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Lisa5 Stars Out Of 5Great Second Book!August 31, 2019LisaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read the first book in the series, The Hope Jar before this book and I have to say that I really liked this book better. The story picks up immediately where book one left off and it holds your attention until the very end! This is more like what I have come to enjoy about Wanda Brunstetter's writing because one of the plots mirrors one of my favorite books by her, Plain and Fancy. I really like how the various Bibles verses are incorporated into the story as well as the various foods that Mary Ruth cooks. There is also a festive backdrop to the story as the seasons change from fall to the holidays. I have to say that this was fun to read as we are going from summer to fall and everything apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice. I really enjoyed this second book and now am looking forward to book three!
Trixi4 Stars Out Of 5The Forgiving JarApril 15, 2019TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Life's situations can become an opportunity for transformation."
This line holds true for both Michelle and Sara as they face one another after Michelle's deception. The main theme of this story is about forgiveness and the oftentimes painful path to both giving & receiving it. Not only do negative actions result in someone's hurt, but it can create resentment and bitterness as we see in Sara's heart. She already feels cheated when her mom never told her of her loving Amish grandparents, but when she finally meets them; she comes face to face with the woman who impersonated her. To add insult to injury, her grandparents have forgiven Michelle and asked her to live with them. Sara has a hard time dealing with the situation and facing herself will be the most challenging thing she has ever had to do! Will prayers and thoughts written on pieces of paper in an old jar she finds bring peace and healing?
I wondered how Sara would react when meeting Michelle and this book tells her side of the story. I couldn't blame her for her negative attitude and was looking forward to seeing her find what her heart needed. "The Forgiving Jar" was an emotional journey for Sara & Michelle as they worked toward forming a peaceful friendship. There were also threads of romance as we see Ezekiel and Michelle's relationship deepen and grow. I enjoyed catching up with Mary Ruth and Willis, the grandparents who play an important role in both young women's lives. Their prayers never ceased for either one and their unconditional love was certainly a balm to wounded hearts. I really enjoyed the second installment to "The Prayer Jars" and it boosted my belief that true forgiveness with the Lord's help can heal any rift and bring peace to the believers' heart! I look forward to "The Healing Jar" coming August 2019 about Sara's cousin Lenore.
I have to agree with other reviewers here, the only drawback was the oftentimes immature attitude and snarkiness in Sara. While I understand there's a real hurt there, I just felt it was overplayed to the point of being annoying. However, it doesn't deter me from wanting to read book three to finish out this series though!
*I received a copy from Barbour Publishing through Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5Really enjoy this series!April 7, 2019Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think every reader can relate to this book in the fact that forgiveness doesn't come easily. When you or someone you love has been wronged, it's hard to forgive and truly let it go. And sometimes it comes out sounding petty because bitterness gets a hold of you. That's exactly what happened to Sara, the Lapp's real granddaughter.
She has learned that Michelle pretended to be her for several months instead of telling the truth about her mistaken identity. So for some of the book, Sara refers to Michelle as "the pretender." That name kind of gets old after awhile. But then I started thinking about myself and it showed me how silly I can sound to others when I just can't let something go and forgive.
The story continues on with Michelle and Ezekiel's story. Michelle has several big life-changing choices to make in the course of this book. Her relationships are mended as she sought forgivness from those she hurt. But Sara just cannot forgive her. Michelle is left wondering what she can do to let Sara know that she is truly sorry.
Sara has Michelle to thank because she meets an old guy who had an interest in Michelle when she was pretending to be Sara. Without Michelle, this relationship may not have happened in her life. I was thrilled that Brad came back to be a main character in the story. I liked Ezekial, but Brad is definitely more suited for Sara.
Through a series of life-changing events in Sara's life, she comes to see that her and Michelle are a lot more alike than they are different.
I'm looking forward to book 3 coming out in August that will focus on their cousin, Lenore!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Knitty Teacher5 Stars Out Of 5Such a great book!March 31, 2019Knitty TeacherQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a sequel to The Hope Jar, and is another fantastic novel by the master of Amish fiction, Wanda Brunstetter! Although it wouldn't be essential to have read the 1st book before reading this book, it certainly will help with understanding the depth of the relationships amongst the characters, and will really give you the whole scope of the entire story. What I love most about this book is how it blends the Amish and the 'Englisch' world in a relatable, realistic, and heart-warming modern-day setting. The theme of forgiveness is consistent throughout the book, and the page-turning events make it a quick read! By the end of the book, I had both laughed out loud and shed a few tears. Unlike some books that are 100% predictable, I wasn't sure which way the resolution was going to go until the very end. It's an awesome read, and the story will touch your heart long after the final page has been turned. This book is a great read, and would make a wonderful gift for any book lover on your list (along with The Hope Jar, too!) Note: This book was provided to me by Barbour Publishing. I was not required to leave a positive (or any) review. Opinions and ideas expressed in this review are my own.
KGervaisTroy, NYAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5ForgivenessMarch 31, 2019KGervaisTroy, NYAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleWanda Brunstetter has written another excellent book. This is the 2nd book in the series, The Hope Jar is the 1st, also an excellent book. Wanda Brunstetter's books are wholesome, clean and always well written. This book is about forgiveness and Sara Murray needs to learn to forgive. When she finds a canning jar filled with Bible verses, she slowly learns about forgiving. I give The Forgiving Jar 5 out of 5 stars. It's a great read for fans of Amish fiction. I highly recommend this book.