The Amish Widower by Virginia Smith (review by Cathy)

The Amish Widower

 

About the book:
After the devastating loss of his second wife, Seth Hostetler believes a lasting love is beyond all hope. A year has passed, and his mamm and sister are determined to see him happily married once again. But how can he open his heart to another woman when their relationship could end in tragedy?
On an outing with his family, Seth comes across an Amish potter hard at work and jumps at the chance to take a seat at the wheel. He takes quickly to this creative outlet, pouring his long-buried emotions into each piece he shapes. Unfortunately, the fancy nature of his art draws the disapproval of his district’s leadership.
His work puts him in the path of Leah, an Englisch woman employed by the Amish to sell their wares to tourists. Despite her aloofness, something about her speaks to Seth’s wounded soul. But what is he to do when the things he wants most threaten to pull him away from the life he’s committed to live?
A compelling novel of second chances and the power of God to redeem hearts and dreams, set in the inviting Amish community of Lancaster County.
 My review (4-stars)
This book has it all, great characters and a storyline that pulled me in from the first page. The pace is steady and describes the grief that Seth is going through and how it affects  much of his life.  It was hard to imagine anyone suffering so much loss at the age of 26 as Seth did.
I loved the excitement he felt when he first took a seat the pottery wheel and how he used that as a form of therapy to help him cope with his loss and the many changes in his life.  There were plenty of changes within his family.  Siblings getting married, his parents having decisions to make and his aging grandmother’s health.  I absolutely loved his grandmother!  She and Seth were my favorite characters, although there wasn’t a single character that I disliked.   With a message of faith and forgiveness the healing begins and that’s a message I always like.
There are a few twists in the book which added the perfect touch to The Amish Widower.
I recommend this book to readers of both Amish and Christian fiction.
I received a complimentary through Netgalley and have given an honest opinion.
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