of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5PotentialAugust 18, 2016beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first picked up this book I had the impression that this was a good author and I would enjoy this book. As I continued it just didn't hold my interest. I think the writer has a lot of potential and perhaps the busyness of my season of life played in to my lack of enthusiasm. I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying this book but it wouldn't be on my list of recommendations.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hope Grows even in Lean TimesAugust 4, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0I was SO disappointed when I finished the third book in Olivia Newport's historical Amish Turns of Time series. What a treat to discover she isn't done adding titles yet! And I think Hope in the Land was the best book so far.
I must admit, I couldn't help but love Gloria and despise Minerva - there, I got that off my chest! The rest of the characters are pretty realistic with both positive and negative traits. And Lillian is too self-absorbed to be anything but comically aggravating; we all know someone like her. But I was ready to canonize Glory and condemn Min from the get-go.
Newport's strength, besides her writing style that flows like butter on a warm biscuit, is historical research. I felt like I was living in 1936 myself! She (once again) blends the perspectives of both Amish and Englisch, this time centering on the Great depression. Two lifelong acquaintances (notice I DIDN'T say "friends") and their families face hard economic times on their Pennsylvania farms in the 1930s. Their very different standards and relationships are accentuated as drought and poverty tighten around them as a vise. Newport leaves us no doubt as to which system she values! Woven throughout this book are several romances with plenty of those misunderstandings young folks are so prone to. In all, this is a book I couldn't wait to get back to! Though times and fortunes may change, family love rooted in God's blessing on our homesteads always gives HOPE.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulJuly 27, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those subtle kinds of stories that creeps into your heart. A hope-filled respite that left me longing for simpler days. Gloria is at the centre of it all, dispensing compassion and wisdom (most of the time) as she nurtures her brood and looks beyond the needs of her own family. Her one nemesis is Minerva and, frankly, I can totally see why! (insert the sound of nails scratching on a blackboard -- the woman is that annoying!)
I've always been fascinated by the Depression era as a historical setting though it isn't the most popular time periods for novels. The title, Hope in the Land, aptly describes how Gloria approaches life during these trying times and somehow she manages to spread that hope to those around her. And I love her counsel! "Find the calm in the storm. If you try to talk in the wind, you only end up shouting at yourself." (p.129)
Then there's Polly with her dreams of marriage though she isn't great farmwife material. City-slicker Henry, a fish out of water when he arrives in rural Lancaster County. And Minerva, the annoying English neighbor who puts on airs. Gloria touches all their lives in different ways. A gentle story of simple faith and endless hope.
DaliSB, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Joy to Read!May 27, 2016DaliSB, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ever since reading my first Olivia Newport book, Accidentally Amish (Valley of Choice Book 1), I realized that the author writes a very different type of story. One of the main differences is that Ms. Newports writing is outside of the box. None are a cookie cutter format, which maker her writing very refreshing.
Her series, Amish Turns of Time, is a wonderful series, and Hope in the Land is a great addition to it. The author incorporates a history lesson into a story of hope, romance, intrigue, mystery, overcoming obstacles, forgiving, and faith,. The author combines these elements flawlessly in a way that keeps the reader enthralled up to the very end, and that is no easy feat.
As a reader, I enjoy reading historical fiction from the the old west era. However, I always bypasses any other era, especially the Depression. And yet, once I began reading Hope in the Land, I didnt put it down until I had read the very last word. Thats how much it grabbed me and sucked me in. I even learned a few things that I didnt know had occurred during that time. So, not only did I enjoy the story immensely, I also learned a few things in the process.
Part of Hope in the Land focuses on the forty year trying relationship between Amish Gloria Grabill and Englisher Minerva Swain. However, more of the story focuses on Polly Grabill, Glorias daughter. I really enjoyed seeing how unique Polly is and how that factored into her relationship with her family, friends, Thomas Coblentz, and Englisher Henry Edison. While all of the characters had their special place in the story, l loved Pollys character and her uniqueness the most. It added a whole new dimension to the story. All in all, Hope in the Land is a perfectly blended story that is a joy to read and one that will keep you guessing up to the very end.
****While Hope in the Land is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone.
*****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5There's always hope when God is in itMay 8, 2016tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was intrigued by the subject of this novel because it was set during the Great Depression of the thirties. My parents were raised during this time but under different circumstances. My dad's family lived in town and struggled for every morsel of food put on their table. My mom's family lived in the country and had a farm and grew their own food, like the Amish families in this book. The hardships were still there but they always had food on the table.
Henry was fresh out of college, working for the government in his first job, researching the Amish and English farms in Lancaster County. He had to interview farm wives on what they produced, consumed, purchased and stored on their farms in food, livestock, chickens, etc. Henry finds help with the Grabill's daughter Polly when she injures her foot and can't help with her normal chores on her family's Amish farm. The Grabill's next door English neighbors, the Swain's, own a farm as well but the overspending of the wife, Minerva, causes financial hardship. Ever since a childhood feud, Minerva and Gloria Grabill have had a hard time getting along. Minerva has a hard time giving up her household conveniences as the need arises, and an even harder time asking for help from Gloria. But one thing was evident to me while reading, no matter the hardships, families pulled together in trying to help those falling on even harder times than themselves. Gloria was always filling bushel baskets with abundant vegetables to share at the church downtown.
And besides the neighbor and community relationships learned about in this novel, you will find a good sprinkling of romance for those that enjoy reading about couples finding each other. This was definitely a different type of "Amish" story that anyone could enjoy even those that don't necessarily read much Amish fiction.
I always search for why or how a book gets its title. This one was found on page 158, "Vegetables were more than food. They were hope in what the land would yield."