Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Season Of Change-Lynette Sowell

A Season Of Change Lynette Sowell Abingdon Press, May 20 2014, $14.99 ISBN: 9781426753558 Still grieving the losses of his wife Hannah and their third child during childbirth; yet also knowing his two other young kids need a change as the three mourn deeply, Amish widower Jacob Miller takes them from Ohio to Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida where he has family. However, his brother Ephraim pressures Jacob to consider Betsy Yoder as a wife since two children need a maam. The family’s fun of ice cream at Christmas time ends when a car hits his daughter Rebecca; so Jacob’s Florida stay will extend into next year while his offspring heals. Twenty-five years old Englisher Natalie Bennett’s aerial artist days ended with a severe knee injury. Now she performs as Bubbles the Clown at the children’s corridor of Sarasota General Hospital. There she meets Rebecca, her brother Zeke, her aunt and uncle, and Jacob. The widower and the clown are attracted to each other and he offers to help Natalie find her maternal Amish roots when she mentions her mom left her family and community years ago. However, as they fall in love, both believe nothing can come of their relationship as each resides in polar different worlds. The first Seasons in Pinecraft Amish romance is an engaging family drama starring a solid cast who bring alive this real place where Amish Snowbirds come for the winter. Although readers know how this will end, this is an enjoyable storyline as the two adults struggle to find common ground besides love while knowing there is no compromise solution. Harriet Klausner

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