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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, “Because You’re Mine,” Colleen Coble author

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Because You’re Mine, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel.  Coble sets the story mainly in Charleston, but partially in Ireland. It tells of a woman’s journey through grief within some extremely difficult circumstances.

Alanna Connolly plays the fiddle and sings in the Celtic band she founded, Ceol. Her husband, the percussionist, is killed one night when his friend Jesse’s car explodes. Upon returning to Ireland for the funeral, her husband Liam’s father threatens to take Alanna’s unborn baby if she does not cooperate with him. To escape him, Alanna agrees to marry Barry, the band’s new manager, and live in Charleston. After the marriage, however, the band hires Jesse, who survived the explosion but has no memory, as their new percussionist. As Jesse spends more and more time with Alanna, he begins to have feelings and memories that confuse him. When dangerous and unusual things begin to happen at Barry’s estate, Jesse and Ceol worry about Alanna but are not sure how to protect her.

I enjoyed this book very much. I guessed much of the ending early into the book, but found it a marvelous read anyway. I especially liked Alanna’s friends, who were willing to endure hardship and difficult circumstances for her sake.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels or those about incredible friendships.

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

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

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