Thursday, August 25, 2011
Book Review: Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman/4 Stars
Beth Wiseman's Amish novellas are now available for the first time in one collection.
Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn't expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he's back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again?
"A Change of Heart"
Leah is a writer in a community that does not encourage such fruitless endeavors. She lacks the skills necessary to be a good Amish fraa. Aaron knows these things about Leah, but his heart is captured by this spirited young woman.
"A Choice to Forgive"
Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel's brother, to whom she has been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.
These novellas previously were published in An Amish Love, An Amish Gatheirng, and An Amish Christmas.
What an enjoyable time I had with this book! For someone who doesn't prefer novellas, I had a hard time pulling myself away from the ones in this anthology. Each one had a beautiful love story that was unique in it's own way, and I found myself smiling, laughing, and cheering on all of these sweet Amish characters. I also thought this book painted a clear picture of what it truly means to forgive, and how, if we give all our cares over to the One who can use all things for good, He'll give us a song in our heart, a joy in our step, and a peace like we've never known.
Next to Cindy Woodsmall, Beth Wiseman is my favorite Amish storyteller. Seriously, she gets better with every new release. Her stories have a way of getting into my heart every single time, and I can't ever seem to put them down! I'm always anxious to see what she'll come up with next, and believe me, it's worth the wait every single time. :o)
Sass? Briefly. A crazy woman named Auntie Ruth comes to mind. :o)
**Many thanks to the author for providing a copy for review.
**If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this very book, be sure to check out the interview I did with Beth earlier this week. She's giving away a copy to someone, and it just might be you! Click here for more details.