Barbara Cameron has penned an intriguing and heartwarming novel that sweeps the reader from Paradise, Pennsylvania, with its farms, quaint restaurants and quilt shops---to the exotic, sunshiny beach community of Pinecraft, Florida.
Naomi has always loved making handmade quilts and working alongside her grandmother and two cousins in their little craft shop, Stitches in Time, in Paradise. Once happily engaged to her Amish boyfriend, John, a dark cloud of fear and consternation begins to hover over her head. The once charming, John, has become controlling, and has hurt Naomi physically more than once.
When Naomi's grandmother, Leah, decides to take a long desired vacation to Pinecraft, Florida, Naomi goes with her to clear her mind. Their Englisch driver, Nick, decides to transport them there and help show Naomi the sights, much to John's anger. Upon arriving, Naomi sees bright charming little houses with a vast array of colorful flowers and is spellbound as Nick introduces her to the ocean for the first time in her life. As her desire towards Nick flourishes, Naomi finds herself in quite a quandary--Nick is not Amish and she is an engaged woman. To Naomi the fear of leaving John overpowers the pain of staying, but Leah's wisdom helps her to see the light. Will her life continue to be in danger?...and what of her growing feelings for a man that is not of her faith?
I have really enjoyed this series thus far, and although the characters from the first book are present, this may still be read as a stand alone. Barbara Cameron addresses the subject of possible abuse in the Amish community without sugar coating, and her characters are fleshed out and realistic, with flaws that are common to us all. The romance is breathtaking, and with an intriguing storyline and a satisfactory ending, I applaud Ms. Cameron for a job well done on a very touchy subject!
The Heart's Journey from Barbara Cameron is the second book in the Stitches in Time Series, and one that everyone can relate to and a true delight if you're a fan of Amish fiction. In this one, the reader is once again transported to the charm of a delightful store, Stitches in Time operated by Leah and her grand-daughters whom we have met in her first book. This time the story deals with her granddaughter, Naomi who is wondering if her upcoming marriage to John is truly what God had in mind. It seems that John is taking his authority of being the man of the house to heart and tries to ensure that Naomi will obey him at all costs, even if it means man-handling her at times. No matter how hard Naomi tries to put on her best smile, however, her grandmother Leah can see right through it.
When she confronts Naomi about the relationship, she finally tells her the truth and that John is more than controlling. In fact, he has already hurt her physically but believes he can change, especially after how sorry he felt. Leah reminds Naomi that in the Amish world, once you marry the only way you can get out of a bad marriage is for one of you to die. That hits too close for home for Naomi and she agrees with Leah that perhaps they should break up. When Leah takes a nasty fall just outside of her shop, their Englisch driver, Nick comes to take her to the doctor. It is then that Naomi realizes that not all men can be as controlling as John and sees the true heart that lies within Nick.
Opportunity presents itself to head to Pinecraft, Florida with her grandmother to help her pass the time recovering from her fall where the climate is warm and oranges are as close as an arm's reach. Naomi is more than delighted when Nick offers to drive them from Paradise, Pennsylvania to Florida for a mini vacation and both Naomi and Nick discover that something is brewing beneath the surface for them both. However will they be able to find common ground with living in two different worlds or will John find Naomi and bring her back to her senses in more ways than one?
I received The Heart's Journey compliments of Abingdon Press and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review and love the blending of the two worlds in the Amish fiction. Barbara Cameron takes the issue of abuse to a new level introducing it to her Amish character and then inviting the reader along for the ride to see how the Amish might deal with such an issue in their private world. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and can't wait for the third book in this series!!!
Naomi is planning to marry John but he has started to scare her and she is not sure if they should marry. When her grandma decides to head to Florida for a vacation Naomi jumps at the chance to go along to help her grandma as well as figure out what to do with her relationship. Their faithful driver Nick offers to drive them to Florida and Naomi soon finds herself with confusing feelings for the driver. Even if Naomi ends her relationship with John a relationship with an outsider is forbidden. Can Naomi find love with out losing everything and everyone she holds dear?
This is book two in the series about three cousins. Over all I really enjoyed this book but there where things about it that seemed a bit far fetched.
What I liked: This book was a easy read and enjoyable. It also touched on some issues(spousal abuse) that people may not think the Amish deal with but very likely do. It was interesting to see how a person dealing with something like that would possibly think though and deal with it. I enjoyed the way Nick and Naomi interacted and how he helped her to respect herself.
What I did not like: Quite a few Amish fiction books that I have read in the last few months has dealt with a none Amish person coming into the faith. Even if a person was a simple person I think it would be very hard to give all modern things up and live Amish. I am just not sure it would be as easy as it can come across in books.
Over all I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the 3rd and final book in this series. This is a very well written series. I really like the characters and the storylines are quite interesting.
THE HEART'S JOURNEY by Barbara Cameron is a wonderful inspirational Amish romance. Set in Pinecraft, Florida. What an inspiration the heart wants what the heart wants. Book 2 in "Stitches In Time" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Her Restless Heart". Filled with faith,hope,healing,forgiveness,the community,friendship,controlling, and love. Follow Naomi and Nick on a journey through life as they navigate through their hearts,life,their faith and love. Nick an Englisch driver and friend to Naomi soon finds more than friendship,his heart is engaged also.Leaving a fiance who is controlling,to travel with her grandmother to Florida,Naomi,finds her heart engaged to another,who is not of her faith. Naomi has always dreamt of a marriage of love in "The Heart's Journey" with hope,and faith,dreams may come true. Another hit for Ms. Cameron. If you enjoy Amish romance,you will not be disappointed in this title. Fast paced and emotional! I enjoy this author's titles,she draws her readers into t he story with her engaging characters,realistic plots and love of Amish. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Abingdon Press, and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews