Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review - An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

An Unbroken Heart is written by Kathleen Fuller and is published by Thomas Nelson.

At first I wondered if I wanted to read another Amish story. The market seems to be flooded by them. I have not read the first book in the Birch Creek Novel series - A Reluctant Bride. However, I do know that Kathleen Fuller is an excellent writer and that her Amish stories are some of the best. I decided to give it a try and am very glad that I did.

In this story, Joanna Schrock argues with her parents in their buggy and no longer gets her words out before the buggy is hit by a pickup truck. The driver speeds off and flees the scene of the accident. Joanna's parents are both killed and Joanna ends up in the hospital. She survives with a facial scar and hips that require temporary use of crutches. Her boyfriend, Andrew, proposes to her, which used to be her heart's desire. Now? She isn't so sure.

This is a beautiful story of redemption, not only for Joanna but for other key characters. As Joanna learns to lean on the Father, she finds peace and rest. But is it too late for her relationship with Andrew?

I loved reading this story - from cover to cover. I am already eagerly awaiting the last book in the series, due to come out next fall. I found the writing to be engaging and the story heartwarming, heartbreaking, and altogether something that stirs one's emotions. The only thing that bothers me a tad bit is that I prefer not so many Amish words - it becomes difficult for me to read, sort of like the slave dialect in Uncle Tom's Cabin. However, I just glance over the words and miss none of the meaning.

The ending of the book was satisfying and made perfect sense. Another great book from Kathleen Fuller.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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