Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book Review: Healing Hearts

Book Review:
Healing Hearts - Three Amish Novellas 
By: Beth Wiseman

This book contains three amish novellas: Healing Hearts, A Change of Heart, and A choice to Forgive.

A choice to Forgive tells the story of Lydia who has loved two men in her life Daniel who disapperd into the Englisch world and Elam his brother whom she was married to for 15 years.  Elam has died and Daniel returns she must make a decision can she find in it her heart to forgive him? 
A Change of Heart - Tell the story of Leah a writter in a world that does not encourage such pastimes.  Leah also lacks the skills needed to be a good Amish Fraa (Wife).  Arron is captured by Leah even though she does not possess the important skills needed to be a good Amish Fraa.  Will Leah be able to make it in the Amish community and still be able to write the stories that fill her heart?
Healing Hearts- Levina and Naaman are empty nesters alone in their home for the first time in 30 years.  Naaman leaves to visit cousins in Ohio and is gone for a year.  He's back can Levina and Naaman rekindle the relationship they once shared? 

I love these stories.  Each one had be connected and involved from the start.  I really liked that two of them were about older women you don't find that much in inspirational romance.  Wiseman has a way of writing that really draws you into the stories.  You feel these women's pains, frustrations, joys, peace, turmoil, and excitement.  I must say Leah in A change of heart was my favorite of these characters.  I longed to see her both succeed as a good Amish Fraa as well as see her writing be accepted and cherished.  I felt her heart ache as she longed to be able to do the chores and cooking properly, but always seem to fall just short.  I rejoiced when Aarom came into the picture and was able to over look her imperfections in the domestic department. 
I enjoyed that the book used some amish words and provided a glossary with the words and their English meaning.  I enjoyed trying to guess the meaning of the words before looking them up in the glossary. 
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars it is a must read! 

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the company for review purposes, all opinions in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company.


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