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Beyond Hope's Valley (Big Sky #3)

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After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- amarriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the
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Published April 1st 2012 by B&H Books (first published February 28th 2012)
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May 18, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
After spending time in Montana, Marianna heads back to Indiana to wed her beloved Aaron and help her brother with his upcoming wedding. When she arrives, she soon realizes that things aren't as they seem, but she can't quite put her finger on what's wrong. Now, in the midst of an inward struggle, she longs to head back to Montana.

This is by far my favorite one in the series. I really felt like this one wasn't so much Marianna trying to figure out which man she wanted, but more about finding peac
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
May 03, 2012 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
This novel begins where book two in this series left off, with Marianna on a train with her future husband Aaron Zook. They have just left Montana and are headed for their childhood hometown of Shipshewana, Indiana where Aaron has built them a new home. Before they marry Marianna has promised to help her brother Levi and his future wife Naomi prepare for the unexpected birth of their baby. Naomi's parents have asked they wait to marry until after the baby is born. So Aaron will get to court Mari ...more
Crystal Martin
Dec 06, 2012 Crystal Martin rated it it was amazing
HOO HOO HOO! I am so excited to share the third novel in the Big Sky Series by Tricia Goyer! I've already shared with you Beside Still Waters and Along Wooded Paths. The latest offering in the series is Beyond Hope's Valley. If you haven't read the previous two, you can read the final as a stand alone, but I truly recommend reading the entire series so you get a good feel of the characters. Marianna develops so much from book to book. Her life takes on so many changes.

I have grown to love the ch
Julie Graves
Mar 02, 2012 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Marianna is headed back to Indiana to be with her brother and his future wife, and to marry Aaron. She has convinced herself that he is the man she is supposed to marry. He is a good man and follows the ways of their Amish community; he has built her a home and promises her love and affection.

Marianna has changed though since she has lived among the Amish in Montana. She has learned more about a personal relationship with Jesus and how freeing that is. She has also learned how to live among the
Rachel Brand

PROS: Satisfyingly wraps up the series; compelling sub-plots about secondary characters; continues the challenging spiritual thread from previous books

CONS: Novel has much a slower start than previous books in the series; most of the book takes place away from the series’ original setting of Montana

After living in Montana with her family for some time, Marianna Sommers has finally decided
Cheryl Baranski
Mar 13, 2014 Cheryl Baranski rated it it was amazing
Beyond Hope's Valley, By: Tricia Goyer
This is the final book in the series.
It continues the story of Marianna Sommer’s
and her intended Aaron Zook. Marianna’s
heart still belongs to Ben an englishman
that she met in Montana. Even though
Marianna keeps pushing her feelings for
Ben aside. Believing that she and Aaron
are meant to be together. Aaron has built a home
for the two of them on his family’s property.
Yet something about Aaron keeps nagging at her.
Like he is hiding something from her.
Jan 02, 2012 Kym rated it it was amazing
I adored this series, and was super excited to win an ARC of this book. Have you ever read a book/series where you felt like you made friends while reading...that is how I felt reading this series. I would HIGHLY recommend this series to anyone that loves to read about the Amish communities. Tricia has a wonderful way of absorbing you into her writing.
Dec 09, 2014 Chandra rated it it was amazing
Move to Indiana, Leaving Montana behind

WARNING TO READER; Got a problem with believing in GOD? This book is NOT FOR YOU.

GENRE: Inspirational Romance

SETTING: Modern Day
Montana and Shipshewana, Indiana

The rising career of a singer; A woman engaged and a desire to share her Englisch bible; A mother fearful of running into a memory; Questions about a pregnancy; Tension in the Amish community

WHAT I LIKED: So many questions to be answered; So many threads effecting so many lives. Love a persis
Nov 12, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I have read books two and three in this series and found book three to have a much stronger plot. In this book Marianna shows a stronger personality and intellect. She is still struggling with following her Amish Heritage and her parent's wishes, but she does not blindly change her mind about her future as she did in book two. There are shocking twists and turns in this book , and frankly, some events that seem unbelievable. Someone father's a baby that obviously looks just like him, yet his own ...more
April Suter
Oct 11, 2014 April Suter rated it really liked it
The conclusion of the series but read The Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors to continue with the Montana families.
Marianna goes with Aaron back to Indiana with the intent to be married. Her brother, Levi, has returned to the Amish fold and intends to marry Naomi and needs Marianna to help. Marianna does not want to make the same mistakes her mother has and is putting Aaron first and forgetting Ben in Montana. It is troubling that Aaron doesn't want to read The Bible on his own and have a personal
Jun 17, 2015 Mom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: overdrive
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Andrea Guy
Tricia Goyer's Amish romances are a little bit different from the stories I'm used to reading. Tricia's books are more faith based than what I usually read.

The story is told through several points of view; Marianna the Amish girl returning to her home state of Indiana to wed Aaron, her mother Ruth, who has had struggles in her younger days with her Amish faith and Ben, an Christian singer with a troubled past.

The book read much like an Amish soap opera, if there were such a thing, with children
May 23, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Jump on board this roller coaster of emotions with Marianna as she returns to Pennsylvania with high hopes to marry her first love, Aaron Zook. What a dramatic conclusion to a series that I had fallen in love with from the very beginning! It’s bitter sweet to say goodbye to the Sommer family and especially to the lovable, sweet and passionate Marianna.

When Marianna returns to Pennsylvania she expects to see her brother marry Naomi as soon as possible because Naomi is expecting and then her and
May 09, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
So Marianna is back in her home state of Indiana, pledged to be married to her beloved Aaron, but something is not right. She realizes quickly how much she has changed. The relationship that she developed with God in Montana, doesn't seem to fit with the traditions of her Amish community here at home in Indiana. This puzzles her, why do her friends and family not want to be closer to God, or read their Bibles? Why do they think she is only being prideful.

She also is amazed by her brother Levi,
Jan Drexler
May 01, 2012 Jan Drexler rated it really liked it
The third in Trisha Goyer’s Big Sky Trilogy, Beyond Hope’s Valley doesn’t disappoint the reader who is looking for the continuation of Marianna Sommer’s story. At the end of the previous book, we knew Marianna would be returning to her Indiana home, leaving her parents and younger siblings in Kootenai, Montana, and her future seemed set. But when she arrives in Shipshewana, she realizes her time in Montana has changed her, and she sees her home community through new eyes.

As Marianna and Aaron ma
May 16, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
Beyond Hope’s Valley is the third book in the Big Sky series by Tricia Goyer, which tells the story of a young Amish woman, Marianna Sommer.

In the first book, Beside Still Waters (reviewed by Lauren here at 5MFB), Marianna’s family moves from Indiana to Montana, where they encounter a community in which the Amish mix more freely with the Englisch (non-Amish). This book sets the stage for what she is learning in her relationship with God and introduces the two very different men she is attracted
May 12, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Get ready for a heart-pounding rush of emotions as Marianna returns to Pennsylvania with the love of her life, Aaron Zook. Her mother had invited him to Montana to steer her away from Ben Stone, an Englisch man from the area. Upon arrival, Aaron was in a car accident, and ended up recuperating at the home of Marianna’s parents.

After spending time with Aaron there, Marianna chooses to marry Aaron, her childhood love. They hope for a quick wedding once her brother Levi and Naomi are wed. What they
Victor Gentile
May 09, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Tricia Goyer in her new book, “Beyond Hope’s Valley” Book Three in the Big Sky Series published by B&H Publishing Group takes us back into the life of Marianna Sommer.

From the Back Cover: Where does her heart belong?

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook — a
May 03, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-5336-6870-8
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Where does her heart belong?

Marianna Sommer returns to Shipshewana, Indiana, with her long-intended future husband, Aaron Zook, to help her brother Levi and his girlfriend prepare for a baby—and their wedding. She also needs to plan her own marriage to Aaron. But things are not as they seem. Levi is adamant the baby Naomi carries isn’t his, but he doesn’t know
Apr 09, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Marianna Sommer knew she had changed from living in Montana. She was no longer just following traditions that were passed down from one generation to the next. She had a personal relationship with Jesus. She was reading her Bible and praying on her own. She experienced a closeness with God that she never thought possible. Now she was back in Indiana wondering how she was going to fit in again. Here, rules and traditions were above all else. One of those rules hit her square in the face the momen ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Life is finally coming to a conclusion for some of the residents in Indiana especially for the Sommer family. Now that Marianna and Levi have come back to Indiana after moving to Montana, they are ready for some major changes in both their lives.

For Levi, he left Indiana looking for what he dreamed the perfect woman would be and after careful consideration realized that the woman he was looking for was the one he left behind. The only problem is that Naomi is pregnant and it's not Levi's child.
May 02, 2012 Abbie rated it really liked it
This is book three and the final book of this series. The book starts with Marianna coming back to Indiana with her soon to be husband Aaron. She can’t wait to get back and settle in. She looks forward to welcoming her brother back into the fold as well as a new niece or nephew. But as she settles in with her new faith in Jesus she finds her community not as willing to listen to her beliefs and everyone is watching her closely. Also after seeing the house that Aaron build for her and spending ti ...more
May 03, 2012 Valentina rated it liked it
This is a wonderful conclusion to Marianna’s story, full of the wonderfully expressive writing we are so used to.
The characters are what’s best about this series of books. They are so well done, carefully executed so that the reader really connects with them. It is not such an easy task when the character is so far removed from our usual lives as Marianna, an Amish young woman, is. There is a sensibility to all of them, not just the Amish, which sits well with the readers. It feels like we can r
Mar 13, 2012 Louise rated it did not like it
Story Description:

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her lon
Book#3 in Tricia Goyer Big Sky Novels, "Beyond Hope's Valley"

I was anxious to read more of the story of Marianna when I picked up this book. A simple but complex young woman.

The continuing story of Aaron and Marianna who grew up in Indiana, and even as children they liked one another, the community just knew these two were meant to be together...but. Life doesnt always go the way we plan and as an adult Marianna finds herself going to Big Sky country in Montana to live for awhile which gets exte
May 17, 2013 Casey rated it it was amazing
Beyond Hope’s Valley was a really enjoyable read and had the ability to stand on its own in spite of being part of a trilogy. Even though Marianna’s friends and family were believers, as I reader I got the similar sensation that one feels when trying to talk about a genuine relationship with God to unbelievers and family members who don’t seem to understand why you’re so in love with God. I think that’s something any Christian can relate to – why is it strange that I’m seeking God? Why is it str ...more
May 22, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
Tricia jumps right in where Along Wooded Paths ends! We meet up with Marianna and Aaron as they travel from Montana, where Marianna’s family is currently living back to Indiana where their homestead is.

Marianna is returning with Aaron to become his bride and to help her brother and his future wife. Marianna is excited to finally see the home that Aaron has built for her. Aaron is a good man, he follows the Amish way of life and is a hard worker.

Marianna having lived in an Amish community in Mo
Oct 03, 2014 Abigail rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish
Lots of crying, lots of arm crossing, lots of preaching. Honestly, I found this book to be really boring. Which is weird because normally I really like Amish fiction. Normally, even if a book is badly written, I can get some entertainment out of it. This one not so much. I had it figured out about 10% of the way through. Perhaps I didn't like it because it was the last in a series. I hadn't read the first two and therefore have nothing invested. Or it was just a really boring book.
Maureen Timerman
May 21, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I have so enjoyed my visit with Sommer family and have loved Marianne, and her sweet giving personality.
We begin this book on our way back to where we started in Indiana. You will wonder if Marianne is about to finally wed Aaron Zook, a wedding she has planned in her mind forever. We also wonder about her feelings for Ben...if we all could look ahead down the future road. I love the reliance on God!
We have been following these beloved characters through three books and this one being the final.
May 19, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading what happened after Marianna and Aaron went back to Indiana. I liked how she was able to help Levi and Naomi, and enjoyed getting to know both of them better. I especially liked Levi's insight about how to know if you were marrying the right person, and was glad that Marianna was able to use that insight, as well as what she knew about God, to ultimately follow the path He had chosen for her.
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two tim ...more
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