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A Cousin's Prayer (Indiana Cousins #2)

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Kumme to Amish country, where the simple ways of life lead to hope and healing. Katie Miler is traumatized after her boyfriend is killed in a van in which she was also a passenger. How will she find her way out of the valley of her depression? Freeman Bontrager will make any excuse to be near to Katie, hoping to win her love. But how far will he go to gain her trust. . .an...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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I really enjoyed this book. I was rooting for Katie the whole time! It's all in God's timing - not ours!!

The second in the Indiana Cousins series, A Cousin's Prayer by Wanda Brunstetter, had me praying for the main character, Katie. Her boyfriend died in the horrible crash that took place in book one. After the accident she retreats to Florida to live with her grandparents. Now, with a close friend's wedding coming soon, she heads back to Indiana. She tries to keep to herself and when she doesn'...more
Kelly Derse
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When katie miller returns home from Florida nothing is ever the same again. Traumatized by the death of the love of her life Timothy, old pain & memories follow her wherever she goes. She lives in constant fear and never expects to fall in love again. While all her friends & relatives especially Loraine and Wayne start a life of their own, katie thinks of all she's lost..enter freeman, a man who loved katie even as a child, within the course of the novel God uses freeman to bring katie c...more
Shari Larsen
This is book two of the Indiana Cousin's series.

After losing her boyfriend in a horrific accident, Katie Miller went to Florida to stay with the grandparents, to try to heal from her loss. A year later, she returns to her Amish community in Indiana, struggling with depression and anxiety attacks.

Freeman Bontrager has been interested in Katie ever since they were in school. Now that Katie is home, Freeman finds excuses to spend time at the Miller home. Is there a future for him with the emotional...more
Traumatized by and feeling responsible for a tragic accident that killed three people and injured two others a year before, Katie Miller is reluctant to return to Indiana to be an attendant in her cousin, Loraine’s, wedding. Still grieving, she has been staying with her grandparents in Florida to distance herself from the painful memories. Returning will only remind her that this wedding should have been hers and Timothy’s, but he died, along with Raymond and Paul. Wayne will always be crippled...more
Indiana Cousins Book 2

Wanda E. Brunstetter


Barbour Publishing


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

It has been a year since Katie Miller's boyfriend was killed in a horrible accident. She returns to her home, for her cousin's wedding after staying in Florida with her grandparents. However she cannot go back to Florida with her grandmother because they are moving to Wisconsin. Katie really doesn't want to be at home.

Since she has gotten home, she has had panic attacks, and they seem to...more
Author: Wanda Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour Books
November 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60260-061-4
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Katie Miller’s boyfriend, Timothy, was killed in an accident a year earlier. Long before she’s ready, Katie is invited to return to her home in Indiana to stand up for her cousin at the wedding. At first, Katie wants to refuse to go, but she reluctantly agrees when her granny suggests that she goes with her.

Freeman Bontrager has been interested in Katie since th...more
A Cousin's Prayer is about Katie Miller, an Amish young woman who lives in Indiana. Before this book started, her boyfriend was killed in a van accident. The two of them, along with some friends, were going out-of-town in a van they rented for the day. A bee got in the van, she screamed, the driver looked at her, lost control of the van, and the accident happened. In the same accident, her cousin's fiancee lost his leg and another cousin lost her hearing. Needless to say, she is carrying a lot o...more
things I liked-

-the characters- all flawed (some more than others *cough cough*Eunice)

-writing style.

-general story-line. I liked that Katie got better over time with Freeman's help.

-I liked that Loraine and Wayne greived, but through God got through their problems.

things I didn't like-

-time line inconsistencies. *possible spoiler* Katie's mom's birethday dinner was on a friday... they ran into Freeman on a date... his grandmother died when they got home... Katie's family found out about it Su...more
Jane Maritz
A Cousin's Prayer is a sweet Amish Country inspirational romance that takes place in an Amish community of Indiana. Katie struggles with panic attacks following a tragic accident in which her boyfriend is killed. She is surrounded by family and friends and memories - memories she'd rather not keep reliving. This is her story as she finds healing in love - God's and Freeman's.

I enjoyed the insight into the Amish lifestyle; the author is quite detailed even to the vocabulary used. The main charact...more
Katie Miller left her Indiana Amish community to live with her grandparents in Florida after blaming herself for panicking over a bee in their vehicle heading to Hershey Park. They were in an accident as her boyfriend Timothy's van crashed; he, Paul and Raymond died in the crash while Wayne lost the use of his legs and Jolene her hearing. Grieving her loss, she returns to her Hoosier State roots to attend the wedding of Loraine to Wayne. Afterward, Katie knows she cannot go back to Florida as th...more
Katie Yoder's life changed drastically the day her boyfriend was killed in a van accident. Despite the change of scenery in Florida, she finds herself suffering from anxiety attacks and depression. No matter how much she tries, she just can't forget about the accident that took Timothy away from her. As she struggles to move on with her life, she slowly becomes aware of something she hasn't felt in a long time.

Freeman Bontrager has been attracted to Katie since they were in grade school. But whi...more
I had the opportunity to read this book after winning the giveaway here on Goodreads. I have always seen these books at the store, and while not my first choice for reading (being unsure how I could relate) this book was an enjoyable read. I had debated for awhile as to whether or not it was necessary to read the first in the series, but went ahead with the book. I think what struck me most about the book were the sense of values that was threaded into the everyday lives of the characters, and h...more
Cousins and their life's journey...
this is the Indiana Cousins series by Wanda Brunstetter
book#2 "A Cousin's Prayer"

AS we continue the story this is about Katie who lost her boyfriend in the van accident and how she coped afterwards.
Katie had been swatting at a bee in the van when the driver looked backwards to see what was all the commotion and lost control and ran into a tree. She has much guilt feeling the accident was her fault for being panic stricken.
When she didn't seem to get better her...more
I have read dozens of Amish fiction books, and after awhile they start to blur into one story. They usually have the same basic plot, so they don't surprise me anymore with the "twists". But "A Cousin's Prayer" really stands out to me because it deals with realistic tragedies and problems that many of us have dealt with, both Amish and "English" alike. The main Character, Katie, suffers from anxiety, which stems mostly from a severe accident, which had very traumatic consequences. I have persona...more
If you were able to walk around this town, invisible to the inhabitants, you would be highly entertained by goings-on. There is a young woman intent on snagging a husband and will let nothing and no one get in her way. Spreading gossip - including tales of a supposed pregnancy - about someone she sees as her rival is just one of her tricks. An over-bearing mother lives the community, and she is determined to tell her daughter how to think and what to do. Then there is a young man who needs someo...more
Kristina Jo
A Cousin's Prayer is an acceptable book about the challenges of life, love, and blah blah blah. It gains points for not being like most (icky) romances today and skipping the icky sex scenes (and, largely, the icky sex). But I wasn't thrilled with the main character's sudden acceptance of the Christian beliefs; doubts are doubts and they don't go away because a pretty boy says they should, which is how Katie accepting Jesus as her savior seemed to me. "Freeman said that Jesus died for me, and th...more
This is the sequel to A Cousin's Promise. The book focuses on Katie Miller. Katie is suffering from panic attacks after being involved in an accident that took the life of her boyfriend. I enjoyed reading about panic attacks and learning about some of the symptoms. I enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book and meeting some new lovable characters along the way. I enjoyed the "villain" in this story as well. She was annoying and easy to dislike. The story was a bit predictable...more
Andrea Guy
Wanda Brunstetter brings real life issues to her stories of the Amish. Katie's emotional problems are what many people face. Her anxiety is very real and is conveyed accurately in A Cousin's Prayer. Anyone that has ever suffered panic attacks will emphathize with Katie. I know I did.

As always, Wanda creates some colorful secondary characters. Eunice is one of the best in this book. You truly love to hate her. She's so gossipy and selfish. It is hard to believe she's an Amish girl.

Freeman is one...more
Tasha enderby
I hate when I take months and months to read a sequel and I will learn not this happen for the last book. I am on the venture to seeking it out. When I first opened this book I couldn't recall if I read the book before or not and the details of the charectors weren't enough to pull me through the first few chapters. You can read this independantly but you may feel a bit lost. Katie, is a runner and I can relate to that because I to am a runner when things get hard. There was an accident that she...more
Mandy McHenry
My lucky friend actually won this on goodreads, and then she graciously passed it on to me. :)

So many things bugged me about this book. I hated how unnatural it was when the author gave an explanation of words commonly used by the Amish. Same with teaching the reader more about the Amish way of life - it felt unnatural and forced. Some of the things the characters said or did was so over the top that it wasn't believable. For example, nowhere in the book did Katie (the main character) mention th...more
Received this book from LibraryThing in order to review it. Glad I have that excuse for reading it. This is the 2nd book in the Indiana Cousins series and I felt like I should read the 1st book first, but my library didn't have it. Glad I didn't waste my time on 2 books.

The writing was dry and stiff. I don't think the author has a sense of humor because there wasn't any humor throughout the whole book. (This might have stuck out more since I just finished a very witty book) Also, it is about Ami...more
I received this book for free on the condition that I would read and review it. I've always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle, so I figured it would be at least interesting... But I'm having trouble getting through it. I've read the first 2 chapters, and I really had to force myself through every page. I will finish the book because I promised to do so... But It may take some time. It's not necessarily poorly written; it's not full of grammatical errors or annoyingly overused clichés like T...more
Apr 12, 2014 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: amish
Love reading about my home state of Indiana, especially about places close to my family's hometown of Nappanee. The Amish are fascinating and encouraging to read about in standing out in this world.
Amish books are generally very predictable, but this one was a bit over the top! Book 2 of the Indiana cousins series follows closely behind where book one left off, Katie returns to Indiana for a wedding and begins having emotional problems and panic attacks while dealing with what she lost in book one. Freeman Bontrager befriends her and helps her deal with her emotions and they eventually fall in love but both are to shy and uncertain to admit it to themselves or to each other especially with...more
Oct 22, 2009 Jane added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jane by: got to review
It was a thrill to finally get to read and review a Wanda Brunstetter book. There is more to this book than just being about the Amish. There is romance, struggles with the death of a loved one, and so much more. I learned from this book to face my fears today. After reading about Katie's struggle with Panic Attacks, I was able to go out in rain and drive to my daughter today without all the dread I have had in the past. Life happens in this books. False rumors fly, hurt feelings emerge, and one...more
Mar 10, 2010 Rena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen girls
Shelves: read-in-2010
About what I expected after reading the first book.

Even though I gave this book 4 stars, it was actually horribly written. I think I could've written a book just as good. Since I've read several reviews where this series was nowhere near up to par with what the author has previously written, I'm curious to read her other books. Dialouges and writings were very choppy.

The way the villian was written, you had to root for the heroine. I think this would be a good book for teens who need an illustr...more
Linda nally
This was a very good book. As most of her books are this book shows how we are to always keep God active in our lives, not just put on a shelf in our heart. He wants to be active in all parts of our life. He is always there when we need Him, all we have to do is call His name. We can go to church all we want, but if we don't ask God into our heart and life and confess our sins and recognize that He died for us on the cross, then he will not be able to answer us. He sees us but he does not know u...more
I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a little disappointed to find out that it was about Katie, as I thought it would be a continuation of Loraine's story. However, it ended up being a really good book. Eunice's character really annoyed me and I was often so mad at the book! However, I was thrilled when her mom said EXACTLY what I had been thinking the whole book to her at the end. Phew! Overall a good book, but only 4 stars because it was a rather simple book.
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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