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Four years after Jennie Troyer’s husband dies in a farming accident, the elders in her Amish community express that it’s time for her to marry again for the sake of her seven children. They think that grief is holding her back from a new relationship, but instead, it is fear of being in another abusive marriage.

A Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm when he’s in the area. The two enjoy years of conversation and dinners together, yet she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Leo Graber has been in love with Jennie since his teenage years. Guilt over his father’s death put a stop to him moving forward with her. Now he is hoping for a second chance. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0310348080
ISBN-13: 9780310348085
Series: Every Amish Season

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Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn’t have to look far. But after the pain she’s experienced, can she open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is it isn’t grief that’s holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage.

Paul Graber has known--and loved--Jennie since they were children, and he’d hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul’s father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he’s been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie’s free again and he’s fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time.

Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie’s farm as often as he can. He’s grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old?

The path isn’t clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God’s plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God’s plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.

Author Bio

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Amish of Bee County series, which includes The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it "a delicately woven masterpiece." She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Kelly’s novella, A Christmas Visitor, appears in the anthology The Amish Christmas Gift. Her novella, Sweeter than Honey, is included in the anthology The Amish Market

She wrote two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine

A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors.

 

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  1. Carlene
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    April 12, 2018
    Carlene
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    This was my first Amish read - what a delight! The writing is clear and compelling, the story is intriguing, and the characters are so lovably real. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
  2. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beneath the Summer Sun
    February 24, 2018
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    BENEATH THE SUMMER SUN is set in Jamesport, Missouri, a real-life Amish community in northern Missouri. Kelly Irvin is the one who introduced me to this area when she went on a research trips several years ago and posted pictures. I had to go visit the area for myself.

    Jennie is an abused woman, terrified to start over with a new man even though she's expected to remarry She has seven children, her oldest is fourteen and he's beginning to have anger issues like Jennie's deceased husband, but she's at a lose how to handle him.

    There are two men interested in Jennie, and both are sweet as anything. One is a talker and a bookworm, a real gentleman, but he's Mennonite. While he may be welcome in the community as a book salesman, but as a prospective groom for an Amish widow? Not so much.

    Leo is the strong, silent type. He lost Jennie years ago and is suffering from acute guilt for his father's death. I hurt for him.

    This is a love-triangle, which is frowned upon by some publishers, but it works. Both Leo and Nathan's point of view is included, and this reader cheered for first one then the other in the quest for Jennie's heart. I couldn't decide who I wanted to win. But the decision wasn't up to me and I was satisfied with the Happy Ever After ending, A good read.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
  3. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Still Waters Run Deep
    February 24, 2018
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Another winner from the talented Kelly Irvin! I have been looking forward to more stories of the three older Jamesport widows in this unusual series, but this book went beyond my expectations.

    Who couldn't empathize with Jennie Troyer - a devoted mother of seven, carrying such a painful secret that her life seemed an endless round of chores and fearful flashbacks? But she's not the only one hurting from old wounds; three of the most important males in her life find their attitudes and choices shaped by missing fathers. Each character has to decide whether to keep hiding their scars and disappointment inside, or risk opening their hearts and admitting their need for healing. Each has to trust God to mend their traumatized spirits and show them the path He has for them.

    If you read Amish fiction to escape your "real" world for a gentle, old fashioned place, Irvin's books are not for you. Instead, she vividly shows us what struggles we all have in common, and how only God can untangle our hearts' messy knots, while giving us a well-researched peek into the Plain life. Let me warn you, your heart will race as page-by-page you discover the secrets of Jamesport (Does this sound like a pacifist to you? "If I had known...It would have ended or I would have ended him.")! This is the second book of the "Every Amish Season" series, and although they can be read as stand-alone novels, do yourself a favor and read "Upon a Spring Breeze" first. You'll meet some familiar characters, and recognize anew how long love can endure dormancy before blossoming.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via the Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a review.
  4. Yvette K.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweetly Satisfying Amish Novel
    February 17, 2018
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    On the surface, Jennie Trotter might not seem like a woman who would have two men wanting to declare their interest. She's a thirty-seven year old widow with seven children who tries to avoid men. She knows that her Amish community will expect to marry again, but she is emotionally scarred and fears repeating past mistakes.

    Jennie's trauma is experienced through vivid flashbacks, as memories are triggered by the simplest of things, sending her spiraling into panic. Trauma she doesn't realize has affected her oldest son as well, until he begins acting out. It is in this and other life challenges that Leo and Nathan attempt to help Jennie, with varying degrees of acceptance and success.

    As I consider this book, it is possibly the relationships between each man and the Trotter children that endeared them to me beyond the way they treated Jennie. Though I would wish that more of the children felt more fleshed out, the three that are were just right for this story.

    This was a sweetly satisfying, gently paced novel of wounded people in need of healing. The writing sweeps you into the story and the characters hold you there. A wonderful follow-up to Upon a Spring Breeze, and I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

    This review refers to a finished paperback I voluntarily received from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Dwina Willis
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not your typical Amish book
    February 16, 2018
    Dwina Willis
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jennie has been a widow for four years and the leaders of her Amish community are ready for her to remarry for the sake of her children. But how does she learn to trust and love again when her husband verbally and physically abused her. How could God allowed that to happen.

    Mennonite book salesman Nathan is thinking of converting to old order Amish because of his feelings for Jennie, but he struggles with his family's past. Then there's Leo who has loved Jennie since they were teens, but he struggles with guilt over his Dad's death and letting Jennie marry someone else. Can he learn to trust God, forgive himself and move forward. In the second book of the Every Amish Season, three people try to understand God's plan for them.

    So many of the Amish books seem to be so similar. This book is different. I enjoyed it much more than many of the Amish stories I've read.
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