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A Cousin's Challenge (Indiana Cousins #3)

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Kumme back to Amish country, where sign language tutor Jolene Yoder finds herself attracted to her newest student—a brokenhearted Lonnie Hershberger. Love-shy Lonnie sees no future in becoming emotionally tied to Jolene. For how could he hope to protect her, if he can’t even hear? Besides, Jake Beechy seems to be taking up most of her free time. Meanwhile, Ella Miller is w ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Barbour Books
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Megan Hansen
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly I liked this book more than the last in the series. The leading lady, Jolene, is deaf and it is intriguing and exciting to watch her story unfold. I’ve never read a book with a deaf character before, but I can’t imagine how it could be done better. The romances in this book were sweet and I loved the recipe at the end of the book!
Deborah
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this final installment to the Indiana Cousin Trilogy, Jolene Yoder returns to Indiana following the van accident that took her hearing. She is to be the teacher to two deaf Amish children that are new to the community, and though she has her misgivings, she is determined to be a good teacher as she once was.

Lonnie Hershberger is deafened by an accidental explosion, and is having a hard time adjusting to a world of silence. Jolene offers to help him learn how to communicate in his new world, b
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Tiffany
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tiffany by: First Reads, thank you for the read!
Shelves: first-reads
I found this book exhausting and overwhelming. The first couple chapters set the pace of extreme dialogue and thoughts of the characters for the rest of the book. It leaves very little interpretation for the reader. I felt that if I met this author in real life she would talk constantly, just like in her writing.

The book is full of tragedy, one after another. I feel the author didn't have any other way to keep going with the book, except to add another tragedy or accident. While its true that t
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Melody
3.5 stars

This book wasn't bad at all, but I must say that I was quite disappointed by it.
It seemed to me there were far too many tragedies going on for a small Amish community. Also, some problems were solved way to easily for my liking while others seemed far too hard to resolve. All of this made the book not so realistic, and that's a shame because the story had so much potential.

The love stories were sweet however, and I enjoyed the characters. I also liked that the reader could get a glimps
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Courtney
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
An amazing tale of how God's wonderful will is always on time. The "hero" of the novel loses his hearing, and upon doing so feels out of sorts and worthless. When he meets the woman who is to teach him sign language, he feels unable to began a new life. God's love conquerors all in this book, and His will is for everyone to find love in one way or another.
Elizabeth
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-book
A very good book. Ellas accident changed her life. But she over came and such a good story of how a family comes together in time of need.
LaShunda
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Just when you think surely NOTHING else could happen, it does! As a fan of Wanda E. Brunstetter it pains me to say that this book is not a favorite. Much like the first in the series, keeping the characters straight and their story lines together took more work than I was interested in putting in. That being said, each story line was interesting and could easily have stood alone. Wanda E. Brunstetter is a fantastically engaging storyteller and I am not at all deterred from reading more of her wo ...more
Lori
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wanda takes us to the world of deaf and gives us insight if the challenges they may face in daily living as well as how they overcome and raise above these challenges, A reminder God is in control and his timeing. Twists that you never thought would happen and sweet goodness of love
Sandra Ambriz
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done!

This book was written so well that I felt I knew the characters personally. Each character was introduced remarkably. The novel flowed fluidly so there wasn't much confusion as to which character was being portrayed. Well done!!!
Rhonda  McCoy
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last in the cousin's series. I enjoyed each book in the series.
Marcy
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very touching story.
Heather
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series. she took everyday accidents and tragedys and turned them around into teaching moments. And they even became closer to god for it. Wanda is a wonder storyteller.
Mary
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Wanda Brunstetter kept me wondering what would happen next!
Hillary roberts
a book review of a cousin challenge
This is the third and last book in the Amish Indiana Cousins Series.
This book I was looking forward too as it had a Deaf main character and I am Deaf myself. Granted the woman in the book lost her hearing after she was in a van accident and I was born Deaf but I will take a deaf character where I can find them. Especially if they are positively portrayed like they are in this book.
Jolene lost her hearing in a Van accident and had went to PA to live with her aunt to learn to sign. She is back in
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Paula-O
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was the last of the Indiana Cousins series Book #3
"A Cousin's Challenge"

This story was mostly of Jolene Yoder who lost her hearing when the van accident happened and all the cousins were affected in one way or another.
Jolene was a teacher so this loss was devastating to her, losing the job she only ever wanted to do-she loved children and the task of teaching them about life was her one goal in life.
After the accident she went to an aunts in another state to learn how to sign and lip read.
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Patricia Bond
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A COUSIN'S CHALLENGE (INDIANA COUSINS #3) WANDA BRUNSTETTER

A Cousin's Challenge is the final book in the Indiana Cousins Series.

Jolene has been living with her aunt in Lancaster Pennsylvania to learn sign language and how to read lips, as her aunt teaches both. Jolene's aunt, has received news that Jolene is wanted back home in Indiana to teach two deaf children in the community. So Jolene returns home and does what she likes best teaching, which she hasn't done since an horrific accident nearly
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Ashley
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After a serious van accident leaves Amish school teacher Jolene Yoder profoundly deaf, she leaves home to learn how to read lips and communicate with sign language. But two years later, a family with children who have been deaf since birth moves to Jolene's hometown, and she is asked to return as their teacher.

Lonnie Hershberger has lost faith in God and in women ever since his girlfriend broke up with him when he lost his hearing during an explosion. When he starts falling in love with Jolene,
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Shari Larsen
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third and last book in the Indiana Cousin's trilogy.

After a serious accident leaves Amish school teacher Jolene Yoder deaf, she leaves home to live with an aunt who teaches her sign language and how to read lips. Two years later, she is called back to her hometown to teach two deaf children who just moved into their community.

Lonnie Hershberger has lost his faith in God and in women since his long time girlfriend broke up with him after he lost his hearing in an explosion. When he st
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Mayda
Jul 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In this character-driven, feel-good Amish novel, several Amish young persons are trying to find their way and plan a future. Part of a series, this tale centers on Jolene, deaf from an accident, and her return home to teach some deaf children. The slow moving plot does little to grab the reader’s interest, and I couldn’t help but think that these young Amish adults would have greatly benefited from a Jewish matchmaker. It was no surprise at the end when the couples finally made up their minds wh ...more
Keith
I enjoyed this book despite it being no challenge to read. There is nothing to figure out, wonder about, or difficult to learn or anticipate. All the characters' motivations are spelled out immediately before or after their actions. This combined with each character having similar motivations makes it difficult to tell them apart. Three mistakenly perceived love triangles is too much. I could not tell if the book got too preachy or it was true to the Amish culture. I think I was in just the righ ...more
Lauren
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
Quick, easy read. Nothing too challenging about it, but it made for a good "in-between difficult books" read. I couldn't put it down; I read the whole thing in one sitting. My only complaint is that the author writes too in detail about everyone's thoughts, without allowing the reader to pick up on it themselves..."show, don't tell". That being said, the story was engaging and kept my interest. Light, fun read. Also, to note, I have not read the first two books of the series, but I don't think t ...more
Kimberly
The theme of this book was overcoming obstacles and believing that God always has a plan for your life. It was a quick, easy read and the story was easy to follow along with. At times, it was a tad slow and predictable. I started getting annoyed with all of the accidents that kept happening in this community. They just seemed far fetched and unnecessary. It was a bit rushed in the last few chapters as well. Not my favorite in the series, but I did enjoy catching up with Wayne, Loraine, Katie and ...more
Shelly Ann
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I was excited for this book, because I am in the same position as Jolena, I am very hard of hearing. I am glad for this story. Which I pray it makes an awareness for all those who know deaf people or hard of hearing and how we feel. I know where Jolena comes from. She had to learn to communicate with everyone, and she made it appoint to teach her family signing, and those in her community. So glad for this topic, because it encourages learning to do sigh language or to read lips. I have been lea ...more
Mainon
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
I won this in a First Reads contest! I've given it to my younger sister, Caitlin, to read -- when I saw this book I thought it looked exactly like something I would have loved at her age.

Unfortunately, she found it really difficult to get into, as the storyline just didn't hold her attention. She ended up dropping it for another book I gave her, A Wrinkle in Time, which she loved!
Tinker
Mar 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is a very "unsophisticated" book. I think this might be ok for a much younger reader,very early teens perhaps.
There are so many characters, that the supposedly main character, gets lost in the crowd. I found myself trying to recall just who was whom, and what was their connection.
Also should be an explanation for those unfamiliar with Amish, that the term "English" is applied to anyone not of the Amish faith, and not to someone from England. The sprinkling of Amish words was also superf
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twinfish2
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Let me start out by saying that I won this book from goodreads. That said, I didn't like this book. It was very slow moving and it just never picked up the pace until the last 20 pages. I usually love this author. The characters in her books are usually very vivid and easy to care about but in this one they were just flat. I do recomend the first two books in this series, A COUSINS PROMISE, and A COUSINS PRAYER. They were 4 star books for me and I wish this book had been also. Do look into her o ...more
Teresa Locklear
I enjoyed this book more than the 2nd one. The book mainly is following two sets of people. There are definately a lot of sad things that happen in the book, but I felt like the author was showing us how God is always there. Several of the characters struggled with the problems and while it did seem like something bad was constantly happening there was plenty of good too. One of the things I really like about this writer is that even with all the trying times that she puts into the books she's c ...more
Jodi
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
There were way too many terrible things that seemed to happen to people in this book! Obviously bad things happen everyday but its not real enjoyable to read about so many bad things happening in one short book. I guess the inspirational fiction part comes in that throughout all the bad things happening to people in the community their faith still stayed strong. I was also surprised that one of the cousins was getting married in the springtime. All the other Amish fiction books that I have read ...more
Mom
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
This book really tied the series together. It had a lot more references to Bible quotes about fogiveness, helping one another, trusting in God, gossipping... There were lots of challenges for the different characters in this book so it kept you guessing, but in the end if you trust in God, he will lead you and guide you and bless you. One thing about the Amish people, they really have a strong faith and trust in God. Good example to follow. So despite the second book in the series, I'm glad I re ...more
Katie
Mar 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2010
This was a nice light read, with a positive message about making the best of the curveballs life throws at you, and that really good things can come out of situations that seem truly horrible. The only slightly unbelievable part of this book was all the injuries that kept occurring. If there was ever a more accident-prone community, I've yet to see it. Overall, it was an enjoyable read though, and I'll pass it on to my sisters so they can enjoy it too.
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