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A Time To Love: Quilts of Lancaster County| Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Cameron
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Book Description

War correspondent Jennie King thinks she's just a temporary guest in her
grandmother's Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries
sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew
Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new
plan for her. Jennie has emotional and physical scars and though she feels she has
come home to this man and this place, she's not sure she can bridge the difference
between their worlds.

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    About the Author

    Barbara Cameron is the author of 21 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. When a relative took her to visit the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she felt led to write about the spiritual values and simple joys she witnessed there. She currently resides in Edgewater, FL.  Find out more about Barbara at, and

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3052 KB
    • Print Length: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 1, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004A8ZWOW
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Found in Lancaster County September 16, 2010
    Jenny is an Englisher who goes to her grandmother's house in Lancaster, PA to recuperate after several surgeries from a car bombing. She is having problems dealing with her scars and people taking care of her. She is reunited with a summer love, Matthew, who is lives next door and is a widower with three kids. As her memory returns, she pieces together the summer as a teenager when she spent it there with him.

    She falls in love with Matthew and his family. His youngest daughter, Annie, is absolutely adorable. Jenny falls in love with her, and the others, instantly as she can relate to them losing their mother. They develop a wonderful relationship that touches her heart in a very special way.

    I fell in love with this story because it is not like any other Amish story that I have read. I love the unusual "twist" that Barbara Cameron incorporated into this book. Barbara's writing style is wonderful and all the characters become alive within the book.

    I am very anxious to read the second book in this series, A Time to Heal, which is scheduled to be released in March 2011. There was a bonus chapter from the second book at the end of this one but I must admit, I did not read it. I enjoyed the book so much that I know that it would leave me wanting more right away!
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 23, 2010
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    I liked this one! There are already several reviews with details, just wanted to add that this one is a winner - you won't be disappointed.
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Time To Love August 30, 2010
    Jennie King has been injured while on an assignment in a foreign country. A car bomb exploded, and she suffered from devastating injuries that may even leave her without her job as a war correspondent for a news station. Sent to her Amish grandmother's house to recover, Jennie struggles with even the most basic of tasks, such as walking, talking, or eating.

    Matthew Bontrager used to be Jennie's friend when they were younger, even though she was Englisch and he Amish. But over the years, he married and has three children. When his wife dies, Matthew is crushed, but doesn't hole up in his grief. He has to keep going.

    When Jennie renews her acquaintance with Matthew, she wonders if God has a different plan for her life. But ... with him Amish and she Englisch, what will it take to bridge the gap?

    A TIME TO LOVE is the first full length Amish book I've read by Ms. Cameron, though I have read two of her novellas in Amish books published by Thomas Nelson.

    Jennie is struggling to find her place as she heals from her injuries, and even scared about going out into public with the scars on her face. She also suffers from nightmares caused by her experience. Matthew is a sweet, kind hero who goes above and beyond in trying to help Jennie out.

    The story is written well, but the characters fall a bit flat to me. I think she does better on her shorter stories than with this one, but it is still a good read. If you love Amish fiction then A TIME TO LOVE would be a good one to consider. Discussion questions, a preview of Ms. Cameron's second Amish book, and a glossary are included at the end of the book. Also included is a yummy Amish recipes are included at the end of the book.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Okay love story, fairly unbelievable February 10, 2011
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    Although the book tries to make the "even the Amish aren't perfect" concessions, it mostly portrays them in a VERY idealized light. The idea of an Amish man's sister encouraging him to court an English woman visiting next door seems fairly incredible to me. Jenny's speech difficulties and her difficulties getting around were not shown very clearly. I hate to write a bad review, and the book was entertaining enough, but in the spectrum of Amish fiction (and I have read a lot of it), it doesn't rank too highly.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very little to go on February 23, 2011
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    I really was looking forward to reading this and learning more about the Amish way of life. It did fulfill that expectation, but there was a very weak storyline. There was very little character development and/or conflict. By the time I was halfway through I was just skimming the pages to finish it. I understand how she could give up her career for love, but there was no discussion of it at all. Helping the children was so important to her, yet there is no time given to what she would be giving up. That would have given their love even more strength.
    I also would have liked a more objective look at both lifestyles, it seemed to look down upon the English. The "holier than thou" tone bothered me a bit.
    On a petty note, this author needs a thesaurus. If I saw the word "overseas" one more time I was going to scream! Can you describe it any other way? Overall, I am very glad this book was free. If there are any other Amish romance stories with a bit more substance please recommend:).
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic February 16, 2011
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    Everybody was a little too perfect in this story. It was hard to believe that any of these characters were real. The Amish life was definitely idealized. I thought that Jenny's decision at the end of the book was very unlikely for someone in her career and with her passion. However, the "sacrifices" that she made were easy for her because of love. Please. I wish that the author would have included more of Jenny's inner struggles. The book wasn't terribly great writing and used obvious plot devices to move the story along. Despite all of that, it did keep my interest enough to finish it and thus why I gave it two stars. Although I will not be continuing on with the series.

    SPOILER ALERT: I thought it was really weird that Jenny joined the Amish. Although she seemed to like their way of living, she didn't seem to be a true convert to it. Even after she decided to join the Amish faith, she wasn't identifying herself as Amish and she didn't seem to have any thoughts about the difficulties of what she would give up.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Change
    Loved this book. It was a pleasant read, good characters,enough details so you could easily follow the story, and for once a happy ending! Read more
    Published 21 days ago by Happy Retiree
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book.
    I didn't want to put this book down.I learned a lot more about Amish.This is such a good love story
    Published 2 months ago by drog
    5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
    The story is long but it keeps you engaged through till the end. Learning to listen for Gods will and his timing are great lessons learned from this story
    Published 2 months ago by tabbiesmom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
    Such an endearing story. The author brings you into the story and keeps you wondering. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
    Published 2 months ago by j wortham
    5.0 out of 5 stars New love and wisdom!
    This was the best love story. Pain and suffering . But God was needed in all areas . He helps
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
    What a wonderful story! I definitely needed tissues at hand when reading the first part of the story, though. Read more
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