When it comes to heartrending and emotional fiction nobody does it better than Tricia Goyer. With her latest book The Memory Jar we're once again treated to a story of loss and hope set in Montana and Ohio Amish country. Fans of her previous Amish novels will be delighted to know that Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors starts off wonderfully and will surely continue to improve as the series progresses. To be honest this story took a long time to get into but the last third of the book involving an incident with Jathan Schrock as a boy and his father and Sarah and the discovery about her deceased friend Patty nearly had me in tears. Throughout most of the story both seemed rather impetuous and juvenile but they both grew up amidst a family tragedy that I really think made them more easy to relate to and like. The flashbacks to Sarah's youth and her time with her best friend, Patty really gave this story a unique twist. If you're looking for a romance I didn't think this reads like a love story but more of a coming of age story or even a women's fiction book. In spite of the series' name this isn't a fluffy read by any stretch but it's worth a look if you're looking for a solid Amish tale.
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There was something about the setting in this tale that was so charming, I and loved the originality of it. The characters were very likable and easy to connect to from the very start. Even though Ms. Goyer has other Amish books I have never read any, but I did really like her book about the Titanic, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and I immensely enjoyed this story.
Jathan, I thought was really likable, and the perfect person to help Sarah move on from a past she couldn't change. He was so kind, with a quirk of humor and he didn't know exactily what he wanted but he had a great start and a direction.
To me this book was really likable because it had a sweet romance, but also a more serious side with Sarah still healing from a past tragedy.
This was an engaging and likable read, with a very nice balance to it so it wasn't light and airy, but it wasn't over bearingly heavy either. In other words just perfect!
This is definitely a book that I would happily recommend, even to readers that might no think that Amish is their thing. It was a highly enjoyable read, with great faith elements, and messages of inspiration.
I received this book from the publisher through Litfuse in return for an honest review. Thank you!
"Sometimes God wants us to take big leaps of faith but other times...other times he jest wants us to offer a bit of love in a way another will gladly accept it."
Patty, The Memory Jar
Sarah Shelter loves to bake, especially cakes and cupcakes. She dreams of running a bakery of her own one day. For a long time, Sarah took her memories of her best friend, Patty, and stored them away as a method to protect herself. It was like she put all her memories of Patty in the jars along with the treasures she collected. But, by closing herself off to the painful parts of her past she was closing everyone else off from her too. Until now....
Jathan Schrock also has a dream, but he is caught between his dream and his duty. He is sure that as an Amish man and a follower of God, he should put the needs of his family first. Jathan has another problem...his father does not approve of his dream and has told him so...loud and clear. Will this mean Jathan needs to let his dream go and just live as his family expects? Will he ever have his father's blessing to follow the dream he holds so close to his heart?
The Memory Jar will be released on October 23, 2012. Thank you, Zondervan, for the free advanced copy to read, in exchange for my honest review.
Tricia Goyer has been on my list of new authors to read for a while. This is the first novel of hers that I have read and I wasn't disappointed. When I read the synopsis of The Memory Jar, I was drawn to the book immediately. Sarah and I already had a connection. Sarah dreams of having a bakery and making fancy cupcakes and I have been running my home-based cake decorating business for the last 5 years. So this book sounded right up my alley.
I read most of my books off an ereader and sometimes I am caught by surprise that the book is already over. (I know you can look at the little slide at the bottom, but I don't always do that!) As I was reading, I got to a point where I thought this story could have ended, but to my delight it kept going!
The Memory Jar is a captivating story that kept me wondering how it might end. I enjoyed both the community in Montana and the one in Ohio. The characters were loveable and I particularly enjoyed Patty and her "old soul".
Whether you are a fan of Amish fiction or not, I think you would enjoy this book.
"The Memory Jar" by Tricia Goyer is the story of an Amish girl, Sarah, living in a small community in Montana. Sarah is a little weird (according to Amish ways) and has been living in a deep grief for her life-long best friend, Patty, who had died two years before. Her neck of the woods is near a popular hunting grounds; where she meets Jathan, who is kind of a wimp. He feels trapped to do whatever anybody tells him to do. He agrees to whatever his parents, brothers, society in general ask of him. I never really liked him, which makes it hard to get into the love story part. I was always rooting for Sarah's independence. Patty and Sarah did have this tradition that I just loved. The memory jars. They would keep little momentos of special moments in jars. Such a good idea.
As far as the book goes, it is well written, Sarah is a likable character, the Patty-Sarah storyline, is great. Really takes me back. But, I don't like Jathan, and the whole Amish line is very predictable. The characters are more "Amish" than human. Wish it could have been told in a more personal manner. I received this e-book for free from www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com.
Sarah and Patty are best of friends, but when tragedy strikes taking Sarah's friend from her, she feels she loses one the best things in her life. Gathering her memories into a jar, Sarah stuff her feelings metaphorically into the pickle jar along with the memories.
Jathan has come to visit the beautiful, small Amish community in Rexford, seeking a time of hunting, fun and relaxation as well as trying to run from past hurts. He joins the many young single men that swarm through the community and leave after a short time.
They both do not expect anything more than the norm, when love surprises them.
Tricia has worked so hard on these books to make sure they are accurately portrayed. This one was very special to me, I believe because of the area it is set in. I felt like she captured the heart of the area. First, she portrayed Sarah and Patty as young Amish girls, with dreams, hope, mistakes, but they were not surrounding fancy clothing like so many Amish books, but more mischief making kind. I could almost smell the pinecones and felt like I was transported back to my childhood, running and playing in the woods with my friends or even alone. I loved the tidbits of true info about the area; she tosses in here and there throughout the book. If you ever get a chance to visit the area, you will see one of the most beautiful areas in the USA, in my opinion, but I am slightly biased! =)
Ms. Goyer has done it again, but in a way where she will impact this severely saturated market of light Amish reads. She creates a book with moments of depth to it that will touch your heart and have you seeking love for Sarah and Jathan, as well as peace with the past. It was a truly enjoyable read. I know it will be for you as well!