I appreciate when authors are able to bring two people together from different backgrounds and make their love story seem plausible. That is what the author did in Seeds of Hope. She created a scenario that placed Mark in a situation that he never envisioned for himself. It was more realistic than a typical fish out of water story, since Mark did grow up visiting his Amish grandfather and spent a good bit of time learning how the Amish lived when he was a teenager. I liked the fact that even though he was very comfortable in the city, Mark seemed to flow right back into the Amish community.
Seeds of Hope, the first book in this new series, established an interested setting full of people. I look forward to returning to this warm community in future stories. Miriam was such a lovely and caring character. She was a helpful and loving daughter and sister, a good teacher, a sweet friend, and had a heart to care for others, such as Mark’s elderly grandfather, John. Her sweet personality shined through on the pages and it was easy to connect with her. Both main characters were very relatable and liking them was easy for me. The ending felt a bit rushed as everything wrapped up, however, it left me looking forward to when the next book in the series will release!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.