I’m not usually one that likes to read contemporary romance novels because the plots seem to follow certain patterns and I get bored with them. However, “Sweetbriar Cottage” by Denise Hunter was a surprise exception. Noah Mitchell has given up his job to move to a horse ranch outside of town after a particularly painful divorce. It has been three years and he has not gotten over his ex-wife’s deception, but is still trying. Enter the IRS. Noah receives a letter regarding his tax return and upon delving into the matter finds that the divorce was never finalized. He blames his ex, Josephine, for not following through and making sure all the “t’s” were crossed and the “i’s” dotted.
He confronts her in her place of business and she promises to take care of it. He is not happy about the delay. He wants it done with. Josephine decides to help him out by delivering the court papers to his cottage in the mountains, not realizing that the weather is closing in. She becomes stranded there for the duration of the storm, while Noah keeps his distance and his attitude surly. Circumstances occur which cause them to venture out in the storm, where they become stranded in the freezing weather. Their unwanted togetherness causes them to reconnect and they find that their attraction for one another has not diminished. Josephine is on the verge of death from hypothermia and opens her heart to Noah.
Ms. Hunter does not sugar-coat the character or personality of either Noah or Josie. She gives the reader a great insight to what can be solved if each party just listens to each other.
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“Letters to Katie”, written by Kathleen Fuller, is the story of a young Amish woman, Katie, who has been in love with Johnny since she was a teenager. Johnny pays no attention to Katie and treats her as an annoyance to him. Katie is a sweet girl, kind to everyone and ready to help all. Johnny wants to raise and train horses and is anxious to own his own horse farm. He has a plan to get the money and asks Katie to help him out. She is happy to help him and thinks that at last Johnny is ready to love her. He breaks her heart yet again and she tries to forget all about him.
Katie starts having terrible headaches and finally faints in Johnny’s arms as he is trying to talk to her. She is very ill and is taken to the hospital. With Katie being so sick, Johnny finally realizes how much she means to him and how lost he would be if something happened to her. In order to woo her, he decides to start sending her letters and she begins to correspond with him. Eventually, they learn about each other by the letters they send and both have high hopes for their future together.
I enjoyed reading this story as a light read, however, it did not hold my interest as much as some other novels I have read by Ms. Fuller. This was sort of a ho-hum read for me. I’m sure that others may have a different view of this book though, so keep an open mind when you read it.
Thomas Nelson Publisher together with BookSneeze.com sent a free kindle copy in return for my honest review.
A Hopeful Heart was written by Amy Clipston as Book One in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series and printed by Zondervan. It is the story of Hannah Glick, who is a young widow with 16 year-old fraternal twin girls and a younger son, Andrew. She works at the Lancaster Grand Hotel in Paradise, Pennsylvania as a maid to supplement the income from her late husband Gideon’s and his brother’s horse farm. Jacob is her brother-in-law and has been in love with her since before she married his brother. He wants nothing more than to marry her and to be a father to his brother’s children. Her girls, Lillian and Amanda are at the point where they should begin to think about being baptized in the Amish church. Before that time, they are able to do many things that will be forbidden to them after they are baptized.
Amanda secretly wants to be a veterinarian and must complete her GED and then apply for college. Amish children are not educated past the eighth grade. Her sister Lily wants nothing more than to be a teacher in the Amish school, married to an Amish man and rearing their children in the Amish faith.
While working, Hannah makes the acquaintance of Trey Peterson who is in Paradise to purchase a home that he can turn into a bed and breakfast, which was his wife’s dream. His wife and daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning while he was on one of his numerous business trips. In memory of them, he decides to give up his job and pursue the dream his wife wanted. After a while, they fall in love and Hannah must make a decision whether to remain Amish or to marry Trey and leave the church. If she leaves she will be shunned. Where will that leave her children? Where will that leave her? What happens when Jacob finds out? You need to read the story because there are so many ramifications for Hannah and her family depending on which she decides to do.
That part of the story really bothered me because the Amish community is so closed-knit and suspicious of anyone Englisch. Everyone in the community has an opinion about Hannah. I was a little surprised at the reaction of these gentle people in the story. However, I did enjoy reading this novel.
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