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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.*
OH BOY! I cried and cried in different parts of the book. Some were happy tears,some sad and some not sure why but this book has really touched me.
The characters are so vivid. I like how we all are so connected to each other. This book has a lot in it. lots of drama, sweet memories that they flash back to.
It starts in Montana a small city. Sarah Shelter's family has just moved thier and she had wondered too far away into the woods when she hears rustling in the bushes thinking it might be a bear when Patty shows up. Patty is her age and they become good friends. They are so close and Patty is often telling Sarah she should sell her coupcakes. Patty looks on things with a different view.
One day they are at the Lake when Patty drowns and Sarah changes and closes off part of herself.
Sarah works at a bakery in town for Annie who is english. She wonders if she will ever get married.
Jathan Schrook is from Ohio. Lots of Amish come out for 6 months and then go hunting before going back to lives and girl friends. Jathan is trying to decide what he wants to do in the future. Is father and older brother all have plans for Jathan but he does not want what they want for him to do.
Jathan and his friend ask Sarah and others to hike up this mountain one day. Sarah' brothers have done it even her father has climbed it. So they all go for the hike. On the way up Sarah sprains her ankle and goes as far as she can. Then she tells the others to go on it wasn't that far away and she will be waiting thier. Jathan wants to stay with her but is talked into going up the rest of the way.
At the top is a old cabin that is covered with names on it. So they decide to do that. It took them longer to get to the top than they thought and then realized that have gone a long time. So they hurry down the path to find Sarah after aways into the hike they realize they must have taken a different trail down. The others can see the lake that they need to get to and decide they will continue down. if Sarah is at the lake than all is well if not they will go down and meet thier ride and get help.
Jathan decides to go back up to the top and than down thier oringal trail and look for Sarah that way.
Sarah after a hour or so decides to try and go down. She has seen the storm clouds and knows she will be a lot slower than the others. She sees a trail that is easier than the rock slide they climbed over and she marks the way she goes with a arrow of rocks.
She goes as far as she can than decides to sit on a log and wait. Sarah calls out a lot than decides to sing. Jathan finds her but they cant get down in the darkness and builds a fire. Everyone had empty thier backpacks and gave him anything they had left.
During the night Sarah got close to Jathan and really got to notice him that day. Jathan as been wanting to get closer to her for weeks. Early the next day he carries Sarah down and they make it to the search and rescue before they can get started.
Jathan asks to court Sarah and then things fall apart for Jathan.
I really like this book thier is so much more to this story of trying to find the path for the future that God wants them on. To respect the old ways and new ways together.
I hated to put this book down so get your tissues before you start.
I was given this book to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
November 01, 2012 PUB Zondervan
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!