The Hope Jar Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book


Hope Jar

Book Title: The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars, Book 1)

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Genre: Amish Fiction

Release date: August 7, 2018

A Brand-New Series from New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?


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My Perspective


Wanda Brunstetter is one of those authors that I just know I am going to enjoy. Sometimes knowing how long she has been writing Amish fiction, I wonder how she keeps coming up with new stories that don’t sound like the same old story. She keeps surprising me though. This new series is fantastic, and I cannot wait to see what comes next. First of all, I like how you start reading the book and think the story is going to be all about Sara. Surprise! It’s actually all about Michelle, and honestly I like that she took this direction. At the end of the day, Michelle just wanted to feel loved and like she was a someone instead of a no one. I can completely relate to that – not at the current stage of my life, but in a previous one. It made reading her journey so much more special knowing that I had emotionally been in her shoes before.

Then you have the actual hope jar. What a fantastic and creative idea! When you are reading Wanda’s books, you not only get a beautiful faith element, entertainment and excitement, but you also get a practical idea that you can use in real life. I think every household should have a hope jar! How cool would it be to find a hope jar that your grandparents started? Or great-grandparents? Or to think that your grandchildren could be looking at your writings one day. And even if you don’t have kids – you could do a hope jar for a future owner of your home, or to simply lift someone’s spirits. The possibilities truly are endless, all because an author had a poetic idea for a story.

I’m always happy to pick up a book by Wanda Brunstetter, but this is a series that makes my smile just a little bit bigger. Fans of Amish Fiction will devour this book as I did. And along the way I think they’ll find encouragement, hope, and faith. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


About the Author


Wanda BrunstetterNew York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.



Make your own Prayer Jar!


Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.



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To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter.

5 thoughts on “The Hope Jar Review and Giveaway!

  1. Having a family who loves to read I always appreciate hearing about another great book. Thank you for the book description and giveaway as well.

  2. Thank you for your review on “The Hope Jar” by Wanda E. Brunstetter and for being part of the Celebrate Lit book tour.

    Love this author and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book. It’s been on my TBR list since I first learned about it.

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