Julia Beechy's life is completely uprooted when she receives the news that she must either marry or move out of the family home. Not only is she about to loose her mother, she will also loose the home she's lived in all her life. Her dream of opening her own cafe is slipping away like so much sand on a beach, and she is powerless to stop the frightening changes that will be taking place in her life.
Caleb Zook thinks it is much too late in his life to marry, but he is compelled to offer his protection to Julia through a marriage proposal. The only hitch is that they barely know one another, and a marriage to Caleb simply for the sake of getting married seems more daunting that anything else Julia has ever faced. With a storm threatening Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, and so many things up in the air, will Caleb and Julia have a chance to make a go of a relationship despite everything happening in their lives?
The thing I liked the best about this story was the strong sense of community and family represented by the Pebble Creek characters. There were people from the previous two books whose stories were expounded upon and revisited, but in no way overshadowed the plot. Julia and Caleb's relationship throughout the book was very sweet and when they finally had their first spat I couldn't help but love them even more. Chapman conveys emotions well to the reader through her characters, and arrested my attention with not only her writing style, but her excellent portrayal of human relationships.
This book was provided by Harvest House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
This is book three in the Pebble Creek series and I enjoyed it alot.
What I liked: This book keeps your attention from the first page and keeps you hooked until the end. I really liked Julia and Caleb. Both felt they were alone and figured marriage was never going to happen but they find that love is not bound by age. I also liked how the characters from book one and two are in this book enough that I felt I got a update on them without it overshadowing the story. I also enjoyed that fact that there was two climaxes. One was between Julia and Caleb and the other had to do with the storm. Made the book hard to put down and interesting until the end.
What I did not like: The only thing that kind of bothered me with this book was the relationship between Julia and Caleb. It was a quick wedding and I just did not feel the relationship got to develop before we switched to worrying about the storm. I also felt there was some unanswered questions at the end that made it not feel as complete as I expected.
Over all I really liked this book. It was well written and had a strong plot. It can be read as a stand alone but I suggest going back and reading the first two books. It will help you have a better understanding. A must read in the Amish fiction genre.
Another sweet Amish romance by Vannetta Chapman. A Wedding for Julia is not only heart-warming, but thought-provoking.
Thankfully, I don't always get a revelation from reading a book, but I did with this one.
We all make choices. Sometimes they don't turn out quite like we'd hoped, and at other times it turns out better than we could ever have imagined. Such is life. What we do about the results of our decisions defines us and makes us who we are. You choose to be better or bitter.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of a review. The above is my honest opinion.***
In the beginning of the book, I really felt sorry for Julia. I felt her parents decision for her life was cruel. Then, Caleb Zook became part of her life and Julia's dream became a reality. Reading of the tornado was so real and I felt I was actually there. It seems there HAS to be a book 4!
Vannetta Chapman in her new book, "A Wedding For Julia" Book Three in The Pebble Creek Amish series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the lives of Julia Beechy and Caleb Zook.
From the Back Cover: Just as hope runs out the door, Love softly peeks in.
Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia completely by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain cafe?
Quiet Caleb Zook thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. When he offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future? For his?
As Julia and Caleb work through the consequences of their life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it?
This is the third and last book in this series, which I am sorry to see come to an end, and this time the focus is Julia Beechy. You can read this volume as a stand alone with no problem but it is a lot more fun when you know the character's growth from the first two books. If Julia wants to keep the family home and open her cafe then she will need to be married before her mother dies or she loses everything. Marriage to Caleb would be a marriage of convenience. At least it starts out that way. Over the course of the story they warm up to each other and begin to fall in love. However there are some speed bumps in their way that just might stop this relationship. "A Wedding For Julia" is an inspiring romance. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next series from this talented author.
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