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Returning isn't as easy as Anna had hoped, because it forces her to face the consequences of her own irresponsible behavior that led her to leave in the first place, and the pain she caused those she left behind. True redemption, she finds, is not a simple matter of pretend humility, but a deep change of the heart that means she will never be the same again. She learns, too, that redemption comes with a renewed love and appreciation for all the people in her life, the tightly bonded community that will always nuture and protect her.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)|
Series: Pleasant Valley
Seek Me with All Your Heart, Land of Canaan Series #1Beth WisemanThomas Nelson / 2010 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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Leah's Choice, Pleasant Valley #1, Unabridged Audiobook on CDMarta PerryBrilliance Audio Classic Collection / Compact disc$12.59 Retail:
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After spending three years in the English world, Anna Beiler has come back to Pleasant Valley with a baby girl, which will surely cause a stir since Anna is unmarried. She is also hiding secrets: the baby is not hers by birth, nor does she intend to stay. Rather, she desperately needs sanctuary from the childs violent father...
It surprises Anna how quickly her Amish habits return to her, and how satisfying it feels to reconnect with her friends and family. Even Annas childhood friend Samuel, whose slow, thoughtful manner used to frustrate her, becomes a fond and reassuring companion.
But Anna hasnt fully faced the consequences of her irresponsible youth, and now, her mere presence may endanger the family she holds dear. If she wants to stay, she must seek forgiveness from the community whose blessing she took for granted, and experience the true change of heart required to make a new beginning.
"What a joy it is to read Marta Perry's novels!...everything a reader could wantstrong, well-defined characters, beautiful, realistic settings, and a thought-provoking plot. Readers of Amish fiction will surely be waiting anxiously for her next book."Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart series
"A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness."Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."Library Journal
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Perry crafts characters with compassion, yet with insecurities that make them relatable."RT Book Reviews
"[Perry] has once again captured my heart with the gentle wisdom and heartfelt faith of the Amish community."Fresh Fiction
SusiequeTucson, AZAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very uplifting!March 19, 2013SusiequeTucson, AZAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These books are "real life" happenings in a family, and are
encouraging to see how faith can make even hard circumstances turn out well
LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating stories.January 9, 2012LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anna Beiler an Amish girl who has been living in the English world for a year or more, returns with a child ,to hide from the child's father who is dangerous and a drunkard, but seems to want the child back after signing papers to give the child up, after the mother of the baby died while she gave birth.
Melody Szamrey5 Stars Out Of 5good bookApril 1, 2011Melody SzamreyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very good book to read.Could not put this book down.Highly recommended.
JJs NanaMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great readJanuary 28, 2011JJs NanaMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read thefirst two books in this set and loved them. I look forward to more from Marta Perry.
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5December 6, 2010Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleIn some ways, I think I came upon this book at the wrong time. Having read nothing but Amish fiction for a straight month and nothing but it (literally), I was a bit burnt out before I even started this one. The back cover blurb sounded great, really, but I felt like I had to make myself finish this one.
The story lagged a bit in several places, and I was disappointed that the relationship between Anna and Samuel didn't progress any faster than it did. There were also times when it was difficult to keep all the characters straight. I kept getting the relationships confused between which characters were siblings and which were cousins. Part of that could have easily been due to the fact that I have not yet read the first two books in this series.
I'm giving Anna's Return a rating of 3 stars because even though I had a tough time staying focused on the story, it was still a good one, especially with the Amish culture thrown in. Without the Amish aspect, it would've been quite dull.