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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 Bishop’s Son,” Kelly Irvin author

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The Bishop’s Son, by Kelly Irvin, is the second book in The Amish of Bee County series. Like the first book, The Beekeeper’s Son, this book is a touching story. It is set in Bee County, Texas.

Leila Lantz has had feelings for Jesse Glick ever since her family moved to Bee County. Jesse, however, keeps his distance from Leila for reasons he prefers to keep secret. Jesse’s cousin Will has been trying to keep Jesse’s secret, but also has feelings for Leila. When Leila begins working at the daycare in town, circumstances work out that reveal that Jesse is considering leaving the Amish faith. He believes he can serve God more fully outside of the Amish ways, but he doesn’t want to force Leila to make such a decision. Leila finds herself needing to choose between Will, who is remaining Amish, or Jesse, who is leaving the only faith and family she has ever known.

I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were realistic, with traits that I could relate to in my own life. I especially liked Leila’s love for her family, and I was heartbroken for the mothers involved in the situation.

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 Beekeeper’s Son,” Kelly Irvin author

the beekeepers son coverThe Beekeeper’s Son, by Kelly Irvin, is the first book in The Amish of Bee County series. It is a touching story that reminds the reader of God’s ability to reign in all situations.

Deborah Lantz is certainly not happy about moving from Tennessee to Texas with her family. Her plan is to stay only long enough to hear from Aaron and receive his summons to return and marry him. Phineas King, terribly scarred from an accident as a child which claimed his mother’s life, attempts to stay away from people, focusing on the bees that his family raises. When the two begin spending more and more time together, both find their plans changing.

I enjoyed this book. Anyone who has moved can relate to Deborah’s fears and to the adjustments that she resented. Phineas’ choices to distance himself from people in order to avoid being judged is also a very common decision for many people. The characters in this story were well-developed, feeling like old friends by the end of the story.

I would recommend this book for 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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