Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Amelia's Hope by Susan Lantz Simpson

 Amelia's Hope

Book Summary

Young widow Amelia Stauffer loves her serene life caring for her three daughters along with widower Ryan Miller’s two little girls, weaving baskets, and baking treats to sell at her friend’s store. Her peace is shattered, though, when various possessions disappear and an unknown person prowls her property at night.

Ryan Miller thinks of Amelia as much more than his children’s babysitter, but he and Amelia belong to different groups of Mennonites making a relationship impossible. Will they find a way to bridge that gap while working together to identify and stop the intruder?

My Thoughts

Amelia’s Hope by Susan Lantz Simpson is the second book in the Plain Path series.  It can be read as a standalone for those who have not read Christina’s Courage.  I felt for Amelia Stauffer who is a widow with three young girls.  Ryan Miller is a widower with two little girls.  It is obvious from the beginning that Amelia and Ryan are attracted to each other. I do not know how Amelia managed to get so much done each day while taking care of her children and watching Ryan’s.  I like that we get to catch up with Christina and Noah from Christina’s Courage.  There is humor throughout thanks to the local gossip, Annie trying to help her visiting cousin, Elam find a wife. 

The mystery was interesting.  Items would disappear from Amelia’s buggy and farm.  Then odd things began happening around the farm.  Amelia is scared to be alone on the farm, especially at night (I do not blame her).  I do feel that she made some poor decisions especially for a woman with three children (I would have asked Bishop Micah for permission to have a cell phone for emergencies).   The guilty party was easy to discern.  I know that I would not be as forgiving and understanding as Amelia (it would take time).  The story is easy to read, but I found the pacing to be leisurely.  I thought Amelia’s Hope was long (394 pages). It would have helped if the repetitive details were eliminated.  I loved Meggie who is a dog in the story.  She is lovable, protective, and smart.  Amelia’s Hope has an ending that left me smiling.  

Amelia's Hope is available from Amazon*.  The first book in the Plain Path series is Christina's Courage.  You can find Susan Lantz Simpson's other novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.  I will be taking tomorrow off.  I have been doing too much which has caused a fibromyalgia flare up.  This gets me a visit to the doctor and rest (easier said than done).  I am featuring Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods Fisher on May 7.  It is the third book in the Cape Cod Creamery series.  I hope you have a delightful weekend.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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