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An Unbroken Heart 2, The Amish of Birch Creek series, by Kathleen Fuller
Surviving a hit-and-run-buggy accident and the death of her parents has nearly broken Joanna Schrock. She questions whether Andrew Beiler wants to marry her out of love – or pity. In the midst of it all, Joanna hears God calling to her to be strong and courageous. What might that mean for her?
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Romance Series
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)|
Series: Amish of Birch Creek
SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Honest Amish FictionNovember 21, 2016SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5What a pleasure it was to read Kathleen Fullers An Unbroken Heart. I had not read the previous Amish of Birch Creek novel, A Reluctant Bride, but I found that I was able to follow along with the characters just fine. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and especially liked the struggles each faced. I am a fan of Amish fiction, but I sometimes find that they are portrayed more idealistically than I feel they ought to be. They are human with struggles, just like us. I liked that there were legitimate character struggles and heart issues that the characters deal with in this book. Id recommend it for anyone interested in Amish fiction, or in stories involving making the hard choices and healing when all seems lost.
I was provided this book for free from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen FullerJune 19, 2016MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Unbroken Heart #2 An Amish Birch Creek Novel***** by Kathleen Fuller
Joanna Schrock's world has been turned upside downnot just from her serious injuries requiring a long recovery but from the death of her parents in the hit-and-run buggy accident. Can she forgive herself for the argument she had with her parents moments before the accident?
Joanna has been in love with Andrew Beiler since she was 12 years old. Andrew almost lost her in the buggy accident and decides they need to marry soon and Joanna agrees. But is now a good time to marry when Joanna has not fully recovered from her injuries and is still mourning her parents deaths? No one seems to understand what she is feeling. And what of God's whisperingsbe strong and courageouswhat does God have in mind for her life?...what of Andrew?
There is another character in this story that is struggling with his own personal losses and griefCameron, the man who fled the scene of the accident. What should he dorun and try to hide with his infant daughter or turn himself in? Can he forgive himself for what he had done?
This is a heartwarming story that takes the reader on an emotional-roller-coaster ride along with the characters. I found myself caught up in their individual struggles, fears, pain, laughter, love, forgiveness and the path God has for each of them. The nurse in me wanted to comfort and care for Joanna until she was not only physically well but also emotionally. She started out almost weak but grew into a strong and courageous, godly woman as God had whispered to her. I was hoping Andrew would give her some time but could understand the scare he had when she was in the accident revealing his true feeling for her. He did some growing up too during all that happened between the two of them. And Cameron, I felt his grief and the fear of loosing his infant daughtermaybe foreverif he turned himself in. I cried when he held his daughter before leaving once his decision was made. An Unbroken Heart is a heartwarming story that touched my heart.
~I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, this is my honest review~
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Even wrapped in tragedy, the hope and beauty shines through Kathleens latest story: An Unbroken Heart!June 19, 2016JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joannas world is changed forever.
They say you cant judge a book by its cover but can you judge a book by its tagline?
I think so!
Of course, it probably doesnt hurt that each and every book I have read by Kathleen Fuller is AH-Mazing!
She writes believably about REAL life! She pulls the reader right into her characters world into their story even into their head.
She writes about tragic events, cautious decision and difficult circumstances and through it all, she shows that if her characters hold tight to their faith, they can accomplish even the most impossible goals!
Even wrapped in tragedy, the hope and beauty shines through Kathleens latest story: An Unbroken Heart!
I hope youll give it a chance (of course I always suggest reading a series from the very beginning) and I really you enjoy each story as much as I have!
Review JCMorrows 2016
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Life Changing StoryJune 18, 2016tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Imagine all your life you've had low self esteem. You've loved a boy most of your life and you embarrass yourself by proposing to him and he rejects you. Then you are in a terrible accident that kills both your parents, sends you to rehab and puts a scar on half your face. Then your love interest proposes to you while you are in rehab and you accept even though you know it's from pity and guilt on his part. All this happened to Joanna Schrock in a matter of a few days.
This story was about love, loss, long kept secrets and above all, turning back to God. Although different in lots of ways, the characters had things in common that caused heartbreak, guilt and a strong sense of family. How far would you go to protect your family, your children? This was tested to the extreme in An Unbroken Heart. But ultimately the voice of God is heard saying "Be strong and courageous".
I liked that this book included discussion questions in the back. It gave me a chance to reflect on what I read and use the thoughts to improve my relationships.
I received this book from The Fiction Guild for my honest opinion which I have given.
ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Preferred Sadie's story from Book 1June 7, 2016ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Joanna Schrock has been pining away for Andrew Beiler since she was 12 years old. Now 20, Joanna is surprised but ecstatic to find herself actually dating Andrew... finally! In fact, one evening at a social gathering -- though she and Andrew have only been a couple for 2 months -- she decides to just go for it and ask Andrew to marry her. Stunned, Andrew asks for time to think it over. The next day, Joanna is riding in a buggy with her parents, trying to argue her case for being old enough to marry. Her parents think she is too innocent and naive of heart to be prepared just yet for what marriage will mean. In the heat of the discussion, Joanna's father does not see the oncoming vehicle until it is too late. Joanna's parents are killed on impact. Though Joanna survives, she does suffer a shattered pelvic bone, requiring intensive physical therapy to heal.
Realizing how close he came to losing her, Andrew comes to Joanna with his own marriage proposal. She accepts but soon after starts to question her decision. What if he's not asking out of love but pity? What if her full recovery takes months, years, or doesn't come at all? Can she allow herself to be THAT dependent on someone, when all her life she's been raised to carry her own through life? Joanna allows her sisters to go forward with the wedding plans, but as that monumental day approaches, she becomes less and less sure of her ability to follow through. She knows for certain that she loves Andrew -- always has, always will --- but is that enough?
It was just a few months back that I was sent a copy of A Reluctant Bride, the first book in this series, for review. Not so long ago, but then again, since it has been a few months I had forgotten a number of the primary characters within this community. So when I started in on An Unbroken Heart, I was a little confused because it sounded SO similar to the first book. Am I missing something? Did Fuller pull the trick of rehashing the same book from a different angle to get another book out there? Well, yes and no.
What Fuller does with this second book is place it around the same time frame as the first book, but now we see the events from Joanna's point of view. Reading An Unbroken Heart brought back to mind scenes from A Reluctant Bride, when Sadie (Joanna's older sister) tells Adan about needing time to visit her sister in the hospital. In this second book, we are given more details about the crash that took the lives of the Schrock sisters' parents, altering the order of their lives forever. We get more details about Joanna's home recovery after the wreck, which is where the bulk of her and Andrew's story plays out. The reader is also given small updates on the life of Sol, the troublemaker / troubled soul from Book 1. The story of the Schrock girls is broken up with periodic chapters looking into the life of the non-Amish man who caused the wreck. So while this book looks over the same events as Book 1, I found Joanna's perspective fresh enough to keep it from being a boring, lazy rehash. I appreciated that enough new details are introduced that it has a layering effect to the series as a whole, rather than leaving the reader with only a "yeah, we know!!" feeling at the end.
That being said, I don't think I liked this book quite as much as the first. I liked getting to know the sisters better in this book, their interactions brought a definite sweetness and warmth to the story. I also give props to Fuller for illustrating Joanna's healing process in a believable way, as far as showing the conflicting emotions that come with coming back home after a major injury, the struggle to find one's place again after a long stint away, the nightmares that can plague someone after trauma, etc. But I just didn't find Joanna's personal story quite as interesting as her sister Sadie's in the first book. I felt like there was a more nuanced relationship between Sadie and Adan, while Joanna and Andrew still seemed very child-like in their emotions. Though I will admit, this book does close on a pretty cute scene between J & A :-)
I also had a few hang-ups with the plot development. When it came to some of the characters and their individual problems, the resolutions to some of those problems struck me as just a little too convenient, coming about a little too quickly or easily to be believable. I was also a little confused by the introduction of the character Asa. Fuller writes him in but only barely gets into his backstory before the story closes so I was left wondering why he was there? All I can think is that the third book to this series is scheduled to be released this September, so maybe his story will unfold more there.
Note To Readers: This being the second book in Fuller's Amish of Birch Creek series -- while Fuller does write it in a way that one can read it as a stand-alone (in this book, she writes in enough details from the first book to generally catch you up to speed), I personally would recommend reading the first book. There are a number of little details from that first book that are quietly referenced in this one, so between the two the story will make much more sense when read in sequence ... that layering business I was talking about earlier ;-)
FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
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