Barbara Cameron twists the typical storyline of an "English" woman falling in love with an Amish man in her first novel in the Quilts of Lancaster series. Jenny has always felt a special connection to her grandmother's Amish community, despite her father leaving the faith as a teenager. When she's injured while reporting from a war-torn country, Jenny decides to recuperate in Lancaster, where she feels at peace. There she reconnects with Matthew, a man she became friends with on her childhood summer visits, whom she discovers she still has a crush on. But Jenny's still hurting, both physically and emotionally, and she's not sure if she's ready for a relationship - let alone one with a widower who has three children and belongs to a completely separate part of society. It's going to take the help of the handsome farmer himself, his adorable children, his meddling sister and Jenny's ever-faithful grandmother to convince Jenny that God has brilliant plans for her future, no matter how bleak the repercussions of her accident may look.Jenny is the anti-heroine: she's insecure about her looks, worried about her future and cares more about others than herself. She's a woman that we should all be able to relate to. I loved that Barbara Cameron dared to create a character who struggled with her movements and speech; Jenny struggles with things that we take for granted yet she still manages to make new friends and fall in love. Her love interest, Matthew, is an old-fashioned gentleman, always eager to help Jenny and constantly looking for opportunities to visit her, which is most endearing! Matthew is father to three children, and I have to admit that I like the storyline of a single woman falling in love with a man with a past and a brood of kids.I was incredibly impressed with Barbara Cameron's venture into the genre of Amish fiction and especially pleased with her unique take on the genre. I'll definitely be looking out for the second in the series.
What an amazing book. Barbara new book brings us right into the was and what is happening now. You get so caught up in the main charcters that you feel as if you are right there with them. Jenny is a reporter and is in a bombing and it affects her life in so many ways that we dont know about but in this book Barbara tells us all about a bombing and what what happens to a person. Jenny is for the children whose life is affected by war and she is their voice and wants help for them. after the attack she goes to her Grandma home and she is Amish. All throughout thid book it tugs at your heart strings and when you finish it will inpact your life forever. This si abook about second chances and show us that if we put God first in our livesand cast all our burdens and fears on Him that we will find the contentment and love we are searching for. You cannot put this book down. Barbara gets you so caught up in the story line that from page one to the end you are engulfed in the story. You must buy this book and it will be one you will reread over and over again. Now we just need book 2 because we need to find out the rest of the story.
Barbara really out did herself in this book. she brought our attention to what is happening now. Thie is not your typical Amish book. She tells a sory of Jenny who is a reporter telling us about how war affects the children but while doing this she is fit by a bomb. She goes to her Granmother Phoebe who is Amish for recovery. As she ie mending she is visited by her first love Matthew. Throught out the story they find they are still in love. Matthew wife as died and left him three beautiful children. There is hope for second chances if we just put our faith in God's hands and cast everything to him especially our fears and let Him take controll and that is where we will find true love and contentment. Jenny cares so much about the children of war and Barbar tells us a beautiful story that captures your heart strings. This is a must book to read. Although its not waht I first thought of an Amish book but I am so glad I bought it and now its atreasure book of mine. I f anyone wants a book to cry with, fall in love with the characters, get upset and find love this is your book. Get one and you want be able to put it done...its that good. Now we just need book 2 "A Time To Heal". way to go Barbara what an excellent book.
A Time To Love isn't your average Amish romance read! Instead the author takes a very current subject, the war overseas and its impact on the most innocent of victims the children, and tells us how Jenny King the main character of the story felt compelled to get those childrens voices heard.The author starts the story with Jenny being driven to her grandmothers Amish farm in Lancaster Pa. She has just survived a car bombing while reporting overseas and needs a place to heal her wounds both physical and emotional. So when she arrives at her grandmothers she is reaquainted with Matthew, an amish man that she had fallen in love with as a teen. Matthew and Jenny's story gives us hope for second chances and shows us that putting our faith in God and casting our fears aside is the only way to find true contentment and love. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it tugs at your heart strings, but also the author does a great job of throwing some humor into the story so it isn't overly dramatic. The main character is so easy to relate to with her fears and longings and wanting to make a difference for children. The struggles she faces while recuperating is something that we hear often on the evening news pertaining to wounded soldiers.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this book to review!