Change of Heart by Rachel J. Good (review by Kristi)


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?

Paperback, 304 pages       Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Realms

My review: First of all, I have to comment on how pretty the cover of this book is. The picture, colors, and font all combine to beckon a reader to pick up this book. I was so glad the inside of this book held up to the expectations I had based on the cover.

Although this book at first seems a bit on the predictable side it is soon discovered there are going to be many twists and turns. Readers should be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of emotions while reading this well-written story.

All of the characters in this book are easy to like. Well, maybe with the exception of Kyle. I especially liked Lydia and Mammi. Jakob was another favorite of mine and I felt myself feeling sorry for him throughout the book. Hopefully the next book in the series will see happier times for him.

I liked the author’s writing style. I found her writing style simplistic and easy to read. Being this is a book about the Amish I found the writing style fit well with the subject.

If you are a fan of Amish fiction I think you will enjoy this book. It has all the elements fans of Amish fiction look for but is a different type of story than what we usually find. This is a quick and easy read.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author:    Rachel photo web

Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heartfelt novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. A former teacher and librarian, she began writing while raising her five children. In addition to having articles and books in print under several pen names, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. Connect with her at:

Check out our interview with Rachel at:  In the Spotlight: Rachel J. Good


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