Joshua’s Mission is told from the viewpoints of three different people, one who is Englisch and two who are Amish. I really enjoyed this method of storytelling. It was a great way to achieve a complete and full understanding of the hurricane, the lives of the people affected, the lives of the volunteers, the rebuilding effort, and the decisions that the various characters needed to make.
The build up to the hurricane was awesome. I felt like I was there with Charlie, experiencing everything right along with him. What a great character he was. I so enjoyed reading about the way he cared for others and tried to help them.
The Amish characters in the story were also very well-crafted. Each of the young people who were on the mission had issues they dealt with, ranging from resisting the rules and acting out to feeling uncertainty about their weight to trying to exert control over other people’s decisions. Each character seemed to learn and grow in this story. There is also a very sweet and satisfying love story that gently weaves its way through the pages of this book, as well.
I enjoyed Joshua’s Mission from start to finish and felt like I had experienced a bit of what it is like to work with MDS, Mennonite Disaster Services.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Joshua’s Mission is a new standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another.
Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, plans on joining their team.
What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton?
Joshua’s Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE. Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.
Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.
What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.
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