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Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, David Lapp moved to Seymour, Missouri, as part of a "man swap." The transition was going fine until a serious buggy accident landed him in the hospital, where he nearly died following surgery on his broken leg. After extensive therapy, he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. When he realizes that his spirited pen pal, Rachel Miller, lives in a community where closed buggies are used, he decides on a whim to move there, hopeful for a fresh start.
Rachel never expected to meet David Lapp in person. Even less did she anticipate his intentions-to court her. As their friendship moves from the written page to in-person encounters, they discover that the chemistry in their correspondence was real. But what will this mean for the future? Following their hearts-and God's leading-will require no small amount of sacrifice and significant life changes.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.60 (inches)|
Series: Amish of Jamesport
A Harvest of Hearts, Amish of Seymour County Series #2Laura HiltonWhitaker House / 2011 / Trade Paperback$8.79 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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Cindy J5 Stars Out Of 5Great modern-day Amish fictionMarch 31, 2016Cindy JQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In The Postcard by Laura Hilton, Rachel Miller would love to travel, but she only sees the world through postcards mailed to her. She writes to people she reads about in the Amish newspaper, and if they are willing, she asks for a postcard in return. One of her letters went to David Lapp after he was seriously injured in a buggy accident. They have continued to correspond even though they each are in a courting relationship with someone else.
Although The Postcard is book two in a series, it could easily be read as a stand-alone story. It includes some mystery along with the romance. The characters were realistic and well developed. They also were flawed. I loved the fact that the plan of salvation was included in the story, although I did not feel the Christian aspect was overbearing. When circumstances began to make life difficult, David struggled with his decision to come to Jamesport even though he felt God had led him there. David just kept taking his struggle to the Source of the plan. I liked Josh Yoder and look forward to reading his story in book three of the series. Amish fiction is not my favorite genre, but I truly enjoyed this story. I dont recall having read anything by Laura Hilton in the past, but I would definitely recommend her based on this book, and I plan to read more fiction from her in the future.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Postcard...March 16, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rachel and David find that love is never easy. Through correspondence by letters and Post Cards they are drawn to each other but, Rachel is promised to another. David moves to Rachel's town to teach school and it seems that trouble just follows him. There is some mysterious vandalism, an attack on David and the problem of romantic feelings that keep the story flowing and wondering who and why these problems kept popping up. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like Inspirational Amish fiction. I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network to review.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Amish escapeMarch 13, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Postcard
The Amish of Jamesport #2
By Laura V. Hilton
Rachel Miller dreams of traveling outside the Amish community she calls home. But that seems unlikely especially as the man she is engaged to has no plans to travel once they are married. Obadiah is everything Rachel thought she wanted, until she began corresponding with David Lapp.
Hoping to encourage David as he healed from a buggy accident, Rachel struck up a unique friendship with a person she had never met and never would. But Rachel's letters offered David more than encouragement. Her letters offered him a hope of something more. With nothing more than a few belongings David left behind all that he knew in hopes of winning Rachel's heart.
But he is too late. Rachel is promised to another, though she is drawn to David even before she knows that this is the man to whom she has been corresponding for more than a year. When David is offered a teaching position at the school across from her home Rachel's heart is thrown into turmoil.
The path to love is never easy and Rachel has some serious soul searching to do. But when tragedy strikes the decision may no longer be up to her.
Fans of Amish romance will delight in this book. This is the second book in the series but if you have not read the first one you won't feel lost, as this book could easily be a stand-alone book.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Choosing Holiness over HappinessOctober 19, 2015JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The Postcard is Laura V. Hiltons 2nd novel in the series, The Amish of Jamesport. It can easily be read as a stand-alone, but definitely leads one to want to read the first and successive novels. To say that the author writes well is an understatement; this must have been a very interesting tale to plot!
Rachel Miller is a young Amish woman who has an understanding with Obadiah, an Amish man who is in Ohio to learn the trade of custom cabinet making, that they will be married when his training is complete. He has only written to her a couple times since he left Missouri and rarely calls, even though she writes regularly. They have had this understanding for quite some time, but it was not a match of romance as much as making a marriage considered good within the faith. Rachel Miller is also a young woman who writes letters to some of the folks she reads of in the Budget who have been injured or are ill to encourage them. One of those folks is David Lapp, a man in eastern Missouri. They became the very best of friends in writing, able to discuss almost anything, including that they are both promised to wed other people.
David takes it upon himself to pack up his belongings and move to Jamesport, Missouri, hoping to make a living in spite of his disability and meet this fascinating pen friend who he has fallen in love with. He met a very stunned Rachel, even more stunning when he was very open about his reason for moving to Jamesport. Oopsie. Not cool. The course of his early days there leads to threats on his life when someone in town realizes that David was involved in an accident in Lancaster, PA that took the life of a young man whose family lived in Jamesport. Also over the course of his early days there, David is convicted that his behavior was wrong toward a woman committed to marry another man and in spite of the strong pull between them, chooses to try to pray and study to be strong and wait for Rachels choice.
This was a compelling read with very likable characters; the author is adept at opening the novel in such a way that the reader is immediately drawn into the story and captivated throughout. The characters were likeable, and most practiced their faith in a way that could attract even the angriest heart, in time. At first I struggled to accept the behaviors of David and Rachel when acting on their attraction; I had to understand that Amish are not perfect either, and they face the same struggles and attractions that any other believer does in a similar situation. I admired David for the choices he made, even though difficult, and Rachel followed suit. Their faith in God and desire make right decisions became their guide.
I liked the Glossary of Amish Words and Phrases; it is very helpful! The plot was different from many Amish fiction novels, and included incidents that were not anticipated. It was executed flawlessly, leaving no open ends. The mystery and the story in general ended positively and was satisfying. The plot twists and turns made the novel highly intriguing as I tried to turn pages quickly yet without missing anything. I highly recommend The Postcard to those who appreciate Amish Christian fiction; it can be enjoyed by adults of all ages.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
sstormAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Go back to real Amish countryOctober 13, 2015sstormAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Want to go back to the real Amish country? Get ready to engage with characters that take you back to the life ona buggy, with paper letters, sacrifices and whole lot of faith. Having never read a book by Laura Hilton I was in love with this "
The Post Card" and her ability to story tell so well. It wasn't just her story telling, but her depth of characters, her flow of story and the way she intertwined faith into the story as well. She used the Bible throughout the story, which I loved. She used the Bible to have her character question their faith and wonder if there was another way to worship the living God, not the way they had been raised? It brought all kinds of questions, which is something I think we all do now. We get stuck in the mundane of our own faith, we don't question change or new ways of looking at God, how to worship him, etc. This book awestruck me in a beautiful way. While I could go into the plot and the characters, which are important, I think you should really read the book yourself.
Overall, this book was fantastic! You will find yourself emerged in the story line as you meet some wonderful characters, who deal with some difficult circumstances, but seek answers about their God. The author illustrates a larger message to her audience and does it completely tasteful! You must read this! This is one of those books, that will be on my shelf for years to come! I look forward to reading many more books by Laura Hilton. I rate this book 10 stars if possible! Well done!