Beyond Hope's Valley - Reviewed

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Blurb:
After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.

My Thoughts:  Marianna has returned to Pennsylvania after being in Montana. She has returned to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby, and to plan for her own wedding to the man she has dreamed of marrying since childhood, Aaron Zook. Things don't go as planned because what is done in darkness come to the light, and things get quickly put on hold.
Tricia's characters are real and full of depth. As with Beside Still Waters and Along Wooded Paths this book is rich in detail and depth. If you haven't read the first two you will want to to get a better feel for the characters and story. If you have read the previous ones you don't want to miss this one! Tricia has definitely done her homework and written a novel that will have you turning pages! I highly recommend this!

The Ride of Her Life - Reviewed

The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six year old. Widowed two years ago, Lilly leaves the shelter of her intrusive in-laws' home to stand on her own and provide for her young son by working for the summer as a cook at Lake Manawa. However, her in-laws find that life utterly unsuitable for their grandson, and when a row ensues, a handsome stranger--who designs roller coasters, of all things--intercedes on her behalf. Still, Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky (though charismatic) gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.Filled with delightful characters and the romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life is another supremely entertaining story from the witty Lorna Seilstad. Readers will laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as they spend the summer of 1906 in Lake Manawa.

My Thoughts:  What an absolutely fun read! I have read all of the Lake Manawa books and I have to say that The Ride of Her Life is my absolute favorite! Lilly is a young widow with a young son to care for, and let me say he is just darling! You will fall in love with him, and all of the critters he captures! 

Lilly moved out of her in-laws home to provide for young Levi, but they don't like how she's doing it and they not only make it hard for her, they start making it hard for Nick, the roller coaster designer who has taken a liking to young Levi and Lilly.  

The sweet romance that develops between Nick and Lilly is slow and full of fun. You will feel the breeze on your face and the sand between your toes. Lilly will have the ride of her life and so will you as you read this wonderful book by Lorna! Grab this read and head to your favorite reading spot for a fun and inspirational read!
Available May 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker publishing.
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