Many, many years ago, in those "good old times" so much bepraised by antiquaries and the laudatores temporis acti,-the good old times, that is to say, of the holy office, of those magnificent autos when the smell of roasted heretics was as sweet a savor in the nostrils of the faithful, as that of Quakers done remarkably brown was to our godly Puritan ancestors,-there dwelt in the royal city of Madrid a wealthy goldsmith by the name of Antonio Perez, whose family-having lost his wife-consisted of a lovely daughter, named Magdalena, and a less beautiful but still charming niece, Juanita.
Jeremy's Cottage is a collection of short stories, all fictional, in which ordinary people become ensnared in dilemmas, sometimes not of their own making. Each person asks for help and receives a message through a chance meeting, a dream, a fleeting thought, or even what at first appears to be a tragedy. A beloved pet might hold the solution at times. Each answer sets that person on a path out of the dilemma.
Wanzalara's Cottage consists of three interconnected tales: Wendie's Tears; The Witch of Darkwood Forrest; and Trouble in the Forest flow together into a heart-wrenching story of misery that culminates in joy. Wanzalara's Cottage illustrates God's goodness in the face of human cruelty, and also that wicked people can be redeemed. It is gratifying to the author that Part One, Wendie's Tears, has helped a number of people deal with their anger toward God, engendered by abuses suffered early in life. Part Two, The Witch of Darkwood Forest, illustrates the fact that God's power is greater than the power of the enemy of our souls. Part Three, Trouble in the Forest, reveals how one life can influence another and how God changes lives. Wanzalara's Cottage is an engaging read that gives pause to think about significant life issues.
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