Monthly Archives: November 2017

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman Thomas Nelson ISBN 9781401685973

Life could not get much more complicated for Charlotte, the protagonist in Beth Wiseman’s novel Home All Along. Even though she is not Amish, she lives in and is accepted by an Amish community. She is in love with Daniel, an Amish man, who wants a commitment from her. For reasons of her own, she is not ready to commit to him and a new way of life. Unexpectedly, Charlotte’s life is drastically changed by relatives. In addition, Charlotte’s close friend experiences serious medical issues and she assigns to Charlotte an important responsibility. Daniel’s family, too, is grappling with life changing conditions. Does this close knit community have the strength to make the right decisions and to somehow find peace in these difficult times?

The author deftly presents serious matters. The well drawn characters are placed into realistic life situations that readers can identify with. The lives of the characters are woven together as they deal with loss, the unbreakable bonds of family, love and faith.

I found this to be a beautifully told and absorbing novel. Highly recommended.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 

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A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould: Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-1969-6

It isn’t easy to walk away from everything and everyone you love. Three years ago Jessica did just that when she left her Amish community, family, their property and the man she had hoped to marry. Leaving had been hard enough, but returning for her father’s funeral was difficult, too. Was there any hope of reconciliation?   Over two hundred years ago her ancestor, Ruby, tried to cope with her own upheavals which were not unlike Jessica’s. A Plain Leaving, a novel by Leslie Gould, tells their stories.

 

While Jessica’s story is told in her own voice, Ruby’s story is told by to Jessica by her beloved aunt as a “cautionary tale”. Is there a message for Jessica in the tale?

 

The author brings to the reader the captivating story of two women struggling to understand where they belong and with whom. All the characters are well drawn and believable. Faith, core values and matters of the heart are some of the serious themes presented in the book. A Plain Leaving is well worth reading. Highly recommended.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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