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Change of Heart #1, in the Sisters & Friends series, by Rachel J. Good
Emma Esh has been running amuck during her adolescence years. Her sister Lydia puts her school teaching reputation and relationship with Jakob Zook at risk. Emma falls for Kyle who is an Englischer. Lydia works with Kyle’s brother Caleb to put a stop to the budding love. In the process, she falls for Caleb. Is this the love she has been longing for? Will stay true to her faith?
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Sisters & Friends
When Emma begins a relationship with Kyle, an Englischer, Lydia teams up with Kyles older brother, Caleb, to keep the couple apart. As Lydia and Caleb spend time together keeping an eye on their siblings, Lydia falls for this forbidden love. But she fights her attraction and determines to stay true to her faith.
Caleb confesses his feelings to Lydia. She admits her attraction to him, but shes made her decision to join the church and marry Jakob Zook as her family is pressing her to do.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SpellbindingNovember 15, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Eureka! I've just discovered a new-to-me favourite author and she writes Amish stories! Woot! I was completely captivated by the Esh sisters and thrilled to discover this is Book One in the Sisters & Friends series. And we don't have to wait long to get a hold of Book Two -- it comes out this winter. Double woot!
Good has created an enthralling family tale rife with angst, forbidden love and abiding faith. I was on tenterhooks the whole read. The Esh family dynamics had my tummy in knots for most of the read. From Lydia's unbending father to her outspoken grandmother -- well I was laughing and fuming and ready to scream in places. And poor Lydia tries to serenely navigate her way through it all while her heart is in turmoil and her dedication to her faith is tested. Riveting stuff.
If you love Amish fiction, you need to read Change of Heart. Really.
CherylB19874 Stars Out Of 5touchingJuly 27, 2016CherylB1987Quality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If you love Amish fiction then you are going to love Change of Heart by Rachel J. Good. It is a romance that will touch your heart. This is a story that is filled with love, faith, devotion, heartache. Be sure to get your copy today. 4 stars!
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A little more modern Amish story..July 16, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Lydia decides to try to protect her sister from heartache and wrecking her life.. She finds her faith being tested! First her sister, then her father wasn't who she thought he was and then a new male friend causes her heart and mind to rethink her relationship with her intended.. This story had a lot of surprising twists that I was not expecting in an Amish story. I really enjoyed this young ladies story and wondered how this forbidden romance would end.. I would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a little more modern Amish story.. I was gifted a copy for review.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5loved itJuly 15, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this story. This was well written and I wanted to laugh and cry. What would you do if you had to choose between faith and family against love? This shows one persons fight against falling in love with the wrong man. I loved Lydia and Caleb and how they learn from each other. I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit for a fair and honest opinion.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookJune 27, 2016DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can't say enough nice things about this lovely book. It has great character development and each one will touch your heart. Lydia is keeping her eye on her younger sister Emma. Emma is kinda stubborn and has a yearning to experience things that could perhaps get her into trouble. I can relate to Emma quite well. I was a rebel growing up around a very strict upbringing. Guess like Emma, I wanted to see what the world had to offer. Will Emma find what she is looking for away from the safety of her family?
Lydia is busy being the good child and doesn't want to go against anything that would cause her shame. She seems to want to be the one who always does the right thing. What will happen when she needs to defend herself against people in authority? Will she find it prideful to speak her mind, or will she submit to her elders?
There are wonderful lessons to be learned in this well written and emotional read. We find the dad who has been holding unforgiveness and bitterness in his heart. Will he finally allow God to soften his heart, or will he push his family away.? I loved how the mom had much wisdom to share and did with a soft heart and humor. I think using humor when giving advice makes it easier to receive.
There are other characters in the book that will cross paths with Lydia and Emma. What impact will they have on their lives? I loved the writing style and how each character learned different things as they listened to God. The story will make you really think about your own attitude. Do you have someone you need to forgive? Is pride standing in the way of a blessing from God? Do you know what unconditional love feels like? Don't miss this beautifully written story that will give you a "Change of Heart" if you are open to receive it.