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The Amish Widower #4, in the Men of Lancaster County series, by Virginia Smith
Seth Hostetler believes a lasting love is beyond all hope after the devastating loss of his second wife. His mamm and sister are determined to see him happily married once again. How can he open up his heart after only one year, when their relationship could tragically end? He decides to give the pottery trade a try and quickly takes to this creative outlet, pouring his emotions into each shape he creates. The district leadership disaproves of the fancy nature of his art. During this time he meets an Englisch woman who is employed by the Amish to sell their wares to tourists. Seth now finds the things he wants most threaten to pull him away from the life he's committed himself to live.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Men of Lancaster County
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joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5the LORD watches over the widowers tooJune 5, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Amish Widower is a touching book - one that changes you if you let it. It is a book of love, intense grief, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, guilt and most importantly repairing relationship with GOD. Seth lost everything one day as he was driving his expectant wife (in a horse and buggy) - this was his second wife he lost. He is determined not to have another one so as not to get hurt and lose another one that way or any way for that matter. After a year the community thinks its time for him to move on and find a third time, of course he did not. He got involved with a potter who got his creative side going - his granddaughter was around running the shop - will things grow between them? will he trust GOD? she is not Amish - she chose not to be - will she choose to be for him? This story will pull at your heartstrings - and teach you allot about the Amish if you did not know. I received a copy of this from Harvest House. All the opinions are my own.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The LORD guards over the widowers tooJune 5, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Amish Widower is a touching book - one that changes you if you let it. It is a book of love, intense grief, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, guilt and most importantly repairing relationship with GOD. Seth lost everything one day as he was driving his expectant wife (in a horse and buggy) - this was his second wife he lost. He is determined not to have another one so as not to get hurt and lose another one that way or any way for that matter. After a year the community thinks its time for him to move on and find a third time, of course he did not. He got involved with a potter who got his creative side going - his granddaughter was around running the shop - will things grow between them? will he trust GOD? she is not Amish - she chose not to be - will she choose to be for him? This story will pull at your heartstrings - and teach you allot about the Amish if you did not know. I received a copy of this from Harvest House. All the opinions are my own.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Fourth book in Men of Lancaster County series!June 2, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Amish Widower by Virginia Smith is the fourth book in The Men of Lancaster County series. Seth Hostetler lives in Lancaster County with his second wife, Hannah. They are on their way home from Sunday services when a car with two teens inside start causing trouble. The boys hollering and honking causes the horse to spook and the carriage ends up flipping over. Hannah is flung from the carriage and dies on impact. Seth vows he will not marry again and endanger another woman. A year later Seth is living on the family farm and he has yet to get over the loss of Hannah. The woman in his family, though, have decided that it is time for Seth to find a new bride. When Seth takes the ladies on a shopping trip, they stop at Plain Mans Pottery owned by Elias Beachy. Elias offers Seth a lesson and it turns out that Seth has a knack for pottery. Seth finds it soothing and a chance to escape from his familys matchmaking. Elias granddaughter, Leah works in the shop, and there is something about her that attracts Seth. They both have suffered losses. One day a young man stops by the Hostetler farm. His name is Robbie Barker, and he offers to be a driver. Seth is not comfortable driving a buggy since the accident and uses Robbies services. Robbie is nervous around Seth in the beginning, but they soon become friends. Robbie has a secret that he needs to share with Seth, but it will change the relationship between the pair. In addition, it could send Seths temper spiraling out of control. Find out what happens by reading The Amish Widower.
The Amish Widower is a beautifully crafted novel that captured my interest immediately. Seth is a man struggling with the loss of two wives, and he feels responsible (though he had nothing to do with either of their deaths). We get to see him work through his grief and anger (he has trouble controlling his temper). It was nice to see him find an outlet in pottery. The author takes readers through process of creating the pottery (which I found fascinating). I loved the descriptions of Seths creations especially his unique candleholders. I felt that The Amish Widower has a great flow and good writing. The story develops naturally and easily. I give The Amish Widower 4.5 out of 5 stars. While The Amish Widower is a part of a series, each book can be read alone. The ending is expected, but I still enjoyed reading the book (I did not want to put it down). I appreciated how Ms. Smith shows the healing power of forgiveness. We can see how forgiveness helps both parties. The Amish Widower is my favorite story in The Men of Lancaster County series.
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Man struggles with GriefMay 22, 2017Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Seth Hostetler lost two wives. One day after a year of grieving, his pregnant sister-in-law and Mom ask him to drive for them. Seth doesn't want to drive buggy again. While out they go to a new shop where Seth meets an Amish potter. He decides to try the wheel and finds he loves the feel of clay. He decides to take a class. He learns to love making pottery and the feel of the clay. He eventually becomes an part of the shop working there to sell pieces he makes. He meets Leah, the granddaughter, of the owner. She is English even though her grandparents are Amish. A young man comes to Amish community and asks to drive for the Hostetlers. Seth and Robbie soon become friends. Seth has no idea the secret Robbie has. It about destroys their friendship when he finds out. There are other things people face and Seth finds it hard to control his anger over loss of his wives. A delightful read. All Virginia's books will hold your interest all the way through them.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Finding HappinessApril 1, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When this book opens we learn that Seth had lost his first wife and now is happily married and expecting a baby, but this world is not about to last, and a tragic accident happens and he looses his second wife.
We travel in Seths shoes as he goes about his everyday life, and trying to avoid what his family and the community wants, him to remarry, he just cant do it as he blames himself in a way for the demise of his loved ones. How is he ever going to be able to settle down and have a family, and he decides he isnt.
A chance meeting with a potter and a new course in his life is set, and a young man shows up in his familys yard one day looking for a job. Robbie soon becomes Seths driver, now from this point on I realized or speculated on who he was, and you will have to read to find out if Im right.
We also have another struggling soul, the potters granddaughter Leah, a former Amish woman, and now struggling, and these two have a lot in common, they need to forgive. Easy to say, but hard to do, and will they ever be able to be at peace without it?
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.