Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Review and a Giveaway!!

FINALLY I'm going to get caught up on reviews of books I've read these past couple of months. I wasn't kidding when I said I haven't felt like doing anything...reading and blogging included unfortunately, but hopefully now I'm back in the game!

With this review I'll also be doing a giveaway of the book, so check the bottom of the post for more info on that.

When the Morning Comes is the second book in the "Sisters of the Quilt" series by Cindy Woodsmall. This is a fabulous series for any fans of Beverly Lewis or other writers that focus on Amish communities. This particular book and its predecessor When the Heart Cries actually came off as a bit more realistic that some of the other Amish-related books I've read and I enjoyed them fully.

In this installment, Hannah Lapp has fled her Old Order Amish community to live with her shunned Aunt in Ohio and hopefully find some peace in her own mind. Her relationship with her fiance Paul feels ruined and she doesn't know quite what to make of her life anymore. Unfortunately, moving to a world filled with culture she isn't aware of and customs she's never been introduced to is making transition extremely difficult for Hannah and ends up confusing her more than ever.

While Paul is searching for her, convinced they can mend their broken relationship, Hannah begins to find her beloved peace in her Aunt's world. She becomes friends with Martin, an Englischer, and starts to feel as if her true place may be among he and other Englischers like him, however strong the call to home is.

Though the plot is somewhat similar to other books I've read regarding the Amish and their beliefs, it was still refreshing and unique. The characters had depth and resonated with truth fullness. I could feel a connection with Hannah, as well as with Paul whom wanted nothing more than to have his true love back. I'm definitely looking forward to the third book in the series!

I'm giving away a copy of this book on Sunday night. Leave a comment here by about 12am and I'll include you in the drawing. Happy Reading!


Amy said...

Looks great! Can I be entered?

Amanda said...

Yes ma'am!

Jenny said...

Looks great! Please enter me as I just finished Beverly Lewis's The Postcard and am looking for a new book.