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Book Review, “Upon a Spring Breeze,” Kelly Irvin author

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Upon a Spring Breeze, by Kelly Irvin, is the first book in An Every Amish Season series. It tells the story of an Amish woman progressing through the grief process. The book includes discussion questions at the end.

Bess Weaver, just twenty-years-old and expecting her first child, is shocked when her husband, Caleb, is suddenly killed when a car strikes his buggy. Devastated, she begins by just getting through each day. But eventually, she takes a job at a local bed and breakfast cleaning and planting flowers to help her move forward. Aiden, Caleb’s best friend, is also grieving. In addition, he is in love with Bess, and struggles over the idea of reaching out to her. With his own farm recovering from a bird infection, he must begin from scratch. Having loved Bess since childhood, he is not sure how to proceed or what actions would even be appropriate.

This was a great book. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but could not put it down by the end. It tells a beautiful story of loss, love, and friendship. I  especially liked the three other widows who gathered to help Bess through this difficult time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Sisters of Sugarcreek,” Cathy Liggett author

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The Sisters of Sugarcreek, by Cathy Liggett, is a very sweet novel. Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, the story brings together three women who become friends in the wake of a tragedy.

Lydia Gruber has just lost her husband, who died helping fight the fire that burned down a local church. Not sure how long she will survive on the money from the sale of her husband’s possessions, she heads to town to find a job. Jessica Holtz has lost her aunt Rose in the same fire. Trying desperately to keep open her aunt’s knitting and quilting shop but knowing very little about either one, she hires Lydia to help. Liz Cannon, Rose’s best friend, recruits both women to assist her with the Secret Stitches Society, which she and Rose began to deliver anonymous gifts to suffering people.  The three begin to form a friendship that helps them through the suffering and uncertainty ahead.

I enjoyed this book. The three women’s friendship is a relationship that most women would love to have. I thought it unrealistic that the Amish and English in the story would mingle so readily, as the Amish tend to keep mainly to themselves. However, the story was easy to follow and very charming.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “Fraying at the Edge,” Cindy Woodsmall author

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Fraying at the Edge, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the second book in The Amish of Summer Grove series.  It continues the story of Ariana and Skylar, who were switched at birth twenty years prior.

Ariana Brenneman finds herself suddenly in the Englischer world, under the authority of her atheistic father, who wishes to expose her to every kind of worldly experience he can imagine. She is not allowed to have any contact with her family, only with Quill Schlabach, her childhood friend who has left the Amish world and helps others leave it when they need assistance. At the same time, Skylar Nash chooses to spend the time with her biological family, the Brennemans, over going to drug rehab. She finds the Amish world every bit as shocking as Ariana finds the Englischer world, no electricity and very little time for fun. She can’t imagine working so hard, not to imagine doing it without the drugs to which she has become addicted. Both young women struggle to find out if they truly belong in either family.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It honestly caused one to consider the reasons behind religious beliefs and traditions. It also emphasized the importance of family, no matter the blood relation. I especially liked Cameron, who helps Ariana to experience things such as Disney movies.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “The Atonement,” Beverly Lewis author

The Atonement coverThe Atonement, by Beverly Lewis, is an incredible book.  Its lessons on forgiveness and love reach deep into the reader’s heart.

Lucy Flaud is 25-years-0ld and unmarried, nearly unheard of among the Amish.  She fills her time with volunteer work, meeting people and trying to help the many that touch her heart. But her past includes things that she cannot run away from forever. Eventually, she must face the concept of forgiving both herself and her father. Oddly enough, it is an Englischer friend of her father’s that eventually helps her to do just that.  Meanwhile, her friend Tobe asks to court her, and she is unable to believe that she is worthy of him. God, however, leads her on a path that she is not expecting, causing her to search her heart for the truth.

I enjoyed this book.   Lucy is very hard on herself, like many of us are in real life. I could relate to her father, who made things worse even as he was attempting to help. I especially enjoyed the twins, Lettie and Faye. I found their attempts to get their sister’s attention refreshing, reminding me of many younger siblings I know.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or has ever had a problem forgiving themselves.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “An Unbroken Heart,” Kathleen Fuller author

an unbroken heart coverAn Unbroken Heart, by Kathleen Fuller, is a wonderful novel.  It is the second in the Amish of Birch Creek series, following A Reluctant Bride. It shows that lives can change in an instant, causing drastic changes to many people.

Joanna Schrock has been in love with Andrew Beiler since he protected her from bullies at school when they were twelve-years-old. Over the next eight years, her feelings grow stronger, and the two begin to date.  But when her parents are killed as a car hits their buggy, right in the middle of an argument between Joanna and her parents regarding her readiness for marriage, Joanna is seriously injured.  During her recovery, Andrew asks her to marry him, and she accepts.  But Joanna’s guilt about her parents’ deaths bring a load of anxiety about her upcoming nuptials.  She must decide whether to follow her heart or God’s plan.

This was a marvelous book.  I enjoyed it very much.  I especially liked the loyalty from her sisters and the way Abigail put her own life on hold to support Joanna.  I truly felt sad for Joanna and Andrew as they dealt with the multitude of emotions that come with any relationship, only to be compounded by the accident.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Forgotten Recipe,” Amy Clipston author

the forgotten recipe coverThe Forgotten Recipe, by Amy Clipston, is a marvelous story. It is the first in the Amish Heirloom Series. This story deals with many issues, such as death, honesty, relationships, and family relations.

Veronica Fisher is devastated when her fiancé and best friend, Seth, dies in an accident at work. She is sure that she will never love anyone again. Jason Huyard was there when his friend, Seth, died and feels responsible for the accident, even though he has been absolved from any fault in the situation. When he stops at Veronica’s bake stand to buy a raspberry pie, the recipe she found cleaning the attic to avoid her grief, he wants to tell her that he knew Seth. He cannot seem to find the words, so he continues to stop and buy more pies. Soon the two of them discover that they have feelings for each other, feelings that may be crushed when Jason finally decides to tell her the truth about knowing Seth.

This was a wonderful book, and I enjoyed reading it. How true it is that when we avoid telling the truth from the beginning, it can cause many troubles later. I especially loved the way that both Veronica’s and Jason’s families were supportive but honest with them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction and look forward to the next installment!

Kara

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Book Review, “Amish Christmas at North Star,” Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert authors

Amish Christmas at North Star cover 2Amish Christmas at North Star includes four stories in one book: Guiding Star, by Katie Ganshert; Mourning Star, by Amanda Flower; In the Stars, by Cindy Woodsmall; and Star of Grace, by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark. All of the stories included center around four babies born during a snow storm one night and delivered by Amish midwife, Rebekah Schlabach, known ever since as Rebekah’s Babies.

Guiding Star tells the story of missing baby Anna. Chase Wellington, an English reporter, is determined to write a story on the four babies’ current lives. But finding Anna proves a challenge. When he finds her, adopted and named Elle, in Iowa, he must convince her to return to North Star to meet her birth family. Mourning Star, Eden’s story, tells of Eden’s quest to find the true story behind the death of her friend, Isaac. In the Stars tells of Savilla Beiler, who finds herself caring for three children whose parents are out of the county when her friend is in the hospital. Star of Grace presents Andy Danner, the only boy of the bunch, who has been deeply hurt by his fiancé’s choice to break off their engagement in a quest for education. But his younger brother knows that the fiancé regrets that choice and begins plans to bring him home.

All of these were sweet stories, well-written and coordinated amazingly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara
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