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Book Review, “Beneath the Summer Sun,” Kelly Irvin author

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Beneath the Summer Sun, by Kelly Irvin, is the second book in the An Every Amish Season series.  It follows Upon a Spring Breeze. This story features a widow with seven children whom the community expects should remarry.

Jennie Troyer knows that the Amish leaders expect her to marry again, but she cannot bring herself to do it. Everyone thinks that they understand her grief holding her back. What they don’t know is that her first husband was extremely abusive, and she is afraid to trust another man. Two men are interested in marrying Jennie and helping her with her children. Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman interested in becoming Amish.  He loves spending time with Jennie and her family.  Leo Graber was in love with Jennie before she married her first husband, but his guilt regarding his father’s death held him back from courting her.  Now he wishes he could have another chance.

I enjoyed this book. It exposes the very real problem of spousal and child abuse in our world and does a marvelous job of describing the feelings and struggles of those abused. I especially like Mary Katherine, who is such a good friend.

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, “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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