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Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge. Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why. Sawyer Thompson wasn’t born Amish, but has lived in their community for years. Now he must commit to the Amish church or return to the Yankee world. Having suffered loss at a young age, he understands Laura’s anger, but is determined to follow God’s will and forgive. As their friendship grows, Laura begins to let her guard down. But new information surfaces about Sawyer’s past and threatens the couple’s budding relationship. Both Laura and Sawyer will need to release the anger in their hearts and forgive the people who’ve harmed them. As Laura struggles to trust God, can Sawyer remain faithful to Laura?
I liked this book. It wasn’t the best that I had ever read, but the characters were all likable. I got to know them in the first book in the series Treasuring Emma. Things finally work out for everyone in this book. Everyone ties up their loose ends from the first book. I hope that Kathleen writes another story in this series, I want to know what happens with Laura and Sawyer and would like to know more a Katherine. She seems to be a likable character.
I like how everyone forgave everyone in this story. If everyone were more like the Amish in doing this, the world would be a better place. Also when faced with the possiblity of having lots of money and power at his disposal, Sawyer makes a lifechanging decision and I think he made the right one. He finds out that his real grandmother is alive and when she finds out about his she wants him back. He does give her a chance.
I give this book five stars and recommend it. Kathleen Fuller is an excellent author.
From The New York Times bestselling author comes a poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other
1950 Tennessee, a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early thirties) and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But her mother’s death hit her harder than anyone suspects and Ivorie wonders if she will be alone forever.
When she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden—a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills—something about him haunts Ivorie. She can’t imagine what would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden. But what she truly can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town—a community that would rather let secrets stay secret. The Good Dream is Donna VanLiere is at her absolute best.
Wow, that is about all I can say. This book was excellent. Donna VanLiere at her best. This book will break your heart and make you smile at the same time. Ivorie is a woman to be admired. She does what most people would not do. And she doesn’t think twice about it. The relationship she forges with Peter is so sweet. I know this book will stay with me for a long time to come. Thank you Donna VanLiere, the world needs more books like this.
Donna VanLiere is a USA Today and New York Times Best-selling author. She is the author of the other amazing stories Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, which have been made into movies. Donna lives in Franklin, TN with her husband and three children.
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Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured? Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her? Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can’t seem to keep him away from her family’s farm. But this time she’s determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt. When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam’s insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn’t know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?
I thought this book was really good. I like how Kathleen protrayed the characters, showing how they struggle, just like normal people. You wouldn’t think that what happened in this book, could happen in an Amish community, but I’m sure it does. I’m not going to give any spoilers, you need to read it to find out what happens, but I say good job Kathleen. This was an excellent book. Now I’m reading Faithful to Laura. I got this book from my local Library.