This was a really captivating story! It is the second book in the series, however, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.
One of the things I liked a lot about the book was the kind and caring attitudes of the main characters, Sovilla and Isaac. Although Sovilla had to deal with a couple of family members who were hateful toward her, she was repeatedly kind. I was happy that her mamm sent her away to keep her from having to live with her awful uncle, yet Sovilla’s aunt, the Pickle Lady, was grumpy and hateful, as well. Isaac sometimes dealt with rude comments and teasing because of his stutter, yet held his temper. I felt for him as he was uncomfortable in situations where he needed to speak and answer questions.
I loved the way these two characters interacted. They both seemed to gravitate toward each other and it was sweet to see the way love began to grow between them. Of course, there was plenty of strife to overcome before things could work out. Family secrets and decades old hurt needed to be addressed. This story showed how God could use any circumstances for good.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sometimes love, guided by the Grace of God, is found in the most unexpected places or in unexpected ways. And in USA Today bestselling author Rachel J. Good’s second Surprised by Love romance, the bustling Green Valley Farmer’s Market and Auction is the perfect setting for a shy man who trains assistance dogs and a young woman with fledgling a homemade pet food business to find love when they least expect it…
The luscious scent of fresh-picked peaches and summer apples…the warming promise of grilled corn, sweet and savory baked goods…and love. In Rachel J. Good’s uplifting Amish romance series, blessed hearts come together in a bustling Pennsylvania community and farmer’s market…
Jilted by her first love, Sovilla Mast fled her hometown to live in Pennsylvania with an aunt she’s never met. Only after she arrives does she realize that the cantankerous woman has left the faith and alienated everyone around her. To take her mind off her sadness, Sovilla turns to baking homemade pet food and treats to sell at the Valley Green Farmer’s Market. It’s there she meets dog breeder Isaac Lantz…
Shy and kind-hearted, Isaac breeds Labrador retrievers and works as a puppy raiser for assistance dogs. When he and Sovilla bond at the market, he is immediately drawn to her. And when he tells her he needs a new puppy raiser, Sovilla jumps at the chance. But as their friendship deepens, Isaac can’t help but notice that Sovilla keeps herself at a safe distance. Gaining a puppy’s trust and affection has been easy for Isaac, yet he has no idea how to win the heart of the woman he’s fallen in love with–until Sovilla needs advice in dealing with her aunt. Soon, Isaac is putting his lessons from man’s best friend, and his faith, to work for the good of all involved…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.
Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities. In searching for the best Amish soft pretzels, she’s visited many Amish markets, auctions, and mud sales. Because of her love of Amish food, she tries to include recipes in her books &/or newsletters as often as possible. When she’s not traveling, she spends time with family and writing.
Along with her Amish novels, she’s written more than 50+ books for both children and adults under several pen names. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.
Rachel enjoys meeting readers and speaks regularly at book events, schools, libraries, churches, book clubs, and conferences across the country. She also loves talking about her book research, Amish life and traditions, and/or doing coloring book parties.