Arms Of Love (An Amish Beginnings Novel)
The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.
Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn's Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavo...more
Set in the 18th Century America, I as drawn to the novel beca...more
Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn's Woods, is populated with an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry is a small and struggling group called the Amsih.
Surrounding this peaceful people are unavoidable threats. Both Patriots and the British are pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war. Young Amishmen are...more
The book begins with Lena's love interest, Adam, making a promise to Lena's dying mother. As with most romance books, most of the anguish of the book could have been solved if Adam just told Lena of his promise to her mother - but he doesn't. The rest of the book is...more
For those of you with interest in the history of the Amish and of our country, this is a wonderful piece of Historical Amish fiction by Kelly Long. I did not personally realize the degree of ridicule and prejudice the early Amish immigrants to Pennsylvania experienced. They endured teasing and scoffing on a daily basis. They were pacifists and did not wish to partic...more
The recipient of Lena's affections, Adam Wyse, has entertained thoughts of joining the war efforts despite his Amish upbringing. He is willing to settle down, though, and marry Lena, whom he has loved...more
I just read another awesome novel by Kelly Long. As the book description says, it takes place in 1777 which was during a time of upheaval in Pennsylvania. The understanding Kelly brings to this novel is phenomenal, and I loved learning more about the early days of the Amish.
During this time, the faith of many of the characters are tested...Adam and Lena in particular, but also their families. Sadness is predominant at the beginning of the novel, but gives way to happiness at the end. It deleves...more
Arms of Love is different to most Amish novels, in that it is set in 1777, near Lancaster in William Penn’s Wood (which we know from modern Amish nove...more
The story opens in William Penn's Woods in the late 1700s, Adam Wyse, a young Amish man is in love with his beautiful neighbor, Lena Yoder. Alas, before Lena's mother dies in childbirth with her youngest child,...more
Life was hard. Comp...more
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Company: Thomas Nelson
Kelly Long's latest novel, "Arms of Love", is set in Revolutionary Era Pennsylvania. The Amish theology does not allow for bearing arms, whether in anger or in an act of war. Adam is torn between his love for Lena Yoder and his desire to defend his freedom. Lena's mother has exacted a promise from Adam on her deathbed that could cost him their future together. Meanwhile, Adam is ba...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. In some ways it is really fantastic. Kelly does a great job of giving us a glimpse of what the Amish were like when they first settled in Pennsylvania. It wasn't all a bed of roses, especia...more
The main characters in the story are Adam Wyse, a troubled young man with a dark past and Lena Yoder, the love of his life. Adam, though he is troubled, is an honorable and caring man who is loved and admired by Lena's mother, Mary. Though she...more
There are a lot of sad happenings in this story, death in childbirth, loss of a spouse in war, and home burning down, murder, imprisonment, and horrible child abuse. Not...more
Author: Kelly Long
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Adam Wyse loves Lena Yoder. He plans to marry her, and per tradition take her home to his father’s house. But when he goes to visit, her mother insists on talking with him, and claims she’s going to die with childbirth, but she will not die without his promise that he’ll release Lena until he is established and free from his father. Adam reluctantly promises, but figures that Lena’s...more
Adam Wyse, fighting a personal battle and in love with Lena Yoder, is thinking about leaving the Amish faith and enlisting. He has had a harsh life, his father has bee...more
PUBLISHER: THOMAS NELSON
PUBLICATION DATE: MAY 3, 2012
RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 – VERY GOOD
PROS: Contains Kelly’s trademark edgy romance; good presentation of PTSD; presence of visions and the Holy Spirit is very encouraging
CONS: Initial introduction to the characters feels rushed; a lot of sad events occur at the start of the novel; spiritual message is a bit overwrought
The American Revolutionary War was a time of a great loss, and not just for those who fought for freedo...more
I will miss spending time with Lena and Adam and will try to imagine what will happen next with them and with Ruth and Samuel, but most of all I will miss reading about kiss...more