Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review of Where Love Grows

by Jerry Eicher (Book 3 in Fields of Home series)



In Jerry Eicher's conclusion to his popular Fields of Home trilogy, readers will be delighted to attend the wedding of Teresa, the young Englisha girl who has come home with Susan Hostetler to learn the ways of the Amish---and in fact to become Amish herself.

But Teresa is not the only young woman to find romance in these pages. Susan, long estranged from Thomas Stoll, the young man she had intended to marry from her childhood, reunites with him....just as another man appears on the scene with designs on her heart. Which man is the one Da Hah has chosen for her?

Amidst the happiness, there is also turmoil as Menno Hostetler, Susan's father, must face church discipline for a past sinful transgression he's hidden for many years. At his age, can he endure the humiliation and the path to restitution?

With more than 350,000 books sold, Jerry Eicher's many fans eagerly anticipate each new novel that offers readers a peek into the simple and interesting world of the Amish--a world Jerry knows firsthand.

Book Three in the Fields of Home series
My thoughts about Where Love Grows:
I love Jerry Eicher's books and have read all but his two newest ones.    I recall when I read my first book by him that I was impressed that he has a different way of writing about the Amish.   I was also highly impressed that a man could write such wonderful romantic tales!    This book is no let down!  I had fallen in love with Susan and Teresa in the two previous books:  Missing Yous Smile and Following Your Heart.   I really like Susan's spunky attitude and her zest for life.   She has been hurt by two very significant men in her life and has every reason not to trust again.   Yet she goes on and returns to her Amish home with her Englisch friend, Teresa.   This is certainly a book about forgiveness and confession.     This book gives an in-depth look at the practice of the bann among the Amish and Amish weddings.   There was a great deal of sadness as well as joy in the book.   I hurt for the characters as they went through the bann.    I highly recommend this book to readers.    Jerry has once again written a book that makes you stop and think and count your blessings.    

About the Author:

Jerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction includes The Adams County trilogy, the Hannah's Heart series,      
the Little Valley books, and the Fields of Home series.   After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois.  Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies.   Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, (pictured above with him) in Virginia. They have four children.   Visit his website at http://www.eicherjerry.com.
I received a free copy of this book from Jerry Eicher and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.   

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