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A Time to Heal (Quilts of Lancaster County #2)

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Christopher Matlock is a weary and wounded ex-soldier who just wants some peace in his life, but then he meets Hannah Bontrager, a gentle, pacifist Amish woman who turns his world upside down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm, Christopher finally finds peace in this simple community helping with the crops. He expects resistance from the Amish but is appalled when he and Ha

Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published February 2nd 2011)
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Dale Harcombe
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.
Chris Matlock, suffering from post-traumatic stress after events that happened during his time as a soldier overseas, decides to visit Jenny who he met while in hospital. He thinks she may be able to help him find some peace. Married to Matthew, and living the Amish life, Jenny seems to have found happiness and peace in the simple life. Chris plans to only spend a few days and then move on. But events conspire to change those plans. He also meets Matthew’s sister, Hannah.
Maureen Timerman
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
Christopher Marshall has recently been released from the hospital. He was injured in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan and spent 11 months recuperating. While he was in the hospital he had met Jenny and after corresponding with her decides to visit her Amish home. He is able to find the peace he has been looking for among the Plain people. He meets Hannah Matthew's sister and an attraction ensues.
Hannah longs for a family of her own. After Matthew's wife dies, she fills in and loves the rol
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I personally don't see someone, especially a man, joining the plain community unless they were born to it. The story was interesting but not very believable to this reader. 3 stars
Rachel Brand
Overall rating: 9/10
Bonus points for referencing "breakfast casseroles", an idea which my fiancé and his friends are now obsessed with!

Yet again, Barbara Cameron manages to blend modern day war conflicts with the peaceful Amish life in the second book in her Quilts of Lancaster County series. Having encountered Jenny, the heroine of A Time to Love, while recuperating in a veteran's hospital, Christopher heads to Lancaster County in search of the Amish countryside that Jenny described so vividly
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Quilts of Lancaster County

Barbara Cameron

2011 (April)

Abingdon Press


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Paradise Pennsylvania seems to draw wounded hearts, and souls to the small Amish community. First it was Jenny, in book one A Time to Love. Now we meet Chris, a young soldier that Jenny met in the VA hospital, during one of her visits there.

Chris has been wounded physically, but the emotional toll of the war and the things that happened there have worn on him hard. He remembers how J
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Looking for something he's not sure of, Chris feels he has to come to Paradise to talk with Jenny, a former hospital roommate and now Amish woman. What he doesn't expect is to be put to work and consequently fall in love with the Amish. He is nagged by a sense of someone following him, watching him. Is it his past coming back to haunt him? Can he stay in Paradise and risk the lives of those he's come to love, or should he make a break for it?

"Let go, let God." I absolutely love Hannah and I thin
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0764-3
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Chris Matlock is a wounded and weary soldier, healing after a period of time in the Veteran’s Hospital, and he decides to visit Jenny, a woman he met when they were both at the hospital. When he arrives to see Jenny, no one is home, so he falls asleep in the hayloft.

Hannah Bontrager is worried an animal is in the barn, and she is frightened when she finds a man in the
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, amish
My 2 Cents:

First let me say Matthew's sister is named Hannah not Rebecca like it mentions in the description.

Barbara Cameron is one of my favorite Amish writers. This is the 2nd book in the quilt series and I loved this book just as much as the first. You could read this book as a stand alone as it gives a little bit of detail from the first one. You would no be lost. Now if you are like me you want to read the series in order.

Chris comes to Paradise to see Jenny whom he met at the VA hospital
This is the second book in a three book series! This book has a lot of the same characteristics as do typical love story type Amish books that have been out on the mass market in recent years. However, I thought this one stood out because most of the book is from the view point of a male character (Chris) in the story. He is not Amish himself but comes to visit Jenny (the main character of the first book in the series). The storyline kept my interest. There was a love story/mystery going on in ...more
Diane U
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Matlock heads to Paradise, PA with hopes to speak with Jenny Bontrager. He met her in the veteran's hospital when she was recovering from surgery in the last book. Once Chris arrives, he starts helping out on the family farm during harvest. He falls in love with the tight family bonds, the community, the way of living and even with Hannah. Some unusual things start happening on the farm and he begins to question if his past has caught up with him. Will he stay in Paradise or leave to ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book!!! I started reading and just couldn't put it down. Luckily I had the day off work but now I'm behind on all the things I was supposed to get done!!!

There's a lovely cadence to Cameron's voice. It makes reading a pleasure and makes me want to slow down and savor every word.

This is the second in the Quilts of Lancaster County series, but it can easily stand alone. However, since I read the first book, I really enjoyed catching up with my favourite characters -- especially Mat
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amish fiction lovers
It was fun to revisit Jenny, Matthew, Phoebe, Hannah, and the kinner in Paradise. Chris, an Englisch acquaintance of Jenny's, comes looking for peace while dealing with physical and emotional injuries of war.
I just loved this book and I could not put it down. I read it in 1 day!!
The authorhas a strong character development. Her writing style makes you feel like you are there and part of the family. I am looking forward to reading the third book of this series.

A Time to Heal hits on hard themes,
Janice Aitkens
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this on the kindle as part of the 1-3 book bundle

This is the 2nd book in this 3 book bundle

I really enjoyed this one which is part of this series it not like an Amish series i have read before so while it still Amish based it different in that you have in this on Chris who was a soldier & had met Jenny at the hospital where he was recovering & she was there for test

Jenny married Matthew who is Amish & Chris has gone there to talk to her, he puts his protective arm around the fam
This was a pretty interesting read. It had a slight suspense plot, and I especially liked reading about Chris, and how he was coping after returning from war. I didn't like how they ended things, not really knowing how things would end up for Chris or even what happened to Malcolm. There was a connection to the previous novel, so this is definitely not a standalone book. Hannah was not a likable heroine for me, and I didn't really get how she was supposed to be the perfect person for Chris. I th ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dianne by: Kris
If you enjoy a good read with some insights into the Amish way of life, this is a good book for you! An ex-soldier looking to heal his damaged soul and a young Amish woman find themselves caught up in an attraction that is not approved of when his past comes back to haunt him.

In order to set things straight, they risk all.

Again, Barbara Cameron gives us a glimpse into the lives of the Amish, who, are so very much like other humans, both good and not-so-good, with very human flaws.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple heart

A story told of love, determination and challenges of heart. A mystery, love story and the showing of God's will will be done.
Laurie Carlson
A Time to Heal, by Barbara Cameron

Chris, one of the main characters of this book, had been injured overseas in Afghanistan during the war while in the Marines. He met a woman, Jenny, who was working in the medical unit in Afghanistan during the war as well, who was also injured and was staying in the Veterans Hospital. She is from Paradise, (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania. She is Amish. She told him all about where she was from, that she was Amish, about her family and more. While they had both
A Time To Heal by Barbara Cameron

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley and am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

A Time To Heal is the second book in Barbara Cameron's series Quilts of Lancaster County.

The first book, A Time To Love was fantastic! You can read the review I wrote about it here: http://books-camilleelise4.blogspot.c...

A Time To Heal continues the story, and has many of the same characters, which I love in a series!

So, if you
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What would it be like to walk in your barn and find a handsome Englischer in your barn loft? That’s what happened to Hannah Bontrager, an Amish young lady living in Paradise Pennsylvania. However, when Hannah’s brother Matthew walked in, he was not too happy about the situation.

Chris Matlock, an ex-soldier showed up at the Bontrager farm looking for his friend Jennie. He and Jennie met in a stateside hospital while recovering from injuries while overseas. Chris was hoping Jennie could help him o
I give it 3.5 stars.

This book tells the story of Hannah, Matthew’s sister. She is now living with Jennie’s grandma. She really wants to find the right guy and settle down and have a family but the right man has just now shown up. She tries to be patience but she struggles with waiting on God’s timing. Then one day she finds a Englishman in the barn and she finds herself attracted to him. Could this be God’s plan for her or will she just have to keep waiting?

Christopher has come to talk to Jennie
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. It is best to to read them in order though it can be a stand alone book. This is the first Amish book I have ever read and I was highly impressed! Barbara Cameron did a great job. She showed that the Plain People are just regular people and make mistakes and are fallible just like the Englisch. The characters were well written. Chris was a tortured soul who was a veteran who served in Afghanistan and was injured and betrayed by his fellow soldier ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, adult, amish
A Time to Heal is the second book in the Quilts of Lancaster County series. We are reacquainted with Jenny, Matthew, Phoebe and Hannah in this book. This second book once again brings us into the parallelism of the two worlds, the Englisch and the Amish. Chris Matlock follows Jenny to Lancaster County looking for peace and finds love and trouble. The turmoil he feels is prevalent throughout the entire story and the reader can’t help but feel sorry for him. At times though I thought he was so sel ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Chris Matlock, a wounded and weary ex-soldier, just wants peace in his life, and he believes he's found it when he visits Matthew and Jenny Bontrager. He envies their happiness and simple life but doesn't believe that that life is meant for him.

When he meets Matthew's sister, Hannah, a small spark of hope flares within him. Despite the clash of cultures between the former military man and the pacifist Amish woman, Chris and Hannah fall in love. Chris settles into life in the community, helping M
Mary Shipman
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I struggled through the beginning of this book. Some of the ideas and possibilities seemed just a bit much to begin with, not at all what I have come to expect in the "Amish Romance" genre. Had we not had an ice storm going on, I might not have finished the book. That would have been my loss.

Soon however, I was totally enthralled with Barbara Cameron's plot and how visiting Engischer Chris Matlock's past was changing people's futures.

There is a budding romance between ex- soldier, Chris and Amis
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The second book of this series is even better than the first!

I find it so humbling that a soldier, wounded and hurting, would find a home in an Amish community. It makes perfect sense; what do soldiers want more than peace!

I don’t know how true to life it would be for an Amish community to embrace a soldier, especially when trouble follows him, but it makes perfect sense to me that they would accept him for who he is… regardless of his past.

All I know is… when I read Barbara’s books, whenever po
Shari Larsen
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #2 of the Quilts of Lancaster series.

It continues with the story of Jenny's and Matthew's lives, but the main focus in this one is of Matthew's younger sister Hannah, and her relationship with an "Englisher" man, Chris.

Chris is a war veteran that Jenny met in New York when they were both in the hospital recovering from injuries. Chris is also recovering from post traumatic stress disorder. Looking for peace in his life, he decides to visit Jenny, so that he can talk to her, and also
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, kindle, amish
Paradise... at least it seemed to be for Chris Matlock when he spends time on the Bontrager farm. He came looking for answers from his friend Jenny, but kept coming up with more questions -- Matthew, Hannah, and Phoebe. Then things start happening around the farm and it seems that Chris's paradise is anything but that.

I loved this continuing story of the Bontrager family. Barbara Cameron does a very nice job at bringing the Englisch to the Amish without making the Amish Englisch. Her Amish char
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Really enjoyed this book. A book about Hope. The author nailed in in her Q&A (do not read before you read the book) -- this particular part does NOT contain a spoiler. The author hopes that you take away "there is always hope--hope that we will grow even closer to God through any time we experience when we feel alone with a challenge."

One of my big take-aways ... I always like it when God uses an author's words speak directly to me ... from Chapter 16, pg 239:
"Because if I don't forgive yo
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've got to admit that I read this book because the 1st one in the series was a free book from Amazon that I was able to download to my kindle app. The first book was pretty good, at least it was good enough to find the 2nd book at my library. This book, too, was pretty good. Held my interest pretty well, and it's interesting reading about the Amish people or "plain people" as they called themselves in this book. I would recommend it as a good read. However, the 3rd book in the series seems to b ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
i really liked this book it keep my interrest through out. I connected to all the characters. I really felt bad for Chris he was a soldier that was wounded, he knew Jenny and met her at the hospital. He wanted to see how she was coping after the war. So when he was released from the hospital he went right to paradise to see her. That is when He meats Hannah she is Jenny sister in law she is a determind, caring amish person who is very pertective of her family. they were attractive to each other. ...more
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CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.

I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America
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