Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sarah's Garden Book Review

Book Summary:  Quite by accident, Sarah King has fallen in love.  But this love is forbidden, and could cost her everything she holds dear.

Tucked into the majesty of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains is a garden Sarah King has been nurturing for years.  She never feels more alive than when she is alone with her thoughts and her Creator among the delicate rows of plants.  But then duty calls her away from her beloved garden and into a world she knows little about.

Grant Williams, a handsome young veterinarian, has left the city to open a rural practice among the Amish.  Within minutes of meeting shy but feisty Sarah King, he is captivated by her.

As their feelings grow for one another, Sarah insists they can never be together.  Marrying Grant would mean being uprooted from her home, her family, and her community.  Throughout the cold Pennsylvania winter, with her garden tucked away until spring, Sarah begins crafting a quilt that illustrates her pain.  Can anything lasting blossom from a love that's forbidden?

My Review:  LOVE IT!  LOVE IT!!!  LOVE IT!!!  This is an awesome book!!  The lives of the Amish fascinate me because of how different they are from "normal" Americans (and I say "normal" very loosely).  So, I was really interested in reading this book when the notice came out.  I was not disappointed.

Sarah struggles with her feelings for Grant.  She knows that falling in love with an Englischer will only lead to heartache.  As the summary states, if she does what her heart wants, she will have to leave everything she knows behind: her family, her faith, her life and she can never go back.  My heart went out to her as she struggles with her feelings for Grant and the knowledge of what would come of it.  I like how Sarah stands firm in not letting go of her beliefs and prays for direction.  Even though it may mean a life without him, Sarah is not willing to compromise her faith nor her love for Grant.

Sarah also sees beauty all around her even when it is not visible to the naked eye.  She can see what her garden will look when spring comes, and she can see the heart of people that others think are only trouble.  Der Herr, the Lord God, shows her that there is more to a person than their outer appearance.

This is an awesome book and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting an awesome read!

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson publishers for review.

Kelly Long is the author of Sarah's Garden, the first novel in the PATCH OF HEAVEN series.  She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania.  She's been married for nearly 25 years and has five children.   Visit for more information on all things Amish. 

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