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Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing, I was able to read Sarah's Garden. It is a Christian Romance that tells the story of Sarah, an Amish girl who falls in love with the "Englisch" vet, Grant Williams. The story takes places in Pennslvania near the Allegheny Mountains where Sarah falls in love with the doctor and must choose between him and her family and follow the Lord.
Christian Romance is not my normal genre that I like to read, in fact, I'm not sure that I have ever even read a Christian Romance before in my life. However, I have to say that I was intrigued by the book cover. That old cliche about not judging a book by its cover does not apply to me because when I saw the book cover, I thought of the movie Witness from the 80s. Since I really liked that movie, I thought I'd give this book a chance since the plot was similiar in that an Amish woman and English man fall in love(end of similarities, btw).
That being said, to my surprise, I really liked this book! I almost finished reading it the same day that I got it in the mail. It's a simple story, a quick read and not too religious (I'm not a very religious person). I have to admit that I expected it to be corny, but it really wasn't. As I said, it's a nice, simple story without any over-the-top drama, which I enjoyed.
If you're interested in a Christian Romance novel centered on the Amish, give this quick read a try!
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I'm always excited to learn about new authors and while I'm not the world's biggest Amish fiction fan I do occasionally read it. When I saw that Amish fiction writer, Kelly Long had a full length novel releasing I jumped at the chance to review it. While not any different from any of the other Amish themed books that I've read it was still enjoyable.
The doctor, Grant Williams was a great hero. He was very likable, funny, and sweet. Sarah King, the female lead was also winsome; sweet and a little shy but still feisty. They were well rounded characters but the story wasn't much different from most of the other Amish fiction that I've read. I was a tiny bit bored with it by middle of the book.
For a first full-length novel it was still a nice story and I really did enjoy the interesting tidbits about veterinary medicine through Grant's character and gardening through Sarah's eyes. I never knew there were so many types of tomatoes! Wow! I'm sure that fans of the genre will like the story and it may also appeal to readers who enjoy a sweet romance. Sarah's Garden is available now and Book 2, Lilly's Wedding Quilt releases in April 2011!
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In her fiction book Sarah's Garden (A Patch of Heaven Novel), Kelly Long brings her readers into the world of the Amish of the Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains. Sarah King has a God given talent for nurturing the soil & plants that she grows. She meets her new neighbor, Grant Williams, who has moved to the Amish community to open a veterinary practice. From the moment they meet, they are drawn to each other. Sarah knows that if she acts on her feelings, she will have to give up her home, her family, & her community.
This is the first writing I've read by Kelly Long. She weaves the traditional Amish life into this love story. I had a hard time putting the book down because I was so eager to find out if Sarah & Grant would be able to have a life together. This book is the first in the Patch of Heaven series. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Sadly, Lilly's Wedding Quilt is not scheduled for release until April, 2011. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.