Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5-Star Review of "A Blessing for Miriam"

Review of A Blessing for Miriam (Land of Promise #2)

by Jerry S. Eicher

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In the second book of bestselling author Jerry S. Eicher's new Land of Promise series, Miriam Yoder is looking forward to her wedding day with Wayne Yutzy. But when beautiful Esther Swartz arrives to care for her ailing grandmother, Miriam is wary of Wayne's past relationship with Esther.

When storms rip through the small Amish community in Oklahoma, Miriam's daett arrives to help in the rebuilding efforts. Under pressure from Miriam's daett the relationship with Wayne is upended, leaving Miriam to wonder if she must now build her new life as a single Amish woman. Book two in the Land of Promise series.  

MY REVIEW:  I have been a huge fan of Jerry Eicher's Amish fiction for years and this book lives up to my expectations of great literature.  This book did seem to have more sad events and happenings in it though and I will admit to feeling very sad for Miriam.   Jerry Eicher is known for creating "real Amish characters" with all their human flaws in his books.   There is plenty of gossip and boyfriend-stealing in this book among the characters and manipulation of others' feelings.   The book addresses the Amish people's feelings about money and material possessions as well as honesty in relationships.  
      I did read the first book in the series but I don't think it would be difficult to follow this book if readers have not read book one.   It feels like getting together with family for those who have read the first book as the characters are featured here and even more character traits are revealed to readers.   
      I rated this book 5 stars and recommend it to readers of Amish and Christian fiction.   
      I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley 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.

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