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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc; 3 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597894346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597894340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweet and satisfying, Sarah s Choice is a perfect weekend diversion. Perhaps it s enough to say that I read this book in its entirety on a rainy Sunday afternoon in front of a warm crackling fire with a nice cup of coffee. Those who have read her books know that Brunstetter s writing is like comfort food for the soul and Sarah s Choice was no exception. --Wendi Burke Wendi's Christian Book Reviews 2010-12-07

A sweet romance from Brunstetter that wraps up nicely and brings us back to characters we've enjoyed in previous books. --Caroyln R. Scheidies Author's Choice Reviews 2010-12-10

Sarah's Choice by Wanda E. Brunstetter is an intriguing historical story that keeps you turning pages. The author has a way of bringing to life the history of the canal and its workers. This is a wonderful book that I truly enjoyed reading. --Angie Jones The Encourager's Book Club 2011-02-09

Book Description

Widowed lock tender Sarah Turner is determined to get her children away from the dangers of canal life. Can she do it before another tragic accident occurs? Facially marred canal-boat captain Elias Brooks has fallen for Sarah. Can he find the key to unlock her heart, or will she accept the proposal of a handsome blacksmith?


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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

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It is well written with depth,details and history.
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This book was a fast, easy read that I was able to finish in a matter of only a few hours.
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I have all 3 books in the series and will start to read them soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Burke on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sarah's Choice (Brides of Leigh Canal #3)
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published by Barbour

Sarah's Choice, the newest addition to the Brides of Leigh Canal series, takes us into the life of Sarah Turner, widowed mother of three and lock tender on the Leigh Canal in Walnutport, Pennsylvania. Since the tragic death of her husband in a boating accident, Sarah has been forced to take over his rigorous duties at the lock in order to support her family. Her one dream is to escape the banks of the canal and move her precious children far away from its dangerous shores.

When Elias Brooks takes over his grandfathers canal boat against the wishes of his father, he has nothing in mind other than fulfilling his grandfathers wishes. Elias quickly learns that captaining a canal boat is a lot more challenging than it seems and he's continually drawn to and distracted by the town and people of Walnutport. In particular the mistress of the lock and her spirited son Sammy. Yet Elias knows that no woman would be interested in a man who's face is marred with a hideous birthmark, and besides that, another man has made his intentions known.

What Sarah and Elias each must decide for themselves is what is most important to them. A question that takes them on a journey that is not at all what either expected.

Sweet and satisfying, Sarah's Choice is a perfect weekend diversion. Perhaps it's enough to say that I read this book in its entirety on a rainy Sunday afternoon in front of a warm crackling fire with a nice cup of coffee. Those who have read her books know that Brunstetter's writing is like comfort food for the soul and Sarah's Choice was no exception.
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I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley to review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Sarah's Choice is the third book in the Brides of Lehigh Canal series by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

You can read my review of the first book, Kelly's Chance, here.

You can read my review of the second book, Betsy's Return, here.

And now, I have finished the third book in the series.

If you have read my prior reviews, you know that Brunstetter has not traditionally been my favorite author.

I have to say though, over time this series has grown on me. I read the third book in this series in just a few hours. I finished it less than 24 hours after I started it.
Sarah is Kelly's older sister who ran off at a rather young age to marry Sam in order to escape life along the canal. During the prior books you find out she has had a rather turbulent marriage as there was a period that Sam walked out on Sarah on their kids and was drunk, a lot.

We find out that Sam had returned to his family, cleaned up his act, and he and Sarah had settled down along the canal. However, life as a lock tender was rather dangerous, so one day Sam was killed in a tragic accident. The book picks up with Sarah as a widow who has made the choice to take over the duties as a lock tender, traditionally a man's job, in order to make a living to care for her three young children.
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By Taliasba on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wanda Brunstetter has written another marvelous novel. Sarah's Choice is one of her best yet. In the story, Sarah, is a devoted mother to her 3 little children and is striving to make a life for them. She puts them first always. Though she wants to love again she isn't putting it at the top of her list. She's not sure if there is such a thing for her again. But there are 2 men interested in her and one is a boatman..she said she'd never get involved with a canal man as her first husband was; and a second man, a store owner. The canal man has an ugly scar on his face and feels Sarah won't want him because of that but the scar matters not to Sarah...it's the man behind the scar who matters. But, he's a canal man.
Sarah has to struggle with keeping her family going and also with all she's feeling inside along with the fears. She has a chance for a future with two men but whom to choose? Can she let go of her fears? Is she ready for love?
This story is so heart touching. It reaches down into the depths of Sarah's heart and fears which is something we can all relate to.
Wanda writes with her heart and her characters are ones we come to love and know well. We can share in what they are about. And as always, she sets the story in true form with accurate descriptions of the area, the work done, the people, etc. I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you want a book that will make you cry at times but also smile a lot, then this one is for you. It will touch your heart.
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By L. Torres on February 19, 2011
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I have read all of Wanda Brunstetter's books and have never been disappointed in any of them. No matter what book I am reading, Wanda makes me feel like I am right there in the middle of it all.
I enjoyed reading Sarah's Choice. It is is an inspirational historical romance set in 1898 Walmutport,PA.
It's the third in "Brides of Lehigh Canal", series, but it can also be read as a stand alone.
I highly recommend this book! You will fall in love with all the characters!
Thanks Wanda for another great book!
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