Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review of Katie's Journey to Love

Book 2 in Emma Raber's Daughter series

by Jerry S. Eicher

Katie's Journey to Love (Emma Raber's Daughter, #2)

In book two of Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher's new Emma Raber's Daughter series, Katie Raber's journey of discovery continues after her mamm's marriage to Jesse Mast. Drawn back from the Mennonite world briefly by the miracle of Mamm's changed heart, Katie finds she can't totally abandon her new Mennonite friends.

Jesse's oldest daughter, Mabel, refuses to accept Katie, creating conflict at home. Ben Yoder, the most popular boy in the community, also begins to attend the Mennonite youth gatherings in his attempt to run away from personal problems.

Overjoyed at the attention Ben pays her, Katie pursues the relationship willingly. When an opportunity comes to travel with her Mennonite friends to Europe to explore the roots of the faith, Katie can't believe how much she is being blessed. Especially after a secret donor pays for the trip. 
While in Europe, Katie learns the truth about Ben when he is arrested. As her world comes crashing down, she finds healing in her visit to the Alps and the land where her forefathers suffered so much. She returns home determined to mend the bad feelings with Jesse's daughter, Mabel, and to continue on the path to healing without Ben.

Book two in the Emma Raber's Daughter series.
My Review:
5 ***** Stars!!!  Thank you, Jerry Eicher, for the privilege of reading this delightful book!  
I am a huge fan of Jerry Eicher's Amish fiction.  I loved reading Katie's Journey to Love.  This particular book has Katie and her three Mennonite girl friends traveling to Europe to see the history and beginnings of their faith for themselves.  This was a fascinating part of this story for me, and I found the history would likely appeal to both male and female readers.
It is refreshing for both Katie's mamm and herself to have a chance at love.    Katie is so precious as she treasures having a daed since she did not know her own daed.  This made me think of my relationship with my own father who is deceased.    It gave me good memories to ponder.    There is, of course, conflict in the story.  Katie finds love with Ben but Ben has secrets that may end their relationship before it has a chance to get started.  
I have always longed to travel to the Alps and so the portion of the story where the girls get to visit the Alps and spend time there was very meaningful to me.    The beauty and wonder of God's magnificent creation of the Alps brought healing to Katie.   The desire to travel there was made even stronger as I read of their reaction to the beauty there.   I am definitely eagerly anticipating the release of book 3:  Katie's Forever Promise.   
I was given a free copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.   
About the Author:
Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley 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 Eicher, and their four children in Virginia.   Visit his website:  http://www.eicherjerry.com/.
 

3 comments:

  1. This series of books sound really good. Hope to get them one day.

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  2. How did u get to be a reviewer for Harvest House? I was just on their website and could not find a place to sign up.

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  3. Wonderful review, Rhonda! I'm looking forward to reading this series!

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