This was a very emotional story! I found my reactions flip-flopping all over the place as Bess had to deal with one worry after another. It was tough to watch her grieve her husband and sink into depression after the birth of her child. I found myself so frustrated with the way her familiy and most of the community expected her to bounce right back, accept everything, and be fine. It was very tough to read about that in the book. However, it did make for a very nice contrast to the way a select few helped Bess work through her troubles, of which she had a great many!
There was a sweet and gentle romance that began to brew in this novel. I appreciated the way the author handled the relationship between Aiden and Bess. Their struggles over Caden’s death seemed appropriate. Upon a Spring Breeze delved into the psycological responses that various characters in the story had to the death of a beloved husband, son, brother, and friend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.
Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.
Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.
When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.