A Harvest of Love
When widowed shop owner Dinah Hershberger is unceremoniously charged with safely escorting an infant to his uncle, she finds herself torn. Jacob Miller is everything Dinah could want in a partner--he's kind, handsome, strong--and nothing she can ever have. As much as she yearns to help the new family adjust, each minute Dinah spends with Jacob and the baby leaves her heart more vulnerable and her head more certain that the secret she hides makes a future with the Miller men impossible.
Jacob has long admired Dinah for her strength and independence, but it's her generosity of spirit that tempts him like never before. With Dinah at his side, Jacob opens himself up to the daunting new world of fatherhood, but how can he pursue his feelings for her when his life is in such disarray? After the disappointments of her first marriage, she deserves better than what Jacob can offer.
But love has a surprise in store for these two troubled hearts, and happiness is within reach if only they can grasp it, making Promise Glen their own promised land.
A Harvest of Love by Marta Perry is the 3rd book in The Promise Glen series. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. I thought A Harvest of Love was well-written with developed, realistic characters. I like Dinah Herberger, a widow who runs the local bakery. She had a rough marriage, but Dinah has not shared the details with anyone. Unbeknownst to Dinah, Jacob heard conversations, so he suspects that the marriage was not rosy. She was unable to provide her husband with a child which still bothers Dinah. She is afraid to marry again and subject another man to a childless marriage. Jacob is a good man with a heart of gold. He is torn up that his sister has left the Amish. Jacob feels that it is his fault, and he is determined to bring her back. I loved the secondary characters that includes Dinah’s loving family. Dinah and Jacob work to take care of Anna’s child and keep him safe. As they take care of the baby, romance blooms between them. I enjoyed watching Dinah and Jacob fall in love. I did feel that the story was a touch long and the pacing was a little slow in places. I appreciated the tension which happened when someone came after the baby. It added suspense to the story. I liked that we get to catch up with the characters (Sarah, Noah, Dorcas, and Thomas) from the first two books in the series. A Harvest of Love is a sweet story that I enjoyed. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It was a lovely ending to the series. My favorite line from A Harvest of Love is, “Let the present trouble be enough for now, she told herself. Trust the good Lord for the rest.” A Harvest of Love is a heartwarming story with a bouncing baby boy, delectable jelly donuts, a handsome harness maker, an affectionate family, and a benevolent baker.
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