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A tragic accident kills Bess Weaver’s husband. Now she faces life as a young widow with a son to raise on her own. Aidan feels guilty over his friend Caleb’s death. As he spends time with his friend’s young son, he finds himself growing closer to the boy and his beautiful mother. Bess fears she will never find love and joy again. Will Aidan be able to show her happiness is once again possible? 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310348056
ISBN-13: 9780310348054
Series: Every Amish Season

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After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

 

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

 

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

 

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Author Bio

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Amish of Bee County series, which includes The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it "a delicately woven masterpiece." She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Kelly’s novella, A Christmas Visitor, appears in the anthology The Amish Christmas Gift. Her novella, Sweeter than Honey, is included in the anthology The Amish Market

She wrote two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine

A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors.

 

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“A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments.”

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  1. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Eh, ready for the book to be over.
    June 26, 2017
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    When I initially selected this book, I thought the premise on the back was interesting. A young widowed woman with a young child, while a friend of hers must overcome the growing feelings he has for this young Amish mother.

    In addition, I did like the cover on the book. Very cheery and colorful. But that's about all I really liked about the book.

    For me, I found the characters within not very interesting and it didn't have a lot of depth. However, I could blame that on my recent completion of reading the trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall. You want depth, try her books out. In comparison, this story paled. Instead I found myself reading through the first chapters, and then just thumbing my way through. For me, I didn't find any joy in reading the story. If anything, I just wanted to get it over with.

    There are a few people out there who have commented on the negativity of the characters within the book, and in hindsight, I believe they are spot on. Amish are not always going to be cheery and happy-go-lucky, but in the first chapter the mom, Mattie, just was not like-able.

    I received this book from the publisher. In turn, this review is my own opinions with no pressure from the publisher to provide a positive review.
  2. PennyMindingMom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God is there, even in our darkest moments.
    June 24, 2017
    PennyMindingMom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Life is full of unexpected moments. Some moments will fill your heart with joy while others will bring you to your knees in grief. Upon a Spring Breeze reminds us how one moment can change a life forever.

    Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irwin is the first book in An Every Amish Season Novel series.It tells the story of Bess Weaver, a young woman who has her whole life ahead of her. She has been married to Caleb for a year and is now pregnant with their first child when tragedy strikes. Caleb has been killed while running an errand for his best friend, Aiden Graber.

    Aiden feels tremendous guilt over his friends death. As he spends time with his friends young son he finds himself drawn ever closer to Bess. When a group of widows in her Amish community take Bess under their wing, she begins to wonder if God has a beautiful future for her after all. Will she find joy and love again?

    The author shares with us a verse of scripture, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16: 33. It reminds us life wont always be easy but we can find peace. We must put our faith and trust in God, even in our darkest moments He is there guiding us through.

    The author has included a Deutsch Vocabulary to help you as you read along. The author has also included a list of discussion questions at the end of the book. Each question will make you think about how God works in our lives.

    Upon a Spring Breeze is a book of triumph over tragedy and how God is always there caring for us and guiding us even in our darkest moments.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "Upon a Spring Breeze" in from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
  3. tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    lovely and emotional
    June 21, 2017
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Upon a Spring Breeze has a lovely cover that does not convey the angst inside. At the very beginning Bess suffers the loss of her husband of only one year. She is also one month away from delivering their first baby. She struggles throughout the novel with her loss and her place in the Amish community. She also questions God and why he would allow this to happen.

    Clearly shown is how the Plain people pull together in a crisis but also how women are supposed to submit to the men. Bess has a hard time with this sometimes. She lives with her inlaws and that to me would seem hard. She feels like she needs to pull her own weight outside the home for her and her little son.

    This is about struggles, understanding God's will and healing from a deep hurt. Also about forgiveness and learning to love again. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Bess and her thought process over a period of many months. It took a crisis for her to finally see what she needed to do and how she had matured over time.

    I received this book from the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review.
  4. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    June 12, 2017
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Talk about a book that jerks your heartstrings....this is it. Bess is trying to grieve the loss of her husband and the birth of their child in the only way she knows how. Well meaning family and friends think her grief should look differently, but we each have to walk that road the best way for us. This book is her journey and Aiden's journey, their best friend, as they work out their grief alone and together. I enjoyed that they weren't thrown into a relationship and you have the added mix of an Englisher to their journey. This is not your typical Amish book as it has depth of characters and a hard subject to deal with. Ms Irvin deals with this in a very sensitive way and has you hurrying to find out the conclusion to the story. I really enjoyed this book.

    I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
  5. Yvette K.
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great start to a new Amish series
    June 6, 2017
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I picked this book up to read a bit late in the evening and then could not put it down. In Bess Weaver, Irvin has created a heroine who has great difficulties thrown at her at young age. Just 20, she is suddenly a widow with motherhood following close behind. Her once strong faith is tested and her place in her community is threatened as she makes decisions that are not expected of an Amish woman in an attempt to cope with grief and postpartum depression. It is her story that is both touching and thought provoking.

    Aidan Graber, who grew up with Bess and her husband, is endearing. One of my favorite parts of this story was how not secret, except from Bess, his secret love really is.

    While the array of secondary characters is interesting, including a certain Englischer who just might be a rival for Aidan, it is the trio of widows who help guide Bess that had me most intrigued. I do hope they continue beyond this first book in the series.

    Recommended for those who enjoy a touching, heart-warming Amish story where faith is put to the test by trial after trial, causing more than one character to wonder why bad things happen to good people, and can this really be God's plan. Keep a few tissues handy, just in case.

    This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
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