Book reviews, mostly of Christian fiction, some classics, and nonfiction.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Seeds of Hope - Harvest of Hope 1 - by Barbara Cameron
About the book:
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you
Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager,
but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city
attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from
all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's
convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to
see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice
can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the
when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to
save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm.
Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially
when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his
future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get
a chance to really see each other for the first time.
I enjoyed this love story about a man and a woman from two separate worlds. I liked Mark and felt for him and the situation that led to his going back to his grandfather's farm. Miriam was also such a caring woman who put other's needs before her own. There's quite a bit of talk of faith, especially as Mark, Miriam and others try to figure out the right thing to do about some teenagers running a buggy off the road and causing injuries. The Amish don't get the police involved, but what about having consequences for your actions? They also discussed believing God's in control and that He has a plan. I liked the combination of the simple life with Mark's city life still intruding once in a while; it kept it interesting, especially as I wondered what was going to happen to his previous client and with his job. There was a little bit of romance. I always love the sense of community in Amish stories. There's a helpful glossary in the back of 'Amish words, discussion questions and a recipe. I would recommend this book if you like Amish stories.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple
joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40
fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the
winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her
books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational
Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara
resides in Jacksonville, Florida.