Monday, October 3, 2011

The Wonder of Your Love

From the back of the book: Katie Ann Stoltzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no none to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

My review: I enjoyed the last book I read by Beth Wiseman and was excited to read this one as well. The Wonder of Your Love certainly kept my attention without any problem. I enjoyed catching a glimpse of the characters from the previous book I read, as well as getting to know new characters in the same Amish community. Beth Wiseman included an interesting mix of Amish and English characters which I thought made the story line that much more enjoyable. The characters Katie Ann and Eli were at opposite points in their life, and I liked how Ms. Wiseman weaved their lives together. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I have a hard time with how the Amish are portrayed. This is only the second book I have read by this author, so I did not mention it in the review of my last book by her because I wasn't sure if that was typical of her books. She doesn't seem to want to make them truly Amish. I haven't studied and don't know a lot about the Amish way of life, but Ms. Wiseman seems to make them more "worldly" than they should be. Her books have just left me a bit confused. I do look forward to reading more by this author, and maybe I am the one that needs to learn a little more about the Amish. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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