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By a strange turn of events Jonah Miller was left at the altar by the love of his life. He hopes he leaves heartbreak behind when he moves from Pennsylvania to Illinois, settling into a new Amish community as a buggy maker.

He starts to court Elaine Schrock, who works with her grandmother to host dinners in their home for tourists. But when her grandfather suddenly dies and her grandmother, her only living relative, slips into dementia, Elaine ignores her growing love for Jonah and sets him free to look for love elsewhere.

Jonah is sure he won't find love a third time. Is God calling him to remain single, or does he have a different plan for the lonely Amish man?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616260882
ISBN-13: 9781616260880
Series: Prairie State Friends

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An Amish Man’s Heart Rebounds in Illinois
From Amish Country's Most Beloved Storyteller, Wanda E. Brunstetter

Discover along with Jonah Miller how life can begin anew in the prairie state of Illinois. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?

Don't forget to get Book 2 (The Gift) and 3 (The Restoration) too!
 

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages.  With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

Editorial Reviews

Readers of Amish fiction will enjoy this story, but I believe its deeper layers with caregiving are worth exploring. After this read, Brunstetter fans, new and old, will be clamoring for more.

The first book in a new contemporary series has amazing characters who are kind and willing to help those they love any way they can. Brunstetter is a talented author.

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  1. Marie
    Ohio
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Huge disappointment
    December 2, 2015
    Marie
    Ohio
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Very disappointed with this story. ***spoiler warning***

    Two people who love each other and are willing to sacrifice for one another yet she is unwilling to accept his help. How stupid of Elaine! Jonah's decision to marry Sara was not based on love or the leading of the Holy Spirit. He stilled loved Elaine and instead of being patient and heeding the advice of his family he marries Sara. I totally disagree that God was leading him to marry Sara.. The Holy Spirit does not answer our prayers through a fleece. He speaks to our hearts and confirms that sometimes through the voice and wisdom of others. He married Sara because he wanted a wife and children so desparately and he was unwilling to be patient and wait. He and Sara did not really wait and seek God about their decision.
  2. CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Decision
    August 6, 2015
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Decision - eBook.
    This was a true to life story dealing with some serious life issues. A great story which will make you want to get the next book in this series. Well done Wanda Brunstetter!
  3. Tina W
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a wonderful read? Wanda E. Brunstetter has out done herself on this book.
    June 30, 2015
    Tina W
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Decision - eBook.
    Have you ever been face with a decision to make? I am sure you have for every day we decision but the decisions that stay with us are the ones that are life decisions. Decisions on a health issue. How to face that health issue? Deciding to enter college? Deciding to take a job? Decision of moving to a new town? The list can go on and on.

    "The Decision" talks a lot about issues an everyday person faces in their life time, but like any issue we face there is always a DECISION that has to be made, that decision affect more than just the person facing the issue at hand, it affects those around them.

    When making a promise to dying her grandpa, Elaine Schrock didn't know that will be faced with many decisions ahead of her. Now her grandma is health issues, will Elaine be able to keep her promise that she made to him?

    Jonah Miller was left at the altar in Pennsylvania, which lead to him making a decision over a year ago to move to Illinois to be closer to his twin sister and to start fresh. He now owns his own business and property. He has been courting Elaine for a year. Will they marry??

    Poor Grandma Edna Schrock is having to coup with the loss of her beloved husband, while still making money on the side hosting tour dinners at her house that she did with her husband. During her first tour dinner without her husband, we learn she's having issues remembering simple details and Elaine is picking up the pieces to have the tour dinner run smoothly. What are Edna's health issues?? Will the tour dinners continue?

    Some may find "The Decision" depressing, it is needed to set the mood, for it is not your normal happy romance Amish book. That does not mean that "The Decision" does not have a great message to be told, for it does! Again Wanda E. Brunstetter done an excellent job tackling the health issues that some of us may face in life. I loved "The Decision" and plan on reading the next book in the series, "The Gift".

    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. No money was exchanged. This is my honest review in my own words.
  4. Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beginning of a new Amish trilogy
    June 29, 2015
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Wanda Brunstetter's The Decision is the beginning of a new trilogy set in the Amish community of Arthur, Illinois.

    The story is not necessarily a "happy-ever-after" one; instead it deals with several difficult real-life issues. In many ways it is rather slow-moving and just sort of flows into a non-climactic conclusion.

    The book does include many of the usual authentic elements of good Amish fiction readers can expect in Wanda's works. Fans of this genre should enjoy this story.

    Thanks to Wanda and her publisher for providing a copy of The Decision in exchange for my honest review.
  5. tammycookblogsbooks
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Decision
    June 25, 2015
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I like Amish Fiction, so it is the genre I choose to read over others. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I enjoy reading Wanda E. Brunstetter's books. She doesn't always stick with the boy meets girls story line that is happily-ever-after. I like how she includes issues that are not typically written about in Amish Fiction.

    In The Decision, two characters are dealing with health issues that are debilitating. The story goes between Elaine and Jonah. A lot of it is what they are thinking. Even with that, Jonah was a little harder for me to connect with. I'm not sure why because he was a caring person.

    The author described the characters and scenes in a simple way that made them easy to picture. She didn't use big, fancy words to explain them. The story goes along at a good pace, and I was surprised at the ending. Edna and Sara had medical issues, and the portrayal of their illnesses seemed accurate. Having all the same medical issues in my family, I could see where Edna and Sara were headed.

    Elaine was an unselfish person. She refused to break her promise, even if it meant she wouldn't have the desires of her heart. Elaine gave up everything to care for her grandmother. I wanted her to get something back for such devotion. Things didn't turn out the as I assumed they would. It seemed to be a kick in the teeth for a certain character.

    Prayer is important in this story. So was God's inkling to pray or do for others. When events turned out in a good way, it was because others were lead to pray or do for those involved. Scripture is quoted throughout the story as it relates to the characters' lives.

    The Decision kept my interest until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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