Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
The Characters: Emily is a character that I enjoyed from the very first pages. She's just had her heart-broken and yet she's trying to survive. She's very obedient to her father and tries to do her best. And then she sees Elam and his family's condition. They need help. She immediately seeks to help them.
She's kind and I loved reading about her. Some of her decisions frustrated me to no end, but I loved reading about her.
Elam was forced to take on too much responsibility after his father's accident and it's made him overly serious. Not too mention, he's been in love with Emily for forever. But she's in love with Luke. I liked Elam from the beginning. He was a character that I loved reading about. In fact, the only reason I wanted to read this book in the first place was because of this character. He didn't disappoint.
The secondary characters were interesting and I enjoyed reading about them. They were well-developed.
I enjoyed watching the dynamics of the characters. That was what made the novel for me.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I've read a lot of Amish fiction, and yet they always seem so similar that I haven't read as much recently. This one, however, I did want to read. I'm glad I did.
I loved the dynamics between the characters, as I've previously mentioned and that made the novel enjoyable. The writing was polished and engaging.
The novel was very predictable. I knew how it was going to end from the beginning and yet I didn't care too much. This novel didn't exactly stand out in the realm of Amish fiction, but I did enjoy it.
So why 3.5 stars? I did enjoy it, although it was very predictable.
Can I read the series out of order? I did. The novel can be read as a stand-alone.
The Wrap-up: An enjoyable albeit predictable book, but one that I'm sure fans of the genre will love. It interested me enough that I would probably keep reading the series.
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisherThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, this is the first book I've read by Emma Miller and I can assure you it won't be the last. This book was definitely one of my favorite Amish fiction novels of the year.
This was in large part due to how much I adored the character Leah and Daniel. I also just loved the mix of Mennonite and Amish themes into this novel. I've read a lot of books about these two groups and I loved that they were mixed together in this novel.
Leah was an intriguing character that I loved reading about. She was such a good person. She was nice, charitable, dutiful, respectful, and daring. She seemed to always be helping somebody else out and yet she was a realistic character that I could relate to. She had her doubts, but she kept pushing forward.
Daniel was another character I really enjoyed reading about. He was so patient with Leah as she tried to figure out the ramifications of their relationship. He also had a peace and serenity. He was confident in his calling in life and his relationship with God. He was just a really good guy that I was rooting for from the very beginning.
The Amish/Mennonite themes were nicely balanced with other themes. Miller did a good job of tying in issues of faith into a cute and inspiring love story that I absolutely adored. Once again the writing appeared to be fairly simple on the surface, but it was actually quite brilliant. Her writing drew me into the story from the very beginning.
In Summary: Easily one of my favorite Amish fiction novels of the year. Emma Miller's writing drew me in from the very beginning. She weaved characters that I loved into an inspiring and entertaining read that I would definitely read again.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: FirstThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Zondervan for giving me a copy of this to review in exchange for my honest review.
I went into this book with no expectations. I hadn't read anything else by Clipston and didn't really know what to expect. However, I quickly was entranced by this story. Lydia was a character that I both respected and admired. Her strength and commitment to do what was right was inspiring.
Another character that I loved was Tristan. Tristan was not Amish, but was Christian. He was just a genuinely nice guy (one that I wouldn't mind meeting). I really enjoyed learning about him in this novel.
In addition to the characters, Clipston also weaved issues of faith into her novel in a way that never seemed overbearing or forced. She created a plot that touched my heart and left me reflecting on my own life.
This novel was both poignantly moving and entertaining. It's been awhile since I've read an Amish fiction book that I enjoyed as much as this one. Clipston is definitely an author that I will be keeping tabs on. She has an ability to create a story that is compelling. I know that I will definitely want to read the companion series. ...more
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic file of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honesMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic file of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adore young adult fiction and Amish fiction, and so when I saw that my two favorite genres were combined, to say I was ecstatic is an understatement.
I went into this novel with really high expectations. I love the premise, I loved the genre, and I absolutely adored the cover. I went in expecting to be wowed. That's exactly what happened.
I absolutely love books about forbidden romance and knowing how impossible this relationship was...I had to read it.
I loved Hopkins' writing style. She drew me in from the very first page. Her writing was compelling and intriguing. I absolutely adored her writing style. And then there was the plot line, I've already said I adored the general gist of the plot. However, the way Hopkins weaved her story was incredible. I fell in love with the characters and the story from the very beginning.
As for the main characters Noah and Rose, at times they annoyed me, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. I loved watching them as they struggled to work out their emotions and love for each other.
Their love at times seemed slightly shallow, but that didn't bug me as much as I thought it would. And they gave up so much because of their love for each other.
This book definitely falls more on the young adult side then the Amish side, but I absolutely adored the tale. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel and will definitely be keeping this tabs on this novel.
In Summary: Basically, this book is the best of both worlds: Amish and young adult fiction combined into one incredibly written novel. Hopkins has artfully crafted a compelling novel that had me hooked from page one. I can't wait to see what's next.
The Wrap-up: I loved this novel. It combined two of my favorite genres which rarely happens. So when it does, I celebrate. This book was intriguing and brilliantly crafted. I definitely recommend this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off let me thank the publisher and n This is a condensed review. For the extended version, please click here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off let me thank the publisher and netgalley for giving me an arc of this book to review.
I love Christian fiction and read it all the time. I don't read Amish fiction quite as much, but I have still read a lot of it. Most of the time the plot is pretty predictable.
However, this one managed to stand out in my mind, which is a tough thing to do. I loved the characters from the moment I meant them. Grace was very lovable and I found it easy to relate to her character. And I also really liked Levi's character as well. All the minor characters were also really enjoyable to read about as well.
The plot line sucked me in almost immediately. I was interested in the novel from the very beginning and stayed intrigued until the very last page.
Miller's novel was as entertaining as it was informative. I learned a lot while reading this novel. That is something I always enjoy. And I also love plot lines that include some time of forbidden romance and this one fit that bill nicely. (It's a weakness of mine.) The chemistry between Grace and Levi was undeniable and they just fit together so well.
This novel had more depth than some of the other Amish fiction books I've read: the characters were realistic, the plot line encompassed more subjects than many other Amish fiction novels I've read, and was entertaining and informative.
I really enjoyed reading this one. Any book that leaves me telling my roommate all about it deserves a high rating in my book.
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I gave this a 3.5.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this novel. And secondly, I didn't read the previous one in this series. However, you can start at this point and be fine. The characters in the first novel are vaguely mentioned in this one, but are not the central story.
And now for my review, I really enjoyed reading this one. It was very well-written and one that was really enjoyable. The writing was compelling and the characters were interesting.
Sisters Emma and Jeannie's families are really close. But when Emma's daughter, Sadie hits her cousin Tessa with her car, she manages to kill Tessa and break the two families apart. This novel tackled the issue of forgiveness, family bonds, and faith in a very poignant way.
I found this book to be an emotional read, but one that I enjoyed reading.
I loved the pacing of this story and the real emotion I could tell each character was feeling. This novel switched perspectives and I actually enjoyed being able to dig deeper into each character's mind.
One that I definitely enjoyed. I will be sure to keep an eye out for this author.
In Summary: A very well-written novel that I loved reading. A very engaging emotional read about families, faith, and forgiveness....more
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'd like to start out by thanking the pubThis is a condensed review. To see my extended review, please click here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'd like to start out by thanking the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to review this book.
I absolutely love Christian fiction and Amish fiction as well. I've read many books from this genre. However, this was the first book by Barbara Cameron that I've read. It certainly won't be the last one I read by her.
I was sucked into this book from the very beginning. I loved the characters. Jacob and Mary Katherine were characters that I absolutely loved.
Mary Katherine feels like she doesn't belong in the Amish world and wonders if she belongs to the Amish world. I feel like that we have all had that moment where we wonder if we belong. Mary Katherine was a character that just seemed so realistic. She had her flaws, but she was trying to be the best person she could. She didn't come from the best background, but she rose above it. I really liked her.
And then Jacob, he was so patient, understanding, and just the best friend a person could ask for. Yet, he too had his flaws. That was one thing that I loved. Nobody in this novel was perfect, but they were trying to be better people.
I also loved the writing style. It was fresh and inviting. I felt like I could easily get inside the characters' heads and understand them. Cameron's writing was great. Apparently, there were characters in this novel from her other books; however, I never felt lost. It did, however, make me want to read her other series. This was a great book that I enjoyed reading and will definitely continue to keep my eye on this author.
In Summary: A wonderfully written book about discovering where you belong, faith, and just maybe even love. Cameron's writing was fresh and inviting. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author and this series....more