The Wonder of Your Love
by Beth Wiseman
$10.87 Amazon (paperback)
$9.99 Amazon (Kindle)
About the Book:
Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At 40, she is widowed and raising her first child. Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised 6 children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself. When Eli meets Katie Ann there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plas they made for themselves are in line with God's plans. Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?
I gotta admit I hesitated to do an Amish book just because there just seems to be so many of them and I wasn't sure if there could be another take on the Amish theme but Beth Wiseman has definitely taken another spin with the Amish genre and succeeded.
The Wonder of Your Love is very well written and this time it's a book in another generation (not the teens or 20's). The characters are in the 40's (gasp), well rounded, mature adults who know who they are and what they believe (or think they do). It was nice to read a book about characters my own age who have many of the same thoughts and moral values that I do.
I was a little surprised to find a story of infidelity (on the part of Katie's deceased spouse) and the mention of one of the main characters becoming a believer in one of the other books. I've never read anything by Beth Wiseman and didn't really expect there to be a message about salvation and belief in Christ in an Amish book (that gives you an idea why I steer clear from Amish fiction as my Christian faith isn't 'rule based' but based on Christ being our 'high priest' not a bishop or priest who dictates behavior and consequences).
The theme of infidelity, childlessness and repentance is very well handled throughout the book and I liked the way the book ended - without jumping straight to the marriage alter. The characters are normal (read not wimpy), flawed and yet gracious and caring. I will definitely be back for another one or 10 of Beth Wiseman's books!
Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol-award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas. Connect with her on Twitter @bethwiseman, Facebook, her website, www.bethwiseman.com, and on Amish Living.
"Writing about the Amish lifestyle within fictional love stories has been a wonderful experience." Beth says. "The Amish and Mennonite contacts I have established in Pennsylvania and Colorado help me to keep the books authentic. An often misunderstood sect of people, it has been a privilege to learn about their ways."
Beth is celebrating the release of Book 2 in the Land of Canaan series with a Fabulous Facebook Party on November 1st. She'll be giving away one of her OWN paintings, several mini prize packs and a sneak peak at the next book in this heartwarming series.
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