Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Letters of Trust by Wanda E. Brunstetter

 Letters of Trust

Book Summary

Friendship Letters Series — Doretta Schwartz has always enjoyed writing letters and feels her letters can be a bit of a ministry to her friends. In this series, exchanging letters that contain open and honest feeling and struggles helps Doretta and two of her best friends through the darkest challenges of their lives.
A Simple Letter Carries Inspiration for Healing

Life is good on their Pennsylvania Amish farm for newlyweds Vic and Eleanor Lapp—until the day Vic’s youngest brother drowns in their pond and Vic turns to alcohol to numb the pain. Things get so bad that Vic loses his job, and their marriage is coming apart. Eleanor is desperate to help her husband and writes letters to her friend, Doretta, living in Indiana for advice. The trust Eleanor places in her friend and the gentle words she receives in return are a balm for even darker days to come in this first book of The Friendship Letters series by New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter. 

My Thoughts

Letters of Trust by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the beginning of The Friendship LettersLetters of Trust is different from other Amish books that I have read.  It delves into the topic of alcolhism and how it affects a person’s life as well as those close to him.  I thought the story was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  I enjoyed getting to know Eleanor and Vic Lapp as well as their family and friends.  I admired Eleanor’s fortitude and her deep faith.  She prayed often for assistance in dealing with her troubled, grief-stricken husband.  The story is one that will tug at your heartstrings.  It is wonderful to see how family and friends come together during the good times and the bad.  Eleanor may have been reluctant to air her dirty laundry, but she had people to turn to when she needed guidance.  

I enjoyed the correspondence between Eleanor and her friend, Doretta.  I like how Eleanor created cards. She went out of her way to make them special.  It is a shame that letter writing is becoming a thing of the past.  Faith is beautifully woven into the story.  Eleanor will need her family, friends, and faith to get through this dark time.  We get to see that God is always with us.  We may not understand His ways nor what He is trying to teach us, but the challenging situations will make us stronger and wiser.  I found Letters of Trust to be a compelling, emotional tale.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in The Friendship LettersLetters of Trust is a poignant tale with contented newlyweds, a dynamic dog, a deleterious driver, a devastating death, destructive deeds, and profound prayers.  

Letters of Trust is available from Amazon*.  The next book in The Friendship Letters if Letters of Comfort which will be out on August 1.  Wanda E. Brunstetter has One Pan Wonders coming out May 1.  You can find Wanda E. Brunstetter's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Primer and Punishment by Diane Kelly.  It is the fifth A House-Flipper Mystery.   I hope that you have a joyful day.  I am off to organize our storage area.  I want to get it neat before the hot weather moves in permanently (the scorching hot weather wll soon be here for good in Florida).  Take care and Happy Reading!


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