Thursday, April 13, 2023

Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman

 Hopefully Ever After
Book Summary

To become who they’re meant to be, Eden and Samuel must find the courage to defy expectations.

Sixteen-year-old Eden Hale doesn’t want to be defined by her current circumstances. With absent parents and a troubled past, Eden refuses to become what people expect. When she is sent to live with an Amish cousin she’s never met in Montgomery, Indiana, she welcomes the chance to become the person she wants to be without the burden of anyone’s judgment. Her hopes are confirmed when she meets Samuel, a young Amish man who seems to like her for who she really is.

Samuel Byler has grown up with strict Amish parents, and they aren’t happy that their only son is choosing to spend his free time with an outsider. As Eden and Samuel grow closer, disapproval swirls around the young couple. It isn’t long before Eden starts to doubt herself and wonders if she is doomed to repeat the mistakes of her own past, whether she wants to or not. Meanwhile, Samuel finds himself slipping further and further from his faith—to Eden’s dismay.

Both Eden’s and Samuel’s futures hang in the balance as they face decisions about who they are meant to be—both as individuals and together.

My Thoughts

Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman is the third An Amish Bookstore Novel.  It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the series in order.  It allows you to get the full experience.   I thought Hopefully Ever After was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  I enjoyed getting to know Eden Hale.  She is a special young lady who will touch your heart.  The author created wonderful characters for this story.  I like that we get to catch up with the characters from The Bookseller’s Promise and The Story of Love.  I was glad that we got to spend more time in the bookstore.  Eden is fascinated by the idea that coins may be hidden inside the bookshop.  Eden meets Samuel Byler who wants to experience the Englisch world and is struggling with his faith.  Samuel’s parents are strict.  They do not want their children to leave the Amish faith.  However, their tight hold may drive Samuel away.  I like that we get to see that the Amish struggle with their beliefs as do their Englisch counterparts.  We also see that Amish parents are just like Englisch parents.  They want to keep their children safe and nearby.   We get to see that people make assumptions about a person based on their past and rumors.  In order to truly know an individual, you need to spend time with them.  A person can change and overcome their past if they remember to keep God at the center of our lives.   Hopefully Ever After is a story with hope, faith, forgiveness, redemption, family, and young love.  I loved the ending.  I am glad we got to spend more time with Yvonne and Abraham (such a sweet couple).  Hopefully Ever After is an expressive story with a visiting teen, a restrictive rumspringa, a wayfaring aunt, strict parents, finding forgiveness, and God’s grace.  

Hopefully Ever After is available from Amazon*.  The first two An Amish Bookstore Novels are The Bookseller's Promise and The Story of Love.  Beth Wiseman has The Amish Matchmakers coming out October 17.  You can follow Beth Wiseman on Amazon and they will send you an email when she has a new book release.  Thank you for joining me today.  I will return on Tuesday, April 18 with Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner.  I hope that you have a fun weekend.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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