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A tragic accident kills Bess Weaver’s husband. Now she faces life as a young widow with a son to raise on her own. Aidan feels guilty over his friend Caleb’s death. As he spends time with his friend’s young son, he finds himself growing closer to the boy and his beautiful mother. Bess fears she will never find love and joy again. Will Aidan be able to show her happiness is once again possible?
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Every Amish Season
After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.
Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next shes burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfasteven as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.
Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Calebs death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boys beautiful mother as well.
When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?
Kelly Irvin is the author of the Amish of Bee County series, which includes The Beekeepers Son, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, calling it "a delicately woven masterpiece." She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Kellys novella, A Christmas Visitor, appears in the anthology The Amish Christmas Gift. Her novella, Sweeter than Honey, is included in the anthology The Amish Market.
She wrote two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.
A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5lovely and emotionalJune 21, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Upon a Spring Breeze has a lovely cover that does not convey the angst inside. At the very beginning Bess suffers the loss of her husband of only one year. She is also one month away from delivering their first baby. She struggles throughout the novel with her loss and her place in the Amish community. She also questions God and why he would allow this to happen.
Clearly shown is how the Plain people pull together in a crisis but also how women are supposed to submit to the men. Bess has a hard time with this sometimes. She lives with her inlaws and that to me would seem hard. She feels like she needs to pull her own weight outside the home for her and her little son.
This is about struggles, understanding God's will and healing from a deep hurt. Also about forgiveness and learning to love again. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Bess and her thought process over a period of many months. It took a crisis for her to finally see what she needed to do and how she had matured over time.
I received this book from the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulJune 12, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Talk about a book that jerks your heartstrings....this is it. Bess is trying to grieve the loss of her husband and the birth of their child in the only way she knows how. Well meaning family and friends think her grief should look differently, but we each have to walk that road the best way for us. This book is her journey and Aiden's journey, their best friend, as they work out their grief alone and together. I enjoyed that they weren't thrown into a relationship and you have the added mix of an Englisher to their journey. This is not your typical Amish book as it has depth of characters and a hard subject to deal with. Ms Irvin deals with this in a very sensitive way and has you hurrying to find out the conclusion to the story. I really enjoyed this book.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Great start to a new Amish seriesJune 6, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I picked this book up to read a bit late in the evening and then could not put it down. In Bess Weaver, Irvin has created a heroine who has great difficulties thrown at her at young age. Just 20, she is suddenly a widow with motherhood following close behind. Her once strong faith is tested and her place in her community is threatened as she makes decisions that are not expected of an Amish woman in an attempt to cope with grief and postpartum depression. It is her story that is both touching and thought provoking.
Aidan Graber, who grew up with Bess and her husband, is endearing. One of my favorite parts of this story was how not secret, except from Bess, his secret love really is.
While the array of secondary characters is interesting, including a certain Englischer who just might be a rival for Aidan, it is the trio of widows who help guide Bess that had me most intrigued. I do hope they continue beyond this first book in the series.
Recommended for those who enjoy a touching, heart-warming Amish story where faith is put to the test by trial after trial, causing more than one character to wonder why bad things happen to good people, and can this really be God's plan. Keep a few tissues handy, just in case.
This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Well rounded with great charactersMay 31, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"No one knows until she sets foot on our road how she will react. We all like to think we'll be strong. We have faith. We believe. Then that unthinkable thing happens and we're tested." (34)
Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is the first of her Every Amish Season series, as well as my first full novel of the author's. And I can tell you, it won't be my last. The imagery of a devastating and tragic winter ends, and when Spring arrives, new life blooms stir readers' hearts.
"Take joy in this . . . as hard as it is, seek the joy in it. There is the joy in the pain." (57)
Bess, only 20 years old, but already encounter one of life's most grievance. I truly felt her pain, and though her time at the B&B wasn't my favorite part, Bess' journey to acceptance, and opening her eyes and heart to another love was indeed well crafted. Aidan's guilt and patience was yet another journey that propel readers to turn the pages. I was indeed rooting for him - his resilience to what trial comes his way, and his heart to bring smiles to those he care about. Then we have the widows, each character bringing something different to the story, as well as insight to Bess and readers. A well rounded set of characters for sure. With themes of grief, friendship, patience and love, Upon a Spring Breeze starts off a new series beautifully.
"You are honed by the fire, your character refined. These are the plans He has for you." (313)
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Tammy G.East TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely readMay 29, 2017Tammy G.East TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Just a side note* Thanks to my wonderful husband who took me away for a week to a "wilderness cabin" so I could rest, relax and read.
So, I was able to read this novel and finish it in a day.
First of all, I found the the sub title, An Every Amish Season Novel interesting. Because there are seasons to every part of our lives.
It seems that Bess Weaver has entered a new season...the season of widowhood. But, yet, Bess is still quite young and with a baby on the way.
Bess deals with the loss of her beloved husband, Caleb, in the only way she can . . . she takes a job at the local bed -n- breakfast where her husband's good friend, Aidan works too.
This read is not just about a young Amish widow. Its a story about a community, a close-knit community that comes together to give support to a young woman and her soon to be born baby.
A lovely read for a summer day.
*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*