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The Struggle

(Kentucky Brothers #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  974 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Now a New York Times Bestseller.  Welcome back to Kentucky, where an Amish couple from Lancaster County seeks a new future in the land of tomorrow. When Timothy Fisher decides to move his wife, Hannah, and daughter Mindy to Christian County, where two of his brothers now reside, Hannah is very reluctant to go. Will the new home Timothy builds for them there do anything to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mary Shipman
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
For me the title of this book says a lot. I found The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter, published by Barbour to be an interesting study of some of the problems that have to be as prevalent in Amish life as they are in ours. While most of the novels in the ‘Amish fiction’ genre dwell on duty, honor and giving this one takes a different direction.

Timothy, his wife Hannah and young daughter Mindy leave home to join his brothers in a Kentucky Amish community. Timothy sees hope for his struggling relati
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Hannah did not want to move to Kentucky. She’d be leaving her home, her parents and all that was familiar to her. She knew her husband was moving her because she spent too much time with her mother and let her interfere in their marriage. That didn’t make her happier about it.

Ms. Brunstetter sets her story in Amish country and the story includes all the Amish families and how they all interact. I enjoy reading about their culture and
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 in the Kentucky Brothers series.

Can a couple rent by grief find renewal?

Timothy Fisher's decision to move his family from their home in Lancaster County Pennsylvania isn't a happy one for his wife, Hannah. Everything she knows is in Lancaster County - her mother - her home - her friends.

But what choice does Hannah have? Realizing that her place is with her husband and young daughter, she reluctantly goes but finds her new life is a hard adjustment.

Nothing Timothy does pleases Hannah, and
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for the autographed copy won in her website
giveaway. I have been interested in reading Wanda's books for quite some time and was thrilled to now finally have the opportunity to do so.

Having once traveled through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania as a teenager, I could picture the setting and envision the people she described in this wonderful story. The main characters, Timothy and Hannah Fisher, are a young married couple who are struggling to find their way as parents and
Randy Reynolds
Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is, by far, the worst book I have ever read.

Wanda Brunstetter should be embarrassed to call herself an author. The character development is non-existent, she frequently uses dialogue when she should be painting a picture (over 50% of the paragraphs contain some kind of quote), the protagonist is the most annoying person I've ever read (I literally wanted to kill her), and Ms. Brunstetter uses deus ex machina liberally to resolve the menial conflicts she manages to weakly conjure along the w
Nancy Reynolds
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy that Ms. Brunstetter's characters are very human - there are some you like, some you don't. I like how this book shows that everyone struggles with their faith. Hannah is a character I feel sympathy for on one hand, but want to slap with the other. I think Ms. Brunstetter's plots are all well-layed out and come together at the end. I also like that Ms. Brunstetter includes recipes at the back of her books.
Amy Sullivan wilkinson
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

Although this book, was very easy and enjoyable, I found it very interesting to learn about the Amish religion and culture.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
this book was ok. the plot of the other characters was more interesting. I didnt like Hannah. she was a horrible, selfish person
Cheri Swalwell
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Struggle, so aptly named as the last in the "Kentucky Brothers" series. Mishaps, relocations, accidents are a part of living in the world and the author of this series shows how just because they occur, doesn't mean God can't bring good out of them. Wonderful series – I would recommend getting all three at the same time because you aren't going to want to wait in between.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
continuing story that i enjoy reading...
Di Schlenk
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicely rounded end to this Amish trilogy,

I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book.
Megan Rang
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by one of my favorite authors!
Sandra Ambriz
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written!

The. author did not disappoint in this last book of this series. It was written to include all characters but yet focused on the main story
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story. Emotionally it will keep you captured to see how things work out. The Kentucky Brothers is a wonderful series. Each book teaches you something. Highly recommend.
Janet C
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-fiction
This is the third book of the Kentucky Brother's series.

This story focus' on Timothy and Hannah's marriage. Timothy decides to move his family to Kentucky because Hannah is too attached to her mother even after years of marriage. Hannah reluctantly agrees. She knows her place is with her husband and child. As expected Hannah has a hard adjustment. Nothing Timothy does, pleases her. Just as she is finally beginning to relax and find some joy, tragedy strikes. Timothy ridden with guilt tries to re
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Whatever your simple pleasures may be, enjoy them and share them with someone else. We sometimes take for granted the everyday things that give us a sense of joy and well-being. These simple things are often forgotten when problems occur in our lives." This is the moral of the novel, The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter which is the third book in the Kentucky Brothers Series.

This time it's Timothy Fisher who feels compelled to leave his childhood home in Paradise, Pennsylvania to move to Christian
The Struggle is part three in the Kentucky Brothers series by Wanda Brunstetter. Though I have not yet read the others, this book was easily read as a standalone as well with only minimal confusion. The author did a great job of clearing things up for those of us that picked this up without reading the others.

In this story we meet Timothy and his wife Hannah as they make a move from Paradise, Pennsylvania to Christian, Kentucky. Timothy feels the move will provide some much needed space betwee
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Series "Kentucky Brothers" by Wanda Brunstetter, the last book is ~The Struggle~

#3 book is the story of Timothy, twin to Titus. Timothy married young and some thought he did not choose well as he married a young woman that was very close to her mother. They saw one another often and she always consulted her mother about a problem or just daily life to the extent that Timothy felt he did not come first in her life as he felt he should after they married.
Brothers Titus and Samuel had moved to Ky a
This is the third book in the Kentucky Brothers series. I had a hard time in the beginning of the book but I am glad I stuck it out because I ended up really enjoying the book.

Imagine being overly close to your mother and because of it neglecting your Husbands needs so your Husband up and moves you a couple of states away really hoping to have his wife back. Well because of it you become really bitter and pray for a miracle for your husband to move you guys back home close to your mom again. Th
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Okay, I was given the opportunity to read this book from Barbour Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. When I saw this was available, I decided to go for it since my mother absolutely LOVES Wanda Brunstetter and always raves about the books. I was... disappointed.

Timothy Fisher packs up his wife, Hannah and their daughter Mindy and moves them from their home in Pennsylvania to Kentucky, following in the footsteps of his brothers Titus and Samuel. Timothy feels that Hannah sp
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Diane U
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Fisher moves his wife and daughter from Pennsylvania to Kentucky for a fresh start away from Hannah's over-bearing mother. Hannah and her mother are very close, to the point where her mother's needs are put ahead of Timothy's constantly. Therefore, Hannah is very reluctant to go and has her mind set that she will be miserable. She becomes very negative toward Timothy and others making her miss her mother even more. They finally move into their own house and Timothy hopes that this will b ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The title of this book is the best description of what happens in this book. The entire thing (until the epilogue) is a detail of struggles that all the characters, primarily Timothy & Hannah, go through in a few short months.

Hannah has to be one of the most infuriating protagonists I've long had the experience of reading about. She's selfish, prone to complaining, and definitely a "glass half-empty" kind of person. I was continuously frustrated with her lack of maturity and ability to thin
The Struggle is aptly named - I had to struggle to read it. This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to say that I have been disappointed with both of them. I have seen so many great reviews for her books that I'm surprised by how much I haven't enjoyed them.

The worst part of this book was the repetition. One example of this is how Hannah hated that her husband made her move to Kentucky. I don't have to read it, in detail, over and over and over...I got it the first time! I
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tammy by: NetGalley
First and foremost I have loved each and every book that Brunstetter has written and this book is just another one that I can add to the list of most loved books.

I have never had to move away from my family and I can not imagine what Hannah is having to go through moving away from her family like that, only having her husband with her. I know that there are other members of Timothy's family there but it is not like having her family there.

She struggles something terrible with everything, having
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Struggle With Forgiveness!

I love Wanda's books and especially I have loved her Kentucky Brother series. The Struggle did not disappoint me. I picked up this book yesterday to read and finished it early this evening. I read it every chance that I got. My interest was captured from page one.

Timothy Fisher plans to move his family to Pembroke Kentucky to get his wife Hannah away from depending on her Mother so much. Hannah has been spending too much time with her Mother instead of being a wife
Zac Weikal
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Struggle by Wanda E. Brunstetter is full of emotion and unexpected surprises. It is a struggle with the emotions as you try to forgive and try to hope for change in the lives of the characters as they go through their own struggles. You feel the pain and empathize with the characters.

While this book focuses on the characters we have come to know in The Journey and The Healing, The Struggle focuses on Timothy and Hannah. Through a broken marriage, death, love, and hope, readers will get to se
Romancing the Book
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Reviewed by Amie Lou
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I love Amish fiction. I love the mannerisms, the simplicity of life, and the values that are represented by this culture. The Struggle is a wonderful depiction of such a life.

Fisher makes the tough decision to move his family (wife, Hannah, and daughter, Mindy) to Kentucky against his wife’s wishes. But Timothy feels that the move will be the best thing for his marriage. His wife clings to
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hannah is against moving from their home in Pennsylvania. But Timothy is overjoyed and cannot wait to move closer to his bothers. Once in Kentucky Timothy, Hannah and their young daughter Mindy stay with Timothy's brother Samuel and his kinner (children) until they find a house of their own. Hannah makes no attempt to accept the change in her life, choosing instead to find fault at every turn. Her bitter attitude turns others away, and she has a hard time fitting in.

When a tragedy happens that s
Pam Deppe
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
What a great book. I'm in love with the books that take place in Amish county and about Amish families.

Hannah Fisher doesn't want to leave Pennsylvania and the home she has known all her life, but Timothy her husband thinks that moving to Kentucky is best for them. Hannah is just too clingly to her mother. Trials and tribulations take place in Kentucky as Hannah just doesn't want to be there, and everything that happens she blames on Timothy. When her child Mindy dies in a fall, she can't take
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