About the book: Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?
Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Genre: Amish fiction
My thoughts: After finishing this book and struggling to find the words to review it I decided to go back and read my review of the first book in the series, The Hawaiian Quilt. I found it surprising that a lot of the feelings I have for this book are the same as I had for it. While I enjoyed The Hawaiian Discovery, I didn’t love it. (Same for the first book.)
In my review of The Hawaiian Quilt, I said that I liked Ellen more and more throughout the book. I really liked her in The Hawaiian Discovery because I think she embodied everything readers look for in Amish characters. She’s a good daughter, good friend, reliable, and dependable. She was everything I expected her to be. While I didn’t care for Mandy much in the first book I liked her in this book. I think this is due to the fact that she is clearly English in this book and not wavering between Amish and English. There were several secondary characters in this story but none that really grew on me.
This book takes place in Hawaii and Indiana. As with the first book in the series, I was glad for this because without the Indiana scenes this book just wouldn’t have seemed Amish at all. During the scenes that take place in Hawaii, it was oftentimes easy to forget that Ellen was Amish. I applaud the authors for trying to keep the genre and stories fresh but I think Hawaii may be too much of a stretch. During the Hawaiian scenes, I felt like I was just reading a contemporary fiction story and not Amish fiction.
Sometimes I felt like the dialogue in the book was off a bit. It was at times too formal and didn’t sound like things that friends or family would say to each other. I had the same issue with this in the first book as well. Perhaps it’s due to a fairly new author’s writing.
While I had some issues with this book the story was interesting and it was a quick read for me. While I thought the first book was geared more for young adults this book had a more mature feel to it. I believe fans of the genre and Wanda Brunstetter will enjoy this story. Happy reading!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.