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An Unbroken Heart

(Amish of Birch Creek #2)

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An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extend
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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Lori
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really admired Joanna Schrock. She has amazingly bounced back from a lot of events in her life.
I enjoyed this book so much but of course I say this about almost every book I've read. There were a few that I've had trouble getting into. I like the stories that revolve around our Lord and Savior so much because without Him we'd be nothing. He is the truth, the life and the way. We must enter through Him in order to get to the Kingdom of Heaven. I'm believing this is the message that the author
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Maureen Timerman
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
As this story opens we find an impetuous Joanna Shrock as she proposes to the young fellow she has had a crush on since she was a student in Amish school.
While she is telling her parents as they travel by their buggy, her mother tries to persuade her that she is not yet ready for marriage, when the unthinkable happens. When Joanna wakes from her nightmare, only to find she wasn’t dreaming, she suffers from the accident, but most of all from the loss of her parents.
Andrew was shocked when Joanna
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Karla
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna's world is changed forever."

This statement, appearing on the back cover , immediately grabbed my attention. That, along with the most beautiful cover, told me that this was going to be an excellent read. Kathleen Fuller, a favorite author, has never let me down and this book was no disappointment! If anything, I think it was her best book yet!!!

The story grabs your attention from the first chapter, giving you a bit of background and enticing you to re
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Tina Watson
Just about all of us has had an argument with our parents? Or loved one?
Did an accident happen as a result of that argument?
Are you feeling guilty of the argument that resulted in an accident?
Do you blame yourself?
You are not alone. While most disagreements and arguments do not result in an accident, there are a few cases that both have happened as a result of each other. Feeling guilty is a natural feeling. How we handle the guilt we are feeling that may or may not hurt loved ones around us who
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Deana Dick
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everytime I read a book from this author, I know it is going to be an unforgettable story that is filled with love, forgiveness and a story that is mesmerizing. I love how the author develops the characters with a soft and gentle spirit about them.

Joanna is in the buggy with her parents discussing her desire to marry Andrew. The feelings were a bit strained between her and her parents over the marriage. Her mother was explaining why she thought Joanna was not ready for marriage when suddenly a
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Kav
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series but it works well as a standalone. I haven't read A Reluctant Bride (though I intend to!) and had no problem diving into this one. Fans of the first book will be thrilled to know that Sadie and Aden play a central role in An Unbroken Heart. They beguiled me enough to ensure that I will be reading their story very soon.

Though the book is told from multiple points of view, Joanna is very much at the centre of it all. Diverse personal narratives
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Dawn
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you thought you were the cause of an accident that killed your parents. This is what Joanna deals with in this story. Joanna is in love with Andrew, whom she proposes to and he didn't answer her. She has an argument with her parents when they tell her that she should wait to think of marriage. At that moment her world is turned upside down by an accident that causes her to be thrown from the buggy and kills her parents. She recovers but cannot forget that she may have caused ...more
Maria
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the honest characters in this book even I wanted to shake Joanna a good few times. When the characters of Cameron was introduced I thought I could see the happen ending coming and how it would end but it didn't, which was actually a good thing. I like authors who don't write as though the Amish live in a glass bubble and see the world through rose coloured glasses.
Chastity Ray
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Unbroken Heart is Kathleen Fuller's second book in her Birch Creek series although it can be read as a standalone novel. It follows the life of Joanna Schrock and her family. Joanna is tired of being pushed around. She remembers her days of being bullied on the school yard vividly. Her sisters tell her she needs to stand up for herself but that's easier said than done. It's not that she doesn't want to, it's that she doesn't feel she has it in her to speak up.

All of her life Joanna had been s
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Debi Lantzer
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is second in a series called the "Amish of Birch Creek" written by Kathleen Fuller. I did not read the first book but An Unbroken Heart can stand alone without having previously reading book one. I really enjoyed reading this story and put it down once. Kathleen Fuller makes the reader feel the emotions of love, fear, pain, and questions of self-worth and happiness. The main characters in this book are Joanna Schrock and Andrew Beiler.

Joanna was arguing with her parents about wanting t
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Kristi
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first book by Kathleen Fuller that I read was, ironically, the first book in this series. I read it in a day or two while on vacation last year. I fell in love with her writing while reading that book and was anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Thankfully, as a member of The Fiction Guild, I was sent a copy of this book to review. Would this book be as good? Would the writing and the story just blow me away? Would I still be a fan of the author when finished reading this book? The a ...more
Wendy
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents and the next, her parents' lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken but her heart is in even deeper pain--after all, how do you cope with your parents' deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same--not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since th
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Jalynn Patterson
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?


After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not ev
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Kristina
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller is the second book in An Amish of Birch Creek series. Joanna Schrock was in a buggy accident with her parents. Her parents did not make it and Joanna has a long recovery ahead of her. Joanna is especially upset because she was arguing with her parents at the time of the accident (about wanting to marry Andrew Beiler). Joanna broke her pelvis and has a severe laceration on her cheek. It will be a long recovery. Andrew was so upset when he heard about the accid ...more
Gretchen
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Unbroken Heart is Kathleen Fuller's second novel in the Amish of Birch Creek series. This time Sadie's sister, Joanna Schrock's story is told. Joanna is still on the mend after a tragic buggy accident that took the lives of both of her parents. Joanna is getting stronger each day but her heart is also in need of healing. She can't seem to forgive herself for the words spoken to her parents the day of the accident and blames herself for the wreck.
With her heart and body in need of healing Joan
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Hallie Szott
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

An Unbroken Heart takes Kathleen Fuller’s fans and readers back to Birch Creek and the devastated Schrock family. While A Reluctant Bride focuses on Sadie Schrock, this second Amish of Birch Creek novel spends its pages on one of her younger sisters, Joanna - and her story is a fascinating (and at times, frustrating) one.

A car-buggy accident that kills both of her parents leaves Joanna Schrock injured, scarred, and looking at her life - especially her r
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Pianosue
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Joanna Schrock is injured in a hit and run buggy accident where her parents are killed. Will she fully recover from her injuries and her grief? She has had feelings in Andrew Beiler for most of her life. Will they marry or will their hearts to away from each other? Also there are other secrets in the family, will they discover what they are and be able to move past them?
Cindy
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book free as a Giveaway.

I really enjoyed this story. I've never read this author's works before, but I'll definitely be picking up some of her other books. the story here was both sweet and realistic. The main character is easy to like and relate to. A well-told story!
Amy
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Unbroken Heart is my favorite book written by Kathleen Fuller that I have read so far.
I thought is was well written with a few gut wrenching and unexpected events. I think this book is a must read.
5 plus stars.
Cathy
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A touching read about a young Amish couple finding their way to each other amidst past tragedy and current challenging circumstances. It was also wonderful to see characters from previous books. Strong themes of forgiveness and unconditional love. Very enjoyable read that I recommend ;).
Karen Hadley
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
WOW! This book is full of circumstances that most people can relate to. Fear, guilt, broken hearts, loss and love. May God heal you where you are broken. A inspiring read.

Blessings,
Karen Hadley
Janka H.
Joanna is a people-pleaser. And she has been loving Andrew her whole life. So when he finally proposes, she should be over the moon, right?
No.
The day she had tried her will for the first time, the day she har argued with her parents, had also become a day of the tragedy, the day when her parents died in a crash of their buggy with a car.
And Joanna is scarred now. And she believes that Andrew has proposed as an act of compassion, not because of true love.
But she said yes.

What to do now? How to
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Angie Fehl
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Joanna Schrock has been pining away for Andrew Beiler since she was 12 years old. Now 20, Joanna is surprised but ecstatic to find herself actually dating Andrew... finally! In fact, one evening at a social gathering -- though she and Andrew have only been a couple for 2 months -- she decides to just go for it and ask Andrew to marry her. Stunned, Andrew asks for time to think it over. The next day, Joanna is riding in a buggy with her parents, trying to argue her case for being old enough to ma ...more
Sharon
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish
If this was my first book by this author, it would also be my last. So disappointing after The Reluctant Bride, which I couldn't put down. Just not enough of a storyline to keep my interest. I ended up skimming the last half just to get through it. And why nothing about Bishop Troyer? - he's what made the first book so interesting.
Tina
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
An Unbroken Heart #2 An Amish Birch Creek Novel***** by Kathleen Fuller

Joanna Schrock's world has been turned upside down—not just from her serious injuries requiring a long recovery but from the death of her parents in the hit-and-run buggy accident. Can she forgive herself for the argument she had with her parents moments before the accident?

Joanna has been in love with Andrew Beiler since she was 12 years old. Andrew almost lost her in the buggy accident and decides they need to marry soon an
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Linda Wilson
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings
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Maryann Skaritka
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readers are warmly welcomed back to Birch Creek in this second book of the series. I didn,t read the first book but I found it very easy to follow along and pick up the story. I also like that there was not an overabundance of characters which you find in many Amish books.

This was also the first book that I have read from Kathleen Fuller and I really enjoyed her writing style.

Joanna Shrock has more on her shoulders than any young woman can handle,. She blames herself for the tragic buggy accid
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Sharon
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

Joanna Schrock has been in love with Andrew Beiler since she was twelve years old. After a life-altering accident in which she loses her parents, and she is injured, spending weeks in the hospital and rehab center, she returns home and starts planning her wedding to Andrew. On crutches, dealing with pain, physical and emotional, and nightmares, the wedding day arrives and she jilts Andrew as she is halfway to
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Lucy
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book two in, An Amish of Birch Creek, but can also be read as a stand alone. I didn't get to read A Reluctant Bride, but would love to. An Unbroken Heart is a wonderful story of forgiveness in many different aspects. Like separate threads on a loom each persons story begins to weave together until it all comes together, creating a picture that is unique and wonderfully made. Joanna is a strong woman, but needs to discover that for herself after a buggy accident that changes her life. I c ...more
D.J.

What a romantic tale…

“An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.”

I knew the moment I read that description, I would have to read this book. And I was pretty sure, if it lived up to that line, that I would enjoy it!

Oh my! I loved this story . . . when Joanna proposes to Andrew, then calls it off before the wedding, I just knew they would both be miserable, unless they could work things out. And I’d like to say more, but it’s much better for you to read it for yourself
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