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Sarah Shelter has lived in W. Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Will there ever be someone kind and gentle who can break down that wall?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors
Every year, 3040 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive resident status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!
Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, shes also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart.
Now shes met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great readJanuary 2, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love the concept of a memory jar -- collecting tangible prompts for important memories. That's the way that Sarah chooses to hold tight to special moments. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that included her friend, Patty, as they were growing up. They reveal a lot about Sarah and the reasons for the way she is in the present day. She's somewhat tenuous, carrying a burden she can't bear to share with anyone...until Jathan.
He arrives in West Kootenai with his own share of troubles. Their friendship quickly hints at something deeper but Sarah and Jathan have a lot of growing to do before their happily-ever-after is secured.
"In math, two halves made a whole. But in life -- and with relationships -- two halves offered up from broken souls seemed a poor way to begin something wonderful." (p. 127)
These 'broken souls' struggle with family expectations and it isn't until they learn to trust -- in God and each other -- that their future becomes clear. In fact, the impossible dreams they have longed for don't become possible until they join forces and make them a reality together.
Shirley5 Stars Out Of 5The memory Jar.seven brides for seven brothersJuly 17, 2015ShirleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wonderful book....hope she writes more in this set.Hard to start but could not put it down.Shows you to stick to your dreams and one good read for those who love Amish fiction as I do.
pendlebear4 Stars Out Of 5Nice ReadMay 5, 2014pendlebearThis book started off a bit slowly, but once it got going, it was hard to put down. It is a story about discovering what you are best for and realizing that is what God wants for all of us, even if it means going again the norm or the way things were done. Sarah has a dream to bake the best cupcakes and she does but most of the Amish in Berlin consider them 'fancy'. Jathan loves to cook and bake, not work in his father's shop as his family wants him to. We see each of them struggle with their dream, ready to give in to tradition until they realize that God has brought them together to start a bakery in Charm and be the best they can be. A very enjoyable read.
ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Amish FareDecember 24, 2013ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This review should not surprise anyone who knows how much I rave about Amish fiction, and this book is no exception to the rule. When I say that this book is a fantastic, clean, Christian romance, you can know that I am sincere. No profanity, no sex, and really no preachiness either. All you will find is everything that makes the Amish people wonderful and hard-working and a sweet romance to boot.
I love the fact that this book shows how things have been changing in some Amish communities. Even our heroine, Sarah, sees that. And Jathan hopes that Sarah will be the one who can help him change. This book celebrates the things that make the Amish people so endearing--baking, woodworking, etc. And whenever they don't understand, they turn to God for direction. Their faith is simple but strong.
The messages of this book are universal. Follow your dreams no matter what. When a loved one dies, you cannot stop living. You have to face your past, or you will not be able to move on with your life. You will find these messages and more--something for everyone. Oh, and there are a couple of twists along the way, so don't think you have it all figured out!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
tammycookblogsbooks4 Stars Out Of 5The Memory JarOctober 15, 2013tammycookblogsbooksThe only thing 24 year old Sarah Shelter had left of her best friend, Patty Litwiller, was a jar full of memories. Soon after Sarah and Patty met, they began putting items in jars when they had an event in their lives they wanted to remember. It had been two years since Patty died, but Sarah was having trouble facing life without her. Sarah worked at the West Kootenai Kraft & Grocery where she'd met several bachelors over the years, yet she still wasn't a bride.
Jathan Schrock, like many other single men, went to West Kootenai to live for six months to be able to hunt in the area. The men went to hunt and some returned home with a bride. But Jathan wasn't looking for love, he came for another reason. Jathan was not a typical Amish man. He had ideas that didn't sit well with certain people.
Sarah and Jathan got to know each other and discovered they had a lot in common. They both had dreams that involved baking. Following their Amish beliefs was very important to them but it was keeping them from realizing their dreams. Jathan and Sarah friendship was growing when Jathan had to unexpectedly return to Berlin, Ohio. Will Jathan be another memory in Sarah's memory jar?
Tricia Goyer describes the mountain community of West Kootenai in such a way that I could picture myself being there, with all the sights and sounds of the area. I also enjoyed reading Sarah's memories of growing up with Patty. It gave me a look at how Patty showed Sarah how to live life to the fullest.
I think Jathan and Sarah had trouble communicating their feelings for each other. It was frustrating that they did not get what the other was saying when it came to how they felt towards each other. I wanted to spell it out for them!
This story is about Sarah moving on with her life but not forgetting the wonderful part Patty played in it. Sarah learns to hold on to her special memories but doesn't let them hold her back. The Memory Jar shows us we need to accept God's will even though it doesn't make sense to us here on earth.
Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors Series:
#1 The Memory Jar
#2 The Promise Box - read my review here
I received a free copy of this book from The Christan Manifesto and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.