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  1. Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable book!
    November 1, 2020
    Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    This was a lovely sweet Amish book. It is the first in a new series called The Amish Inn Novels. I, for sure, will be continuing with this series. It is really good. The storyline ran smoothly and simply and kind of made me feel as though this was "real life" Amish. It felt comfortable and real. Sometimes I found myself wanting to laugh a bit at the characters and yet there are serious moments. I love Lizzie and her "teeth". I love how the ladies tried to match make and meddle into the lives of Naomi and Amos. There are a few twists as things are in real life as well.

    I love the Bed and Breakfast theme and the humor and love that are shown throughout. A good book! Definitely will be watching for the next book of this series!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Zondervan Publishing. All thoughts are my own.

  2. RioRanchoReader
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Picture of Love
    October 29, 2020
    RioRanchoReader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    I was given this book to read on NetGalley and also because I am an ARC reader for Beth Wiseman. I found the messages and story line both enjoyable and uplifting.

    We are introduced to Naomi Byler who is working for two woman who have become her surrogate grandmothers. She is trying to heal from a broken heart as her fiance Thomas suddenly up and leaves town without a word of why the relationship is off. Naomi runs a B&B for the two sisters and throws herself into her work. When a woman and her son come for a wedding they stay at the Peony Inn and Naomi finds herself drawn to Amos.

    Amos on the other hand is healing from a broken heart as his fiance died before the wedding. Neither of these characters are in a place where they are wanting a relationship with anyone. BUT, God does not always work in our timeline but his own. The feelings between the two grow and they begin to realize that they do care for each other....

    Then, like so many things in life a situation happens that may destroy their hope of ever having a happy life together. During the whole story we laugh, cry and try to think of ways that the sisters can bring these two together. There are also many characters who weave their lives in and out of Naomi's life.

    Beth's stories are so deep in lessons that we all can learn. Do we hold on to the past and hope that things might work out or do we leave the past behind so that we can move into a future with a better outlook for us. The saying is "when God closes a door he opens a window" but are we strong enough to let the good come through and follow his lead.

    This is a truly remarkable story and one that everyone should read.
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Broken Hearts
    October 24, 2020
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    I enjoyed being lost in this book, time had no meaning, I needed answers.

    We are at the Peony Inn run by widowed sisters, Esther and Lizzie, and a young woman they have taken under their wing and made a part of their family, Naomi.

    Enter guests at the Inn, and our widowed sisters radar goes up and the start match making. Now Naomi is nursing a broken heart, she was so close to being married when, well, and then Amos comes with his heart in shreds, no he wasn't left at the altar, his finance died.

    If the sister's have their way these two will forge a relationship but, the wayward groom returns.

    There is also Grumpy Gus, and he does use colorful language, but I'm looking forward to learning more about him in this new series.

    You don't want to miss this series, I can't wait for the next book!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan and was not required to give a positive review.
  4. Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unforgettable book
    October 10, 2020
    Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    Now, this book was all shades of amazing. Some parts will make you cry, others will make you laugh so much your cheeks will hurt.

    The sisters! Esther and Lizzie! My God! These women were just so lovely. I loved their heart! Esther was the quiet, sensible one, Lizzie, the outgoing, and fiesty one. They both complemented each other. I loved the beautiful work they did with their mother's house, providing hospitality and a place of love and rest for others. They had the good of everyone they met at heart and that endeared them to my heart.

    Naomi and Amos! Thier broken hearts could be felt from the pages of the book and it was that same that brought them together. I admired the gentleman Amos was. I loved the place and role Naomi filled in the hearts and lives of everyone around her and her courage to move forward to the beautiful things God had for her.

    Gus! Now, this character was a piece of wor!. His story wasn't told in full but I was sad for the man he had become. Knowing that it was some crude life experience that made him into who he became. I greatly admired Esther's grace with him. In so many ways she illustrated how to live with and treat difficult people with grace and love.

    This story has found a place in my heart. I loved the way the lives of the characters was interwoven together. I loved the grace, love, redemption and second chances I read about in the book.

    The Author did a fantastic job.

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
  5. Carolyn
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    August 26, 2020
    Carolyn
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Picture of Love, Book 1 in the Amish Inn Novels series, is an entertaining, heartwarming read. Ms. Wiseman with her excellent storytelling skills has penned a narrative with a perfect combination of endearing, delightful characters; laugh-out-loud humor; sweet romance; and inspiring faith. The character driven plot flows steadily with a few surprises along the way. The main romantic element of the story focuses on the relationship between two young people, Lizzie and Amos, who both have no desire for romance and a shared passion for painting; however, the side story of 70ish widow Esther and Grumpy Gus hinting at a possible romance adds enjoyment to the read. I hope Book 2 returns us to the Peony Inn to see what matchmakers Esther and Lizzie are up to next and to continue the story of Esther and Gus. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in the review are completely by own.

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