Thursday, June 12, 2014

A SEASON OF CHANGE - Seasons in Pinecraft 1 - Lynette Sowell

About the book: 

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings---including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret---that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways---and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

My review:  If you're looking for a unique Amish story, look no further!  Not only is the setting a little different than most, but a character who's a former circus performer is pretty rare for any type of book!  I really liked the more relaxed atmosphere where there's a mix of English, Amish and Mennonite cultures.  I found Natalie's life to be very interesting, from her job teaching at a circus school to her search for her Amish family.  Jacob and Natalie have a reluctant relationship where they're drawn to each other, but know it could never work, at least how their lives are now.  I did think it seemed a bit soon for Jacob to be interested in another woman since it had only been six months.  I liked some of his honest struggles about wondering if his wife was in heaven and the discussion he had with a Mennonite friend about faith vs. works.  I enjoyed the various perspectives in the story and this definitely kept my interest throughout.  You should check it out if you like Amish stories!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author: Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. 

Lynette can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

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