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One Snowy Night Long ago at Oxford   By: (1836-1893)

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Emily Sarah Holt’s novel, set during a snowy night in Oxford, takes readers on a captivating journey through the lives of two young souls intertwined by fate. With her trademark attention to detail and beautifully crafted prose, Holt weaves a tale that is both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

The story unfolds amidst a picturesque winter landscape, casting a spellbinding atmosphere that immediately draws readers in. The vivid descriptions of the snow-covered streets and flickering gas lamps create a palpable sense of time and place, transporting us effortlessly back to the bygone era of Victorian England.

The characters in One Snowy Night Long ago at Oxford are skillfully developed, each with their own unique motivations and personal histories. Lucy, a young and ambitious scholar at Oxford, is a particularly endearing protagonist. Her determination to overcome societal barriers and pursue her dreams in a male-dominated world is both inspiring and relatable.

However, it is the unexpected arrival of a mysterious stranger, Richard, that truly adds depth and intrigue to the story. As their paths cross amidst the swirling snowfall, their lives become inextricably entwined, leading to a series of life-altering events that neither could have predicted. Holt masterfully explores themes of love, friendship, and sacrifice, prompting readers to reflect on the power of human connection and the strength of the human spirit.

The author’s writing style is both eloquent and accessible, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the story. The pacing is also commendable, with just the right balance between introspection and action. Holt carefully builds suspense, drawing readers further into the narrative with each turn of the page.

One Snowy Night Long ago at Oxford is a captivating tale that transcends time and leaves a lasting impact. Emily Sarah Holt’s ability to create rich and relatable characters, coupled with her talent for painting vivid and atmospheric scenes, makes this novel a true gem in the realm of historical fiction. This is a story that will warm the hearts of readers, reminding us all of the beauty and power of human connection, even amidst the coldest of winters.

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One Snowy Night, by Emily Sarah Holt.


The story of the following pages is one of the least known yet saddest episodes in English history the first persecution of Christians by Christians in this land. When Boniface went forth from England to evangelise Germany, he was received with welcome, and regarded as a saint: when Gerhardt came from Germany to restore the pure Gospel to England, he was cast out of the vineyard and slain.

The spirit of her who is drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus is the same now that it was then. She does not ask if a man agree with the Word of God, but whether he agree with her . "When the Church has spoken" this has been said by exalted ecclesiastical lips quite recently "we cannot appeal to Scripture against her!"

But we Protestants can we must we will. The Church is not God, but man. The Bible is not the word of man, but the Word of God (One Thessalonians, two, verse 13; Ephesians, six, verse 17): therefore it must be paramount and unerring. Let us hold fast this our profession, not being moved away from the hope of the Gospel, nor entangled again with the yoke of bondage, but stablished in the faith, grounded and settled. "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end... Continue reading book >>

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