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, June 10, 2014

A Season Of Change

A Season of Change cover PK
About The Book: An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings---including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret---that she was once Amish.  When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways---and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?
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About The Author: Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. 
Lynette can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

My Thoughts About The Book:  I have a love of Amish fiction, especially good Amish fiction, and am delighted that so many Amish fiction authors are out there right now.  I was taken aback because A Season of Change is so very different from any other Amish stories I have read to date. The story opens with  Jacob Miller, an Amish widower who meets an Englisher, Natalie(a clown), while she is visiting the children's wing of the hospital where his daughter is.  I would never have placed circus people and Amish together so this made the story a bit far fetched in the beginning.  Reading this was a first because I have never read any Amish books that take place in Florida.  Most Amish books are set in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana.  The Florida Order has very relaxed rules and so I did some research on this community and found that one like it really does exist.  As a Floridian who grew up with "snow birds" visiting in the winter I became more comfortable with the location of the story once I had some background information.  Even with the setting and the relaxing of the rules I still found the familiar Amish themes, emotions and dilemmas faced by the various personalities were well portrayed and the end result is quite unexpected.  I could not put it down and it was a most enjoyable read.  Sowell is quite the wordsmith and tells the story in a genuine manner and I loved it. A Season of Change is the first in a series, and I cannot wait to read more by this author.  If you are a fan of Amish fiction this is a must read.  Be prepared though because it is off the beat and path of regular Amish romances.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Groups blogging review program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  Thanks guys for allowing me this opportunity.

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