Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Unbroken Heart

Today is the Ides of March (it is also Dumbstruck Day).  It is the first day of the Roman New Year on the Roman calendar (which no longer exists).  Remember what the soothsayer said to Julius Caesar "Beware of the Ides of March (he did not heed the warning)."  Events that happened on March 15 are My Fair Lady debuted on Broadway in 1956, Rolls Royce Limited in incorporated in 1906, and Maine became the twenty-third state in 1820.

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller is the second book in An Amish of Birch Creek series.  Joanna Schrock was in a buggy accident with her parents.  Her parents did not make it and Joanna has a long recovery ahead of her.  Joanna is especially upset because she was arguing with her parents at the time of the accident (about wanting to marry Andrew Beiler).  Joanna broke her pelvis and has a severe laceration on her cheek.  It will be a long recovery.  Andrew was so upset when he heard about the accident.  When he visits Joanna in the rehabilitation center, he proposes.  Andrew could not imagine his life without Joanna.  Joanna accepts and it is full speed ahead to the wedding.  Joanna has doubts, but she does not voice them aloud to anyone.  Then when she starts to walk down the aisle, Joanna collapses.  She tells Andrew that she cannot marry him.  Joanna realizes that she was not ready and this helps her recovery.  However, Joanna still loves Andrew.  Will she be able to convince him of her love and get his forgiveness?  What lessons will Joanna learn on her journey?

An Unbroken Heart was not as good as the first book in An Amish of Birch Creek.  I was not fond of Joanna (her attitude got on my nerves after a short time).  I found her to be extremely immature, full of self-doubts, and she had trouble communicating her thoughts and feelings (which leads to confusion and conflict).  An Unbroken Heart can be read as a stand-alone novel (but the first novel is really good).  An Unbroken Heart is an easy to read book (the author has a nice writing style) that can be finished in just a few hours (it contains 299 pages).  An Unbroken Heart is a Christian novel, but it is not over-the-top (or in your face).  The book does contain a good message about forgiveness.  I give An Unbroken Heart 3.5 out of 5 stars.  It was a middling novel (satisfactory or okay).  I am, though, looking forward to the next book in An Amish of Birch Creek series which will tell Abigail’s story (the last sister).  I think her story should be entertaining.

The first book in The Amish of Birch Creek is A Reluctant Bride. I received a complimentary copy of An Unbroken Heart from NetGalley and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my review.  I am currently enjoying Playing the Part by Jen Turano (humorous). I am off to run a few errands.  Have a divine Tuesday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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