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?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Love Undone Book Review

 An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams 
and God's Unfailing Grace
SUMMARY:  A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.  A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.  How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?
     At the age of nineteen, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision.  For the next ten years, Jolene threw herself into family life - and then she meets Andy Fisher.  The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine-year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.
    Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him - that he is a grass widower.  As a man whose wife abandoned him six years ago, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways.  Andy wrestled with God concerning his reality and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him  . . . until he met Jolene.
     As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance - or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

REVIEW:  This was one of the best books I've ever read.  This story captured my attention right off the bat and held it all the way to the end.  My heart went out to the main characters.  I admired Jolene and her strength.  Even with all the restrictions within the Old Order Amish church, Jolene perseveres, sticks to her guns and does a wonderful job with what she has.  Andy is doing a great job raising his son without a wife to help.  I love how after Jolene and Andy realize they had developed feelings for each other, they decided to go their separate ways to keep the other safe from gossip and scandal. I also love how when accused of adultery, Jolene stands strong and has lots of support from her family and friends.  Everything about this story is great!!  This is one you will want to look for and keep in your library.

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for review without compensation.

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written more than a dozen works of fiction and one nonfiction book.  Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets.  She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.  Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.

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