Beyond Hope's Valley, Big Sky Series #3
A fine read!
Better quality and depth than many "Amish fiction" books. Well worth your time. The characters seem authentic and you will find yourself drawn along, looking forward to the sequels.
November 28, 2012
One Of My Favorite Amish Series--Ever!
Tricia Goyer has penned a powerfully moving novel of forbidden love and grace, that takes the reader from Indiana to beautiful Montana, a land of beautiful mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, verdant meadows, and rolling pine-filled hills; in Beyond Hope's Valley, the third installment in The Big Sky Series.
Marianna Sommer is heartbroken when her Amish family decides to leave Indiana to move to Montana, leaving behind everything she has ever known and loved her whole life...including her sweetheart, Aaron Zook. Aaron has built a wonderful home for Marianna, and becoming impatient when she doesn't come back to Indiana right away, Aaron decides to go to her in Montana. However, once there, Marianna finds a peace in the beautiful countryside than she has ever known, coupled with a freedom to serve God in a more personal, intimate relationship, aided by the friendship of a very special man, the Englischer, Ben Stone.
As confusion begins to take hold of Marianna, and fear of her feelings for someone who isn't Amish, Marianna decides to accept Aaron's marriage proposal and return to Indiana with him. However as lies, deception, and secrets begin to surface concerning the parentage of a new baby and a past relationship, and Aaron rebels against Marianna's new found relationship with the Lord, she begins to experience an uneasiness in her soul. Will she be a perfect Amish woman and marry the man of her dreams?...or will Ben continue to haunt them?
This was a wonderful Amish series-one of the best I have ever read! The realistic storyline, humanly flawed, complex characters, and a strong spiritual thread throughout, made this a series I could hardly put down! Tricia Goyer is a master of storytelling, and I am thrilled to have finally gotten acquainted with some of her work. With a satisfying conclusion, I would not only highly recommend this book, but the whole series--I read all three in three days! Very nicely done, Ms. Goyer!
*I received Beyond Hope's Valley from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
August 9, 2012
Following God's Plans
I have so enjoyed my visit with Sommer family and have loved Marianne, and her sweet giving personality.
We begin this book on our way back to where we started in Indiana. You will wonder if Marianne is about to finally wed Aaron Zook, a wedding she has planned in her mind forever. We also wonder about her feelings for Ben...if we all could look ahead down the future road. I love the reliance on God!
We have been following these beloved characters through three books and this one being the final. I hate to say goodbye, you will have to read through a lot of heartache, and love.
Although you can read this book alone, I wouldn't miss reading Beside Still Waters and Along Wooded Paths you will "Love" them.
Be ready for a great conclusion to this wonderful series, and wish I could have more visits. Enjoy!!
I received this book through Litfuse Book Tours, and the Publisher B & H Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
May 21, 2012
Finally! The long-awaited conclusion of the Big Sky series is here! And what a conclusion it was! Tricia picked up right where she left off in Along Wooded Paths and caught up with Marianna as she returns to Indiana to help her brother and his bride-to-be as they start a familyÃ¢ÂÂa little out of order! As Marianna and Aaron get closer to the time when they believe they will be married, Marianna continues to be plagued with doubts and wonders if this is really what God has planned for her.
Coming into this final installment in the Big Sky series, I wasn't sure how I wanted the series to end. Should Marianna choose Aaron and the Amish way of life? Or Ben and an English lifestyle? I was so conflicted and really felt the emotions that Marianna was experiencing throughout this book. I loved the focus on Marianne's discovery of having a relationship with GodÃ¢ÂÂrather than simple rituals or tradition passed down through generations. At time, it even seemed that the human relationships took a backseat, which I appreciated. Don't get me wrong, though . . . there is plenty of angst, heartache, and soul-searching in this novel! I thoroughly enjoyed Beyond Hope's ValleyÃ¢ÂÂand the emotional journey to the conclusion. I hated to see it end and am keeping my fingers crossed for future visits to this charming community! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from B&H Books and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
May 15, 2012