The Land of Canaan series has got to be one of my favorite Amish series...ever. If you don't believe me, I dare you to compare them to some of the other Amish books on the shelves and see what you think. If they don't have you glued to the pages like they do me...well then, we might have to have a little chat to change your mind (just kidding, I promise). :o)
I don't know how she does it, but Beth Wiseman has got this incredible way of getting me emotionally invested with all of her stories. I find myself cheering for their successes, and empathizing with their heartbreaks like they were real people. And if those things weren't enough, then she goes and writes these stirring romantic scenes between her male and female lead characters that literally set my heart to pounding...as in out-of-my-chest pounding! There are only a handful of authors that are truly gifted when it comes to writing romance into any story, and by golly, Beth is at the top of the list!
But now that this visit back to Canaan has come to an end, it's like anguish...horrible, gut-wrenching anguish. I know I make it sound like my dog just died, but I usually feel this way after I read one of Beth's books. How in the world can I make it until I know what happens next in this close-knit community?! I want to know what will happen with Danielle--is something on the horizon for her and Levi? Will Eli's children be happy with the changes they are about to make? Will Martha continue to be her ornery old self now that her relationship status has changed? See what I mean...there are just too many questions!!!
So, while I patiently wait, I guess I'll have to be satisfied that this particular story ended just how I wanted it to--not a cliff-hanger in sight. :o) Still, a return trip to Canaan is on my radar, and I hope Beth won't make us wait too terribly long before we can go back.
The Wonder of Your Love, Book 2 in Beth's Land of Canaan series, was a wonderful return to Canaan, and the characters I've come to enjoy. I've like Katie Ann in Beth's other books, and I'm glad to see this is her story. I found Eli charming, though his insistence on traveling was a bit odd for an Amishman. It sounds like something an Englischer would do, though. I enjoyed Martha's story sandwiched in between Katie Ann and Eli's too, though I did not like the teenager introduced into the plot. Maybe I'll like her more in the next book.
With thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my review copy.
If you love Amish fiction and want to read a book with a slightly different twist then pair together an Amish widower who has spent the last seventeen years raising his six children by himself and an Amish widow who after twenty years of marriage had to deal with an unfaithful husband and a new baby at the same time. Katie and Eli find they have an instant attraction when they meet but are both sure that there is no future for them. He is ready to be free from parental responsibilities and she is just beginning. But their hearts do not listen to their heads and God has something wonderful in mind for them.
This book was a fast read and had a background and situations that are different from the usual Amish fiction fare. The story is well written and does a good job of tying several stories into one satisfying novel, and even though it is number two in a series it works well as a stand alone effort. The outcome is a bit predictable but that does not detract from it being a good story. Beth Wiseman is definitely another good author of Amish fiction.
I received this complimentary copy from the Thomas Nelson Publishing through their BookSneeze program. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here are my own.
These past few years have seen an influx of Amish fiction authors and stories. While I enjoy an occasional story centered around the Amish and their communities I don't often add these to my "must read" list--until now. With authors like Suzanne Woods Fisher and now my new fave, Beth Wiseman, Amish fiction has definitely become more interesting. These authors have given Plain fiction a more edgy feel and I LOVE it! Now if I scared you away with the word edgy, don't worry there's no content that will make you blush it's just a lot different than my grandma's favorite Amish books. For instance this book deals with infidelity in marriage--not an everyday topic in Amish fiction I'm sure! The author deals with a difficult situation in a tasteful manner while not skirting around the side affects like bitterness. She even broaches the topic of physical abuse later in the story. Despite what Katie Ann faced in her life outside of the Canaan Amish community this book does not have a "heavy" feel. The message of hope and love in Christ and learning to trust make this book a pleasant read for anyone, fans of Amish stories or not.