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In the third and final book of the Amish Secrets Series, find out what happens to Charlotte, Daniel, Lena and more.
Charlotte grew up abused by her parents, living in Foster homes on and off between the release of her parents from rehab or jail. While her sister Andrea stayed in the foster care system and did not see her family again until years later at their mother’s funeral. Cancer has returned in Lena, Charlotte’s surrogate Amish mother. She has a sense of peace about her and even though the news is not good, she looks to God for guidance. Daniels mother has a risky pregnancy, while his father and sister struggle with what family and the community believe in verse what modern medicine is doing. Charlotte must decide if she should permanently convert to the Amish faith. Will her relationship with Daniel be strong enough to get them through all these difficult times?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Amish Secrets
Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for.
Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.
Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world hes ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniels relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com, Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman, Twitter: @BethWiseman.
More than a love story, the final book in the Amish Secrets trilogy is emotional and inspiring. . . the themes of belonging, letting go and accepting Gods will are all handled with poignancy and grace.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5warm and easy to get intoDecember 14, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novel had so many emotional threads woven into its pages. And I loved everyone of them. Two sisters, Charlotte and Andrea, raised separately but both experiencing abuse growing up. They meet and have a tumultuous relationship for a while. Charlotte is being pulled between the English world and the Amish community. She's afraid to be baptized into the Amish faith because she fears letting God down and her love, Daniel, who's grown up Amish.
Lots of family connections among the characters and illness, birth and death so close together. Questions of when does life really end crop up with hard decisions for Daniel and his family. I shed a few tears, had a laugh or two (pickled oysters) and felt immense joy with some situations the characters went through.
I read this in two days because it was so good and so easy to read and get into. Although this is the last in the series I'm looking forward to what's next in Beth Wiseman's writings. (it can be read as a standalone with no problem).
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Great end to a wonderful seriesDecember 12, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Do you think God sends unexpected people into our lives to help us see things more clearly?"
Home All Along is the third and final installment of the Amish Secrets series, and it is jam packed with such depth, one won't want it to end. And end it did, and with a good dose of closure for fans of the series and for the characters. Though this is part of a series, the author did a wonderful job in providing bits and pieces of the past that allows this to read as a standalone.
"Peace comes when our soul is calm. Restlessness divides us from God, from the peace only He can provide."
There is a strong message of faith and salvation, and makes for quite a story for new believers as well. The author did not sugarcoat anything, but bring to the forfront of sin and evil, but there's also the blessing of characters that encourage, inspire and yes, even guide us unexpectedly, just like in real life. And for those that don't like novels that are overly preachy, I can assure you, Home All Along is not. There's so much going on, including romance, friendship and family. There are quite a few heartbreaking moments, and moments of frustration that really comes to light in a way that brings readers a certain understanding and wisdom. I particularly love the explanation of heaven in the analogy of cake and icing.
In all, Home All Along is about finding your place, your home. It's also about going through life's many trials with tears, sweat, and even laughter, but also the love of family, friends and God. A wonderful conclusion to a series.
"Things are awful . . . only if you allow it to be."
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Third book in An Amish Secrets series!November 10, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home All Along by Beth Wiseman is the third book in An Amish Secrets series. Charlotte Dolinsky is living in Paradise, Pennsylvania. It is a difficult day since she is burying her biological mother. They had a contentious relationship due to her mothers mental health issues. Daniel Byler is approached by Bishop Michael Miller about Charlotte. It is time for Charlotte to make a choice. She cannot continue to straddle both worlds (Amish and Englisch). Charlotte is thrilled when a lost member of her family returns, but she is disappointed when the person is not interested in establishing a relationship. Charlotte loves the community, but she is not sure about making a permanent commitment. She needs to look deep inside herself to discover what she wants in life. What is the right path for Charlotte? Can she overcome her fears? Daniel loves Charlotte, but it is not the right time for him to leave his family or the Amish community. His mother receives disturbing news from her doctor, Eva developed eclampsia and is in a coma, and their Aunt Faye has come to assist them (oh dear). Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Daniel and Charlotte?
Home All Along is a lovely conclusion to An Amish Secrets series. I found the book to be well-written, have engaging characters, and a good pace. Home All Along is not a standalone novel. You need to read the first two books in An Amish Secrets series prior to Home All Along. A few of the themes in Home All Along are power of prayer, right to pick your own fate, choices, fear of failure, faith, and love. Home All Along is realistic. Life is full of ups and downs which is shown in this novel. It is interesting to see what choices each person makes in Home All Along. Aunt Faye is quite a character. She provides levity to Home All Along. I am giving Home All Along 5 out of 5 stars. It was nice to see Charlotte develop over the course of the series. She developed as a person and a Christian. Home All Along is one of those books that you want to read quickly to see how it ends, but you also do not want the story to end (because then the series is over).
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A beautiful way to end this incredible series!November 7, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Some people struggle their whole lives to find a place to call home, when in all actuality it was right in front of them the whole time. In Beth Wiseman's newest novel, Home All Along, the third in the Amish Secrets series, Charlotte Dolinsky is faced with more challenges then most. Being orphaned along with her brother Ethan, she has watched the family deteriorate around her. First her father died, then her brother, and while she struggled to maintain any sense of a relationship with her birth mother Janelle, she watched her slowly die while languishing away in a mental institution lost in her mind in a rage of madness. It would make one wonder, why she shed any tears at all at her mother's funeral. But perhaps deep inside she was mourning for a family most had and she didn't.
Even though her Amish family made her feel at home, they weren't her biological family. Daniel Byler is struggling himself with the feelings he has for Charlotte, an English woman who makes herself at home among the Amish, but still keeping a foot in the English world. He knows what implications will happen if he chooses to walk away from all he has known to follow his heart, but he is hoping that Charlotte might just want to walk away from the English world and join him. After all, it seems as if she is home already.
They didn't see all the changes coming for both of them. The new Bishop has warned Daniel that Charlotte must make a decision soon as many in the fold are beginning to question if the Bishop intends to allow them to continue as they have been, clearly having affections for one another but not equally yoked. Charlotte is introduced to a sister, Andrea, she never knew she had, when she turns up at her mother's funeral, only to remind her that she just needed to know who she was for medical issues. This makes Charlotte question what God has in mind with all this news on the same day she buries her mother. Can she find the right faith to hold onto her life and weather the storms that seem to be pressing on her at this time? Only time will tell.
I received Home All Along by Beth Wiseman compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGalley. Oh how I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. It makes one realize that the Amish are just like the English in so many ways and have the same struggles we all do. The only difference is their ability to try and accept the things that happen as God's will, but it still doesn't mean it makes it easy for them to handle it well. So many other relationships are addressed as well in this novel with characters readers have met in the other novels. I especially LOVE the ideas that butterflies are rumored to be messages from heaven! I easily give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Jewelry Diva5 Stars Out Of 5loved this book!November 2, 2017Jewelry DivaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful ending to this series by Beth Wiseman. I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte. She really grew as a person from the first book until this book. It dealt with a lot of tragedy and heartache. I felt as if I was right there with all of the sweet characters. I grew to love each and every one of them. It was also a book about salvation and be coming a new person in Christ. I really enjoyed this book and the entire series.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.