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, May 15, 2016

An Unbroken Heart Book Review

Amish of Birch Creek Series
Book Two

SUMMARY:  An argument.  A crash.  In an instant, Joanna's world is changed forever.
     One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents' lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident.  Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain - after all, how do you cope with your parents' deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
     After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life.  But nothing is the same - not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
     Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years.  She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it's love he's feeling, or pity.  As the couple's wedding date approaches, Joanna isn't overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she's wracked with anxiety and guilt.
     Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she's afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
     If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she's ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?

REVIEW:  I like it when you feel you are part of the background of a story.  This author made me feel like I was there, watching the events has they happened.  There were times when I would get mad at Joanna for not speaking up, letting people know how she felt, instead of just going along with what she thought everyone wanted.  Even though she made a mess of things, she had good intentions and still wanted matters to work out the right way.  Andrew's unconditional love for Joanna was inspirational.  Sometimes I wanted to grab him up by the collar and give him a shake after Joanna's untimely decision but I understood his response. 
     This is the second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series. To fully understand all the elements of this story, you will need to read the first.  The Unbroken Heart overlaps with A Reluctant Bride for a bit and then moves off on its own.  I love how both compositions work together while also being their own accounts.
     This is an enjoyable book and series.  If you like Amish fiction, you will like these novels.

This book was provided by Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers
for review without compensation.

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several best-selling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield.  Visit her online at, Twitter: @TheKatJam or Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.

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