Monday, October 26, 2015

The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain

I hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing weekend.  It is National Mincemeat Day!  A day to celebrate that sweet, meat treat. Mincemeat is mixture of minced (chopped up) meats (beef usually), suet (which I am sorry I looked up--click on suet to find out what it is), and fruits (raisins, apples, pears, etc).  Alcohol is sometimes added to the mixture (brandy or rum). I am sure everyone has heard of mincemeat pie which is popular around the holidays.  

The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain by Kelly Long is the third book in the Ice Mountain series.  Sarah Mast is the new healer for Ice Mountain and she is moving into the Grossmuder May’s old cabin.  Edward King was just kicked out of his brother's (Joseph) home for his drinking.  He believes the healer's cabin is empty when he stumbles into it to find Sarah.  Edward is wet from the rain and coming down sick.  He takes off his shirt to get dry when Sarah's father and Bishop Umble enter the cabin.  Sarah’s father, Mahlon Mast insist that the two get married and the Bishop backs up the decision.  Sarah and Edward are married immediately!  Will these two be able to make the marriage work?

Sarah gets guidance from an old journal that belonged to Grossmuder May.  It provides a look into the life of May G. Miller and how she ended up on Ice Mountain.  That evening a storm comes through and a big limb falls onto the cabin breaking through the roof to the bedroom where Edward was sleeping.  Edward is airlifted to the hospital.  He loses an eye and is left scars running down one side of his face.  Edward’s drinking becomes worse making things difficult for these two newlyweds.  One night Edward decides to take the horse he is trying to train out for a ride and he ends up injuring Sarah.  Will this make Edward change his ways?  Will this accident make someone else change their ways and repent for past misdeeds?  Will Edward and Sarah ever get a happily ever after?

The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain is a lovely romance novel.  This novel contains kissing, flirting, lusting, and sex (which is not why I read an Amish fiction book).  There is also drinking, violence, and spousal abuse in The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain.  The book is nicely written, but it is very different from other Amish fiction novels.  I have read all the books in the series (this book can be read as a standalone), but this one was my least favorite (because of the things I mentioned above).  There are some good messages contained in the novel, and I did like the journal entries from Grossmudder May.  I give The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain 3.5 out of 5 stars.  The other books in the series are:  The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain (currently $2.99 on Amazon), The Amish Man of Ice Mountain (currently $1.99 on Amazon), and The Amish Christmas Sleigh (a short story).  

The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain will be released on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  I received a complimentary copy of The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading Look Both Ways by Carol Perry.  What are reading?  I am always looking for new books.  I hope all of you have a great afternoon!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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