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Seasons in Paradise, by Barbara Cameron
The three Zook sisers have always loved the Stolzfus brothers. The brothers father Amos was so difficult, he drove the boys away. The eldest boy David has made peace with his father returned to the community married the love of his life Lavinia Zook.
Sam Stolzfus walked away from Mary Elizabeth Zook to follow his older brother. How can Mary pursuade him to come back to his faith, family and her?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Coming Home
Mary Elizabeth, the woman he was starting to love before he left, is determined to find out the reason and bring him back into the fold in time for Christmas.
Lori5 Stars Out Of 5Review of Seasons in ParadiseAugust 25, 2016LoriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh my! I finished this book today. All in one day! That's how good it was!
God is good is he not?
Just when Mary Elizabeth lost hope in ever getting married God helps her along the way.
Mary Elizabeth is a pretty cool Amish woman. I loved how she bounces back after having her hopes up about marrying Sam.
Mary Elizabeth is a woman of many talents from cooking, sewing, whatever the case may be.
I just knew it was wrong when she was dating Ben because she was trying to show Sam up but I also knew she was using Ben as a rebound which isn't good either!
Aren't men just so hardheaded? Sam just goes to prove it by running away from home with his 2 brothers. Their father wasn't good to them but maybe it had something to do with the way he was raised? Some parents doesn't know how to show their affection especially men. From what I hear, it is more difficult for them to show their feelings which I think is a lot of malarkey. They're human too.
Sams mother mentions that it took Lavina to marry David to get him to come home. She also mentions it about Sam. It took someone to tell her that it was God's will that Sam might come home? Who knows? Only God does!
I am so so happy for Lavina! She's a wonderful inspiration as well.
Isn't there a pattern here? I think the Stolzfus's mirror the Zooks. I believe each of their children were meant for each other but sometimes it just takes a little nudge from God to help show us the way and that is why I love this story. This is why I gave 5
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet story!August 20, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Seasons in Paradise by Barbara Cameron is the second book in The Coming Home series. Mary Elizabeth Zook is twenty-three years old and living with her family in Paradise, Pennsylvania. Mary Elizabeth is in love with Sam Stoltzfus, but Sam has left the Amish because of his fathers domineering ways (all three brothers left). Sams father, Amos, was recently diagnosed with an illness and it has caused him to change his ways (it is still a work in progress). Sam has yet to see this change aimed in his direction (he only seems different with David who married Lavina, the oldest Zook girl). Mary Elizabeth needs to make a decision. Either move on with her life, or find a way to bring Sam back into the fold. Sam takes Mary Elizabeth aside one day and tells her that he is not coming back to the community. While Mary Elizabeth is heartbroken, she knows she needs to move on with her life. Ben Miller is new to Paradise, and he takes an interest in Mary Elizabeth. They start spending time together.
Mary Elizabeth, Kate Kraft (a local police officer) and Rose Anna (the youngest Zook sister) donate time to a local womens shelter. They teach the women to sew and makes quilted items. Leah, owner of Stitches in Time (local quilting store), purchases the building next door to her shop. Leah is going to allow the women from the shelter to sell their work in the shop which will be called Sewn in Hope. Sam and his friend, Peter Beiler form their own construction company, and they are hired to do the remodeling work for the new shop. This brings Sam in touch with Mary Elizabeth on a regular basis. Ben does not like Mary Elizabeth around Sam and wants her to avoid it. This is a new side to Ben that Mary Elizabeth does not like (he is a little domineering). Sam does not like seeing Mary Elizabeth with another man. Can Sam make amends with his father and return to the Amish way of life (and Mary Elizabeth)? Which man is the right one for Mary Elizabeth? Join Mary Elizabeth, Sam, and friends in Paradise, Pennsylvania in Seasons in Paradise!
Seasons in Paradise is the second novel in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. The author does a very good job at summarizing what happened in the previous novel. Seasons in Paradise is well-written, easy to read, and has a good pace (flows well). It is a sweet, simple romance story that makes for good reading on a rainy afternoon (or sitting at the beach). The book has engaging and likeable characters in real life situations. While it is a predictable story, I still enjoyed it (I closed the book with a smile on my face). I enjoyed seeing how the women in the shelter had made progress with their lives (and seeing people donating their time to help others). The next book will deal with the third sister, Rose Anna. I give Seasons in Paradise 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I will be reading the next book in the series to see what happens with Rose Anna (see if she winds up with the last Stoltzfus brother).
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Seasons in ParadiseAugust 14, 2016Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This second book of the Coming Home Series finds us revisiting the Zook sisters and the Stoltzfus brothers. The three brothers had left home because of their stern father. The eldest, David, had returned to the home and community when their father was diagnosed with cancer. He married Lavina Zook and they are expecting their first child. Sam and John were still in town and John was enjoying his English life.
Barbara Cameron writes a wonderful story of hurt, love, forgiveness and following Gods will. Pick up a copy to see if Sam and John ever return and if father/son relationships mend. What of Mary Elizabeth and Rose Anna Zook? They were in love with Sam and John. What of those relationships?