A Search for Redemption
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Search for Redemption
Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #3
Author: Jo Ann Brown
Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Genre: Amish-inspirational romance
Bestselling author Jo Ann Brown returns to the Amish community of Bliss Valley, where finding a new beginning means facing the past…
“Brown is a gifted writer who makes unforgettable characters that invite the reader to join them on their journey.” —Publishers Weekly bestselling author Marie E. BastPURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookBub
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jo Ann Brown has published over 100 titles under a variety of pen names. A former military officer, she enjoys taking pictures and traveling. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years and is always excited when one of her students sells a project. She has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and two rambunctious cats. She lives in Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys hearing from her readers.
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A Search for Redemption by Jo Ann Brown is the
third novel in the Secrets of Bliss Valley.
I thought A Search for Redemption was well-written with developed,
realistic characters. I enjoyed getting
to know Joel and Grace along with their families. I felt for Joel. He made his own choices, but a different
upbringing would have made a world of difference. Joel returns to Bliss Valley after getting
out of jail. He is not welcomed with
open arms. Grace Coffman treats him
kindly. We get to see how these two help each other. There are various
storylines that all work together for one heartwarming book. Relationships are complicated and fraught
with misunderstandings. Assumptions and
lack of communication lead to trouble.
It is important to have faith and trust.
We can always count on God to get us through the rough times. Redemption, second chances, and forgiveness
are themes in A Search for Redemption.
While A Search for Redemption can be read as a standalone, I believe it
would be beneficial to read the series in order. I like that we get to catch up with the characters
from the first two stories in the series.
I just loved how everything came together at the end of A Search for Redemption. I was hoping for this special conclusion. I liked that the characters had flaws (none
of us are perfect). The author dealt
with some tough subjects. We get to
follow along to see how the characters deal with the issues. You can never run away from your secrets or
your past as we see in this story. How
we deal with them will determine what path we follow. There are good life lessons in this book. A Search for Redemption is a sweet, emotional
story. I am eager for the next novel in
the Secrets of Bliss Valley. A Search for Redemption is a touching Amish tale with a stingy supervisor, poorly
parents, an imperfect past, sorrowful sons, a bewildering revelation, and a glorious
Now he was back in Bliss Valley,
and he was wearing the broadfall trousers Grace’s mamm had had waiting in the
dawdi haus last night. His fingers had fumbled buttoning them closed. Before
he’d left home, he would have buttoned them up without thinking. He’d become
too accustomed to zippers. His cotton shirt in a purple that he would never
have chosen himself was looser and allowed more air circulation than the
T-shirts he was used to. At first, he’d disdained the suspenders lying next to
them, but after having to hold on to the waist of his trousers to keep them
from dropping, he’d hooked them in place.
Setting the paint can on the
ground, he touched his goatee. Did he look as if he was straddling two worlds
that had little in common? Like he felt?
He’d waited in the dawdi haus until
Grace had left for the shop. He wasn’t sure if she’d be amused or appalled to
see him in such clothing. He’d been astonished how important it had become for
her to think well of him. For a moment, he allowed himself the special delight
of thinking about her. Her pretty smile, her sparkling green eyes, her fiery
hair that he longed to see loose along her back as he let his fingers sift
through its rich silk.
Two things hadn’t changed since the
first time he’d seen her. He still yearned to draw her close and sample her
soft lips. Yet, even if he hadn’t been a convicted felon, she was plain and he
was… He wasn’t sure what he was any longer, but even a single kiss would mean
something different to Grace than it did to an Englisch woman. For an Amish
woman, a kiss was a pledge of one’s heart.
His fingers tightened around the
paintbrush he held as he took a deep, deep breath of the fragrant air. Smells
from the neighboring farms and the heat off the asphalt road flavored it.
Cheerful voices reached him, and he noticed a group of scholars walking toward
the school building that was hidden by a sharp corner in the road. The same
school he’d attended in what seemed like someone else’s life. He must once have
sounded as carefree as the kinder passing this farm on his way to school, but
he couldn’t recall now. By cutting his connections to Bliss Valley, he’d ripped
away so much of his childhood.
Joel pried open the can and stirred
its contents before dipping his brush in the thick, white paint. He’d already
washed the fence with a dripping sponge, getting rid of spiderwebs as well as
debris. It hadn’t taken long for the wood to dry in the hot sunshine. The
calendar might have turned over to September, but summer wasn’t ready to give
them any surcease from the heat and humidity.
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A Search for Redemption will be out on August 23, and it can be preordered from Amazon*. The first two books in the Secrets of Bliss Valley are A Wish for Home and A Promise of Forgiveness. The fourth book in the Secrets of Bliss Valley will be out on April 25, 2023 and it is A Hope for Healing (Rosemary's story--Joel's youngest sister). Jo Ann Brown has the second book in the Amish of Prince Edward Island coming out on October 25 and it is Snowbound Amish Christmas. You can find Jo Ann Brown's other novels here. Thank you for stopping by today. I will return tomorrow to share my thoughts on Building a Future by Amy Clipston. It is the second An Amish Legacy Novel. I hope that you have a merry day. Before you leave, do not forget to enter the giveaway. Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!
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