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Liza's Second Chance (The Amish Charm Bakery) Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 2018
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About the Author
Molly Jebber’s award-winning books have been featured on Publishers Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, RT Book Reviews and many other media sites. You’ll also find her on RWA’s Honor Roll. She tours and speaks about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and about her books. She loves God, her family, friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit www.mollyjebber.com for a complete list of her books and speaking events.
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I received a complimentary copy of the book through CelebrateLit and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
Reading an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) always comes with it’s own set of quirky experiences. I enjoy collecting them up and referring back to them when I go back later to my own writings and find my glaring typos. It makes me feel better, more normal, if you will. Set in 1912 most people were still driving horse and wagon. Amish, the drive buggy. It’s to be expected to see those mixed up at least once. It did, a couple of times, when an Amish person took off in their wagon.
I want to talk about depth for a minute or twenty. Depth is what draws you into the story, makes you care about the characters, and hopefully carries you in a whirlwind through it all. While this was an enjoyable story with a solid plot line it lacked depth. I was frequently confused about time passage, what was really going on, why it mattered, and sometimes what really happened. Sometimes it felt like an emotion dump. Liza suddenly shares this horrid secret she had carried with minimal preamble. It colored so much of the story but it felt like a dump of emotion instead of a solid plot point. It was like here ya go, now let’s go on. Much of the story was like that. Someone gets shot – no big deal really it just slides to the background. Ellie runs away – a lot of moping around, she returns without preamble, instaforgiveness and slides partly into the background. Tornado – slides to the background. Thugs – miraculous rescue and then nothing. Just a few examples, there are many more. I know more about the way a person was laid out for their funeral than I do about any of these other things.
The other thing that bugged me was how helpless all the females in the book were, expect perhaps Ellie. No one had a backbone, no one knew how to stand up for themselves and sometimes it felt like they didn’t know how to make decisions for themselves. It was just too sweet. Everything was OK, everything was glossed over, everything was sweet. OK, I know I just did a pretty big information dump myself but follow me here. This book had a solid story line to it. It did capture my attention and capture my interest. Stories of love, family, starting over, and community. This story has all of that. And a lot of sweet treats along the way.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Liza’s Second Chance is nicely written and has a nice flow. I found the book easy to read. The author incorporated major events from the time-period like the sinking of the Titanic, the Olympics, and Harry Houdini. I did find a repetition of information. Details surrounding Liza’s first marriage for example are repeated several times. Amish words are interjected into the dialogue. The meaning of them can be discerned from the text. Christian elements include scripture, accepting God and his plan for a person’s life, forgiveness, power of prayer and having faith. We get to see the importance of family and friends. Liza has a close relationship with her family and they are happy to include the Graber family. I felt that the author could have developed the characters more. There is a lack of details on the main characters background that could have given them depth. I did become annoyed with Jacob at times. Liza wants to allow time for a friendship to develop between herself and Ellie, but Jacob keeps forcing the issue. His lack of understanding was frustrating for me. Liza’s Second Chance is a light, sweet Amish romance that will appeal to fans of Amish fiction.
*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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