Book description: "After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.
Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?"
My review: This was a good book, but not a page-turner for me. A Shining Light is book three in the Home to Amana series by Judith Miller. However, reading the previous novels is not necessary before reading this one. The book is written from the perspective of several of the characters. At times this was a little confusing and switching my train of thought usually took a couple of sentences. I think the story would have flowed more smoothly if it had been told from one perspective. Life lessons are abounding in this book, and simple acts of kindness are common throughout. This book is a great example of how to love God and love others. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.