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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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Product Details

  • Series: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (October 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Memory Jar was a great Amish fiction read! I loved both of the main characters - Sarah Shelter and Jathan Schrock! One thing that was really interesting about Sarah was how she liked to make fancy cupcakes - I really liked learning about her different creations! Jathan, well, I felt bad for him a lot during this story and couldn't stop myself from hoping things would turn out for him.

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.*
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After Patty died, Sarah has withdrawn from her friends in the community. She is much more at home in the kitchen, baking her cupcakes and coming up with new ideas. She's now almost twenty-four and her marriage prospects don't look too good. She spends her days in a nearby bakery and is trying to get out more when she isn't working.

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!
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Two years ago, Sarah Shelter watched her English best friend, Patty, drown in a nearby lake. She has been haunted by her friend's death ever since that dreadful day and has withdrawn herself from her family and friends that live in the mountain town of West Kootenai, Montana.

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!
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Amongst tragedy, I believe we all sometimes wonder where God is and what good could possibly come out of it. This is how, I think, Sarah Shelter feels in this book. It starts out with a great loss for her, and she continues to battle grief throughout the story. Sarah feels alone and wonders if she will ever see the dreams she has in her heart, the dreams she believes God has given her, come to reality. Sarah also wonders if she will ever marry. In the small town in Montana where she has lived for 10 years, many bachelors stay for 6 months out of the year to get residency to come and hunt. As Sarah deals with the loss of someone she loves, she struggles with wanting a dream to come true with her cupcake business and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Amish or not, I think we can all relate to Sarah.

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.
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