Friday, March 18, 2016

A Heart Once Broken

I cannot believe it is Friday already.  The week just flew by so quickly. Today is listed as Goddess of Fertility Day!  Aphrodite is the goddess of fertility.  This is a good day for people that are looking to have children. Did you know that on March 18 in 1965 Alexey Leonov from the USSR took the first walk in space.  He spent 12 minutes suspended in space.  In 1850 American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law giving Hawaii statehood in 1959. 

A Heart Once Broken by Jerry S. Eicher is the first book in The St. Lawrence County Amish series.  Lydia Troyer has always competed with her cousin, Sandra Troyer with their friend, Rosemary Beiler standing on the sidelines watching.  Their latest competition is over Ezra Wagler.  They both would like him to ask them home in his buggy (a courting practice after singings).   But then tragedy strikes both families.  Their father’s invested money in a Ponzi scheme and they lost everything.  This event starts things spiraling out of control.  Lydia’s parents are ignoring the antics of the two younger daughters, Emma and Rhoda.  They are afraid they will lose the girls (they will leave the Amish community).  Sandra’s family suffers a loss and she uses this to convince Lydia to let her have Ezra.  But Rosemary is tired of watching from the sidelines.  She decides to go after Ezra herself.  Join us in St. Lawrence County and finds out what happens. 

A Heart Once Broken is a sweet, Christian romance novel but it also includes life lessons.  I liked the characters and the beautiful setting.  A Heart Once Broken is well-written (as usual) and easy to read.  The novel can be read in just a few hours (about two without interruptions).  I love that there is no foul language or sex scenes in the book (so refreshing).  I give A Heart Once Broken 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  I will definitely be reading the rest of the book in The St. Lawrence County Amish series. 

You can follow Jerry S. Eicher on Facebook to get updates on her books. The next book in the series is Until I Love Again.  I received a complimentary copy of A Heart Once Broken from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

I am currently reading The Atonement by Beverly Lewis.  I hope all of you had an enjoyable St. Patrick's Day!  A last chance to celebrate before Holy Week (week before Easter).  I am off to sweep.  It is amazing how fast dogs shed fur and track in sand.  I could sweep every day and there would still be fur floating around.  Have a fantastic Friday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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