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wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful writing, Wonderful seriesApril 1, 2014wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It has been a while since I read the first book in this series, "The Wounded Heart", but as soon as I started reading I was pulled right back into the the series. I love Adina's writing and look forward to getting the third book in this series, "The Tempted Soul". The series is about three women who are very close friends and they are all very important in each book even though the focus is on a different woman in each story. If you like Amish stories I'm sure you will enjoy Adina's books.
LoisFond du Lac WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5AwesomeDecember 22, 2012LoisFond du Lac WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is fantastic, I have told my friends about this book once you start this book you will not be able to put it down It is a must read You will feel like one of the family in this story line . I also love all the Bible verses. Like I said it is must read
Grammie PammietexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 6, 2012Grammie PammietexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this book is great I would and have told my friends about it
Christianfictionaddiction5 Stars Out Of 5Even better than the first book in the series!June 24, 2012ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I never thought I'd say this, but I loved The Hidden Life even more than the first book in the series, The Wounded Heart, and I gave that book rave reviews indeed! The reason? Emma Stolzfus is simply one of my favorite characters to come along so far this year! She has a special knack for stumbling into trouble, skirting along the edge of what is acceptable in her Amish community, and refusing to live her life solely to please other's expectations of her. I loved the predicaments humble Emma suddenly found herself in, that after years of waiting to catch the eye of the perfect man while caring for her elderly parents, rumors are flying about not one, not two, but three men who seem intent on courting her! As with the first book, I found that this second installment in the series was a compelling read, written with sensitivity to the Amish culture, but also exploring some of the difficulties in living a plain life as well. Emma's dilemma is a unique one of how to use the gift God has clearly given her, the gift of writing, when her community frowns upon a woman's voice being heard in such a manner.
I loved the scene where Emma is considering whether she's ever truly listened to God in his attempts to guide her, where she contemplates "Had she really treated the Lord of Heaven the way people treated her? Asking for everything under the sun, but not listening for a reply? Maybe God had been ready to show her His will, and she'd been up and away to can bean pickles, or off to her typewriter, or going somewhere else to do goodness knows what, and His counsel had blown away on the wind she kicked up as she bustled hither and yon". These are words that leave me pondering how I listen (or don't) to God myself. Any book that can both entertain and leave me thinking is a book worth reading!
Adina Senft is quickly become one of my favourite writers of Amish fiction, and I look forward to the final book in the series, The Tempted Soul, coming in 2013. Senft's characters are beautifully developed, with original characters who will move you to both laugh and cry, and this story is one I plan on revisiting in the future. 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Faith Words, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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