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The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel HartHartzler spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes when her father hires Jordan Engles, the son he always wanted. As Jordan takes on brotherly roles around the house, like escorting Rachel to the youth singing, the enmity between the two grows. Besides, Jordan has one foot in the Englisch world and is determined not to get involved with an Amish girl.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Heaven on Earth
He doesnÆt plan to stay Amish. She doesnÆt have a plan.
Then an angel draws their hearts toward God . . . and each other.
A buggy-racing champion, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel Hartzler does not fit her Amish communityÆs standards for an eligible bride. Hurt by their rejection and still grieving the loss of her brother, Rachel is ready for change.
SheÆs not, however, ready for Jordan Engles. RachelÆs father hired him to help tend the fields so Rachel can learn to cook and sew, thus increasing her chances of finding a husband. She canÆt understand why her father doesnÆt want her help and blames Jordan for trying to replace her beloved brother.
Jordan plans for his time on the Michigan farm to be short. Before his mother passed away, he promised her he'd give her Amish roots a chance. Upon her death, uncertain about what else to do, he came to stay with his Uncle Isaac in Hope Falls. He's curious why his mother left the community she obviously loved. But it doesn't take Jordan long to conclude that the strict lifestyle and the three hour church services are not for him.
But there isnÆt just human interaction at play. Nathaniel, an angel of God, sees the potential in Jordan and RachelÆs hearts from heavenÆs perspective. His goal is to shepherd them toward the path of healing and love.
When tragedy strikes, then strikes again, this angelic being is sent to guide them toward the healing and abundant life promised in GodÆs Word û if only they will listen.
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. Shes a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at ruthreid.com Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid
tinkerdurandwisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5jane jafferi.carol johnson.leona grippenJanuary 4, 2013tinkerdurandwisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5it very good book for any one to read some of store is sad everyone wiil enjoy it my friends will read when i done god bless
Lindz2012GastonvilleAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Values in BookOctober 3, 2012Lindz2012GastonvilleAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This was fun to read and see that an angel speaks in this book. It there to help two people. It was sweet to see the two angels battle in the book. The funny things they do to get the two people to listen. I really like it with Jordan that he get different things.
It was kinda different for Rachel. Though Rachel need to understand what happened to her brother and learn about forgiving. You would be surprise with all the things that happen and what comes of it.
CarliAliceUnion, MOAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer ReadingJune 28, 2012CarliAliceUnion, MOAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4In this story Rachel Harzler and Jordan Engles are two young 20 somethings searching for answers. Rachel is Amish and Jordan is Englisch but they both have experienced hardships in their young lives and are struggling to find their way. While they may have grown up in different worlds their struggle to listen to God's will is the same. As they learn to listen they slowly unfold His will for their lives.
The story was quite engaging and had a few surprises for an Amish romance. I had difficulty putting it down as I got further in. There were times I could really relate to Jordon or Rachel's feelings and it really drew me into the book.
This was the first time that I've read an Amish romance that also had an element of "fantasy" in it. While I did see the angels purpose in the book, I did not feel that this particular element enhanced the book in any way. In some instances I found it distracting. Using italics when the angels spoke along with italics when Pennsylvania Dutch was used made the text a little busy and more difficult to read. Rachel and Jordans characters were really well done. They were relatable and Rachel's lifestyle in the Amish community really drew you in.
Overall, I felt the book was entertaining and well written. There were moments when I could see my own struggle with God and the desire to know why things happen instead of learning to accept God's will. I will certainly be reading more books by Ruth Reid!
BunnyfreakOhioAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Compelling Story and Sweet RomanceJune 8, 2012BunnyfreakOhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Struggling with the traditional role of an Amish woman, Rachel started helping her father in the barns and field after her brother's death. Rachel still struggles with her grief over her brother's death and is uncertain how she would ever met the communities standards for a good wife. Jordan is adrift in life. He is exploring his roots in Michigan as a promise to his mother and longs to know his father and determine his place in the world. The two butt heads early on due to misconceptions about each other. However, God has a plan for the two to come closer to him. The angel Nathaniel has charge over Rachel and Jordan and in the story he is used by God to act in the lives.
Initially I was uncertain about how the angel would be depicted in the story. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the angel was not visible like a normal person (like angels in Highway in Heaven or Touched by Angel), but instead interacted in the spiritual realm. Nathiel was kept from doing certain things until God gave him permission which is in keeping with what I read in scripture.
The story was a page turner. I loved seeing how the characters developed through out the story as they grew closer to God and how they struggled when they were far from God. I could relate to characters and found myself rooting for them. I enjoyed the book so much I searched out the first book in the series. Both books stand on there own though so nothing major in the plot is spoiled if you read them out of sequence.
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EszterEuropeAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This was the first book that I missed after finishJune 7, 2012EszterEuropeAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I liked to cuddle on the sofa and leave everything outside and read this book. My mind, my heart and my sould was warming up while reading it.
I liked very much the discussion of the angels and demons during the story. Yes, every aspect of our life is important for God. There must be a divine debate while we talk to somebody or when we make a decision.
This book is rather long, more than 400 pages, but it is worth reading it. And at the end you will think: "it is a pitty that it is so short" :)