Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Marriage of the Heart: Three Amish Novellas

About the Book: The book is a compilation of three Stories that share the adventures of first love and second chances.
A Perfect Secret--Rose Bender's betrothed, Luke Lantz, is safe and dependable, maybe a little too much so. Or so she thinks until she sees him in the woods one night and discovers a secret he's been keeping. Now his secret haunts her. She wasn't sure about marrying a man she knew too well. But should she marry a man she doesn't understand at all?
Christmas Cradles--When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers' quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.
A Marriage of the Heart--Since her mother's death, Abigail Kauffman has lived alone with her father. She longs to escape the emptiness of the farmhouse that has never felt like home. Joseph Lambert is a newcomer in their close-knit community. Only after suddenly marrying do they begin to understand the tender truths of life-long love.

About the Author:  Kelly Long is the author of Sarah's Garden, the first novel in the Patch of Heaven series. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She's been married for nearly 25 years and has five children.

My Thoughts About the Book:  For those who love Amish life and romance this is a must read.  The first novella, A Perfect Secret was the first book I have read by Kelly Long. I loved her writing style.   She is a master wordsmith and keeps her story moving to the point that I could practically picture it in my mind. The back and forth between Luke and Rose and the desire between them both catches the reader and keeps them captive until the story ends. Rose finds out that Luke is keeping secrets and of course thinks the absolute worst, but who wouldn't? There is a thief in their Amish village and she is so curious that she actually meets him one night and is surprised at who it turns out to be. With the secrets flying will this young Amish couple make it down the aisle?
The second story, Christmas Cradles opens with Anna Stolis relieving her aunt, the local midwife. She meets Asa Lapp who is her driver while she is covering for her aunt in the middle of a horrendous snow storm.  From the meeting of the two you can feel the tension buillding. Anna, in her mid-twenties, has never had a true love so her feelings towards this man is surprising even to her.
The last story, A Marriage of the Heart, is about two Amish people, Joseph and Abby, who come together because of a lie and realize that they actually are very lonely and need each other.  Abby does a lot of maturing with the help of Joseph, who has his own secrets.  They find that they really want to feel the closeness that two people feel and eventually realize soon after what being in love really means. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Book Sneeze Blogging Program. I was not required to write a positive review. All they asked for was an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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