding planning days were mostly lived apart in two different countries but their letters are rich with entertainment, wisdom, encouragement, tears and laughter. The letters remind us of a simpler yet more labor intensive life through descriptions of their days activities on their dairy farms in Canada and Upstate New York.  

About the author
Charlene Eagles Richmond, as her friends know, is no stranger to writing for amusement and inspiration. Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband Wayne whose love letters from 44 years ago inspired her debut book "…the way of a man with a maiden." Her three children and three grandchildren share their blood, but her heart family is much larger. She has sometimes been called a modern day pioneer by friends who witnessed their struggles and victories in their early years of marriage as together they cleared their little piece of land in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Working side by side…each with their own skills and lack thereof, they built their log home and homestead. For twenty years they grew up with their children there. She is a fan of nature, of cooking from 'scratch,' and living close to the earth. If you cannot find her outside in her herb and flower gardens, she is likely driving her convertible around the countryside getting close to her roots and capturing photos for art projects. Through her writing, Charlene often shares her Christian faith and unsolicited opinions with her readers, encouraging others to join her in searching out the hidden or fleeting beauty…both in things and in people. Her studies and experiences in Christian Life Coaching have shaped her interest in and passion for utilizing the wisdom of Scripture in healing marriages and other human relationships. Recently retired from nursing, she is devoting more time to preparing a legacy of photographic and written history for her present and future family members. It was a discovery made during that pursuit that birthed the book "…the way of a man with a maiden."

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