- 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 (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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. As Jathan and Sarah find out that the dreams each of them has coincides with the other, they decide to make a move back to Ohio, after Jathan's father has a stroke. Sarah is to help the bakery his mother runs, hoping her cupcakes will bring in more revenue for the family. Sarah starts to question her decision when the cupcakes she bakes are not welcomed in the quaint bakery shop. They are not "plain" enough. How could God give her this gift of bringing to life his beautiful creation through the decorating of her cupcakes and not be able to us these gifts?
I think, like Sarah and Jathan, we all ask that of our gifts. God has blessed each of us with a gift or gifts that can be used for his glory. Sometimes, those gifts don't get used and we feel lost like both of our main characters. We ask "why?".
I think this whole story was touching. I felt like I was right there with both Sarah and Jathan, going through what they were going through. Cheering them on for their dreams to come true. Romans 8:28 says "And we know that all things work togetherfor good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." Neither of them knew what good would come out of everything they both had gone through, but again, God comes through.
This was a great read! I especially loved the first half being based in Montana, as I am from Montana, so feeling like I was right there was no exaggeration! I love Montana, it is absolutely beautiful! I think Tricia did a great job bringing our characters to life and giving them struggles we all face. We are very different from the Amish in many ways, but I also think we are similar in many ways, especially if you are a child of God!
I fell in love with the main character’s penchant for collecting small reminders of favorite moments. Storing them each in a jar, each odd bit of something reminds her of a step in her journey. More than once I’ve looked around my own home at the odd collection of things I keep near me. While no room in my home will ever grace the covers of a decor magazine, so many things remind me of cherished people, places, and events.
I loved how Ms. Goyer put a bit of tenacity into Sarah. Although Sarah has used painful circumstances as an excuse in the past to run-and-hide, once she begins to heal and grow, she steadfastly continues on that path. Even when a situation easily lends itself to the old habits, she determines to follow God by staying put and giving Him time to work out His plan.
I also appreciated how the author worked in growth for many in the community. Change is hard, and while some around us will never accept new ideas easily, I was glad to see that more than just Sarah learned from what was going on around her.
I loved Sarah and Jathen's story--they are both strong and caring. They're human and had questions about their faith when problems come up. Sarah's friendship with Patty was so touching, and reminded me of how much I care for my best friend. I loved the scenes between Sarah and Patty--so beautifully written (like the whole book). My heart ached for Jathen when he told Sarah about his father's reaction when he found his son working in the bakery--that was a powerful scene.
The Montana setting was different from most Amish fiction I've read, which is usually set in Ohio or Pennsylvania. I enjoyed "traveling" to a different part of the country.
Favorite line: "Regrets have no place in your memory jar."
I'm anxious to read the other books in the series, as well as the WWII series.