Change of Heart(Book One-Sisters and Friends)by Rachel J. Good(review by Cathy)

Change of Heart

About the Book:

Lydia Esh’s younger sister Emma is running wild during rumschpringe, causing the family major heartaches. Although it means risking her reputation, her job as a schoolteacher, and her courtship with Jakob Zook, Lydia attends parties to watch over Emma and protect her sister’s virtue.

When Emma begins a relationship with Kyle, an Englischer, Lydia teams up with Kyle’s older brother, Caleb, to keep the couple apart. As Lydia and Caleb spend time together keeping an eye on their siblings, Lydia falls for this forbidden love. But she fights her attraction and determines to stay true to her faith.

Caleb confesses his feelings to Lydia. She admits her attraction to him, but she’s made her decision to join the church and marry Jakob Zook as her family is pressing her to do.
Will Lydia stay true to her faith even when it means giving up the things that are most precious to her?

My Review:

I was initially drawn to this book by the beautiful cover.  I’m so glad that I was because I discovered not only a good book, but a wonderful author.

At first, I thought the book would be a somewhat predictable, but after a couple of chapters I realized that would not be the case!  The story progressed nicely and the characters were well developed.

One of my favorite characters is Mammi. She was full of surprises and quite different from other Amish grandmother’s in books that I’ve read.  I loved her spunk and her gentle ways. A great combination.

Another character that stood out to me was their father and how he dealt with both anger and despair.  The most maddening character was Kyle!  Maybe, he’ll have some redeeming qualities in the next book?

I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this series. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Good has in store for The Esh family, their friends and community.

A good book for both young and older readers.

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.







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