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Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows - and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
Number of Pages: 275
Vendor: Gilead Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Harvest of Hope
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Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since they were teenagers. She knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorneyan Englischerand Miriam loves her quiet way of life in her Amish community. But when Mark unexpectedly shows up in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Miriam realizes its going to get a lot harder to hide her feelings.
Even though Mark always loved visiting his grandfathers farm as a boy, hes convinced the Amish life is not for him. But when he suddenly finds himself out of a job and without direction, Mark heads back to the farm just in time to help with the harvest. Coming for a visit and coming to stay, however, are two very different things.
Everything changes when Mark sees that Miriam, the girl he remembers from his youth, has grown into the kind of faith-filled woman he wants in his future. Could life in this simple world be right for Mark after all? Has Miriam finally found her happily ever after? True love sprouts from seeds of hope.
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5Sometimes we miss what is right before our very eyesJanuary 1, 2018Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whenever I am looking for an Amish fiction book to devour, Barbara Cameron is one of the names that I look for on the shelves. When I saw she had a new book out, I was very excited to start a brand new series with her!
I don't like to read the back synopsis of books when I know I like certain authors. For some reason, I feel like it takes away the "surprise factor." So when I began reading this book, I was surprised to find that one of the main characters in and Amish fiction book was, in fact, a lawyer! That contrast of characters gripped my attention right away and I was engrossed within the pages of her story.
It really does seem like a lost cause for Miriam. She grew up having a crush on a boy who was 10 years older than her. However, Mark moves away, looking for a new life: a life that isn't in the Amish community. Topping it all off, he's looking forward to making a new future with his fiance who is English.
Life has a funny way of bringing you back home, though. Through a series of circumstances, Mark finds himself at his grandfather's. He's presented with an option and a choice he has to make. He can have a future with his fiance while he becomes a successful lawyer or he could take over the family farm.
Through it all, though, Miriam has stayed a truthful friend and has even helped care for his grandfather. Perhaps he's overlooked the very person who has been right in front of him, but he longed for something more and couldn't see it.
Hopefully the second book in the Harvest of Hope series will be released soon!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Making a Living or Making a Life?December 15, 2017BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What could a busy Philadelphia attorney have in common with an Amish school teacher? Maybe nothing but when Mark Byler, Attorney-at-Law, unexpectedly finds himself out of a job he returns to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to visit his grandfather and help with the harvest. Amish school teacher, Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark since they were teenagers, but knows they can be nothing more than friends. She loves her job as school teacher, her family and her community. My favorite quote from the book is Mark had been so busy making a living that he hadnt made a life. How true that is for many of us! Will Mark realize God has given him an understanding of what hed been missing? Will his visit be permanent or just a break while he waits for a job? I enjoyed this book in the Harvest of Hope series and look forward to reading others in the series.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5They live in completely different worlds, but can love bring them together?December 14, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have a childhood crush on a boy, ten years older than you. Yet you remain the very best of friends. For Miriam Troyer, she kept that secret buried deep inside even though the feelings she had for Mark Byler have never changed. She had hoped that time and distance might change all that, but since Mark had moved away to the big city to follow his dreams of becoming an attorney, those familiar feelings remained. Even though he was now engaged to a young woman, Tiffany who was just like the jewelry maker, high maintenance and wealthy beyond measure, just the right kind of wife for an up and coming successful lawyer.
When Mark receives a letter from his grandfather to come to Paradise, Pennsylvania, he worries that his grandfather might be ill. He has never written to him before asking for anything, and when he doesn't return Mark's calls, he fears the worst. Yet all that John Byler wanted was a chance to talk to Mark in hopes of convincing him that unless he accepted taking over his farm, it would be sold and given to someone other than a Byler to run. He had hoped to stir those feelings inside him long ago when he used to visit his grandfather on the farm during his summers away. But he could't just walk away from the life he had now, and there was no way that Tiffany would have anything to do with farming.
So when a high profile case of Mark's suddenly takes a turn for the worst, his law firm insists that he take some time off to let things die down in the public's eye. The only place left for him to go, is back to his grandfather's farm to help him work the harvesting season and payback all those who have helped his grandfather for all those years, and maybe that includes Miriam Troyer who has spent her days bringing meals to his grandfather so he wouldn't have to fend for himself. Now she just hopes that she can keep those long-time feelings tucked inside because as things stand now, there is no hope for her and Mark to have anything romantic happen between them. For now, she will just do her best to be the friend he needs.
I received Seeds of Hope by Barbara Cameron compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Gilead Publishing. This is such an incredible novel that conveys the need for loyalty and love of family. It goes beyond what others might want especially in the big city of Philadelphia, who seemed to distance themselves from the negative publicity even his finac, Tiffany. It is a valuable lesson on what we define as important to us, and Mark soon realizes that money can't buy everything he once thought it could and that the love of close family and friends is indeed priceless. Discussion questions are included at the conclusion of this book that would make it the perfect choice for book clubs. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and can't wait for the next novel in the Harvest of Hope series.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Different WorldsDecember 13, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Growing up and moving on, a young Amish womans faith is put to the test in this book set in Paradise Pennsylvania. Miriam has grown up hoping to achieve her ultimate dream of being a wife and mother, but she set her sights on Mark Byler, the name suggests Amish, but his father left the faith, and he is now a defense attorney.
The author has his job in a quandary, and he heads home to his grandfathers farm to figure out what to do next. We watch as he assimilates back into the community, having spent summers here, but we also see him enjoying his air conditioning and BMW. While sparks seem to fly between Mark and Miriam, there are many reminders of what cannot be.
Can Mark forsake the thrill of working as a lawyer, and give up the many luxuries he has become used to, or will Miriam leave the only life she has ever know, the job she loves as a teacher, and most of all her beloved family. We are given insights into all of these, but you will be quickly turning the pages to find out the answers to these questions, and hoping for the best for these likeable characters.
I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Nice Start to a New SeriesDecember 12, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I appreciate when authors are able to bring two people together from different backgrounds and make their love story seem plausible. That is what the author did in Seeds of Hope. She created a scenario that placed Mark in a situation that he never envisioned for himself. It was more realistic than a typical fish out of water story, since Mark did grow up visiting his Amish grandfather and spent a good bit of time learning how the Amish lived when he was a teenager. I liked the fact that even though he was very comfortable in the city, Mark seemed to flow right back into the Amish community.
Seeds of Hope, the first book in this new series, established an interested setting full of people. I look forward to returning to this warm community in future stories. Miriam was such a lovely and caring character. She was a helpful and loving daughter and sister, a good teacher, a sweet friend, and had a heart to care for others, such as Mark's elderly grandfather, John. Her sweet personality shined through on the pages and it was easy to connect with her. Both main characters were very relatable and liking them was easy for me. The ending felt a bit rushed as everything wrapped up, however, it left me looking forward to when the next book in the series will release!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.