About the book: An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.
Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
Paperback, 304 pages Published March 15, 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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My review: The first book by Kathleen Fuller that I read was, ironically, the first book in this series. I read it in a day or two while on vacation last year. I fell in love with her writing while reading that book and was anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Thankfully, as a member of The Fiction Guild, I was sent a copy of this book to review. Would this book be as good? Would the writing and the story just blow me away? Would I still be a fan of the author when finished reading this book? The answers: Yes. Yes! and YES!!
I love the way the author set this story up. I liked reading about Joanna and Andrew when they were young and then “fast forwarding” to the present and how their relationship progressed. In my opinion, this really pulls the reader into the story and makes them feel as if they really know the two main characters. Andrew was so kind and sweet to Joanna that I perhaps developed a bit of a crush on him. Many times during the story I wanted to reach into the pages and give him a hug. Not often do I feel that attached to a character. Even the secondary characters in this book are well-developed. The author knows her craft and creates believable and realistic characters.
There is so much emotion in this book, too. I found myself brought to tears one minute and laughing out loud the next. The author has a way of writing that makes you feel the emotions of the characters in a way that fully immerses you in the story. I truly enjoy the way she inserts bits of humor to lighten up what could be a thoroughly sad story.
The story is told at just the right pace to get you interested and keep you engaged in the story from beginning to end. Everything happens at just the right moment, too. Nothing is rushed or too slow. There is just the perfect amount of buildup for every major plot development.
I highly recommend this book. Even though it’s the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. I don’t suggest that though because you will miss out on a wonderful read if you skip the first book. Please don’t miss out on a great story. Grab this book (and the first in the series), a refreshing drink, and find a comfy spot to sit and read for awhile. Once you start reading this book you won’t be putting it down!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
About the author: Kathleen is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series and the A Middlefield Family Series. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from readers.
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