The Restoration by Wanda E. Brunstetter (review by Kristi)

the restoration

From Goodreads: Dive into an Amish country love triangle in this third book of the Prairie State Friends series. Priscilla Herschberger finds herself pursued by Elam, a childhood friend from her community, and David, an outsider raised in the modern world. Elam would do almost anything to convince Priscilla that David would never fit into the Amish way. Will flames of jealousy rage out of control and ruin lives? Can forgiveness allow love and trust to grow?

My review: Opening up a Wanda Brunstetter book is like pulling on an old comfy sweater. You can sink down into the coziness of the story and surround yourself with a thoroughly good read. The Restoration was just such a read that I found myself reading the entire book in a day.

I found myself being pulled into the story from the first page. It was nice returning to Arthur, Illinois and catching up on the lives of characters I had begun to think of as friends and neighbors. New characters are introduced and we are able to get to know existing characters better. Wanda has brought the characters to life and made them completely believable and relatable.

There are several storylines going on in this book with the main story being a love triangle including an Amish couple and their Englisher friend. I enjoyed this storyline and the others as it brought to light the fact that the Amish are not really all that different from the rest of the world. They have problems and dilemmas just like everyone else.

Fans of Amish fiction are sure to love this book. New readers of the genre will enjoy the book as well. Even though it is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone. I would recommend reading the two previous books first then this one so you will be more familiar with all the characters and their stories. However, if you can’t wait to read this one then go ahead. You won’t be lost as there is enough backstory provided.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and her publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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