Thursday, May 30, 2013

This Book Room: Middlefield Family series

I've always enjoyed Kathleen Fuller's novellas in Amish fiction anthologies I've read, so when I heard of this series and the summaries intrigued me, I knew I had to give the series a go. Overall, I'm really glad I read the series. The first book was far and away the best for me. It was unpredictable and suspenseful. I really like when authors aren't afraid to show that not all Amish people are good. Just as with any other religion, there are people who aren't really living for God and who are... well, evil. The second book helped the tie up the loose ends from the first book as the third book tied up the loose ends from the second book. I really liked that the same characters were in each book, although I felt the books, as the series continued, became more and more predictable. I particularly enjoyed Sawyer's and Cora's journeys - both their individual journey and their journey together. That plot line reminded me of a bit of Beverly Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. If you've read that series and enjoyed it, you will likely enjoy this series, too.

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determined to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.

When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield,
Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why.

Sawyer Thompson is a Yankee who spent his teen years in an Amish home. Now an adult, he has to make a decision—go back to the life he knew as a child or join the church. Having suffered loss at a young age, he understands Laura’s anger, but is determined to follow God’s will and forgive. As their friendship grows, Laura begins to let her guard down.

New information about Sawyer’s past threatens the couple’s budding relationship. Both Laura and Sawyer will need to release the anger they’re storing in their hearts and forgive the people who’ve harmed them. As Laura struggles to trust God, will Sawyer do whatever it takes to remain faithful to Laura?

Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm is a success, then he will court her in earnest.
For several weeks, Katherine has been plagued by severe headaches and dizziness. While resting at home, Johnny unexpectedly visits, but when dizziness strikes, she loses consciousness. She awakens hours later in a hospital bed, unable to remember how she got there.
Seeing Katherine injured and vulnerable stirs something in Johnny, and his guilt compels him to spend time with her while she heals. Soon his heart begins to stir with questions: Does she even remember why he’d come to her house that day?
As Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor arrives in her already unsteady world—a man named Isaac who claims they had been writing letters to each other, even considering marriage, before her illness.
With two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so divided. The answer may lie behind a door she never considered opening
Thanks to booksneeze.com for providing a copy of Letters to Katie in exchange for my honest review.

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