I enjoyed this book, it was great seeing Katie grow into a confident young woman, who found the love she was looking for. But this book has a twist in it, and if you haven't read it, I am not sharing that twist. But I will say this is not your typical Amish romance book. I really enjoyed seeing the trip abroad through Katie's eyes. The story told of what that Anabaptists forefathers faced for their choice of religion, was eye opening. A wonderful story, and looking forward to the last book of the series. 4 stars from this reviewer.
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Emma and Katie's new life as a part of Jesse Mast's household is presenting numerous challenges. Of Jesse's 5 children all but 16-year-old Mabel are adjusting to their new Mamm and stepsister. Katie and Emma are the recipients of frequent vicious verbal attacks by Mabel in spite of Jesse's discipline. Katie has a crush on Ben Stoll, and has visions of a future with him, but her Mamm and Jesse have warned her that he is not gut for her. Katie is attending the Mennonite youth gatherings with her girlfriends, and Ben Stoll suddenly appears and shows an interest in Katie. She is smitten and eager to be his girl. Three of Katie's friends plan to take a trip to Europe to visit the origins of their Anabaptist ancestors. They beg Katie to go with them, but Katie has no money to pay her way. An anonymous donor leaves a significant amount of money with one of Katie's coworkers, indicating that the money is for Katie's trip to Europe. Assuming that is Da Hah's blessing to her Katie prepares for the trip of her lifetime.
Jerry Eicher writes with such depth into the history and modern-day life of the Anabaptists that he transports the reader to a whole new realm. The characters are portrayed with realistic human emotions and actions, and he captures the essence of the Amish lifestyle. True to life characters are portrayed with candor, and their actions and dreams are illustrated in detail. Depictions of the locations and history throughout Europe and the backdrop of the sufferings of the Anabaptists are authentic and impressive. The love and respect for God runs true throughout this story of trials and adventure. This book is so well written and poignant, I had a hard time putting it down. I'm looking forward to the next in the series with bated breath!
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.
Jerry Eicher has done it again!! I do believe that this is his best book yet!!
The main character, Katie, never fit in ANYWHERE! At school, at home, at church, in the community! Why? Because her mother was considered "strange" by the Amish community in which they lived. Katie never thought that her maam would remarry, not with the reputation of being so odd!!
Of course, Katie also didn't believe that she would ever have a male interested in her. She was shocked to become the object of Ben Stoll's attention. He, being a popular, handsome young man, is much desired by the whole single female population!! Katie truly believed that she would be forever labelled as "Emma Rader's daughter" forever and always be an outsider to the other Amish youth.
BUT , things change!! Mamm marries Jesse Mast and Katie finds herself riding in Ben's buggy!! What a surprise !! Maybe all things are possible, even marriage????
Katie travels to Europe with her new friends to visit the birthplace of the Amish faith. She was very reluctant to accept the invitation as she did not have the money to cover her airfare or accommodations, however, to her surprise, the expenses are unexpectedly paid by an anonymous donor. Katie's life is definitely looking up!
BUT then her world crashes down upon her!! The worst betrayal anyone can imagine , has struck. Will God see her through? Will Katie listen to His quiet voice and come through this a better person???
What a fantastic read! I felt that Katie became part of me. I cried with her in her misery, rejoiced with her in joys, and worried about her in trying times. Her feelings became mine. Jerry shows his talent at character description vividly in this book! To so easily identify with a character, to me, makes a great book! The plot was full of intertwining plots that had unexpected turns as often as I turned the pages. The shock that I experienced when Katie's world dissolved around her was unimaginable. I could not believe that the previous events could end on this negative note...... but at the next turn, I saw Katie become a stronger, more faithful, thus happier person, due to the turn of events.
Jerry also has the talent of portraying the Amish lifestyle accurately. That is something I look for in an Amish fiction book. If it isn't realistic, I don't want to read it!
All I can say, is "WOW!" This is a five star book! Don't miss it. Definitely worth the read.
This book was received from the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest and fair review.
5 ***** Stars!!! Thank you, Jerry Eicher, for the privilege of reading this delightful book!
I am a huge fan of Jerry Eicher's Amish fiction. I loved reading Katie's Journey to Love. This particular book has Katie and her three Mennonite girl friends traveling to Europe to see the history and beginnings of their faith for themselves. This was a fascinating part of this story for me, and I found the history would likely appeal to both male and female readers.
It is refreshing for both Katie's mamm and herself to have a chance at love. Katie is so precious as she treasures having a daed since she did not know her own daed. This made me think of my relationship with my own father who is deceased. It gave me good memories to ponder. There is, of course, conflict in the story. Katie finds love with Ben but Ben has secrets that may end their relationship before it has a chance to get started.
I have always longed to travel to the Alps and so the portion of the story where the girls get to visit the Alps and spend time there was very meaningful to me. The beauty and wonder of God's magnificient creation of the Alps brought healing to Katie. The desire to travel there was made even stronger as I read of their reaction to the beauty there. I am definitely eagerly anticipating the release of book 3: Katie's Forever Promise.
I was given a free copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.