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The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5First book in Peace in the Valley series!August 28, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Silvias Rose by Jerry S. Eicher is the first novel in Peace in the Valley series. Esther Stoltzfus has moved with her daughter, Diana new a new home in the valley. It is a chance for them to start fresh after the death of her husband, Lonnie. Esther feels God has led her to the area to marry Isaiah Mast. Isaiah is a widower and a minister that Esther knew as a teen back in Lancaster County. Esther feels that Isaiah would be the perfect husband for her and it seems that many people in the area agree. Esther is known for being no-nonsense, practical, and organized (good qualities for a ministers wife). Then she meets Joseph Zook who lives across the street and owns a greenhouse. Joseph is a widower who deeply loved his wife, Silvia. He created a special rose (which he named Silvias Rose) which he is hoping will win an award. Josephs beliefs in romance and love change Esthers views. Esther is not the only person influenced by Josephs stories. Joseph knows he needs a wife and mother for his son, Ben. However, he has found it difficult to move on from Silvia until Arlene King comes into his life. Arlene does not buy into Josephs ideas of romance, but she yearns to be his wife. Is there a possibility of a second chance at love for Joseph? Will Isaiah be able to win Esthers heart? Find out how their stories end in Silvias Rose.
Silvias Rose is a sweet and simple Amish romance novel. It is nicely written and easy to read. Silvias Rose is a clean, wholesome story that is perfect for younger readers (young adults). I do wonder if people in real life talk the way they do in this book. They frequently mention Gods will, having faith, power of prayer, etc. The religious aspect was a little heavy for my tastes. I thought it needed a lighter touch. My rating for Silvias Rose is 3 out of 5 stars. I found the main details to be repeated frequently. The ending is predictable. I kept hoping for a different conclusion (would have made it more interesting). Silvias Rose is an inspirational story about a second chance at love, faith, power of prayer, friendship, and how God has a plan for each of us (if we are brave enough to follow His lead). Silvias Rose is a charming, Christian romance. It is the type of story I would have enjoyed when I was tween (I was an advanced reader).
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SILVA'S ROSEAugust 1, 2017Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Silvia's Rose by Jerry Eicher. Esther and her daughter move to a new community,hoping for new memories. Having lost her husband, a marriage of convience, but a good one. Meeting Isiah, he tells her welcome, that the community is a happy one. Meeting her neighbor Joseph, as he tends his roses and tells stories of the love he had for his late wife. Fills Esther with dreams, and hope's for a love she had never known. Will either of these try for Esther's hand, or will they be only dreams. A good story for all to read and enjoy, as all of Jerry's are. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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