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Jenny Bontrager finally feels loved and cherished by her husband, Matthew, and his children. Life seems golden with both her family and career as a writer. Then one day her grandmother, Phoebe, falls ill, and Jenny cares for her. As she reaches into Phoebe's closet for a robe, Jenny finds a letter from her father dated the summer when she was nearly eighteen. As she struggles to understand her father's words, Jenny's love for him, and her recently renewed faith and trust in God are thrown into question again. And without warning, her perfect life is thrown into question . . .
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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Quilts of Lancaster County
Throughout the novel, Cameron writes in an emotionally evocative style. The story centers on the complexities of relationships and develops an especially healthy view of Christ-centered marriages. Characters, though lacking much in the way of personal dimension, are portrayed as loyal members of a flawed family.
Because of physical injuries Jenny sustained during her years as an international news reporter, she is unable to have children. The story's main conflict stems from Jenny's insecurities surrounding this issue. Jenny's inability to communicate her feelings to her family creates emotional distance between herself and those she loves. When Jenny uncovers a letter that reveals a long-hidden family betrayal, her world is utterly shattered. It is only when Jenny's stepson, Joshua, is severely injured in an accident that she realizes the healing power of forgiveness and the renewing strength of hope.
Though Jenny Bontrager is characterized as a timid, distraught woman, she also possesses several strong and admirable traits. Her desire to be loved, her struggle for acceptance, and her battle to rise above everyday challenges paint an inspirational picture of the struggles that comprise motherhood. Throughout the story, positive themes of physical and spiritual healing uphold the message of Jeremiah 30: 17, which says, "'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord."
A Time for Peace is a novel that can be compared to a buggy ride across the Pennsylvania countryside. The first few miles of scenery are pleasant, but before long the view can become tiresome and dull. During the first chapters of her story, Cameron does an admirable job of forming a new perspective on Amish life. However, she fails to sustain interest throughout the book. The remainder of the plot sometimes seems contrived and the accented dialogue can become stilted. Nonetheless, the novel contains enough warm, family drama to keep fans of Amish Christian fiction in the buggy until the end of the ride, regardless of how many times they are jostled in their seats. Kari Lynn Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
cdmeeker5 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2013cdmeekerQuality: 5Value: 5This was an amazing series that celebrates family, love and faith.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5May 22, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This is the third book in the series, Quilts of Lancaster county. Out of the three this was not my favorite. While the first two books had elements of action and romance that held my attention, this book did not. I got bored about half way through the book because the only thing that was happening was that people were sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. Once is fine, it moves the story along, more than that is just repetitive. Based on the first two book, I expected a lot more. For those of you that like relationship books then you will really this book, but this was not the book for me.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Time for Peace - A Wonderful Story of Love!May 6, 2012Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jenny Bontrager has settled nicely into married life with the exception that she longs for a baby of her own. She loves Matthew's three children as her own; especially since their mother died of cancer several years back leaving them without a mother; but oh to have a child that was through the union of her and Matthew. Hannah, Jenny's sister-in-law is expecting a child and that doesn't make it any easier for Jenny. Jenny is trying her best to be happy and supportive of Hannah.
As the story line progresses Jenny's grandmother has taken ill with pneumonia. Phoebe is so dear to Jenny. Several years earlier Phoebe encouraged Jenny to come stay with her so she could take care of her while Jenny healed from the wounds she had suffered while working as a news reporter overseas. While staying with Phoebe Jenny slowly healed from her injuries. What would Jenny do if she lost her precious grandmother? Will Phoebe survive her life threatening illness of pneumonia or is it God's will to take her home?
While getting a sweater for her grandmother Jenny accidental caused a box in her grandmother's closet to fall to the floor. The contents of the box spilled out and Jenny noticed a letter addressed to her grandmother that her father had written several years ago. Jenny knew it wouldn't be right to read the letter but she couldn't resist and so she read it. She felt betrayed by what her father had written to her grandmother. Will this information that Jenny stumbled upon change her relationship with her grandmother? Will it change her relationship with her husband Matthew if he was privy to what this letter was implying?
I found it hard to put this book down because I just had to know what would happen and how it would end. I laughed, I worried, I cried, and I hoped for the outcome that I wanted. Did the book end the way I wanted it to?
I found the characters in this book to be strong but yet vulnerable too. The Godly message comes through loud and clear. Have faith, have trust, have love, and you will find hope.
Thank you Barbara Cameron for a wonderful Amish fiction read. I loved your other books in this series, A Time to Love, A Time to Heal and now this one A Time for Peace. I can't wait to begin your new series Stitches In Time, with book 1, Her Restless Heart.
beegirlAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5April 3, 2012beegirlAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was very well written. The storyline was so believeable.
judyDyer, InAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2012judyDyer, InAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I love reading books about the Amish. Their ability to forgive is amazing.