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The Memory Jar (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  769 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides. Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love.and be ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Zondervan
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"For so long, she'd taken her memories of Patty - the memories they'd created together - and held them outside of herself, protecting herself from the pain of carrying them deep within. It was as if she carried all the memories in her jars. But if doing so, it was as if she'd also kept everyone else - those still in her life - at arm's length too."

Sarah Shelter knows she is different from most Amish girls. She can quilt but doesn't enjoy it, loves to bake, but doesn't like cooking, and find hers
Jun 18, 2012 JoyAnne rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Such a great story about falling in love. Sarah is interested in one of the bachelors and one of them is interested in her, however, they're not one and the same.

On a hike to the top of a mountain Sarah hurts her ankle, while the others make their way to the top she stays put. When the others don't come back she tries to find her way to the path leading down and gets lost. Jathan leaves the group and sets out to find her. They end up having to stay the night on the mountain and
Nov 18, 2012 Nancee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Amish Christian Fiction
This Gifted Author Weaves a Memorable Tale!

It's Sarah's 10th birthday and she had "only the forest floor to occupy her" in the Amish community of West Kootenai, Montana. "Pine needles, a clump of moss, a golden leaf" were placed into an old jelly jar found in her mem's cupboard. "A pinecone would be a good find for her collection." As Sarah searched for the perfect pinecone, another young Amish girl came bounding through the woods! A freespirted child, Patty discovered beauty and excitement in e
Crystal Martin
Dec 06, 2012 Crystal Martin rated it it was amazing

I am a HUGE Tricia Goyer fan. I have reviewed her books from the awesome Big Sky Series and was very excited to start the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer did not disappoint. Like Tricia's other Amish novels, The Memory Jar is written in a way that really draws you into the story and makes you root for all of the characters.
These stories aren't just Amish stories either. They are romance novels. I think the thing I like the best about The Memory Jar is that
Jan 02, 2016 Kav rated it it was amazing
Published in 2012, The Memory Jar is the first book in the wildly popular Seven Brides for Seven Brothers series. I love the concept of a memory jar -- collecting tangible prompts for important memories. That's the way that Sarah chooses to hold tight to special moments. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that included her friend, Patty, as they were growing up. They reveal a lot about Sarah and the reasons for the way she is in the present day. She's somewhat tenuous, carrying a burden she can't b ...more
Andrea Guy
This was one of the best Amish romances I've read in a long time. There is really so much to love about the characters and the story here. Let me share them!

1. Sarah's friendship with Patty. Even though Patty died several years before the story starts, her friendship shapes Sarah's life. She still makes her who she is today. The flashbacks really help bring their friendship into perspective.

2. Jathan is so very human. He struggles to do not only what his family wishes for him but also what he wa
Tina Watson
Jul 24, 2013 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
FIRST, I have to say that, The Memory Jar is my favorite among Tricia Goyer's Amish books, and I can not wait for the second book in the series to be released. The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer is a must read before we head into the holiday seasons. We need the reminder that everyone has their own opinions, their own dreams, their own way of doing things, and that is okay.

I enjoyed following twenty-four-year-old Sarah Shelter as she deals with death and to understand why death happens. Also Sarah's
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
For a sweet falling-in-love, following-your-dreams story, this first book in the "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors" series captures it all. While one section of the plot conveys some intrigue and suspense (on a hiking trip in the mountains), most of The Memory Jar is gently paced, often detouring into the past and focusing on internal struggles. And yet Goyer writes in an engaging way with some meaningful lines. So even though this isn't an exciting, edge-of-your-seat book, I was impressed by th ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it
It's been two years since Sarah Shetler's best friend Patty died in unexpectedly and since then Sarah has carried around a memory jar, and keeps her memories tucked inside so that she won't have to deal with her emotions.When she meets Jathan Schrock, an Amish bachelor with issues of his own, something changes. Can Jathan penetrate the walls that Sarah has built around her heart?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It dealt with loss, pain, friendship,and the wonderful inspirational message of allowing
Sabrina Guthrie
Aug 13, 2012 Sabrina Guthrie rated it really liked it

Many folks have probably discovered that I am a very diverse reader. I hop from Romance, Christian Fiction, YA Paranormal, etc. I just love a good book. If the book is worth reading, I believe it's worth reading no matter the genre.

With that being said, I'll continue on to my most recent reads that I have finished....beginning with this one.

I love a good clean romance from time to time. One that not only touches your heart but also your soul and this book did both for me.

Sarah Shelter is an Am
Oct 22, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Sarah Shelter still misses her best friend several years after she drowned. Patty taught Sarah a lot about life, she is the one that got Sarah started on her first memory jar. Not only did she lose Patty, but after the drowning she lost Patty's brother, Michael, who she had a huge crush on. Patty's mother could not take living in Montana with so many memories so they moved.

Sarah has had a hard time moving on with her life and throws herself into baking, mainly cupcakes. She has found a new man s
Tina Peterson
Oct 30, 2012 Tina Peterson rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful lighthearted read with a serious side to it. Does that make sense?

Sarah has a dream ~ and only one person ever encouraged her to reach out for that dream & now she's gone. After the terrible death of her best friend Sarah withdraws from those around her and at 23 she's an old maid (almost). Her family is supportive but Sarah is afraid to let anyone to close. Then she meets Jathan and allows herself to dream. Jathan has a dream too but his family responsibilities and fear
Rachel Brand

PROS: Not just a romance; insightful details about differences between Amish settlements; flashbacks added to Sarah’s back-story; conflict forces the reader to become emotionally invested in the story

CONS: Mixed messages about honouring your parents as an adult

Every item in Sarah Shelter’s memory jar contains bittersweet memories of her deceased childhood friend, and for a long time, these
Apr 12, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing
"The Memory Jar" by Tricia Goyer is one of those books where I just felt like screaming, "That's not fair!" Then again that could be the point, that life isn't fair but how we handle it is what matters for sometimes God has a much grander plan in store.

The love story between Jathan and Sarah was incredibly sweet and at times almost too saccharine sweet, but to me, in this case anyways, only enhanced the story line. Both of them had a dream that wasn't exactly in line with what their families wa
Rhonda Gayle
Sep 25, 2012 Rhonda Gayle rated it really liked it

My thoughts about The Memory Jar:
I really enjoyed this book but for some reason, it was a bit slow for me to "get into". As I got to know Sarah and Jathan, I was eagerly reading to see what was going to happen next for them. This book deals with loss, death, grief, and living out one's dreams. Sarah and Jathan both have some unusual dreams for their future and this creates conflict among the characters of the book. It was very refreshing to see them having to work these conflicts out, in order t
May 15, 2013 Trea rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
I picked this up from the library and was lucky enough to pick it up for $2.99 for the Kindle recently. The series name was my lure right from the start, as I love the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Not having read too much of this author, I didn't know what to expect. I have to say, this book surprised me. It was a full length read, and well written. I learned some things along the way, and paused to consider some of the situations faced by the characters. One thing that distracted from ...more
May 28, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
It's hard for me to rate this book. I was looking for possible Book Club books and decided to try this one out. First of all - DO NOT JUDGE THIS BOOK BY THE COVER. I think the cover art is hideously corny and misleading. The cover models are too young and don't fit the descriptions of the characters in the book (p. 221 Jathan has "curly, blond hair"...far different from the guy on the cover). This book reminds me of those Hallmark made-for-tv-movies that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside w ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Fv rated it did not like it
If you want to be mislead about God read this book.

Author misleads about God's guidance.

God is clear in the scriptures he does not want us pursuing materialist goals. He want us to be preachers and teachers of his heavenly Kingdom.

He says is in the Bible and it is clear. (1 John 2:16, 17) "because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.Furthermore, t
Oct 19, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2012
I normally enjoy these Amish romances but this was a dud. The dialog made the characters sound ignorant. The pacing was slow and the author described each character or item to the Nth degree when it really wasn't necessary to the story. DNF
Janie  R. Freeman
Jul 05, 2014 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish

I really enjoyed reading this story- The Memory Jar! One of the main character's philosophy of life about the way she thinks of those she loves, it really impressed me. I tend to agree with her.
Some paragraphs from the book of the way she expresses this, are as follows: "It's important to make special memories,to give joy for a moment,because you never know when someone will be gone. The moments, they matter, and you want to make someone as special as possible. And it's those memories we'll al
Jul 21, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
This is a cute story about how young Amish men descends on a little town in Montana, and living there for six months while there they receive "resident" status for the hunting season in the fall. They come as bachelors but look forward to meeting their bride. There is one girl in the area who has begun to wonder if she will ever connect with the love of her life. Into this comes her adjustment to the death of her best friend and how she tries to hold on to her memories by putting memories and ot ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Jenark rated it it was amazing
If you want to be challenged in your faith while reading a great book, read The Memory Jar. This isn't your typical Amish book. There are some authors that do a boy meets girl; the end. Then there are boy meets girl, will they - won't they get married: the end. And then there are boy meets girl, they meet God, you get wonderful nuggets (Godly inspiration to think about), and in the end well, they may get married. =) Tricia writes like the latter. After reading the Big Sky Amish Series she went f ...more
May 05, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book started off a bit slowly, but once it got going, it was hard to put down. It is a story about discovering what you are best for and realizing that is what God wants for all of us, even if it means going again the norm or the way things were done. Sarah has a dream to bake the best cupcakes and she does but most of the Amish in Berlin consider them 'fancy'. Jathan loves to cook and bake, not work in his father's shop as his family wants him to. We see each of them struggle with their dr ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
I've been reading Amish fiction for several years, but this is the first book I've read that takes place (at least in part) in the Amish community in Montana. It was kind of cool to read about the landscape that is almost directly south (by several hundred miles, but, still!) of me.
I also really liked both Sarah and Jathan's characters. I appreciated seeing the growth in Sarah as she realised that her dreams were not better or worse (just different!) than the dreams other people had. I liked how
Janice Sisemore
Mar 20, 2014 Janice Sisemore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014

Sarah and her friend Patty started a memory jar when they were young and before Patty dies in a accident. Jathan is in town for hunting season. They become friends and she shares a lot of memories of her and Patty with him. He gets called back home due to his father having a stroke. His mom has a bakery shop, Sarah is a good baker so he invites her to come work at the bakery there since her aunts lives in the same town. When she leaves home she is given the memory jar that belong to Patty, later
Carrie Daws
Sep 29, 2014 Carrie Daws rated it it was amazing
The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer first came to my attention last winter. Several ladies in my online book club were reading it and enjoying it, and since I’d enjoyed a couple of Ms. Goyer’s other books, I decided to give it a try. What I found was a story that echoed a piece of my own eclectic home.

I fell in love with the main character’s penchant for collecting small reminders of favorite moments. Storing them each in a jar, each odd bit of something reminds her of a step in her journey. More tha
Oct 19, 2012 Renee rated it liked it
3.5 stars
When it comes to heartrending and emotional fiction nobody does it better than Tricia Goyer. With her latest book The Memory Jar we're once again treated to a story of loss and hope set in Montana and Ohio Amish country. Fans of her previous Amish novels will be delighted to know that Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors starts off wonderfully and will surely continue to improve as the series progresses. To be honest this story took a long time to get into but the last third of the book inv
Laurie Carlson
An amazing, heart-warming, soul touching story of friendship, loss, blame, love, family, misunderstanding, finding our true path in life of following God's plan for it, and living it.
Meet our main character, Sarah Shelter, who has suffered so much in her young twenty-two years of life. Sarah has a very close sisterly friendship with Patty, with whom she grows up with and seems so much wiser than her age in years. Sarah suffers the loss of her whom she blames no one but herself for. Sarah cannot
Nov 02, 2012 Kristin rated it did not like it
I really dislike writing a review for a book I did not enjoy and it's with a deep feeling of dread that I'm having to do so now. This is the first book that I've read by Tricia Goyer and I'd really hoped I would like her Amish fiction as I have heard fantastic things about her historical fiction. Unfortunately, this book did not make a good first impression. At the risk of sounding absolutely terrible--I think this is one of the lowest rated books I have read this year. I am so disappointed. I'l ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
My review:
We join the Amish community in Minnesota, again, there are familiar friends and faces here. Annie's store is a big part of this story, as it was in Tricia's other books. Sarah Shelter is not living her life to the fullest, as her friend Patty would want, instead she hides herself away in the kitchen at Annie's cooking and baking. Dreaming her dreams of owning a bakery, but not doing anything to fulfill those dreams, when a hike up Robinson Mountain changes that, separated from her fri
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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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