Thursday, December 21, 2017

Seeds of Hope - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
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About the Author:

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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My Review:

I have a soft spot for books about the Amish.  Their way of life fascinates me.   Although Seeds of Hope is a fiction book, it still resonates closely to Amish conduct.

This book tells of a guy named Mark who grew up visiting and knowing his Amish grandfather.  He knows the ways of the Amish and isn't totally against them but strives more for the big city life.  Mark accomplishes this by becoming a lawyer.  Miriam, someone Mark knows from childhood, is a teacher and nurturer in the Amish community.  Mark lives a big life while Miriam's is much more simple.

A chain of events causes Mark to return to his grandfather's farm.  Mark and Miriam meet up once again and both are torn between feelings of love and wondering if their two completely different worlds will actually work out.

I enjoyed the character development in this story, the heightened emotions, the reliance on God, and the author's writing style.  Seeds of Hope is the first book in a new series, Harvest of Hope.  After reading this one, I'm excited to see the same great writing style in the others.

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pailofpearls said...

Looks like a sweet story. I'd like this kind of romance