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Anna Mae had finally put the loss of Jeremiah and the broken vow between them behind her. Even though she supported her best friend's pursuit of his dream, she never let on how his departure left her questioning her own place in the Amish world. With his return, new questions arise, along with feelings she'd never fully acknowledged before.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Middlefield Amish
Can Anna Mae heed Gods call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves?
Ever since Anna Maes childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, shes questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if its closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life shes not sure she wants anymore.
But shes never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedomfreedom that could be very costly.
When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings shed never fully acknowledged before.
As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is Gods plan for her life?
Should she stay, remaining loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger planone that provides more freedom than she could imagine?
The answers do not come easily, and Gods plan may lead in different directions . . . for both of Anna Mae and Jeremiah.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable!June 6, 2015weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What I liked: Anna Mae is being pressured by her mom to settle down and get married. As much as she loves her family and community she feels unhappy. When her childhood friend Jeremiah returns to work with the local veterinarian the friendship is rekindled and she really starts to question what she wants to do with her life. I enjoyed that this story dealt with how leaving the Amish community can affect a family and how it can work. Jeremiah had to face his father who he hurt deeply when he left the community years ago. I really liked Anna Mae and Jeremiah. I also like how this book took time to develop and didnt feel rushed.
What I didnt like: The only part of this book I didnt love was the ending. Dont get me wrong the ending wasnt bad, but the epilogue was a letdown. The ending left me wanting to know just a little more so it was kind of disappointing on that front.
Overall this was a good book and I really enjoyed it. This book dealt with leaving the community. A lot of books on this subject, the characters are shunned or they dont have a good relationship with family after. I like how this book had hurt and disappointment but in the end there was also forgiveness and acceptance.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Still not sold on Amish fictionApril 6, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I went through a phase of reading Amish romance by Beverley Lewis about ten years ago, but gave up after realising that they seemed to be rehashing variations of the same plot over and over (and the one which had a different plot ended up having the same twist as the last of Michael Phillipss Stonewycke books, which meant I found it too predictable).
Since then Ive read a few mysteries set in Amish country by authors such as Mindy Starns Clark and Vanetta Chapman, and I enjoyed those more because the focus of the plot was the mystery rather than romance. Ive also read some other novels by authors who mostly write Amish fiction, such as Anna Schmidt, Beth Wiseman and Beth Vogt, and have found the quality variable. At their best, they are as good as any authors writing in the Christian market. At their worst, they have stupid clich characters, predictable plots and uninspired writing.
I picked out A Faith of Her Own to review because I thought it was time I gave Amish fiction another chance, and because the plot sounded interesting. It appeared to have more of an emphasis on the faith elements than some Amish fiction I've read (this has been one thing which has always bugged me about Amish fiction: the notion that if an Amish teen chooses not to be baptised into the Amish church, he or she has rejected both God and family when actually all theyve done is acknowledge there are other ways to serve God than through the Amish church).
Even Anna Mae made this point when considering whether she was going to join the church:
Its not like I take my faith lightly. Im not turning my back on God.
The blurb says:
Ever since Anna Maes childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, shes questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if its closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life shes not sure she wants any more. But shes never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedomfreedom that could be very costly.
When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae,along with feelings shed never fully acknowledged before.
As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is Gods plan for her life? Should she stay, keeping loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger planone that provides more freedom than she could imagine? The answers do not come easily, and the answer to Gods call may lie indifferent directions . . . for both of them.
Based on this I was expecting the main focus of the plot to be on Anna Mae and Jeremiah. It was and it wasnt: there were also significant subplots about Jeremiahs relationships with his father and brother, and his cousins and their horse farm. This was rather confusing at the beginning as the reader is introduced to a variety of characters with no understanding of how they are related to Anna Mae, to Jeremiah, or to the plot. Perhaps this would have been clearer if Id read the earlier books in the series.
Anyway, once I worked out who was who, I enjoyed the book. The writing was solid but not outstanding (a bit too much backstory and telling at the beginning, and a lot of introspection throughout the story which slowed the pace). Despite this, I would have liked to have had more introspection from Anna Mae, as even at the end I didnt feel I knew her as a character, or could understand why shed made the decisions she had. In fact, I felt I knew Becka, Caleb and Amos better than either Anna Mae or Jeremiah.
My other problem was with the constant use of Deitsch (German). I dont mind the occasional foreign word, especially when its a proper noun (Daed, for Dad) or a word that doesnt have a straightforward English equivalent (like kapp, for the Amish headcovering).
But I found the constant use of simple Deitsch words like yes, no, and me to be intrusive because each time I got to one I had to stop reading to mentally translate the word, then reread the sentence to get the context right. It pulled me out of the story, and it didnt feel natural (the people I know who speak two languages speak one or the other at any given time. They speak English to me, and English or their native language when talking amongst themselves. They dont interject words from one language into another, and if they do use a word from their native language, its because they are asking for the English equivalent).
Overall I found A Faith of Her Own okay. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more consistent with the blurb, either by focussing on Anna Mae and Jeremiah, or if the blurb had made clear that it was really the story of two related couples.
Will I read more Amish fiction from Kathleen Fuller? I dont know. I liked the way A Faith of Her Own acknowledged that people have different Christian callings, and I especially liked the sensitive way the characters related to Amos (who has developmental difficulties), but overall? Better than most Amish fiction I've read, but ultimately forgettable. Quite simply, that isn't good enough.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very well-written with strong characters available to be touched with love and gratitude.March 28, 2015KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saturday, March 28, 2015
A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller, 2015
A Middlefield Amish Novel
Thomas Nelson Publisher
Includes Reading Group Guide
This is my first Middlefield visit. WoW. So enjoyed meeting these families and the trials and hardships that came their way covered by caring and faith ~ in each other and in God.
In A Faith of Her Own, Anna Mae discovers it is God she is following beyond a creed taken up. How important this is for each of us; to make Him our own. I am looking forward to the next Middlefield story and hope it continues glimpses of these families.
I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
So important to find the calling and giftings God has treasured each of us with in His own time. In each of their searchings, God revealed Truth. Longings that are filled with trust and dependence shine forth in their day-to-day lives. These are the characters in A Faith of Her Own, those who have read previous Middlefield stories will recognize: Anna Mae Shetler and her parents; David Mullet and sons Jeremiah and Amos; Bekah Yoder; Johnny and Katherine (Katie) Mullet; Caleb Mullet; Doc and Amy Miller; and Judith Hostetler, new next-door neighbor to David and Amos Mullet.
I liked how each family's struggles are revealed and the growth through the difficulties they face from the past is redeemed in their lives. Communication becomes vital after being separate and held back from each other. Choosing to be open and vulnerable brings healing in their relationships as honesty stems forth. Especially, when David Mullet breaks his silence about his feelings and he is able to move forward. So much we hold back causes others to be held captive too. A beautiful story of grace and forgiveness. Very well-written with strong characters available to be touched with love and gratitude.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit the author: Website Twitter Facebook
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Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Author Kathleen Fuller At Her Best!March 28, 2015Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Looking for a good Amish fiction read that isnt a routine story? If you are, this book is for you. It is a story about two young people finding their own way. Decisions have to be made, some have already been made.
Healing and unconditional love needs to take place. Hurts that began at a young age and followed into adulthood. Forgiveness isnt easy.
Pick up a copy of, A Faith of Her Own and follow the story of Anna Mae Shetler and Jeremiah Mullet, two of the main characters in this book. I guarantee you wont be disappointed. I just know you will fall in love with the character of Amos Mullet. A simple young man but so full of life and knowledge beyond his years.
I have been a fan of author Kathleen Fuller for a long time. Ive enjoyed everyone of her books that I have read. This book is by far my favorite.
This book was give to me by the author and publisher to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5A Faith of Her OwnMarch 23, 2015CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is such an amazing book! I read it in less than a day, it was so well written! I was captured hook, line, sinker and drawn right into the story. Such wonderful characters that never left a dull moment. Amos captured my heart, he was such a wonderful inspiration for this story. There is such innocence, laughter, tears, heartache, anger, stubbornness with these amazing character brought to life in the telling of this story. This is the best book that Kathleen has written so far! I am so looking forward to reading any other stories in this series.
This is a must read book! Be sure to get your copy today! Remember it also makes a great gift!