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Product Details

  • Series: Kentucky Brothers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602606811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602606814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Brunstetter (A Sister's Hope) sets her latest among the Kentucky Amish; the story may have moved, but the rest of the Amish plot is pretty familiar. Titus Fisher's heart is broken after his girlfriend, Phoebe Stoltzfus, who can't commit to him or to the Amish faith, moves to California. Englischer and family friend Allen Walters is passing through Lancaster County, Pa., to Kentucky, and he happens to know of an available job for a carpenter. So off go Titus and Allen to Kentucky, where Titus meets Suzanne Yoder, a young Amish woman who can't cook but who can do woodworking, and who painfully resembles Phoebe. There's growing and forgiving to do, as well as a fair amount of eating. Some of the plot complications are sensibly organic—Phoebe's return is logical. Others are purely arbitrary—stolen money in Titus's telephone shed—and verge on amateur. Yet given the appetite for Amish fiction, publishers haven't yet hit the limit for shoofly pies. While she's not the best of the bonnet bunch, Brunstetter's been at this a while now, and her readership will wilkom this. (Apr.)
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Review

I really loved this story. You can usually tell in stories like this that if the guy starts out hating the girl they usually end up together, but I was really left guessing who he would pick until the end. The story also contains a mystery about some money that is found that I found really interesting too. I liked seeing how Titus really grew throughout the book and started really find his way in life. He included God in helping him make those decisions and I think that really helped him in the end. Suzanne also grows in this story and people learn to accept her for who she really is and not who she is expected to be. I really loved this story and would recommend it to people who enjoy Amish fiction or inspirational fiction.
(Lori Adams 2011-01-06)

This story was very sweet and I just loved Titus and Pheobe. I was a little confused by some of the characters in Lancaster, it seemed that I was missing something and I now realize Wanda E. Brunstetter has many Amish stories out and it seems they are characters from previous books. It did not take away from the story, it just makes me want to pick up some of the previous novels. This was a nice, clean christian book that was a refreshing read.
(Denise Schirmuhly Goodreads 2011-01-13)

I loved this story - the broken hearts, the family interactions, the community, the misunderstandings, the mystery, the drama, and the reliance on God. I experienced a vast array of emotions while I read - joy, frustration, fear, relief, pain - as well as laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, and lots of smiles. I would recommend this novel to anyone who would enjoy inspirational fiction, Amish fiction, or a sweet love story.

(Barbara Beers Good Reads 2011-01-13)

Wanda has a way of bringing in sorrow and humor together that makes you feel at ease.  One minute you feel sorry for Titus on how insecure he is and the next you are laughing when he falls in a pile of manure.

I also love the innocent humor among the characters.  I was laughing out loud through quite a few pages causing stares from some people ( guess they never read a good book ).   This was a fun and easy read.  If you have reservations of starting a Amish read give some a try. I am glad I did.  
(Barbara Hightower The World of Book Reviews 2011-01-19)

I enjoyed reading sort of a continuation of the Fisher family from the Daughters of Lancaster County series. I liked that this story focused on one of the twins. Suzanne Yoder is granddaughter to the owner of the woodworking shop where Titus is working in Kentucky. I thought it was refreshing how she was unable to cook, not interested in finding a husband, and wanted more than anything to join her male family members in the family's woodshop. Suzanne grows in this book, but ultimately stays true to herself. I was really impressed by this novel and am excited to read the rest of the series.
(Samantha McMahon Good Reads 2011-01-23)

This book for me was inspiring. I can relate to Titus, in a very realistic way. I love reading inspirational stories that offer hope for the future.  Personally I could not put, The Journey, down. I wanted to read it till it was finished. I was intrigued by the story line, and captivated by the series of events.  Mrs. Brustetter does a wonderful job at integrating a great deal of emotions into one book. She captures the reader’s attention, through adventure, suspense, love and faith.  This book inspires others to look at the motives of their hearts. It also teaches us valuable lessons of forgiveness, family, love and redemption.
(Sharise Toombs Christian Book Reviews 2011-01-27)

Ms Brunstetter has written extensively about the Amish and her novels are full of color, family, personal hope, disappointment, confusion, and love.  People often forget that just because their lifestyle is completely governed by their faith, they still encounter the same challenges and problems everyone must resolve.  They are imperfect people as are all of us, they don't always do the wisest thing, they get upset at each other and their children have the same struggles growing up.  If anything, the restrictive way of life can sometimes make growing up even more difficult, although those guidelines, while seeming to oppress, are just live very good fences which keep people and other creatures safe.



I greatly enjoyed this novel and found their ways of relating to be heart-warming and inspirational.  My own family has a very strong faith base, but whether or not that is the case with readers, there are still wonderful scenes in this book to be encountered and genuine people to meet.  While it is fiction, it very accurately reflects the way families and individuals resolve their questions, problems, and challenges.  And like all of us, Titus learns that he has the capability to make choices that will insure a measure of happiness for him and any future family he may have.



This is really an old-fashioned love story and I hope you all will read it soon.  

(Judith Hirsch-Kikejs Dr. J's Book Place 2011-03-15)

This is a great book and I can't wait until the fall when the next in the series comes out "The Healing"
(Edna Tollison My Favorite Things Reading and Reviewing 2011-03-04)

As you follow along with the story you will have some very sad, moving moments, and some really laugh out loud times. The trust in the Lord is seen in both families is very inspirational. This is a wonderful story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
(Maureen Timerman Maureen's Musings 2011-02-26)

Wanda E. Brunstetter integrates a montage of issues - parents dealing with rebellious children, opposition to women doing a man's job, letting go of grown children, finding self-worth, total Reliance in God - into one captivating book. Amid intrigue, drama, misunderstandings, and romance, the main characters learn valuable life lessons and mature along the way.  Recommend this page-turner for fans of Amish novels and inspirational fiction.
(Nancy Kanafani CBA Retailers 2011-04-01)

Wanda E. Brunstetter's The Journey is the first book in the new Kentucky Brothers series. We meet Titus Fisher, who desperately needs to start a new life after having his heart broken by Phoebe Stoltzfus, the woman he'd grown up planning to marry. Titus decides to make a change, and an Amish community in Christian County, Kentucky, seems like just the right place to do it. In Christian County Titus becomes intrigued with Suzanne Yoder, who is an unusually talented woman, struggling to fit into the traditional parameters of the Amish life. But what will Titus do when Phoebe shows up unexpectedly, suddenly ready to marry him? Brunstetter smoothly leads us on a life journey with Titus and the many characters we meet in this new series. New and longtime fans of Amish fiction will be eager to continue the travels with book two, The Healing (on sale in September), and book three, The Struggle.
(Dee Ann Grand BookPage 2011-03-03)

I thought The Journey was a beautiful story, and having never read another Amish fiction book set in Kentucky, it kept things very interesting.  The usual setting is Pennsylvania or Ohio, so that initially made this book unique.  We also saw a lot more of the man's perspective as large parts of the book were about Titus' thoughts and feelings.
  

I also loved the ending.  I won't give it away, but I will say it leaves you wanting more, waiting for the next book, but without being upset the author cut off at such a point.  Still, I will be reading the next book in the series, The Healing, (and maybe if I am lucky I can do an advance review!)

(Camille Buffenmeyer A Book a Day 2011-04-05)

The Journey is a wonderful story with beautifully developed characters and a detailed, complex plot.  Brunstetter takes us on a journey around the US, with the story happening simultaneously in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California. 

(Tonya Scott Mrs. Scott Reads 2011-04-11)

Once again, I was impressed with the work of Wanda Brunstetter
(Tammy Graham Love My 2 Dogs 2011-04-12)

I was so excited to catch up with the Fisher family from my favorite Wanda Brunstetter series, Daughters of Lancaster County. I really enjoyed how Wanda weaved that past series into this new book and how we were able to see how the family has grown.  I can't believe how it ended and can't wait to read the next one in the series! 

(Jodie Moore Mom's Pace 2011-04-06)

Another great book by Wanda E Brunstetter.
(Jenny Blake Come Meet AusJenny 2011-04-18)

Amish fiction is one of my favorite categories of fiction. Wanda Brunstetter is a pro at this type of fiction and keeps churning out book after book that delights readers all over the world, including me. This book was a great read and it was a very easy and inspiration read.

(Janis Rodgers The Near Sighted Bookworm 2011-04-21)

This book is more than a love story, but it deals with young adults coming into their own and finding their own life's path.  I loved it!
(Barb M. Book Bargains and Previews 2011-05-03)

The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter kicks off a brand new series (called “Kentucky Brothers”) that centers on Titus Fisher as he begins a new life in Christian County, Kentucky. Leaving his past, Titus meets two different women---one a potential girlfriend and the other, a painful reminder of a lost love.  I was definitely caught up in this series and can’t wait to share The Healing with you this fall!
(Susan Choy Five Star Reviewed Books and More 2011-05-09)

More About the Author

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

Customer Reviews

I cant wait for the next book in the series!
Ky
The Journey is a wonderful story with beautifully developed characters and a detailed, complex plot.
Tonya Scott
It is a very good book and I love to read Wanda Brunstetters books.
Marilyn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on April 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Journey is the start of a new series...Kentucky Brothers, it is a spin off from the Daughter's of Lancaster County Series.
Titius is a twin and his brother Timothy has already settled down with a wife and a young daughter. He also has chosen his career path. While Titus is floundering in a relationship that has just broken up with his girl choosing to go to California rather than join the Church. When an opportunity in the form of a friend of his brother comes along, Titus decides to go to Kentucky with Allen and start his own life. He will be leaving his big extended family and the only life he has even know. He is also leaving his identical twin.
Suzanne Yoder lives with her Mother, brothers, sister and her Grandfather on a farm in Kentucky. Her Grandfather owns a Woodworking shop and her brother Nelson is learning to take it over. Suzanne loves working with wood, and would rather fish than cook...she is a horrible cook...just what every man wants in a woman!
When Titus meets Suzanne she resembles his lost love Phoebe and he takes a dislike to her. As you follow along with the story you will have some very sad, moving moments, and some really laugh out loud times. The trust in the Lord is seen in both families is very inspirational. This is a wonderful story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
This book was provided by the publisher, I was not required to give a good evaluation, the opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Smiles on May 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
While the story itself is good, I think trying to write this book around the time the author wrote some of her Brides of the Lehigh Canal books wasn't ideal. It didn't seem to me as though there was enough proof reading involved from her editors, nor enough Pennsylvania Dutch being spoken from her Amish characters. When the author described Suzanne's friend Esther, in one sentence she says that she has chocolate brown eyes, then in another blue. I'm giving this book three stars because I think the story line itself is a good one, I just think the execution is a bit flawed. It's a shame because I normally love her books and really looked forward to reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Musher on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love her story plots. She has so much potential, but the end product always falls short of my expectations. She doesn't develop her characters much, and her use of dialog is amateurish. Of all the Amish writers, she is the weakest. I wish she would develop her craft and improve, rather than cranking out book after book the same. And since her books are mostly dialog, the fact that she writes it so poorly is even more distressing.

For example, if the hero decides he's going to visit his parents for Thanksgiving, then he'll tell that to his girlfriend, his boss, and his friend in three separate conversations, telling the reader information they already know. Dialog in a story isn't like real dialog. In a story, the dialog should exist only to propel the story forward! It seems that Brunstetter missed out on that lesson.

If you want a well-written story, one that makes you laugh and cry with the characters, check out Cindy Woodsmall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Journey by Wanda Brunstetter loosely follows the story of Titus Fisher and Suzanne Yoder. Loosely, because their characters are never fully developed, possibly due to the inclusion of numerous snippets of side characters' points of view along the way. Nobody gets the attention they deserve in order for the reader to feel connected to anybody. Instead, you end up feeling like a stone skipping across the water, coming down for random updates in the lives of the cast of characters.

The writing at times reminded me of a junior high assignment for a science class to include lots of facts in a story format. Early in the book we find Titus and Suzanne having a stilted conversation about the flora of Kentucky. Later a friend gives Titus some guide book facts about the Jefferson Davis Monument in another awkward conversation. It feels like these portions of the book should be preceded by an "For your information" announcement and followed by "And now to return to the story at hand".

Then there are times when simply quoting a few bible verses or telling somebody to apply biblical principles is enough to solve the recipient's problems, such as major depression following a late term miscarriage. (Oh, you're so right. I just need to remember my family needs me and that my baby is in heaven and probably would have had medical problems if I'd carried it to term anyway. I can go on with my life now. Thanks so much.) I think this was a side effect of the book trying to cover many story lines lightly instead of going into depth on one or two. There was simply no time to handle character transformation realistically.

This is a book that began with a good idea. The story line has potential. The characters want to be real. They just don't quite make it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Cee on April 17, 2011
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When I saw the authors name I knew the book would be a good one. I was not disappointed. Great book! Looking forward to book #2 the "Healing" this fall.
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By Lisa B. Smith on July 15, 2014
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Very well written--I loved it!!!
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By Rowena on July 10, 2014
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Enjoyed this book but took a really long time to come to the story line ,jumped from person to person which had another story attached to the new person .
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