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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Season of Change Review!!!

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell

Book Description:
An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings---including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret---that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways---and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

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About the author: Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. 

Lynette can be found at: website,TwitterFacebookPinterest

My Opinion:
I'm kinda torn with this one.  I love Amish I love circus so I thought this was gonna be my kinda book.  And in some ways it was and in some ways it wasn't.  I had a really hard time getting into the plot.  For me the pace fluctuated from REALLY good scenes to filler that caused the pace and my attention to slip.  There was a little too much grief and death for me in the beginning, but by the end the joy and messages of God's will and love overcame them.  The kids captured my heart completely and almost immediately (they probably were at the top of my list of favorite characters in the whole book)!  The typos got a little frustrating at times and there were a couple of times where the story got confusing.  Example: one character asks another to go and get pizza for them all from the local pizza place; then later on in the story the same character says she'd never had pizza from the local place.  So there were these editing issues that I hope get fixed for future prints.  I absolutely LOVED the messages!  They range from remembering we answer to God and not to man; to acknowledging somethings in the Amish faith.  And I really enjoyed the addition of a quilt which kinda made it have the feelings of Abingdon Presses other Quilt's of Love series.  I do wish there was a little more circus actually in the book than there is.  There's some but I wanted more.  But the the things I learned about the Amish, Mennonites, and Pinecraft in Florida made me happy I'd read A Season of Change.  Overall I felt this is a highly interesting read, with a great love story that really touched my heart, spiritual messages that make it worth the read, and is filled with great pieces. 
Songs: "
Remain [Clean]" by Royal Tailor, "You Won't Let Go" by Michael W. Smith, "Only A Mountain" by Jason Castro, "Pickin' Cotton Down South" by Lacey Hartje, and "Voice Of Truth" by Casting Crowns
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC


*I requested and received this book as a member or Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Season of Change. ~ASC

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