Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Amish Redemption" by Patricia Davids

About the Book  

An Amish Homecoming

Joshua Bowman is ready to go home. After spending time in prison for a crime he didn't commit, he's putting everything behind him and reconciling with his fractured family. When a devastating tornado throws him unexpectedly into the path of Mary Kaufman and her daughter, Hannah, he feels the first spark of life after months. But Mary's adoptive dad is the Englisch sheriff—and he'd never trust her care to a man with Joshua's past. Plus the lovely single mom has a secret of her own, one that she's spent years running from. Together they survived the storm, but are they strong enough to shed the shadows of their past?

Brides of Amish Country: Finding true love in the land of the
Plain People.

This book was released in April 2015
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

“Amish Redemption” by Patricia Davids is her last book in her 'Brides of Amish Country' and the start of a new series around the Bowman brothers, according to her Dear Reader letter in the back of the book. Though this is the end of a series, it is a wonderful stand alone book. To be honest, yes reading prior books will help one remember more of some of the events that were mentioned in this book, but any mention to events in prior books is gone over again so no one is truly lost.  I was a bit saddened to read that this is the last book set in Hope Springs for the characters have become like friends, but hopefully we will see them now and again in the new series.

Here is a story of how secrets can hurt, even when there is a very valid reason as to why they are kept. Some secrets kept here are understandable, and have a true reason behind them being kept, while the other secret is being kept more out of fear and pride. These secrets have a way of coming out though as they always do, and it is how they come out that really helps keep the reader interested especially when things start to spiral out of control.

It is amazing how these two character's, Mary and Joshua, meet and formed a bond. Truly this was a author's imagination, or how I think about it, God's way of showing His power is mighty. Sure Ms. Davids wrote this amazing first meeting but God gave her the idea and it was superb. Truly there are not many first time meeting of stranger main character's that stick out, but I know that this one will for some time. I think that it wasn't so much the circumstances of the first meeting but the description that just descriptive enough to give the reader a good idea of what was going on but not so much that overloads the reader.

Mary and Joshua, ironically have some things in common with their pasts, which gives them a great sense of empathy for others. They both were determined to help those who needs the help, almost regardless of what it might cost them individually. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and almost does that is for sure. Trust is also learned to be extended even when one isn't sure who to trust when it counts. Both Mary and Joshua also have fears that the other character discovers through interaction but they don't call each other out on those fears. Both of these character's have warm, open hearts regardless what happened to them in their past, which at times seems to be pretty amazing.

Though this was the end of a series it is a wonderful start to another series for I really am looking forward to seeing what is going to be happening with the Bowman brothers that is for sure. I was glad that there was some ending to a couple of characters in the 'Brides of Amish Country' so that I won't be left wondering, but there are the twins I would love to see find a happy ending even with all their pranks.

I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did..

 Other "Brides of Amish Country" Series

Katie's Redemption
The Doctor's Blessing
An Amish Christmas
The Farmer Next Door
The Christmas Quilt
A Home for Hannah
A Hope Springs Christmas
Plain Admirer
Amish Christmas Joy
The Shepherd's Bride
The Amish Nanny
An Amish Christmas Journey
Amish Redemption