This is a wonderfully written book. I can see why it was made into a movie.
The story touches on so many aspects that you do not generally see in an Amish fiction book and, in my opinion, it's beautifully done.
Serena B. Miller is an exceptional writer and she blends the Amish characters with the English characters seamlessly. It is clear she is quite knowledgeable about her subjects and you feel an instant connection with them.
The story is engaging and intriguing - one that is difficult to put down.
I would love to say I read it in one sitting, that's what I really wanted to do, but I wasn't able to carve out the time. However, I did come back to it every spare second I had.
Now I can't wait to see the movie.
I'm excited to see if the film-makers realize what a gem there already was within the pages or if they try to "Hollywood-ize" the story. Hopefully, since it's being made by Mission Pictures International, they will hold tight to the wonderful message Serena has already written about the healing power of God's Love.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
What happens when Criminal Minds falls into the land of the Amish living in Sugarcreek, Ohio? We have the makings of an exceptional novel in the Love Finds You Series, this time from best-selling author Serena B. Miller. Joe Matthews is tired of running and hiding with his young son, Bobby. Now that his truck has broken down in the small Amish community of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Joe just needs to find a way to make enough money to pay for the repairs to his truck and get back on the road. It would have not been an issue, had someone not stolen his wallet, along with all his credit cards and cash. There is no way he can call anyone right now to have those items replaced because then people would know where he is, and for now, that is not an option.
Police officer Rachel Troyer has always tried to maintain peace and order in their small Amish town, and now in the midst of the Swiss Festival, she knows tourists from all over will be descending on them for the next week and she can only hope nothing will go wrong this year. It's not the Amish she has to contend with or even the tourists but the Amish teens who are in their Rumspringa period of running around that has caused her concern. Not to mention her three aging aunts whom she has tried in vain to talk out of running their Sugar Haus Inn and take some time to retire. She can't imagine if something were to happen to one of them in the midst of this time, where she will be putting all her efforts. She just never imagined a strange man and his young boy would be the next guests needing a place to stay.
Rachel can trust her instincts enough to know that Joe is hiding something, but she can't figure out what. Her aunts are only too willing to lend them a place to stay and food to eat in exchange for some work that needs to be done on the Inn and surrounding land. But Joe hopes this will only be long enough to pay for the repairs on his truck before he will be on his way. Something that pleases Rachel more than she is willing to admit, however Bobby has had enough of being on the road and just wants a place to call home now. Will Rachel be able to help or hurt them in the end?
I received Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio by Serena B. Miller compliments of Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. By far, some of my favorite Amish novels are the ones where they blend worlds of the English and Amish seamlessly into one compelling novel you don't want to put down until the end. Couple that with a great mystery as to what Joe and Bobby are running from and you truly have the best of three amazing genres woven together in a masterpiece. I especially love the ending I didn't see coming but LOVE the way Serena closed this one with an exclamation mark on my heart! The best part is this novel is being made into a movie slated to be out in June!!! Hands down a truly deserving 5 out of 5 stars and one that holds a permanent place in my personal Love Find You collection.
This book captured me from the first page and never let go. Ms. Miller captures her characters in such a way that they become real. This is one of the BEST books I've ever read and I'm an avid reader. You will NOT be disappointed whether you are 12 or 102!
This book was loaned to me by my sister and she warned me that once I started it, I wouldn't be able to put it down. She was correct. I have read many amish inspirationals and this has been one of my favorites! It makes it even more interesting that she is from the same little community that I am!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Surprised from the very beginning that this was not a run of the mill Amish fiction book. I love Amish fiction, but have been finding that they are all getting boringly the same, this book was so refreshing, a complete change, hard to put down.