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A Love Made New #3, in The Amish of Birch Creek series, by Katheleen Fuller
Abigail Schrock feels if she were only a bit prettier she may be married by now. Asa Bontrager is baffled by the call he received from God to pursue Abigail, who seems determined to turn him away. Can she find the peace and joy she is looking for? Will she allow herself to stop running & find love?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Amish of Birch Creek
Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?
It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she cant help but feel that if shed only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigails two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.
Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish communityhis good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why hes baffled by the call hes received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.
Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.
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.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A "love"ly conclusionApril 3, 2017Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5All three books in the Amish of Birch Creek series have been some of my favorites of Kathleen Fuller's writing. A Love Made New is an awesome conclusion to the series.
The characters have been well-developed throughout, and getting to know them and their struggles has been much like the experience of making good friends. Love and care of friends and family form important elements in the story, but healing and finding the courage to make difficult choices play big roles as well.
This book, as well as the others in the series, could be read as a stand-alone. However, some elements of the story would be more meaningful and enjoyable if the series is read in order. I highly recommend A Love Made New (as well as A Reluctant Bride and An Unbroken Heart) to fans of great Amish fiction.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Finding Renewed Love and HopeMarch 9, 2017MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kathleen Fuller never fails to deliver a story with true to life characters with some major issues to overcome. Abagail and Asa's story will keep readers enthralled to see if they can overcome their past and fully accept what Asa believe to be God's will for his life. There are multiple twists and turns that are unexpected creating some mystery in how these endearing characters' lives will develop and grow when they submit to God's grace and mercy. A Love Made New could be read as a standalone, but I would encourage readers to read the entire series in order. This book has depth and is not your usual Amish fiction story. Readers of Amish genre, I highly recommend this series for some new adventures with characters that will resonate after you've completed the series.
Chas Ray5 Stars Out Of 5Love the SeriesJanuary 28, 2017Chas RayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Love Made New is Kathleen Fuller's third book in the Amish of Birch Creek Series. It can be read as a stand-alone if you like, but I believe you will like the entire series.
Abigail Schrock just knows her boyfriend, Joel Zook, is going to propose any day now. After dealing with her share of pain and loss, Abigail is ready to move forward with her life. When Joel asks her to come by after church she could hardly contain her excitement. When she arrives at his house, Joel delivers some devastating news, not only does he not love her, but he's in love with someone else.
Asa Bontrager has lost everything. It was his own fault really. God told him to move back to Birch Creek, but Asa didn't want too. He had a good job and a fiancee, what more could a guy want. Slowly but surely, one by one, God took those things away and finally managed to get Asa's attention to go back to Birch Creek. When he sees Abigail leaving Joel Zook's looking sad, he wants to help her somehow.
Abigail has low self esteem, she doesn't believe herself to be pretty, simply because she's a bit more full figured than her sisters. She believes that's why Joel left her, because in her mind she is fat. She's also sick and tired of the pity. People pitied her after her parent's death, they pity her because she's bigger than her sisters and unmarried, surely when people find out Joel left her they will pity her again. All she wants is to love and be loved in return. When Asa comes up beside her on her walk home she takes her frustration out on him. What would a guy as handsome as Asa want with her?
A Love Made New is a story of acceptance and learning to follow God wherever he leads you. It may not make sense but the journey is definitely worth it. Abigail struggles to find her place. She seems to think that outward appearance determines self worth. She has a pity party from time to time, but always manages to pull herself up before she wallows too much. I can relate to Abigail. Sometimes it's hard to be the only one who looks, thinks, talks or maybe acts differently. But that's exactly what he's called us to do, be different. If he made us all exaclty alike how boring that would be.
Asa is on the road to learning to follow God's will and trust His timing. I'm not sure if Asa thought when he came back to Birch Creek that everything would fall immediately into place but it didn't. He figures out quite quickly that Abigail is the one God meant for him, but convincing her of that could take some time. For one thing, she's just gotten out of a relationship with Joel and second she seems to have image issues. To him she is the most beautiful woman in the world, he thinks Joel is a fool for letting her go, and he's not sure why she is so sensitive about her weight.
I love how the author makes the characters real and able to relate to. Just because they're Amish doesn't mean they are perfect. I think sometimes that's a big misconception, not only about the Amish, but also about Christians. We struggle with normal day to day things just like everyone else. The difference is, we have a loving Savior that wants desperately for us to accept Him and see ourselves in his eyes.
*I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions express above are my own.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Love and Forgiveness Transform Amish LivesNovember 16, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When I began reading this book, something seemed too familiar, so I went to my bookshelves and found the previous book in this Amish of Birch Creek series. Sure enough, the prologue had been part of the second book, An Unbroken Heart. I decided to read that volume again in order to have a better understanding of Abigail and her struggles for self-acceptance and love.
The three Schrock sisters lost their parents in a recent buggy accident. Sadie has a strong marriage to quiet Aden; Joanna (finally) marries patient Andrew, and Abigail has her sights set on handsome Joel. Wait....didn't she get the memo that his first initial had to be "A"? After being dumped by Joel, she goes into an emotional tailspin, unable to hear to anyone's voice but her own negative self-talk. She spurns charming Asa, who admires the curves that she's gained and despises. Now these circumstances alone would be an interesting Amish romance, but the author builds Asa's return to Birch Creek and subsequent love for Abigail around hearing the mysterious, audible voice of God. I always have a problem when writer's veer off into unusual experiences like this - I want to be able to identify with the characters, not view them as someone with an unbelievable "X" factor. Still, Asa is a very likeable character, and I admired his determination to be obedient to God. When Abigail finally gets to that same place, their romance can't help but succeed.
This book was interesting because it provided more details about the other married sisters, though not to the depth I would have liked. Many times they seemed just a bit too perfect and distant from the problems facing Abigail and others. Speaking of "others," The Witness Protection Program comes back into play in this third novel. As the mother of a cop, I didn't find it very realistic at times. But a missing father gave Irene the sympathy she needed for her love-interest, Sol, who was abused and abandoned by his "daed." They both struggled with the issue of forgiveness, and finding it became the key to their relationship blossoming into marriage.
The final chapter of this book acts as an epilogue, and seems a bit trite and over the top to me. But it does have an appropriate quote that sums up this series well: "God made beauty and love from ashes." This series was a bit saccharine for my tastes, but it is a clean, interesting read for those who enjoy Amish fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
Jewelry Diva5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Ending to the Series!November 10, 2016Jewelry DivaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller is the third installment in the series and it is absolutely wonderful. I love her writing. It is in my opinion, real and gritty. I love how she gets into the characters and makes them jump off the page with emotion. I loved both the hero and the heroine and how their love developed because of the hero's patience and understanding. He is definitely a book boyfriend for sure. You will love this book and the whole series. *I was given this book through the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild and the review is my honest opinion.