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The Healing (Kentucky Brothers #2)

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Can a man burdened by memories of yesterday find hope in the land of tomorrow?


Samuel Fisher of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, now a single father of four, is in a state of shock following his wife’s untimely death. When his brother, Titus, talks him into moving to Kentucky, hoping a fresh start will help heal Samuel’s grief, Samuel packs up the kids and heads to Blue

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Published September 6th 2011 by Barbour Publishing, Incorporated (first published September 1st 2011)
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Patty Hearts Dave
Grieving widower Samuel Fisher moves his family from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. Samuel and his four young children temporarily move in with his soon-to-be married brother, Titus. Samuel's understandable grief makes him unbearable to everyone around him, especially his children.He doesn't do anything fun with them and just wants to be alone.

Allen Walters, a friend of Titus's gets Samuel a job fixing up Bonnie Taylor's house. She inherited it from her grandmother and is turning it into a Bed &
SUMMARY: Seek a fresh start with Amish widower Samuel Fisher as he journeys from Lancaster County to Bluegrass Country, hoping to find a balm for the grief he’s carried with him. Will this single father, burdened by yesterday’s memories, discover a new and perhaps better life in Kentucky, the land of tomorrow? Esther Beiler, who helps watch Samuel’s children, develops a crush on Samuel and a true affection for his kids. Can she win his heart, or has she already lost it to an English woman? How w ...more
Danielle Coleman
Just as great as the beginning!
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful story that will inspire and encourage. Samuel Fisher of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania finds himself a single father of four rambunctious and adorable children and to say the least is overwhelmed. His wife’s tragic death has him grieving and angry shutting out his children as well as the rest of his family. Will a move to Kentucky help him heal? Will he ever be able to open his heart to someone like Esther Beiler, the sweet woman who watches his children while he works, or will the pro ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading....continuing story...
Di Schlenk
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story lines in this book.
Wanda Markstahler

Enjoyed the story. You should enjoy it also. Nice flow in the story. Great great great great great great great
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 5 star must read book for sure . I'm so happy with how The Healing ended. Another well written story by Wanda.
Christine Hayes
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good
From my blog:

The Healing by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Healing is the second book in Wanda E. Brunstetter's newest series, Kentucky Brothers.

I loved the first book, and you can click here to read that review!

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that Wanda E. Brunstetter isn't typically one of my favorite authors. You can view my reviews of her other work here.

But this series... This series rocks! It's by and far my favorite works by Wanda E. Br
1.5 Stars. I know lots of people love this author and I wish I did. I hate giving low reviews like this but this book just was not one I liked.

We find out at the end of the last book that Samuel, Titus’s older brother loses his wife in a accident. This book starts off days after her death. Samuel is grief stricken and devastated at the loss of his wife. He has four children to raise but can barely get out of bed. He soon decides to move to Kentucky for a fresh start and time to heal. He soon fin
Laurie Carlson
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Healing” (Kentucky Brothers) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

This book is second in a series of the Kentucky Brothers. This book picks up where The Journey (Kentucky Brothers) left off. I read this book as a stand alone book, not reading the first book and had no problem picking up where the first book left off and how this second book picks up. It is very easily read as a stand alone. There are many references to the first book which helps tremendously.
This book starts off in Paradise, Pennsylvani
Cheryl Olson
Well here’s the thing, there are times when I have favorites at a certain restaurant- you know like every time I head down to that one place down by the water I have to get the Chocolate Peanut Butter milkshake (that is to die for) because it’s delicious and it’s my favorite, so I know exactly what I am going to get. It can be a good thing to know exactly what you are going to get ahead of time if that’s exactly what you want or it can be a little bit repetitive depending on your take of what yo ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healing (Kentucky Brothers Book Two)
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published by Barbour

Book two in the Kentucky Brothers series The Healing begins where The Journey left off. Titus’ brother Samuel Fisher is grieving the loss of his wife Elsie and their unborn child. After struggling to get past his anguish, Samuel decides to take Titus’ advice and move with his four children to Kentucky where he won’t face the constant reminders of his loss.

When Esther Beiler’s brother Dan is diagnosed with Multip
Samuel Fisher has just lost his beloved wife, Elise, mother of their four small children. Living in their shared family home has too many reminders of their life together, so he decides to move from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, to the Amish community where his younger brother, Titus, now lives. Once there Samuel begins working as a painter and general handyman for an ‘English’ woman, Bonnie, who is opening a Bed-and-Breakfast in her grandmother’s old home. Samuel hires Esther, a local Amish woman, ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series of "The Kentucky Brothers" by Wanda Brunstetter, Book#2 The Healing

This story is the one of Samuel, leading a good life with the wife he chose from his youth, they have three children and another on the way when a terrible accident takes the life of his beloved wife Elsie. Samuel is blindsided was so sudden. One day she was there, the next gone and he had a very hard time functioning as each day the sun shone on another day and his children needed him. The family was concerned as th
The Healing is part two in the Kentucky Brothers series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. It picks up where The Journey leaves off--in the midst of a family tragedy. In this story we follow Samuel through his grief and through the pain of losing his wife, Elsie and their unborn child in a terrible accident.

Samuel is heartbroken at the loss of his wife and child. The pain of living in their home without her is more than he can bear. He decides to move to Kentucky to be near his brother Titus who was the
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspirational novel set in the Amish communities of Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky, involving the lives of the brothers of one family. First introduced in the first novel in this series, "The Journey," the family is now saddened by the death of Samuel's wife Elsie who was pregnant with their fifth child. Samuel is deeply committed to his wife and family and has given his heart wholeheartedly to Elsie and their children. Her death is devastating to him and he accepts his brother's invitatio ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Woohoo, Wanda Brunstetter has done it again! The Healing was a great Amish novel with lots of plot and not too much inner reflection to bog the pace down. The Healing picks up where The Journey left off, but with the focus on a different brother. Samuel's wife, Elsie, has just died and he is beyond devastated. With four young "kinner" to raise, he moves to Kentucky to get a fresh start, moves in with his brother, and gets a job with a loca
Mary  O'Brien
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**This is the second book in the series. If you haven’t read the first, The Journey; you may not want to read this review**

According to Good Reads:
Seek a fresh start with Amish widower Samuel Fisher as he journeys from Lancaster County to Bluegrass Country, hoping to find a balm for the grief he’s carried with him. Will this single father, burdened by yesterday’s memories, discover a new and perhaps better life in Kentucky, the land of tomorrow? Esther Beiler, who helps watch Samuel’s children,
Andrea Guy
Wanda E. Brunstetter really knows how to create a good dramatic Amish romance. The Healing is book 2 in the Kentucky Brothers series, but it can stand on its own without any problems.

As with many of the other book Wanda has written, this story really involves more than just the main characters, Esther and Samuel. You have Bonnie, the young woman who is starting the bed and breakfast and Titus, Samuel's brother and Suzanne his girlfriend.

All of their lives intermingle, making this several stories
For long time fans of Amish fiction, its easy to see why Wanda Brunstetter is a New York Times best selling author and considered a "founder" of this genre. With close to 50 books and over 5 million copies sold, Wanda has definitely captured the hearts of her readers.

The Healing is the second book in the Kentucky Brothers series and continues the story of Samuel Fisher who has recently lost his wife. Left alone to raise his children, Samuel is emotionally numb, overcome with grief and basically
Janet C
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
This is Book Two of the Kentucky Brother's series. I have not read Book 1 but this book was easy to get into and follow regardless. Samuel Fisher lives in Lancaster, Pa. His wife Elsie dies in an accident along with their unborn babe. Now Samuel is a single dad with 4 children to raise. He is in deep grief. Elsie was the love of his life and promised to love no one else. Samuel decides to move his family to Kentucky to be closer to Titus, his twin brother, and to get away from his memories with ...more
Joy H.
Sep 16, 2011 marked it as keep-in-mind  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-related
Added 9/16/11
I discovered this book on 9/16/11 while browsing the latest NY Times Bestseller list for Paperback Trade Fiction. It was #13 on the list.
The NY Times short description said: "An Amish widower journeys from Lancaster County, Pa., to Kentucky, hoping to find a balm for his grief."

This book is the second book in the author's "Kentucky Brothers" series. The first one was The Journey. Both books were published in 2011.

About this author (from Goodre
Zac Weikal
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healing picks up where The Journey left off but focuses on the lives of Samuel and Esther. The Healing takes you on a journey through ups and downs and twists and turns. When you think you know what is going to happen the story goes in a different direction. I felt torn through this story. One minute I was content with the decision of the character, and the next minute they changed their mind and I was forced to re-examine my opinion. I loved learning about the Amish and their ways through T ...more
Diane U
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samuel Fisher moves to Kentucky with his four children after the death of his wife Elsie. He wants a fresh start where there are no reminders of her and he moves in with his brother Titus. Samuel is battling severe depression and needs to find a job to keep himself busy. A friend of his, Allen, finds him a job helping to bring an old house up to date to be used as a bed and breakfast by an Englisher named Bonnie. He also meets Esther who needs a job since her parents moved back to Pennsylvania t ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healing is the second book in the Kentucky Brothers series. Samuel Fisher is grieving over the death of his wife Elsie. Grief has such a grip on him that he doesn't realize how much he is neglecting his children who are hurting too. Samuel and his children move to Kentucky to start a new life. His brother Titus has invited him to move in with him until Samuel gets on his feet.

This book also centers around other characters such as Esther Beiler, Bonnie Taylor, and Allen Walters. It is a book
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book. The love story between Samuel and Esther is sweet and made me want to keep reading. This is your basic Amish love story. If you like this type of genre then you might find this book okay. I had issues with a few things, though. For one, the author felt she had to balance out what the characters were saying/doing in each paragraph. I kind of felt things were put in just to get more words into the book rather than to add needed details. There were some errors in ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-books
This book is not quite as good as the first book but it was still an enjoyable read. When Samuel fisher's pregnant wife and mother of 4 dies unexpectedly he decides to move him and his kinner from Pennsylvania to Kentucky where his brother Titus lives. Samuel is so full of grief over loosing his wife that he starts neglecting his children he becomes very angry with them. When he looses his temper with his son Leon, Leon decides that his dad would be better off without him. The Amish girl Esther ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book. The other reviews for the book have been phenomenal so I was set to have a fun, quick read. Unfortunately that didn't turn out to be the case. After 4 days and not making it further than 8% I ultimately had to give up.

There were way too many locations and too many people introduced to keep up. I kept getting confused on who each person was and what they are doing in the story. The story jumped to different families in different cities and I understand that we w
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