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The Memory Jar (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors) Paperback – October 28, 2012
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USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.
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At the end of some chapters in The Memory Jar, there were what I'll call memory scenes that showed things that had happened in the past with Sarah and her best friend, Patty. I liked those scenes more than I would have thought... it was interesting to learn about Sarah and Patty's friendship. :)
The Memory Jar is book one in Tricia Goyer's new series, Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, and because this book was so enjoyable, I am very much looking forward to the next book!
If you enjoy Amish novels, then I think you'll enjoy The Memory Jar! It was great and I recommend it! :)
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
She's been living in West Kootenai, Montana, for almost ten years now and every year, dozens of bachelors come to spend the hunting season there. Most leave with brides and Sarah hopes that eventually, she'll meet the one for her. But it's hard for Sarah to let anyone get close since she lost Patty.
Sarah has spent most of her life picking up small mementos from different events in her life, keeping them in her memory jar. Each item in the jar represents something in her life, alone or with others. When Jathan spends some time with Sarah, he is instantly attracted to her.
But Jathan has his own inner turmoil to weather. Even though he would like to have his own business, a wife and kids someday, he knows it is his duty as the youngest son to support his parents. When his dad has a stroke, Jathan will have to leave everything he holds dear, including Sarah, to take the reins of responsibility. Will Sarah and Jathan lets God's love and His path steer them back to one another?
The Memory Jar is a sweet story with God's healing at the heart of it. Jathan and Sarah are both well-developed characters and Tricia does another wonderful job of depicting the Amish way in her newest installment in Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors. I read this book in one sitting - it captivated me and wouldn't let me go. I loved it!
Every spring, many single young Amish men from other communities stay in Kootenai for six months for the hunting season that fall. Jathan Schrock arrives to town looking to earn some money to send back home to his folks. He is also there to enjoy some hunting and reflect on what the future may hold for him.
While Sarah Shelter isn't baking goodies for the hunters, she is storing her most precious memories in mason jars or what she calls 'memory jars'. Everyone she knows is either married or about to get married. She believes that the older she gets, the less chance that she will have in finding a husband that is until she meets the handsome Jathan!
After reading The Big Sky series, I became a fan of Tricia Goyer's writings. I have read numerous Amish fiction books and you would think that another book would be clichéd or stale, but The Memory Jar is a beautifully written romantic tale. The main characters, Sarah and Jathan, are never portrayed as perfect. They have flaws and issues making them seem more realistic. Like I said, I have read many Amish fiction novels, but this is the first that I have read that deals with young Amish men going on hunting trips. I found it interesting that someone would leave their home for long periods of time just to go hunting. From the shocking prologue, to the final pages, I could not put the book down until I had finished reading it. The Memory Jar is a well written Amish love story that I recommend to other readers.
Note: I received this book free of charge from Zondervan and Litfuse Publicity Group!
Sarah spends a great bit of thought and time trying to get the attention of a certain Amish man, when an unlikely hero comes to her aid when she gets lost on a hike with several of her friends. Jathan is visiting from Ohio, taking some time away from his family and the pressures he feels they are placing on him to run and be part of a family business that is not what he wants to do with his life. He is the quiet Amish man at first, until he decides to be the one to go to Sarah's aid. Because Sarah hurts herself and the temperature is dropping, Jathan decides that building a fire and bunking down for the night would keep them alive than trying to walk out of that Montana forest at night. Jathan and Sarah talk long into the night, and something changes in them both. They see hope, in both of their situations.
This story goes from the beautiful vast Montana skies to the valleys of Ohio.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great book. I really enjoyed getting to know about the Amish. This was my first Amish book and it was wunderbaar! I want to read more!Published 22 days ago by Michelle Goewey
Such a good book I was laughing and crying. Can't wait to start on the next book. Wonderful book to add to your libraryPublished 2 months ago by Linda Aguilera
It met my expectations. It was a great story about the Amish.Published 2 months ago by Lynne Linden
I give it 5 stars. Kept your interest, not boring at all! It was hard to to put down.
I can't wait to read the second one in the series, well written and has a good plot. Tricia Foyer is masterful at weaving a story and it didn't drag on like some of them do,,,,a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kyladybug88
This was one of the most utterly boring books I have read on my kindle so far!!! I can't believe I paid $.99 for it!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leyna