Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Restoration

The Restoration by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the third book in the Prairie State Friends series.  It is a beautiful ending to this series of books.  It is December in Arthur, Illinois.  Priscilla Herschberger is still waiting for her boyfriend, Elam, to propose.  Priscilla loves Elam but she would like to know if he does want a future with her (at least talk about it with her).  Then she meets David Morgan.  David broke his leg in a motorcycle accident and will be staying with his grandparents, Walt and Letty Morgan, in Arthur.  David is interested in the simpler life of the Amish and he is considering converting.  Priscilla now has two suiters (men who wish to date her) and needs to make a choice.

Elaine Schrock hosts dinners in her home and is going out with Ben.  But Elaine is not sure Ben is the right man for her.  Elaine has never gotten over Jonah Miller.  Elaine and Jonah were courting (going to wed) when Elaine’s grandmother became ill and needed care (she has since passed away).  Elaine did not feel it was right to make Jonah wait and broke it off with him (not telling him why or giving him a choice in the matter). Jonah married Sara, a widow.  Sara came into the marriage with a little boy named Mark.  Unfortunately, Sara passed away recently after the birth of their daughter.  Jonah is now free but can he forgive Elaine for pushing him away.   Will Elaine marry Ben (whom she does not love) or hope for a future with Jonah?

Leah Beachy is happily married to Adam.  She has continued to give reflexology treatments in her home while caring for Adam’s three orphaned nieces.  Adam, though, still refuses to speak to his mother, Cora Finley.  Cora left Adam and his sister, Mary when they were children.  Adam has yet to forgive her.  Leah is hoping for a reconciliation between the two.  Adam also does not know that he has a stepbrother, Jared.  Can Adam ever forgive his mother? 

You will have to read The Restoration to find out what happens.  The Restoration is entertaining and a pleasurable novel to read (you will stay up late reading it).  It has some good morals (life lessons) on forgiveness, regrets, the toll bitterness can take on a person (and a family), and how lack of communication can be harmful to a relationship.  I liked how Wanda Brunstetter concluded the series (one of those endings that make you sigh with delight when you finish the book).  I give The Restoration 5 out of 5 stars.  The Restoration is not a stand-alone novel.  You do need to read the first two books in the series in order to understand the characters and their situations.  If you like Amish fiction, you will love The Restoration.

The other books in The Prairie State Friends series are The Decision and The Gift.  I received a complimentary copy of The Restoration from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

Thank you for visiting and reading my review.  I will be reviewing Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer tomorrow (Friday).  I will be having a giveaway for a copy of the novel.  Have a delightful evening and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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