Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Apple Creek Announcement by Wanda E. Brunstetter

 The Apple Creek Announcement
Book Summary

An Artist Seeks Her Birth Mother
Welcome to Apple Creek, Ohio, where a piano teacher has a fascination with painting the rural Amish landscapes around her home.
Andrea Wagner has made it to her thirties feeling like she has had a charmed life and finally has fallen in love with Brandon Prentice, a local veterinarian. But then she discovers she was adopted—and all she thought she knew about herself has crumbled. Andrea becomes so fixated on finding her birth mother that she pushes Brandon away.
A friend suggests Andrea write to the “Dear Caroline” column in the newspaper for romance advice, and she finds herself revealing her issues with being adopted in the letter. “Dear Caroline” receives the letter but struggles to find the right advice given her own conflicted past.
What will Andrea lose before she finds herself again?

My Thoughts

The Apple Creek Announcement by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a heartwarming story.  It is the third book in the Creektown Discoveries series.  Each book can be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed the experience of reading the series in order.  It allowed me to get to know Orley and Lois Troyer.  I thought The Apple Creek Announcement was well-written with the story moving at a gentle pace.  I thought the second half of the story moved along at a faster pace than the first.  We get to know Andrea Wagner, Brandon Prentice, and their families.   I admit that I had trouble with Andrea.  She comes across as immature and whiny at times.  I just love Lois and Orley.  They are such caring people with abiding faith.  They provide guidance to those who seek it in their shop.  I would love to spend hours exploring their antique store.  I like how the faith element is weaved into the story.  It is well-done and in no way is it preachy.  The importance of prayer and forgiveness are two good faith lessons.  I did learn some interesting information as Andrea and Brandon tried to get to their animals to accept each other.  Brandon’s dog was afraid of Andrea’s cat.  I can tell that the author did her research into this subject.  I loved the ending.  Everything came together for a special finale.  There are two recipes at the end as well as discussion questions.  The Apple Creek Announcement is a touching Amish tale with an exultant engagement, an astonishing secret, an animal aenigma, wise advice, an unforeseen find, and a joyful finale.

The Apple Creek Announcement is available from Amazon*.  The first two books in the Creektown Discoveries series are The Walnut Creek Wish and The Sugarcreek Surprise.  Wanda E. Brunstetter is publishing Kentucky Brothers as one volume on January 1, 2023.  You can find Wanda's other charming novels here.  I appreciate you stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with Murder of a Mail Order Bride by Mimi Granger.  It is the second book A Love is Murder Mysteries.  I am off to a doctor's appointment.  I decided to find a primary physician a little closer to home.  I did not enjoy driving forty-five minutes to an hour to get to an appointment (and the same amount of time to get back home).  Plus, it meant leaving my mother home alone (she is not always up to going with me) longer (which is not a good thing).  My new physician is less than two miles from my home.  I hope that you have an uplifting day.  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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