Katie Opens Her Heart, Emma Raber's Daughter Series #1
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When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm's hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old "Emma Raber's daughter" behind. But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm's bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her. Out of sheer frustration, she begins attending nearby Mennonite youth gatherings.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Emma Raber's Daughter
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Bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful and compelling series.
Here is the touching story of an awakening young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply Emma Raber’s daughter.”
Emma has refused to remarry since Katie’s daett died soon after she was born. And in an effort to keep Katie home, Emma has forbidden her from participating in the rumspringa tradition.
When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm’s hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old Emma Raber’s daughter” behind. But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm’s bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her. Out of sheer frustration, she begins attending nearby Mennonite youth gatherings.
Sparks fly when Jesse’s children object fiercely to the attentions their daett is paying to Emma Raber. And widowed Ruth Hochstetler makes her own move for Jesse Mast’s hand.
Book one in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series.
Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
Jerry S. Eicher again skillfully draws the reader into the characters in such a way that one would feel the events unfolding as though a part of it all! The story gripped me to the point that I read it through in two sessions! An excellent read!”
Patricia Huber, pattisperusal.wordpress.com
Jerry has a real talent when developing new characters. He has once again been successful in capturing my attention in this new series. I can hardly wait to read the next book to see what happens next in Katie’s and Emma’s lives!”
Karla Hanns, kara-hanns-karla.blogspot.com
I enjoyed reading about Katie and her loneliness touched my heart.”
Paula Osborne, arpaul-paula.blogspot.com
This is a wonderful book and I was left wanting more.”
Rhonda Nash-Hall, colormeactive.blogspot.com
What an amazing love story. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.”
Isn’t it amazing how certain characters can capture your heart? The characters in this book are very real to the reader. I was completely caught up in this story and at times I found myself praying for these characters! I highly recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers.”
This was such an inspiring and heartfelt story. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!”
I would gladly recommend this book for any reader of fiction, especially Amish fiction. I'm anxious to see what comes next in this series.”
Wendy Newcomb, wrensthoughts.blogspot.com
Cindy Loven4 Stars Out Of 5Good storyMarch 6, 2014Cindy LovenI really enjoyed this book. I am happy though that I have all three of this series to read at once. It makes it much more enjoyable not having to wait for the next one to come out *smile*. Jerry Eicher is so talented in his storytelling capabilities. I could feel the pain that Katie was feeling and her Mamm too. I loved the story and have quickly moved to the second story. I have to say I did chuckle at the scenes with Ruth Hochstetler, she was one determined woman. Great story, 4 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
IreneUnited States4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the family relationshipsAugust 20, 2013IreneUnited StatesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I gave this book 4/5 stars. I thought the relationship between mother and daughter was well written. I did however feel like there was a negative light shown on protective parents. In the end it works out for the best of all the characters but this was not one of my favorite books by this author. I do recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian Amish fiction. I would also recommend this book for anyone who enjoys stories about family relationships.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Overcoming Rumors!July 23, 2013NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emma Raber has been widowed and secluded for many years, but she has remained strong in her faith and diligent raising her only daughter, Katie. Isolating herself and Katie from others in their Amish community, Emma is thought of as odd, and Katie has been labeled as Emma Raber's strange daughter. Katie is the love of Emma's life, and mother and daughter have been devoted to one another. When Katie's Mennonite coworker invites her to attend a birthday party Katie's Mamm becomes overwrought at the mere idea of Katie leaving her alone, especially to attend a Mennonite youth gathering. Emma has forbidden Katie from the normal activities of teen years, running around and exploring life with other youth. Emma's fears for Katie become overwhelming, and the quiet life led by Emma and Katie is now becoming complicated. They look to "Da Hah" for guidance in all circumstances.
Amish life is well depicted in this book, and the use of authentic Amish terms and conversation creates a credible backdrop for this narrative about a mother and daughter who arrive at a crossroad in their lives. Emma's fears are realistic regarding the probable adjustments that she foresees in her own life and that of her daughter. Those fears are grounded in the hearts of many mothers who anticipate the changes in life as a daughter reaches maturity. Jerry Eicher has written a complex story of human emotions that are both heartwarming and complicated. His insight into the hearts of his characters is straightforward, believable and sensitive. The author's traditional Amish childhood adds credibility through the details and relationships within the Amish community. This is a well-written, poignant story filled with action, wit and a strong underlying faith in God.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
cakeladyWoodinville, WAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love it.April 24, 2013cakeladyWoodinville, WAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Finish the first book and now I'm reading the second book.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book, can't wait for the next book!March 26, 2013wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emma Raber has been a widow for many years and has one child Katie. Emma has only loved two men, one in her youth but when he married someone else she made a fool of herself then agreed to marry Ezra Raber even though she didn't love him. When Emma became pregnant she did fall in love with Ezra and they were a happy family until the day he died. After Ezra's death she became withdrawn and refuses to let anyone into her or Katie's life, she is now known as 'strange' Emma and Katie is known as 'plain Katie', Emma Raber's daughter. Katie doesn't have any Amish friends and was not allowed to participate in rumspringa. Katie works at Byler's Store with other Amish and some Mennonite's.
Jesse Mast has been a widower for about a year and has five children. He has been doing a good job but feels there is too much responsibility put on his oldest daughter Mabel and even his younger daughter Carolyn did more than she should have too. He gets the idea that he needs a wife and his children need a mamm.
Widow Ruth Troyer, who has no children, is teaching school this year and uses this to her advantage to get involved in Jesse's family life. The children like her but she has some work to get Jesse to be convinced that she would make a good frau for him and mamm for his children.
Katie has eyes for Ben Stoll, which Emma senses and sees Katie on the same path she was on in her youth so she refuses to let Katie court or even think about boys. When Katie is invited to the birthday party of a Mennonite boy she accepts and goes against her mamm's orders and goes anyway. She really enjoys herself and continues going to their activities. Now Emma has another problem, she feels like Katie is going to leave her Amish faith and become Mennonite.
Emma has to find help somewhere but who can she turn to? Ruth is inviting herself to Jesse's house more than he appreciates so what can he do about this situation? Katie is trying to push her mamm into Jesse's life, Jesse's children don't like Emma or Katie but they adore Ruth. Emma, Ruth and Jesse have known each other since their youth but have never been close friends, will everything turn out for each of them?
Jerry did a good job of keeping me reading, I think it took me about two days to finish this book, which is good for me, lol. I'm anxious to see what comes next in this series. I see there are two more books coming, Katie's Journey to Love due out in April and Katie's Forever Promise coming out in October. At least April isn't too far away.
I would gladly recommend this book for any reader of fiction and especially Amish fiction.
Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255