Any one who knows me knows I love Amish fiction. Although my reading loves are expanding, it is probably still the number one genre in my heart. When I saw Kathleen Fuller had a new book coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it! And luckily I did as part of this month’s review items. I expected it to be great, it is written by a great author after all. Let me tell you this, it met all my expectations and more!
About the Book
Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.
Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.
In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.
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I absolutely loved this book. I loved the way the book started out with just the letters going back and forth between Jalon and Phoebe. It allowed me to formulate in my mind what their circumstances were and enjoy learning if I was right or not later on. Such a sweet way for these two people to “meet” and strike up a friendship. It allowed them to focus on getting to know each other without the physical component.
This was a great reminder of the importance of not letting your past define you. Jalon had a hard time letting go of his past mistakes, and I’m glad the author wrote it that way. It made his character believable and relatable. We all have things in our pasts we’re not proud of or regret. And sometimes, like Jalon we try to run from it. When his past came right in front of him, I could feel the tension and guilt rise. But the author did a beautiful job in writing these scenes, kind of gently nudging Jalon instead of nagging him.
I enjoyed Phoebe’s spirit throughout the book. What really got me was how she never apologized for her son, and never referred to him as a mistake. In fact she would correct anyone that may imply it, even though not intentionally. She was a strong character who wanted to do right by her family, and placing other’s needs in front of her own. She deserved to have something good happen to her!! She may have tried to make a few hasty decisions that I didn’t agree with, but overall I really liked her character.
I loved the supporting characters, and although I’m not sure they’ll be in a future book, I would love to see Leanna, Adam and Karen have their own stories. They deserve happiness too! Perhaps Ms. Fuller would contemplate that!! Amish fiction fans will adore this book. And be prepared to read it all at once – that’s what I did!
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.
Visit her at her website – www.kathleenfuller.com