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Love Bears All Things #2, in the Amish Secrets series, by Beth Wiseman
When Amish friend Daniel Byler shows up on Charlotte Dolinsky's door step in Texas, she drops everything to help. A member of his family is in danger of being shunned. Charlotte once betrayed him by pretending to be an Amish woman while trying to find information out about how her only brother Ethan died. As their friendship grows closer, Will she find herself torn between two worlds?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish Secrets
Could God be o­ffering Charlotte a second chance at true love?
Charlo­tte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, shes forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deceptionand this time, she isnt the only one keeping secrets.
Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancées betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlo­tte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.
Charlo­tte begins building a friendship with Daniel that shell need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlottes friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isnt even sure herself?
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Truth triumphs over betrayalDecember 3, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is not your typical Amish fiction (if there is any such a thing anymore). Wiseman touches on the somewhat edgy topic of drug abuse, in addition to unplanned pregnancy, romantic heartbreaks, and mental health issues. She knits these themes together with alternating threads of deceit and forgiveness, shame and selfishness, parental pressure and family love. This makes for a darker book than some, but almost every main character in this book grows into a stronger, more balanced adult by the epilogue (Jacob being the notable exception).
It took me a while to begin to like the main character, Charlotte, partly because I hadn't read the first book in this series, and didn't understand why she seemed so adrift and immature. But she eventually convinced me and her staunchest detractors that, though broken, she was willing to follow God's will and do anything necessary to make things right. Daniel moves from suspicion to forgiveness to friendship - will that threaten his standing in the Amish community in the next book, or will they gain a new member? (I have my opinion!) I hurt for Charlotte as the people closest to her wound and abandon her in various ways and times. But God truly knows what's best for us, and I rejoiced as she found truth and her place in life. That made all the frustrations and dark places of this book worth it for me. Both she and the King and Byler families navigated some very troubled waters to find, as the title quotes 1Corinthians 13, that "love bears all things."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5GreatNovember 29, 2016CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book for an honest review from the Fiction Guild. This is a wonderful continuation of the story of group. Charlotte's boyfriend breaks up with her and things are just slowly falling apart for her. She had been with Amish community in a previous book but ended up helping the family in different ways since. And now Jacob King has shown up on her doorstep and she takes him in but knowing that she will be going to PA she tries to get him to go back to his family. When she arrives there the King family welcomes her with open arms. Even though Jacob didn't come back with her she told them she tried. But little did they know that Jacob's betrothed is pregnant. Charlotte is going to sell her brothers home. But get involved with both families and Annie's older brother Daniel doesn't trust her but sees that she is trying to help, so he helps her. I love this story and with many twist and turns. I hope that Jacob comes to his senses before he comes to harm in Pittsburgh and Charlotte becomes Amish.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging, complex storyNovember 27, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beth Wiseman's Love Bears All Things is a great continuation to her Amish Secrets series. The story could be read as a stand-alone, but it will definitely be better enjoyed after reading Her Brother's Keeper.
Charlotte is an Englisher who has previously connected (in the first book of the series) with the Amish world through deception. After the truth was revealed and amends made, she came through with friends as close as family. When Charlotte's life in Texas appears to be falling apart, she finds herself going back to Lancaster County for a fresh start.
This story is much more complex than some Amish fiction. There is the matter of the Englisher finding her place in the Amish world, while at the same time a young Amish man is trying to find his place in the English world. There are mental health and substance abuse issues, unexpected pregnancies, and difficult relationship questions. All of the story lines make for a very engaging read, without the easy cookie-cutter solutions.
Fans of good Amish fiction should enjoy Love Bears All Things. And the story leaves enough unanswered questions to create a high level of anticipation for the next installment in the series.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book. I was happy to share my personal thoughts in this review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Will Charlotte and Daniel be able to work through their past trust issues in order to begin their own future?November 2, 2016Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Everything will be well in the end. If it's not well, it's not the end."
Such is Charlotte's motto for her life, however it seems like she doesn't take the advice to heart much. Trust seems to be something of a challenge for her, after suspecting that her boyfriend Ryan was seeing someone at work. When she got caught checking his text messages, he suggested that she see a counselor to work through her issues of trust. Not only that, but she still had memories of a girl in a purple dress and a woman in a green dress, that she couldn't remember much more than that. When she did see anyone resembling those two, she was left with anxiety that threatened to overwhelm her and convinced her that she needed to continue her treatments with her counselor.
However, she just isn't bouncing back as quickly as she had hoped. Her checks from the newspapers she edited for seemed to be delayed in coming when she needed the money the most and after three papers appeared taped to her front door, it was Ryan who told her she was being evicted. If only she can find a way to get her life back on track. After leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania tracking down the reason her brother Ethan committed suicide and convincing the Amish living there that she was Mary Troyer, she didn't feel like she knew who she was anymore. Now with only less than 2 weeks left before she would be evicted she didn't know what she would do. Worse yet, Ryan dumped her.
Jacob shows up on her doorstep after running away from his Amish home, believing an English life is in his future. Unfortunately for Charlotte, he can't stand for long as she needs to move out. She does manage to convince him to call home and let his family know he is fine and where he is staying. Charlotte has made a friend with his sister, Hannah when she was in Lancaster before, and has promised she will do all she can to convince Jacob to return home. He left Annie Byler in the dark as to why he left and even worse, not knowing if they were to be married after all. She has a secret that only her older brother Daniel knows and it will be the one thing that will bring Jacob back home to marry her, but does she want to tell him the truth if he isn't ready to marry her on his own terms?
I received Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the second novel in the Amish Secrets novel, with My Brother's Keeper being the first. I can't wait to see how this will all play out and once again found some interesting Amish story lines you don't often see in most Amish novels. In this case, the desire for Jacob to stay in the English world and give up his Amish roots leaving everything he loves behind, while believing a well-meaning, wealthy man in Pittsburgh has his best interests at heart when he gives him a fresh start at life. I love that Daniel and Charlotte, both whom have dealt with love that has left them broken, finally see something more in the relationship they have been developing while working through their own family issues and I have hope, that somehow they can make an Amish/English relationship work. For me, this one rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars and there is even discussion questions included at the conclusion of this novel that makes this a perfect fit for book clubs.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Charlotte In LancasterNovember 2, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again we are back with Charlotte, and yes now everyone knows who she is, in Lancaster Amish Country. Ryan, the man who helped bring her back to faith, has now betrayed her and she is desperately trying to move on with her life.
She is back staying with the King family, and her little dog is going to make you smile, they are grateful for all that she did for Leah and really welcome her into their home, but she has also helped Jacob, the smart seventeen year old, engaged to Annie, but now wanting to experience the English world.
The story is jammed packed, and there is a forbidden but budding romance in store for Charlotte, but can anything come from it? There are also some big bombshells dropped near the end, and now Im so looking forward to the next book, I need to know the answers. Once this cover is opened, you are gone!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.