Upon a Spring Breeze (Every Amish Season #1) by Kelly Irvin (review by Cathy)

Upon a Spring Breeze

About the book:

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.
Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.
When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

My review (4 stars)

There are so many things to like about this book, such as the sweet protagonist, Bess.   The pain  of losing her husband, Caleb became unbearable for her at times which is quite understandable.  The way she chose to deal with her grief was completely understandable.
I could also understand how Aiden felt which made me like him and I really wanted him to get through to her and try to help her cope with what she’s going through.  Given that he had always had feelings for her, it made things a bit difficult for him in keep  his true  feelings hidden and attempt to be just a good friend.
A few widows  in the community were so sweet and supportive of Bess and that was of my favorite part of the story.  I love strong female friendships and  the author obviously does, too.
What I didn’t care for at first, were  most of the male characters.  I know from reading other Amish  fiction  that there are rules to be followed, but some of the men were a bit too much for me.    I was always mindful that they had Bess and her son’s best interests at heart which made their actions a bit easier to understand.
Kelly touches on many subjects in this book which I won’t mention because  I think the reader should have the opportunity to  find out for themselves.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
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