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Family Blessings by Anna Schmidt
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Jan 21, 2012

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bookshelves: historical, romance, christian, amish, love-inspired, borrowed-from-lynne, harlequin-category-romances, 2013, 50-states-2013, anna-schmidt, a-to-z-2013
Read from January 24 to 26, 2013

This was a nice, easy read but I didn't find it quite as compelling as the first book in the series. Part of my problem might just have been that I finished Love Comes to Paradise by Mary Ellis, which I absolutely adored, right before I started this book, and nothing really would have lived up to the previous book. I liked the unique details in the story, such as Jeremiah's ice-cream shop and the historical context of the depression and how it affected the Amish community. It was also interesting to find a book that acknowledged that abusive relationships can exist among Amish communities, even if it was sad that the community knew how Merle was treating his family and never had intervened. But ultimately, the romance itself wasn't as engaging as others I've come across in the LIH line, and I felt that the final conflict just stretched the story out rather than adding to it. I have enjoyed reading the Amish Brides of Celery Fields series and would quite like to find out what happens to Greta and Lydia, even if Pleasant's story wasn't as interesting as Hannah's. Ultimately, this wasn't the sort of book that gripped me, making it very easy to put down, but it was still a relaxing read and a solid addition to the LIH line. 3*
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Lynne Decided to buy this one and then you can read it too :)

Rachel Brand Ooh, thanks! It looks really good :)

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