Hello! Thank you for joining me today. Here are a few of the new books out today: The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs, Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees, The Amish Schoolteacher by Jerry Eicher, Steadfast Mercy by Ruth Reid, Outsider by Linda Castillo, and A Springtime Heart by Marta Perry. Which one do you want to read first?
A Springtime Heart by Marta Perry has Dorcas Beiler teaching at Orchard Hill Amish school in Promise Glen, Pennsylvania. Seven years ago, an incident happened that had Dorcas change her ways. Dorcas is surprised when learns that Thomas Fisher has returned to town and intends to stay. Dorcas worries that he will reveal the secret that has been kept hidden these past seven years. She must be on her guard and not give the community any reason to gossip. Thomas Fisher has returned to open his own construction company and the reunite with his family. He would like to renew his friendship with Dorcas, but she acts skittish around him. Thomas gets an opportunity to spend more time with Dorcas when he commits to make repairs on the schoolhouse stable. It will allow people to see his work plus Thomas will get to spend time with Dorcas. Can they overcome the past in order to have a happy future together?
A Springtime Heart by Marta Perry is the 2nd A Promise Glen Novel. It can be read as a standalone if you have not read A Christmas Home. I thought A Springtime Heart was well-written with realistic characters and a lovely setting. I enjoyed returning to Promise Glen, Pennsylvania. I was happy to see Sarah Yoder Raber from A Christmas Home in this story. We get a chance to see how she is doing since she married and became a mother to Noah Raber’s twin boys. I liked the characters in this story. I thought they were realistic with their own insecurities and foibles. There is humor sprinkled throughout mostly from the children’s antics. There are side stories in A Springtime Heart that add complexity and depth to the book. Dorcas’ sister-in-law, Betsy is a new mother living with her in-laws. She has a Martha Stewart type mother (who seems to do everything and does it well) which has caused Betsy’s insecurities. Someone is out to shut down the Orchard Hill Amish school and Dorcas wants to find a way to stop it. She loves teaching and does not want the community to lose its school. Gossip is spreading fast through their community. The latest tidbit could cost Dorcas her job and reputation. There is also a slowly blossoming romance if only one of the parties will stay in town. I enjoyed reading A Springtime Heart. It is a sweet and charming Amish story. I hope we get more books set in Promise Glen. A Springtime Heart is a pleasant Amish tale with growing gossip, shadowy secrets, blooming blossoms, required repairs, a thorny romance, and springtime zeal.
A Springtime Heart is available from Amazon*. The first A Promise Glen Novel is A Christmas Home. Thank you for reading my review. Tomorrow I am reviewing Outsider by Linda Castillo. It is the 12th A Kate Burkholder Novel. I hope that you have a joyful day. Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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