I really enjoyed reading "Holding a Tender Heart" (book 1) from the author Jerry S. Eicher. This is the first book I have read where an Englisha girl wants to join the Amish world. Mostly it is the Amish young people who want to join or see the Englisha world!
The book is very well written and I found it impossible to put down. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and felt the characters were real and that I was actually there. It helped me realized that the simple life of the Amish is not so simple, they have the same problems, difficulties and troubles as the Englisha have. They try and deal with these problems without involving the Englisha and depending on God to help them through it all.
I really recommend this book to all especially those who read Amish fiction. Jerry S. Eicher will not disappoint you.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of The Beiler Sisters series - "Seeing Your Face Again" (book 2) and "Finding Love at Home" (book 3).
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is not the typical Amish romance you will find on the shelf in your local Christian book store. Jerry Eicher grew up in the Amish faith and it gives him a unique perspective for his novels.
You can see that influence in every word of this book. Unlike some other books you read today, the situations and trials these characters go through are believable and realistic in a way that you simply do not see in many other books. And the characters portrayed in this book are just as realistic as the situations.
There is just something about Jerry Eicher's novels. He has that special touch in his writing. There is no part of the book where you stop to think that it sounds wrong or unrealistic - the good and the bad.
I like that Jerry lets you see these people as real people. Even the ones who are too strict, by our standards, are clearly only doing what they feel is right in the eyes of God.
Whether it is the superb writing or the wonderful plot, you will find the book nearly impossible to put down. From the first word, the story will draw you in and you may even find yourself praying at 4am that everything will, somehow, turn out right for the characters.
Do not miss this book or the rest of the books in this series.
I was provided a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
"What happens when an Englisha girl decides she's really Amish at heart?" This is subject addressed in Jerry's first book of his brand new series. I have always enjoyed books by this author and this book was no exception!
His accuracy in describing the Amish community and people of this faith is to be commended. As Jerry was raised Amish, he uses this knowledge to its best advantage enhancing the ability to identify with his main characters . They are realistically developed throughout the story, having real problems and challenges, just as you and I would! The difference appears when they deal with these worries and fears. The Amish faith approaches them much differently than you and I would. The true picture of an Amish community is clearly formed in your mind as you read.
Debbie Watson has just graduated from college and attained her first job. Her parents are delighted and they are eager to see her become independent and discover all that life has to offer. BUT, and this is a big BUT, what will they ever say and do when Debbie announces that she is moving in with the Beiler family because she prefers the plain life to the glitter and sparkle of the world that her peers have chosen! Just as an aside here, Debbie is attracted to Alvin Knepp, a quiet, reserved Amish farmer who doesn't seem to realize she is alive! Another, NOT so quiet Amish man, Paul Wagler, DOES know she is alive and attempts to win her heart.
While waiting for Alvin to discover her, Debbie has other things to work out. Verna, one of the Beiler sisters, and her dearest friend, is devastated when the man she loves , Joe Weaver, is wrongly charged with a crime and may go to jail. He is innocent, but in the Amish tradition, has difficulty standing up for himself in a court of law. Debbie is asked to intervene to solve this romantic/legal dilemma, while she herself is struggling to get a beau and assure her parents that she has not gone of the deep end!
I truly enjoyed the different twist of this book of the Amish genre. So often the books are full of Amish young people who want to join the Englisch world! This is a whole new approach! And it presents totally different problems!
The plot is developed quickly, easy to follow. There are interesting subplots along the way to keep your mind alert throughout the book. The author uses wit as well as compassion to keep the reader engrossed in the story.
Another great book!!! Looking forward to Book 2 in this series!!!
This book was supplied by the author and Harvest House in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I really liked Holding A Tender Heart. I found it to be a delightful read. I really liked Englisher Debbie's determination to become Amish. And liked the Beiler sisters. I look forward to the rest of the series to see what happens with Debbie and the sisters. Highly recommended. Five stars
The characters are real and became very endearing to me.
I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I eagerly await finding out what is next for the Beiler sisters and Englisha Debbie Watson and the other characters that Jerry Eicher brought to life.