Heart Made New, A - eBook
True-to-daily-life struggles make for good read
Annie Shirack has more than her share of troubles. As a young woman she struggles with the untimely death of her parents and watching David Plank, the man she loves, suffer with cancer. Life in her Amish home may be simple, but it isnÃ¢ÂÂt easy. She and her younger siblings live with her brother and his wife and children, which creates abundant opportunities for tension. Add to the mix a pregnant teen mother with a three-year-old and a robber for a boyfriend. How can Annie help everyone, including herself?
Annie enjoys working in the bakery with DavidÃ¢ÂÂs widowed mother, where she gets to see David often. He fears the pain heÃ¢ÂÂd cause her if they grow too close. Will he always keep her at a distance? AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs brother Josiah has his own problems when the wild girlfriend from his running-around years returns to try to win him back. Will he choose her over AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs friend Miriam or be drawn away from Plain life?
An additional plot line involves a young girl David meets at the hospital. Kinsey battles cancer too, and longs to ride a black horse. David offers riding lessons, and the bond between them grows. Will watching her health fail steal his remnant of faith or help it grow stronger?
This heart-touching story will make readers think about their own lives and choices. A Heart Made New is the second book in Kelly IrvinÃ¢ÂÂs Bliss Creek Amish series, but can also stand alone. The characters seem so authenticÃ¢ÂÂyou canÃ¢ÂÂt help but care.
August 29, 2013
WOW! AMAZING AND EMOTIONAL READ...
A HEART MADE NEW by Kelly Irvin is an interesting inspirational Amish fiction set in a Kansas Amish Community.Book 2 in "The Bliss Creek Amish" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,"To Love and Cherish". While, struggles with HodgkinÃ¢ÂÂs lymphoma,David Plank loves Annie Shirack,but refuses to commit to his feelings due to an uncertain future. Filled with emotional turmoil,Amish community,faith,love,fear,suspense,dreams,romance,and a few twists and turns you want see coming. WOW! What a emotional and amazing story with an intriguing plot and characters who will steal your heart. It will not take you long to come to love this family with all their tragedy and triumph and the community. I enjoy Amish reads and this was no exception. This is my first my this author, but will not my last. She draws the reader into her characters lives and holds them there. A must read for anyone who enjoys community,faith, the Amish community,suspense,romance and an emotional story of faith,healing and heartwarming. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at the author's website,Harvest House Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
November 26, 2012
Amish Folks Are Real People with Real Problems!
A Heart Made New
Kelly Irwin ÃÂ©2012
Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7369-4383-3 (pbk)
(The Bliss Creek Amish, bk. 2)
Annie Shirack, Miriam Yoder and Planks Pastry and Pie shop owner, Sadie Plank are witnesses when a frightened young man robs the shop. The police say they must testify against the thief, who was apprehended in minutes. As Amish, the women easily forgive and refuse to testify in an Ã¢ÂÂEnglischerÃ¢ÂÂ court.
The town mayor, Gwendolyn Haag, also in the shop when the robber shot out the door and windows of the place, insists the women must testify against the young man.
The book opens with this exciting scene and like all good writing, tension then fills nearly every page of the story.
Annie loves SadieÃ¢ÂÂs son, David, who is receiving chemotherapy for cancer. David meets Willow, a single mother. Her daughter, Kinsey is also fighting cancer.
Miriam loves AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs brother, Josiah, the Ã¢ÂÂbad boyÃ¢ÂÂ of the Amish group. Josiah fights his attraction for Sarah, who wants to join the Ã¢ÂÂPlain peopleÃ¢ÂÂ. Is Sarah for real?
Sergeant Dylan Parker is attracted to Annie, but knows the Amish donÃ¢ÂÂt marry outside the clan.
Annie meets the robberÃ¢ÂÂs pregnant girlfriend, Charisma Chiasson and three Ã¢ÂÂyear old daughter, Grace. She takes them home. Money is tight in the household but Annie knows she must help the mixed up young woman. More complications to a gripping tale!
The story explains the Amish as normal people who gossip, love each other, try to obey the rules and live simple lives. A well-written story.
October 1, 2012
Have your tissues ready
This book tells the story of Annie the sister to Emma from the first book. Annie cares for David but he is fighting HodgkinÃ¢ÂÂs lymphoma and fears he will die and does not want to get close to Annie. One day at the bakery that Annie works at there is a hold up and they are robbed. This brings a woman and a little girl into AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs life and she feels compelled to help them even though they are English. While David deals with his disease and what his future might or might not be he meets a little girl who is also dealing with cancer and just maybe he will start to see what God has planned for him.
This series is tied together and you must read book one to understand this book. This is a very somber series in my eyes as death never seems very far away.
What I liked: I like this family a lot and find myself very attached to them. Annie has a great heart and I liked how she was willing to help the girlfriend of the man who robbed the bakery.
What I did not like: I just wish David had opened up to Annie a little earlier. This book deals a lot with grief and death and feels heavy. AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs sister Emma went through a rough time in this book and even though it was well written I just would like to see something good happen to this family! Also the ending felt a little abrupt and I wish DavidÃ¢ÂÂs out come could have been made more clear. I complained about this in my review for the first book but I wish the oldest brother Luke could have some pages to see his point of view I just feel like he comes across as kind of rough around the edges but I know there is more to him and wish as a reader I could get to know him better.
Over all this was a good book. I am interested to see where the third book will take us and I hope it has some happy outcomes. I am enjoying the storyline this series is taking just wish it was not so sad at times. If you like Amish fiction you will enjoy this book just have some tissues close. Also you will need to read the first book in the series before you read this book.
October 31, 2012