Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review of "Learning to Love: Saul's Story"

Review of Learning to Love:  Saul's Story

by J.E.B. Spredemann


SEQUEL to Chloe's Revelation - Book 3 in the Amish Girls Series 

Description contains *SPOILERS* if you haven't read Chloe's Revelation yet! 

To the readers of Chloe's Revelation in the Amish Girls Series who’ve ever wondered what happened to Saul Brenneman... 

Saul Brenneman, head-over-heels in love with Chloe Esh, is devastated when his past comes back to haunt him. With no other option, he is forced to marry a woman he does not love and leave behind his precious Chloe forever. Will he ever allow himself to love another woman? And will he be able to forgive himself and accept God’s will for his life? Adult Amish Christian Fiction

MY REVIEW:  "She glanced down at each photo and marveled at how happy the young couple seemed.  Sarah frowned.  NOTHING LIKE US.  Saul was even brazenly planting a kiss of the girl's cheek in one of the photographs. She flipped the strip over and read, in Saul's handwriting:  Ocean City with Chloe.  He shouldn't have this, it's a graven image.  But Sarah couldn't determine whether her righteous indignation was a result of the photo, or jealously over Saul's adoration for Chloe.  Probably the latter."  
I personally can not imagine having to shun a family member.  This book includes great details of a shunning but I will not ruin the book by telling you who is shunned or why.  Saul and Sarah are forced to marry when the previous poor judgment leads to an unwanted pregnancy.   Chloe is left hanging and broken-hearted as she had planned to marry Saul.  Saul is angry and poor Sarah is caught in the middle.  This story also shows two divided Amish districts.  The divide has taken place because one district has read the verbotten Bible and accepted Christ's gift of salvation.  The other district does not believe in reading the entire Bible and definitely does not teach that one can know they are saved.  Amish generally believe that one must perform good works and follow the Ordnung and HOPE that they will go to Heaven.   This is a book about love, forgiveness, and second chances.    5 Stars *****
I was given a free pdf version of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.  

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