Amy Lillard has written six books in the series, The Wells Landing Series. “Marrying Jonah” is the sixth book. These stories written about the Wells Landing community and its Amish residents portray life within the confines of the Amish religion. Sarah Yoder has been smitten with Jonah Miller for years, even as a young girl. But Jonah only has eyes for Lorie, who is torn between the English and Amish worlds and finally makes her decision to leave the community. Jonah still loves Lori and is not ready to take on a new love.
Sarah happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when Jonah takes her to talk by the pond that they used to frequent as children. Her loving heart and his grieving heart come together and in comforting each other, they go over the line of good sense. After a few weeks, Sarah finds that she is pregnant and tells Jonah who reluctantly makes things right by marrying her. They both go through the shunning and the public confession that will let them stay in the church’s good graces. However, that does not mean that their marriage will be easy and happy.
Join Amy Lillard as she shows how doing the right thing isn’t always easy or rewarding. I enjoyed the book and the other books in this series.
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“The Wedding Chapel” by Rachel Hauck is the story of a man’s family secrets that haunt him almost seventy years later. Jimmy Westbrook fell in love with a photograph. Colette Greer and her older sister, Peg, were sent to their aunt’s home in Tennessee after the death of their parents during the Second World War in England. The sisters were in their teens and attended high school in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Jimmy Westbrook fell for Colette and they pledged themselves to each other before Jimmy left for the army. He built a wedding chapel where they could be married after he returned from the war. Because of circumstances which caused Colette to doubt their love, she sent Jimmy a “Dear John” letter, and left Tennessee for the bright lights. She became a famous soap opera star and never married. Jimmy stayed behind and also never married. Colette’s niece, Taylor, contacts her for a farewell photo shoot upon her retirement from the television show. Taylor is married to Jack, whom she met while in school in Heart’s Bend. Some years later they met in New York and fell in love. They hastily married, but things were not going well for them and their relationship. Taylor takes a photography job in her home town and is taken with the wedding chapel, its simplicity and beauty. There is also something alive about the place. This story is about the fruition of people’s dreams. Sometimes it takes a long time for dreams to be fulfilled, but they are ever sweeter for the wait.
I received a print copy of this book from LitFuseGroup.com in return for my honest review.