My review on A Shining Light, Book 3 of the Amana series is written on the late side of April. I wanted to read the complete series of Amana before I wrote my personal view.
A Shining Light is the 3rd and final book the Home to Amana Series and is written by Judith Miller, published by Bethany House.
I have read other books by Judith Miller and I really enjoy her books.
The representation of the book cover does catch your attention and makes you want to take a peek and see whats inside.
Again, I have read all three books to get a feel on how the books flowed together. You might be surprized to learn that you do not need to read these books in order. Each book is written independently of each other. I read them in order because I thought the series would continue with some of the characters into book 2 and in book 3.
I think I understand why the author approached this style of writing.
I believe, the author wanted to put more emphasize on the History of Life inside the Amana Colonies. So if you are looking to read this book by itself, then you are in luck!
However, I do recommend you do read all the books in the Amana series. I have enjoyed reading all of them.
With that being said, there are a couple minor things for me on this series that I would consider as needing improvements.
I have read books by other authors on Amish and Older Amish stories.
When I finished the book, it left an assumption that the people in Amana were Amish because of the similar styles of living between the Amish and Amana Colonies. This is my personal view because of the similarities to the Amish Life. I wish the author would have included some history facts at the end of the book to explain more about the Amana Colonies. I know there was a credit the author gave and mentioned a fact or two about her research, but nothing to leave the viewer with a distinction between Amana and Amish people.
Maybe, if you read heavily into Amish books, you might have noticed that the people in the book are not Amish.
The second thing I noticed is there really wasn't anything new added to the 3rd book in the series regarding the lifestyle of Amana people. The Plots and Characters were beautifully written and I enjoyed them tremendously.
I just wished there would be a few new snipets introduced in the book that was not mentioned in previous books. Once you fall into the Amana routine from previous books, you kind of know what to expect for the third one.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the series. I give credit to the author, she did an amazing job with the plots, characters, and historical information on the Amana Colonies. I am glad she chose to write about the Amana people because I never heard of them. I did google more about them after reading the book.
Thank You Bethany House for publishing Judith Miller Books.
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*I received A Shining Light from Bethany House for free, in return for my opinion.*
A Shining Light by Judith Miller takes place in West Amana, Iowa, and is a most enjoyable story. Andrea Wilson and her young son Lukas leave Baltimore to return to her father's farm in Iowa after she receives news that her husband has been lost at sea. Unfortunately, Andrea's father has sold the farm and then died when the house burned and he was trapped inside. The generous people of the Amana community invite Andrea and Lukas to live with them for a while. Andrea finds that she really likes the way of life in the community and dreads the day when she and Lukas will be asked to leave. Dirk Knefler, the tinsmith, is attracted to Andrea and he forms a very strong friendship with Lukas who is in desperate need of a father figure in his life. Andrea and Lukas are happy in the simple life when another problem rears its ugly head.
All the characters in the story were extremely well developed with most of them being very loveable but one was impossible to love. I liked the way the author had the story told from the perspective and in the voice of the main characters with the name of the character at the beginning of a chapter. Although I loved the entire cast of characters, well except for one, my favorite was Lukas for he was such an adorable little boy with a heart full of love. There were several surprises in the plot but they only made the story more interesting. I appreciate how the author had God as a very important part of the story and how God working through Dirk, helped Andrea find peace and have her faith restored. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the workings of the Amana community.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story with a happy ending.
Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This made a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading about west Amana. I lived in main Amana for about 6 months after I was first married. It was always an interesting place.
This story is about Andrea and her son Lukas who live in the projects of Boston while the father travels the ocean. They are told he has died so they travel back to Iowa to see if her father will take them back.
Instead , they find him dead and move to west Amana where they can work and live until they can decide what to do.
They meet Dirk and he helps them to live again. Then, bad things happen and she needs to learn to trust in God. I really enjoyed this. I received this from Bethany House for a fair and honest review.
Author Judith Miller takes us again to the colonies of Amana. Each story in the series is independent and I believe they could be read in any order. I think this is the third story and it follows widow Andrea and her son, Lukas. Having lost her good-for-nothing husband at sea, Andrea takes her son from a tenement in Baltimore to the farm on which she grew up. Unfortunately her estranged father has passed away and the land was sold. Andrea is taken in by the neighbors who live in the Amana colonies. She does not intend to stay, but the stability of the colonies is a much needed presence in their lives. Disappointment follows them and the two must figure out how to reconcile their new peace with a troubled past.
This is a sweet, sweet story. The author paints a vivid picture of life in the Amana colonies. It's a different world, for sure. I can't imagine living in a community where everyone shares everything. The author's words made me feel like I was experiencing this community and life right along with Andrea.
The characters are well written. Andrea's situation is sad, but probably very common in this time period. Her growth as a person is amazing to watch. Dirk is such a patient man. He is kind and understanding. Their relationship was very natural, and I loved that the author took it slow with them. It helped to show Andrea's growth spiritually and as a person. I would have loved to hear more of Fred's story, though. I was devastated for Andrea when Fred came back.
The faith of this community is different, but strong and amazing. They really try to live what the Bible teaches and their willingness to help is something we can all learn from. Overall, this was an enjoyable story! I look forward to reading more from this extraordinary author!
*Thank you Bethany House Publishers for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*