Jenny's Choice, Apple Creek Dreams Series #3
"Jenny's Choice" is the third and final installment of the Apple Creek Dreams Series, and the story has come full circle. It is the summation of Jenny's journey through life, and the events that have molded her into the woman she has become. Jenny possesses a penchant for writing, and after great tragedy threatens her entire existence she eventually begins journaling. Restoration begins as the floodgates of her soul open and she places her stories and thoughts on paper.
The magnitude of her grief is reflected through much of her writing, and the story behind her mother's Rose of Sharon quilt and everything it represented gives credence to the depth of her mother's faith. She continues with her father's story, his strength of character and the devotion he possessed through time in the military and his renascence into the Amish community. His faith and his love for his family were unprecedented, quietly reflected by a glimmer in his eyes. The magnitude of Jenny's love for Jonathan is poignant, and their daughter, Rachel, is the symbol of their love.
"Jenny's Choice" is absorbing, a story told with such strength and depth of feeling that I walked hand in hand with Jenny throughout the events in her life story. Patrick E. Craig is masterful at creating a work of fictional art that evokes the most sensitive emotions, revealing endearing characters with intensity and perception. His voice throughout this series reveals a deep spiritual relationship with God, and a faith that flows into his characters. Patrick is a proficient author who brings the written word to life and reveals the innermost feelings and sensitivity through his characters. The life stories of Jenny's family and their relationships and devotion to one another developed into masterpieces of character.
Disclaimer: I received copies of this book from the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
March 13, 2014
An unexpected ending to the trilogy.
IÃ¢ÂÂve said it once and IÃ¢ÂÂll say it again. One of the major advantages to Amish fiction is that thereÃ¢ÂÂs none of the nonsense you find in Ã¢ÂÂpopularÃ¢ÂÂ fiction that sits in place of an actual plot.
ThereÃ¢ÂÂs no inappropriate behavior or nasty language Ã¢ÂÂ just GodÃ¢ÂÂ¦ and an
Patrick E. CraigÃ¢ÂÂs writing exemplifies that! AndÃ¢ÂÂ¦ it goes one step further. His descriptions of seemingly insignificant things that typically go unseen or unnoticed are a perfect example of GodÃ¢ÂÂs plans.
Many times, things that are going on right under our noses cover up tiny things that are happening at the same time Ã¢ÂÂ things no one notices.
These things can build up little by little or slowly and methodically move events in such a way that can change a personÃ¢ÂÂs course completely, often without their knowledge or help. And most of the time, no one sees them until theyÃ¢ÂÂve become huge or until theyÃ¢ÂÂve effected enormous consequences.
GodÃ¢ÂÂs plans are often this way. He uses people or events around us to make tiny little moves in our lives or nudge us gently in the right direction.
When you start reading this book, one of the first things you see is a note from the author Ã¢ÂÂ Patrick E. Craig. He tells us this story was not what he meant to write and I have to say, IÃ¢ÂÂm glad his plans changed. I am so glad that he went ahead with this book. It gives such insight into the lives of characters we have come to know and love as we read the first books of the series.
Having said that, I must admit that I havenÃ¢ÂÂt actually read the first two books of the series. Shock I know. I always search out the first books in a series so that I can read them in order and then review them all together. Well, this time I didnÃ¢ÂÂt. I wanted to see how different my view would be if I started at the end and work my way back. So thatÃ¢ÂÂs what IÃ¢ÂÂve done. And I plan to review books 1 and 2 at a later date Ã¢ÂÂ along with a recap of this storyÃ¢ÂÂ¦ and hopefully his next bookÃ¢ÂÂ¦ hint! hint!
And while I always suggest that someone begin with book 1 of a series, I found that Patrick E. Craig did a superb job of recapping the major points of books 1 and 2 in this one. And he did it in such a way that it fit right into the story without interrupting the flow a bit Ã¢ÂÂ in places it even added to the flow.
GREAT GREAT BOOK! Patrick E. Craig is definitely going on my list of Favorite authors!
February 28, 2014
JennyÃ¢ÂÂs Choice book 3 in The Apple Creek Dreams Series. Very well written by Patrick Craig. Very emotional go through all sorts of feelings tears of joy and tears of sadness plus some anger. When a author can move me with emotion it is a five star book. Jenny has a lot of changes in her life beginning with the death of her husband. Leaving her to make decisions for her and her young daughter. Jenny loves to write which is against the Amish ways. What should she do? She is torn. You want to read a great book one that you wonÃ¢ÂÂt want to put down this is it. I love the spiritual in this book. Good clean book. Looking forward to seeing what Patrick has next.
February 16, 2014
Patrick Craig is one of those writers who knows how to introduce characters to his readers in a way that they become like your family and friends. You feel their pain. You cry when they cry. A wonderful, emotional and spiritually uplifting story.
February 9, 2014