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The Journey

(Kentucky Brothers #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,242 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! Discover along with Titus Fisher how life can begin anew in Christian County, Kentucky. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving a broken romance behind is the best decision Titus ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets two women: one who seems perfectly suited for any Amish man and ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Barbour Books
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Victoria Goodbrand
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
that’s it, Wanda! I’m done! *chucks all her books in the garbage*
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wanda Brunstetter is a well-known name in the Amish genre. Branching off of the Fisher family from previous series, she begins a new series focusing on the youngest of the Fisher family, Titus. It was neat learning tidbits about the previous adventures that the family has gone through—makes me want to go and get the other books to read about them in detail!

The first chapter was rather humorous as the reader was introduced to Titus, who has a big dislike for cats. As the story continues you can’
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, amish, group-read
The Journey is the first book in Wanda Brunstetter’s new series Kentucky Brothers, a spin-off of her Daughters of Lancaster County series.

There are always comparisons between siblings in families, but being a twin brings on even more comparisons for Titus Fisher. Titus, a 22 year-old Amish man who still lives with his parents in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, lacks confidence in himself. He feels he is always being compared to Timothy. Titus is courting Phoebe, who has yet to settle down and
Rachel Brand

When the chance to work as a carpenter in an Amish community in Kentucky arises, Titus Fisher jumps at the opportunity. Always in the shadow of his perfect twin brother, Timothy, and watched like a little child by his mother, Titus feels it’s time to find where he belongs in the world. And since this offer follows his girlfriend Phoebe’s announcement that she still isn’t ready to join the Amish church,
Cheryl Olson
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The words "Plain" and "Simple" may be a bit underwhelming to most of us, but in the amish world those are very good things and I would definitely say that the plain and simple story told here about Silas and Suzanne and how their worlds come together is plain, simple, and a very good thing.

Silas Fisher is a broken man- the woman that he was so positive that he was set to marry has decided to take off to California as she isn't so sure that this Amish way of life is for her and wants to spread
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
We meet Titus Fisher a young Amish man who lives in Pennsylvania with his parents. Titus has a twin brother who he compares himself to and falls short in his mind. He has been in love with Phoebe for 5 years and while their parents have not allowed him to court her due to her young age, she has finally turned 18 and an age where they can be together and marry. Pheobe decides she is going to try the ways of the English and go to California with her friend. She wants to have some fun, and refuses ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is the first Amish book that I have read. I admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I knew that the Amish are a people of great faith and live a simple lifestyle compared to the rest of the world. I was surprised at how much technology they actually use. That the amount allowed is under the direction of the local area religious leaders. I guess I live in a different region of the United States.

Titus is the main male character. He has had his heart broken by Pheobe
Cheri Swalwell
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Journey is the first in a series about "Kentucky Brothers." I love series and this one was no exception. I loved the two women that were introduced in this book and the issues that Titus had committing were very real. I loved how this book flowed into book 2, The Healing, because once I fall in love with characters, I want more. I don't want to say goodbye too soon.
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amish, Christian, Romance
My 2 Cents: I started reading Amish books a few months ago, this is my 8th one if I am not mistaken and 3rd or 4th by Wanda Brunstetter. I love her work. I am never disappointed in her characters, setting, or issues. Titus moves away to Kentucky to get away from Phoebe. She broke his heart and went off with a friend to California after leading him to believe she would join the church and marry him. Life changed for Titus once he got to Kentucky from day one. He met the granddaughter ( Suzanne ) ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
With all the anticipation of this living up to my expectations and its fellow Amish romances, I was unfortunately let down. The book is exasperatingly lengthy and almost seems to be written by a non-native English speaker. It takes forever for any real romance to happen and the emotions and insights of the characters are so monotonously explained again and again that any passion is non-existent. The disastrous outcomes of much of the secondary characters was almost laughable in its unreality. ...more
Not the best Amish fiction I have ever read — not the worst. I finished the book — read every word cover to cover. I didn’t have to force myself to read. The writing is “invisible”, which is to stay that Wanda Brunstetter writes so that the story is paramount (as it should be) rather than the prose. The characterization was consistent. The story had a large cast of characters and it was easy to tell them all apart. There were fresh plot elements in this book that I’ve yet to read in any other ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: youth, fiction, romance, genre
This is a great book for a third grader. Not even sure if it is written at the 6th grade reading level.
The character development is minimal, the dialog is wooden and phoney and the jumping back and forth from city to city really makes the chapters short. Almost like reading the USA Today. You want MORE!

I skipped to the last chapter to get through it.
Sorry Wanda. I know a lot of people think you are an amazing writer, I'm just not one of them.
This is book one of the series, but it might be a spin-off. The way that happenings were referenced made me feel like I should known about them (past kidnappings and deaths and such). Anyways, I thought this was a clean adult romance, but it felt more like a middle grade or maybe YA vibe to me. I do like those types of books, but for some reason, I just couldn't get into this one.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I have determined that Brunstetter's writing is inferior to that of other authors in the Amish fiction genre. The dialogue is not authentic nor natural-sounding and some of the story lines are too contrived for my taste. However, I did like the continuation of the characters from an earlier series and I do want to see what happens in the next installment in this series.
Joan Bolen
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
loved it. One of her best. Great story about how its never to late to start over. Highly recommend it.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, book-buddy
Such a sweet story. Looking forward to the entire series. The narrator gave an awesome performance.
Tina Watson
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I LOVED the book. Exciting the whole way through; twist and turns.
LOVED Wanda's ending.
Darlene Wilson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
As I "read" the audio version, it's a bit difficult to review the writing, as the inflection might be different than what I would use. I did find the speaker’s Kentucky accent very distracting (do the Amish in Kentucky actually speak with that much of an accent?) as was a woman trying to emulate a man’s voice.
As to the book overall , I feel as though it was written with the themes in mind first, (hero has heart broken, wants to escape from under the shadow of his successful brother and his
Margaret Domer
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Journey by New York Times Bestseller Author of Sister a Hope Wanda Brunstetter. This story take place Paradis, Pennsylvania. Tituss and Phoebe. Tituss was 23 and had all ready join the church he was wanting for Phoebe to do the same so they could be married. Phoebe had other plans she wanted to go California and see the Pacific Ocean. So a friend of Phoebe. Darlene planned a trip to California. Phoebe ask Tituss to come with them. He told her no . So Phoebe left for California with her ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
Apparently someone told Brunstetter to end each chapter with some kind of tension. Unfortunately, she's so dedicated to this concept that the story suffers. If there isn't anything handy, she invents something as unprobable as a pack of wild dogs or a run away horse with no precedent anywhere in the story before they show up. The story reads very predictable and rather than being the sweet unfolding of a clean love story, it's a choppy that leaves the reader with almost no attachment to the ...more
Tiffany Jones
When Phoebe Stoltzfus breaks off their courtship, Titus Fisher decides he needs to start a new life and moves from Pennsylvania to Kentucky and it turns out to be the best decision he's ever made. He finds rewarding work that he really can see himself making a career of and he starts to wonder if he may be ready to move on from his relationship with Phoebe and risk getting his heart broken again. When he starts thinking about whether or not he should try courting again, he has two young women to ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I tried. I got about 85% through the book, but couldn't take it any more. It's a DNF for me. Another reviewer, Rachel Brand, said all the things that I was thinking about this book, so read her review! Basically, too many contrived (and just plain silly) plot points, too many dumb decisions by the characters, too much telling us what's in the everyone's head. I listened to the audiobook and found myself just yelling out loud out of frustration. Also, the reader was pretty good, but she ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! Brunstetter has written another trilogy about the Fisher family. In this book, Titus Fisher, now grown up, has his heart broken and decides the best thing to do is to leave Lancaster County and move to Christian County, Kentucky, where his brother Zach's best friend (and Englisher) lives. It's a tough decision, but one he feels is best for him - not only to heal his heart, but also to find his way in life. I found this book especially interesting to read because I am familiar ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish-fiction, audio
Manufactured crises, stilted dialogue, and poor overall writing make up this story, set in Lancaster County and in Kentucky. I've enjoyed brunstetter's work in the past, so this was a surprising disappointment. Worse than the writing itself, though, was the poor quality of the audio version. The reader had a distracting accent and pronounced the Amish words very badly. Also, she used confusing inflections to add drama to the wrong parts of the storyline. overall, not a great book, but it helped ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
I enjoyed this Amish story. It is about how three young people try to find themselves and fit in and how their lives intertwine. It contrasts kindness with selfishness as well as comparing themselves with others. The romance develops at a nice pace so that I could keep up and was onboard for them. The choice that is made in the end, is done in a pretty logical and mature fashion which included relying on the Lord for guidance.

I did feel that our selfish person made a change to abruptly in the
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Titus always felt inferior to his twin brother. To get out from under
his shadow & to get away from memories of the girlfriend who left him,
he moves away. He meets a nice girl but after a few dates they feel they
don't have much in common. Another girl reminds him too much of the
girl who left him. She is also a bit unconventional by Amish standards.
So many things happen in this book that you won't see coming.
Nancy Granger
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this series more than I anticipated. I prefer to read about the Amish of Lancaster County since I lived there, but this was good to see the differences in various areas. Titus moves there to escape a broken heart, but finds in Kentucky a much fuller life. A journey to discover his own self-worth leads to friendships and maybe even romance?
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There were several problems in this book some greater than others. Titus has hs heart broken and moves to Kentucky leaving very upset. When he is hurt his parents go to Kentucky to bring him home but he refuses and sends them home. Titus gradually gets his life together sends his old girl friend away and asks Susanne l to marry him.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Only gave two stars as the rating style is super basic. Reminds me of how a young person would write. Too much of the obvious spelled out versus details that should be added. Story very slow moving and book could be half the length it was. I have this book as part of a trilogy in one book. I’ll keep reading the series when I have nothing else on hand.
Julie Brown
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was a great book of love and forgiveness. Made me feel good just reading it. I felt I was apart of the family. The end was a shocker. I even yelled out loud " oh my goodness!!". Can't wait until I get a chance to read the second book in the series.
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith,

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Kentucky Brothers (3 books)
  • The Healing (Kentucky Brothers, #2)
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