A Forgiving Faith

Harvest of Blessings
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Nora (Glick) Landwehr returns to her Amish hometown of Willow Ridge, MO, 16 years after leaving a large part of herself there and joining the English world. After a failed marriage, she has returned to ask forgiveness and reclaim what is rightfully hers. Nora knows her father won’t forgive her easily, but the entire Amish community finds itself caught up in the secrets of the past and dealing with today’s unforgiveness.

Nora’s family drama might be as judgemental as it was sixteen years ago, but she discovers herself wrapped in the arms off a faith community that embraces individuality.

The reader gets to grow with characters openly opposed to their religion, or at least the closed-minded hypocrisy masked in tradition, as they realize it’s up to them to embrace their religion and keep it pure despite the traditions.

This book is very much about forgiveness and redemption. I judge books by their ability to make me audibly laugh or cry real tears. I cried through multiple scenes in this book. If you’re an emotional reader like me, you’ll need a box of tissues for this Amish romance.

Book Blurb:

Harvest Of Blessings

The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again–and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can’t reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she’ll do anything to help her community embrace the future . . . and make amends to the daughter she had to give up. So, she certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness–and love.

Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. She has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she’s not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her border collie, Ramona. She’s a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She’s married to a fine man who – bless him – has never once suggested she get a real job.

*I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. The review is an honest review from my point of view.

15 comments

  • This book sounds like an enjoyable read! Thanks for reviewing it here, Carrie.

  • Literary fiction has its place, but so do these sweet books. I’d read this in a heartbeat.

    • Carol,

      I fell in love with reading in elementary. But after reading all the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley series that were available I needed some other series to read. There was this amazing series at the public library in the adult section. The books were always changing. The names on the cards ahead of me were mothers of my friends. No one ever told me they were too old for me or that I shouldn’t read content like that.

      I STILL enjoy romance novels. Blows my mind that no librarian, adult that checked out the book after me, teacher, parent, or even friend told me that an elementary/middle school girl shouldn’t be reading stuff like that, but I suppose it wasn’t any worse than the Stephen King and others I checked out.

      Please let me know if you read this!

  • I love books about redemption and forgiveness. Love!

  • Wow, I have to admit that I haven’t read anything in a long while in the Amish fiction category. I grew up very close to Amish Country in PA. This has me intrigued! So cool that you write book reviews! Thanks for a great post!

    • Thanks for dropping in, Bonnie. I love to read and hadn’t really thought about doing reviews until a challenge.

      If you read this one, I’d love if you’d come back and me what you thought!

  • I love a good, solid love story. I haven’t read an Amish romance in years; I don’t blame you one bit for the tears. 🙂

    • Andrea,

      This one was so much more than just a romance. The emotional roller coaster of the heroine and her family she returns to took the focal spot in this romance. The romance was *almost* the subplot. I’d love to talk again if you get the chance to read this one!

  • Sounds like a good read, Carrie. I read Amish fiction too and find the pull and tug between the Amish culture and the outside world fascinating. I also read Amish fiction because I find it relaxing.

    • Mary,

      This one had quite a bit of outside world within the Amish culture. I’d love to chat again if you read this one! I literally cried in multiple chapters, and not because of the romance story. This book was very deep and complex with character motivations.

  • Hi Carrie,
    We love Amish books in our house! My mom and I both read them.
    I’ll look into these books. My mother, especially, will enjoy it!
    Amy

  • If only everyone would or coukd forgive