Hope in the Land by Olivia Newport (review by Kristi)

Hope in the Land

About the book: When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish andEnglish neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?

Paperback, 320 pages    Published April 1st 2016 by Shiloh Run Press

 

My review: I had a bit of difficulty “getting into” this story but this seems to be the norm for me with this author’s works. However, once I got into the story a bit I found it to be a well-written and very interesting read.

The setting of this book is Depression-era Lancaster County and the story revolves around a study being conducted on the farm wives of the area and how they contribute to their family. I have never read a story like this and found it very interesting. It was neat to see how the families lived during this time and how things haven’t changed much for both the Amish and English since then. The storyline is based on a real study conducted under President Roosevelt and I found the story a fun way to read about it.

As far as characters go there are quite a few as expected in a book with an Amish family. Polly was easy to connect with and I felt sorry for her at times during the book as she felt she just didn’t measure up to the rest of the children in the family. Her ability to remember things after just seeing them once was interesting to read. Minerva, the English housewife, was very easy for me to dislike and, honestly, I wondered why her husband and daughter put up with her since they seemed so down-to-earth and genial. Towards the end though Minerva is more agreeable and I found myself warming to her. Henry, the government agent, was easy to relate to and I found myself sympathizing with him throughout the book.

This is the fourth book in the Amish Turns of Time series and can be read as a standalone as these characters do not appear in the previous books. This book would be a great choice for fans of Amish fiction or historical fiction. An excellent way to spend the day! Happy reading!!

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

About the author:  Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books.
Connect with Olivia Newport at:   http://www.olivianewport.com/
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