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.
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.
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 familyâ€”a 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 Godâ€”rather 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 Valleyâ€”and 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.
Get ready for a heart-pounding rush of emotions as Marianna returns to Pennsylvania with the love of her life, Aaron Zook. Her mother had invited him to Montana to steer her away from Ben Stone, an Englisch man from the area. Upon arrival, Aaron was in a car accident, and ended up recuperating at the home of Marianna's parents.
After spending time with Aaron there, Marianna chooses to marry Aaron, her childhood love. They hope for a quick wedding once her brother Levi and Naomi are wed. What they find is Naomi pregnant before marriage. Marianna and Aaron's hopes of a quick marriage come to a halt, at least until Naomi's baby is born, and Levi and Naomi are allowed to marry.
As Marianna is courted by Aaron, strange behaviors and attitudes shoot forth from Aaron, something Marianna hasn't ever seen before. Surely it's because they have been apart for so long. Right?
As secrets and rumors are exposed, a whole new dilemma occurs, sending Marianna into upheaval. The return of her parents for Levi and Naomi's wedding stirs up additional rumors and innuendos, as Ben is with them with a large trailer.
Trisha's characters are real, deep and complex, and the emotional roller coaster rides in Beyond Hope's Valley are real, difficult and exhaustive. Trisha really digs into the meat of the issues and they are presented in a way that she truly masters. Twists and turns keep you wondering how anything can work out. Love is tested. Suspicions reign. The storyline keeps the pages turning!
Having given her heart to the Lord in Montana, Trisha has Marianna traveling the fine line of Pennsylvania Amish life and truly following the Lord. Her exuberance in sharing her newfound joy isn't always accepted, though the Amish ways are delicately woven in her life. With this rejection, Trisha brings out the travesties of Marianna's friends back in Pennsylvania.
You will want to read Beside Still Waters and Along Wooded Paths to get a better feeling for the angst in Beyond Hope's Valley. Trisha has written books in several genres, and I've loved them all. These included. You won't be disappointed with her Montana Big Sky Amish series!
This book was provided by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.