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The Wonder of Your Love (A Land of Canaan Novel) Paperback – Bargain Price, October 4, 2011
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FOUR STARS! A wonderful entry in the Land of Canaan series about an Amish widow and a Englisher brought together by a matchmaker. The characters are well rounded with just enough stubbornness in them. Wiseman knows her Amish facts and brings readers into a world few outsiders get the pleasure of taking part in. --Romantic Times
Wiseman delivers again in this page-turning addition to the Land of Canaan series...an inspired romance filled with interesting subplots. Wiseman is among the best at writing moving Amish fiction. -- Booklist, September 2011
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Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporaries set in small Texas towns. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman
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In this book we finally see a happy ending for Katie Ann Stolzfus, a single mother and window. In the Daughters of Promise series we learn that Katie Ann's husband was shunned for cheating on her with an outsider. She moved to Canaan for a fresh start along with her brother-in-law and his family. In the first of the Land of Canaan books Katie Ann is shocked to discover that she is expecting a baby shortly after being abandoned by her cheating husband. She and her husband tried for years to conceive and she thought she would never have child of her own.
In The Wonder of Your Love we find Katie raising her baby on her own. With the help of friends and family she finds hope again and learns to trust God as well as her fellow man. She learns to forgive her husband and even reaches out to his mistress, who is in a surprisingly similar situation. A few new characters are cleverly introduced leaving lots of options for more books in the series.
A new first-time mother late in life, Katie Ann hides behind the official label of widow, having lost her husband Ivan several months before baby Jonas' birth. However, just about everyone knows the truth - Ivan had left Katie Ann for an Englisch woman, Lucy Turner. Understandable, Katie Ann is completely devastated, but she's also quite mistrustful of men. If this happened to her with a husband of many years, who's to say the next person couldn't betray her just as easily?
Yet the Lord has other plans for Katie Ann. Eli Detweiller, the widowed cousin of David's family, arrives in Colorado for David and Emily's wedding. Eli was a single father for 17 years, following the untimely death of his beloved wife Sarah, who left him with six young children, including a newborn. All those years, tied by obligation and need, Eli dreamt of the day his children would be grown and he could finally travel and have time to enjoy himself. Now that his youngest has just married and left home, Eli is thrilled to finally realize his dream. Then, he meets Katie Ann. Although he is immediately drawn to her, he is wary. Eli feels he has already raised his family; Katie Ann, on the other hand, is just starting off with hers. The last thing he wants is to go back to the beginning, when he already has grandchildren!
As the months pass, both Katie Ann and Eli try their hardest to keep a distance. They vow to remain "just friends," but as their friendship deepens, taking the next step seems inevitable.
This is an enjoyable read, especially for readers who are familiar with characters whose stories were previously introduced in Seek Me With All Your Heart and the Daughters of the Promise Series, which takes place in Lancaster County prior to these characters' move to Colorado. However, from a writers' standpoint, it honestly isn't all that well written, as there is never any doubt in the reader's mind how it will end, and that it WILL end well. Still, the characters are wonderfully depicted, and sometimes, a feel-good story is just what we need, too.
This series seems to be on the edge for Amish books, which I actually prefer - cell phones, house (barn phone), travel, an affair, etc. Each book has multiple story lines; multiple characters. That helps keep the book moving without a lot of fluff.
As with book one, I preferred the hero over the heroine. Eli was very sweet and caring - just like David in book one. Enjoyed Martha's story that begin in book one.
Hopeful that book three will include ALL prior characters.