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Judy K Burgi
5 Stars Out Of 5
Can Hope Overcome Darkness?
November 29, 2014
Judy K Burgi
Things look pretty bleak for James Lapp. He is confined to a wheelchair after an automobile accident. He feels that he is useless as a man. All he wanted in life was to marry Rachel King and tend to his familys orchard. Sadly he cant do either one.
Rachel King has her heart set on being James Lapps wife. James has pushed her away and refuses to talk about marriage since he is now only half a man. What is Rachel to do? Should she give up on James?
Perhaps an Englisher running away from a bad situation might change everyones circumstance, even her own.
I really enjoyed, A Simple Faith. This is the first book of this series. When I won a copy of, A Simple Charity, I knew I had to buy and read, A Simple Hope (the second book of this series) first, so I could get the whole story straight.
All the characters in this story were very real to me. There are some very sweet endearing ones and some very bad not so endearing ones! To take the bad ones away would make for a very boring read.
I loved that trusting God was a theme in this book. I enjoy good clean Christian fiction books. If you do too, this series is for you.
Lauer has a knack for creating characters I care about. I'd already met James and Rachel in A Simple Faith and I can honestly say I've been wondering about them and their unique love story for a while now. Love it when characters stay with you long after the read is over.
James's journey is especially moving...and frustrating. Losing the use of his legs threatens his entire identity -- at least in his head. And I'll admit, his father's attitude doesn't help any. The push/pull between father and son is agonizing as both fight to adapt when confronted with this new reality. Honestly, I wanted to clobber James's father upside the head through most of the book. :-) Talk about complicated relationships! And while I understood James, he had me gnashing my teeth at times as well. Stubborn male pride -- even if he is Amish!
Steadfast, sweet Rachel hangs on through it all. Her dedication and love is admirable, even if it takes her down the wrong path a time or two. Lauer does a wonderful job of showing the contrast between the way a man and a woman cope with this kind of tragedy. Rachel does a lot of growing and stretching through the course of the book. The mature Rachel who emerges as the result of all she learns is simply stunning.
A Simple Hope beautifully illustrates the strength of hope and its ability to carry us through even the darkest of times.
I didn't think I was ever going to find a copy of this one.
The local library hasn't bought a copy yet and I was itching to read it.
Fortunately, Random House is supportive of Book Bloggers/Reviewers_
Rosalind Lauer has a very special talent. It takes a very strong talent to be able to find more and more stories to tell about one particular community - especially without the feeling that the same material is being recycled.
Rosalind Lauer has managed to write 5 books, 1 eBook and another book to come about the community in Halfway. And not one of those stories have been even remotely the same.
However, there have been some marvelous crossovers. Rosalind has invited us into a true community.
And we get to know a little bit more of it with every book. I know I'm looking forward to A Simple Charity - book 3 in this current series, and I hope there will be many more to come after it!
Rosalind dealt with one theme in her first series - Faith. And it seems the theme for this series is Healing. In A Simple Faith, we see that healing is not just about the body. That theme continues in this book - A Simple Hope, beautifully. James was only a part of the story in A Simple Faith but A Simple Hope is clearly his story - His and Rachel's.
We continue to see our favorite characters from other books and we meet new ones as well but this story is definitely about James and his family and Rachel and the talent God blessed her with.
It's truly amazing that Rosalind can keep writing about such serious issues without falling into a soap opera-feel. But there is never any feeling of being embroiled in the kind of drama you would find in one of those. What we see here is real-life drama, plain and simple - with a wonderful twist of being found in the plain and simple Amish community.
It's difficult to believe that Rosalind Lauer is not Amish herself.
She certainly writes with an accuracy that makes you feel as if she is, or as if she grew up Amish. It's an incredible thing. You would never know these weren't written by someone who is very much embedded in that faith.
And yet, they're also written with such flair. It doesn't take more than a few paragraphs to be completely draw in to the story.
I look forward to reading many more of Rosalind Lauer's books. I'm already itching to get my hands on A Simple Charity - which is scheduled to be released in October of this year.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.