Saturday, July 23, 2011

Book Review: Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman

This is another book I received for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in extra for my unbiased review, good or bad. See below for more details.

This book is a compilation of three novellas by Beth Wiseman. All the stories take place in Amish-country and the main characters are Amish.

The first novella is "A Choice to Forgive" and was really sweet. In it, Lydia's husband Elam has died about a year ago. What throws the story for a twist is that Elam's brother, Daniel suddenly shows up on her front porch. Normally, this is not a big deal, but fifteen years ago, Daniel and Lydia were planning on marrying and then Daniel dissappeared without telling Lydia. Lydia ended up marrying his brother, Elam instead. Her heart was hurt and this book chronicles how Lydia deals with Daniel being back. This one has a surprise plot twist in the middle.

The second novella is called "Change of Heart" and it's main character is Leah. Leah is an Amish woman who loves to write and stinks at about everything else Amish women are supposed to be good at. Further, she's not interested in marrying right now, but a certain boy is interested in her. This one was my favorite!

The third novella is called "Healing Hearts" about a husband, Naaman, who up and goes on vacation without his family and doesn't come back for a year. His wife, Levina is surprised when he comes back. This story is about Levina and their children dealing with Naaman being back all this time. This story has a really great message when you read it the whole way through. Very encouraging.

I wasn't sure I'd like these after I read the first story. It sort of dragged and was predictable. Until the plot twist. However, I LOVED the second story and the third one was really encouraging. It has a great message and gives you cause to think. These were easy to get through, entertaining and well written. I'd recommend checking this one out of the library, (cause I rarely buy books), but it's probably not one I'll read again. Then again, I might. They were really cute. Just enough to stifle my fiction reading urge so I could get some more schoolwork done!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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