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Home to Paradise #3, in the Coming Home series, by Barbara Cameron
Rose Anna Zook's two older sisters married two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his rite of passage during his adolescence in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community, especially to marry. Rose Anna is determined to bring him back into the Amish community. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Coming Home
The Amish Widower, Men of Lancaster County Series #4Virginia SmithHarvest House Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. Hes enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isnt interested in returning to the Amish communityespecially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Great series finaleMarch 10, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am almost certain that I have read almost every book by Barbara Cameron. I always look for her new books because they get better and better with each new one she writes. If I were asked what one thing always sets her books apart form many, I would say the cover of her books. Every cover for her books is simply beautiful and makes me want to read it immediately.
Home to Paradise is the third book in her series, The Coming Home series. I related to Rose Anna Zook very quickly. She helps in a women's shelter and has a heart from the women and children that she helps. She is passionate about them and cares deeply for them and for their futures. She also feels very deeply for someone else, except for that person isn't sure he wants to remain in the Amish community. What she feels was once a certain thing now seems like a wish with not a lot of hope of coming true.
John has abuse in his past and doesn't see his father or the Amish community the same way others see it. As his future seems a little uncertain, he begins to trust his boss. His boss helps him open up and offers up some different things for John to consider. One of the options is choosing to not walk away completely. I like that we get to watch the very real struggle of John as he tries to wrestle with his past and try to determine his future.
PTSD and abuse are both huge things many deal with in our society today. Sadly, these are also things that also get swept under the table and aren't talked about. I appreciate that these two issues are brought into a fiction book. Sometimes fiction books help readers see their situation through different eyes as they read about characters who have suffered the same things they have. I hope this book encourages those readers and they realize there is no shame in their story at all.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Coming HomeMarch 8, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home to Paradise is a novel that really showcases how we make an impact on those around us. This is a story about coming home and the choices that we need to make that are not always so simple. Rose Anna has always assumed that she would grow up and marry John, her childhood best friend. We come into their lives with them already having had a relationship together that ended when John broke Rose Anna's heart and left their Amish community. John is now back after tasting of the Englisch world and I felt for him as he had a hard time finding exactly where he fit in in either world. John did not have a happy childhood and so part of his struggles is that he really needs to make peace with his parents.
Rose Anna and John both affect their community more then they know. We are introduced to Rose Anna's role in helping abused women and children come to a shelter, to find safety and worthwhile work to make a living. We get glimpses into some of these women's lives and the PTSD that they must deal with along with overcoming their fear.
John finds his niche with an outsider on his employer's horse farm. His employer is good for John as he is someone who is trustworthy and someone on the outside who is able to see John's situation from a different perspective.
Then we have the relationship between John and Rose Anna. John is leery of being pushed into marriage and back into the Amish Life. Rose Anna would really like to have a family so decides instead of being patient, to take things into her hands and try to manipulate the outcome she so desires. The author gives us a real sense of where both of them are coming from. I did not have the pleasure of reading the first two, (this is able to be read as a standalone), so those who have followed the series will be happy to see old characters back and get a peek into their lives now.
This was an interesting concept for a series, three brothers who leave what they know but are loved back by three sisters. I really appreciated the author's notes in the beginning on the Amish community and family and she includes a few recipes at the end.
I received a copy for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to give a positive review and all the views and opinions expressed are my own.
CherylB19874 Stars Out Of 5GreatMarch 2, 2017CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron is book three in The Coming Home Series. Barbara Cameron has written a wonderful book. A book that will touch your heart. If you love Amish fiction then this is the book for you. It is full of love, faith, hope, determination. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Not Just Another Amish StoryFebruary 28, 2017MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nothing like I expected.
Barbara Cameron is a new author for me so I didn't really know what to expect. Sadly I had in my mind another ho hum Amish
And I was wrong!
I was totally enchanted. Maybe it's because the main settings were the horse farm that John worked at. And the quilt classes at the local women's shelter where Rose Anna works teaching classes. Horses and quilts are my two passions.
It's not just a romance between John and Rose Anna. It's about the town and the people.
I enjoyed all the characters from Brooke the quilter suffering from PTSD and her dog King to Kate the female police officer who has her own share of struggles from her past deployment.
The class atmosphere drew this reader in. The studio/classes were offered to women from a shelter.
John's boss Neil who became a compassionate and father figure to John. And even the horses the stallion Midnight and the mare Willow seemed to have personalities that drew me in.
Each character was developed and made the story so interesting that I didn't want it to end.
I enjoyed that most of the chapters ended with John or Rose Anna's thought and/or feelings about what was happening in the chapter...
'...He might not have much,but he had a skill, a strong body,
and determination to make his own way.
He figured he had a lot after all.'
...What a morning thought Rose Anna, joining the other women in laughter. it had stated with tears and high emotion and was ending in shared laughter.
Quilting was the thread that bound them together just as it did the women in her community. It gave them a reason to gather, to share their joy and their pain and their hopes and fostered their creativity...
I enjoyed reading Home To Paradise. It is a book that has earned a permit home on my book shelf.
This is a series that I plan to go back and read the other installments.
I am interested in how the women's shelter came to be. I wonder if there is more about Kate in the earlier books.
And I look forward to reading about the romances of the John
and Rose Anna's siblings.
I received a complimentary copy of Home To Paradise from Litfuse.
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Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great conclusion to the series!February 27, 2017Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Home to Paradise" is the third book the Coming Home series and it is a great conclusion to the series. The focus of this book is on the third Zook sister, Rose Anna, who is eager for her love to return to the Amish community. However, John is enjoying his Rumschpringe a little too much and is not sure if he wants to return to the Amish world and way of life.
This series has been enjoyable and great Amish fiction as Barbara has explored a practice that young people in the Amish community participate in before committing to the church and the Amish way of life for the rest of their lives. This practice is like so many choices that we may have to make that leave us questioning whether they have helped or harmed in the end and question how something has altered the course lives have taken. Has John's experience in the English world helped him to realize what is important in life or has it opened his eyes to the fun that he has been missing out on for so many years and he could experience for years to come if he doesn't return home? This series has been unique and not "just a typical Amish novel" and I found it to be enjoyable and a taste of living Amish, a nice escape from the hectic pace of everyday life.