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A Choice to Forgive
Daniel walked out on Lydia 18 years ago. He was her first love and the love of her life. With her heart broken, Lydia found comfort in Daniel's brother, Elam, and they had 15 wonderful years together and three children. Out of no where and two years after his brother's death, Daniel shows back up and shares a secret that could have changed all their lives.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your first true love came back into the picture? What if things were revealed that may have led to a different outcome? For me, this was a truly romantic story. The hopeless romantic in me loved every bit of it! I loved the tension between Daniel and Lydia. I also liked that Beth didn't allow this to be a cheesy romance by having Lydia immediately welcome Daniel back. It took Lydia some time, some processing, and most importantly, some true forgiveness.
A Change of Heart
Poor Leah, she's just not good at anything domestic. Just call her late, late for dinner, late for breakfast, and late going to bed. Leah doesn't want to get married because she knows she's not good at the domestic things a good wife should be good at, but she is good at writing. Her dreams are made of becoming a writer, but not just an ordinary writer, she wants to be a writer who helps others discover the Lord. Aaron has had an eye on Leah for years, but is he wiling to accept a wife who can't cook or keep house?
This is one of those stories that reminds me of God's perfect love. God loves each one of us so much, that he gave each of us a gift/talent. But, for some reason, others try to squash our hopes and dreams by saying it's not what a wife should do. If God gave us the talent, why shouldn't we pursue it to the best of our abilities, even if it means we can't be good at everything. What a great reminder to walk in God's will and do what you're good at!
Namaan Lapp left his wife, children, and grandchildren to find himself. In his absence, his wife learned to do it on her own. Now, eleven months later, he returns to his home. But his wife doesn't trust him and his two oldest children are mad at him for leaving. Will they be able to work things out and have stronger bonds than before, or will a mystery from his eleven months away keep them separated for good?
My husband and I have talked about this issue so many times. When a couple is young, they have dates, parties, and hang out for "good" times. Then children come along and all the focus is put on the children and trying to give them the best possible start that you can possibly give them. A lot of husbands and wives grow apart, unknowingly. When the children start their own lives, the husband and wife look at each other and say "Who are you?" It's imperative to keep your love life going even while raising your children. I absolutely loved the way Beth portrayed this story and the realities of marriage and children.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in partnership with Thomas Nelson to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
The first of the three, `A Choice to Forgive' is centered around Lydia, a widow with three children. Her husband, Elam, dies after fifteen years of marriage. His brother, Daniel, who had been shunned and living with the English, returns two years after his death. Lydia was engaged to Daniel, but he left her with very little explanation. His brother, Elam becomes her good friend and she eventually falls in love with him and marries him. When Daniel, returns, he brings with him questions and secrets. Lydia struggles with long lost feelings and we see her try to forgive Daniel.
The second novella is `A Change of Heart'. This story is about Leah, a young woman who wants to be a writer. However, young Amish girls are not encouraged in such endeavors. Leah's father wants her to learn to be a good frau, but Leah has no interest at all in cooking, cleaning or sewing. Aaron, a young Amish man, becomes interested in Leah and a romance develops. There is conflict, love, mystery, humor and forgiveness in this story. I found this to be my favorite of the three. There is also a delightful character named Ruth, Aaron's aunt, who left the community before she was baptized. She returns for a visit and adds some very humorous, touching and enjoyable moments.
The third story is `Healing Hearts'. I have read this before in another collection. "Healing Hearts" is unusual in that the main characters are not a young couple discovering love. Rather, its about a married couple married for more than 30 years suffering from the empty nest syndrome and working to rediscover the love that they had when they were young. The husband, Naaman, has come home after leaving his family for a year. His older children are not as forgiving as his younger children and his wife struggles with trying to be the wife she feels God wants her to be and her own feelings of doubt and resentment. This is a story of forgivness and rediscovered love.
All three stories were enjoyable and uplifting. They are easy, fun and clean reading and will keep you captivated until the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Healing Hearts: A Collection of Amish Romances