Sunday, October 16, 2011

Book Review: A Cousins Prayer

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Title: A Cousin's Prayer
Publisher: Barbour Books
Publish Date: Sept 1, 2009
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Kumme to Amish country, where the simple ways of life lead to hope and healing. Katie Miller is traumatized after her boyfriend is killed in a van in which she was also a passenger. How will she find her way out of the valley of her depression? Freeman Bontrager will make any excuse to be near to Katie, hoping to win her love. But how far will he go to gain her trust. . .and her heart? What will bring this girl out of the shadows of fear, and open her heart to life—and love?

Review: Wanda Brunstetter brings real life issues to her stories of the Amish. Katie's emotional problems are what many people face. Her anxiety is very real and is conveyed accurately in A Cousin's Prayer. Anyone that has ever suffered panic attacks will emphathize with Katie. I know I did.

As always, Wanda creates some colorful secondary characters. Eunice is one of the best in this book. You truly love to hate her. She's so gossipy and selfish. It is hard to believe she's an Amish girl.

Freeman is one of my favorite heros. He's not perfect. He's had panic attacks like Katie, and he has problems with "foot in mouth disease".

The only thing about the story that I wish had been more developed was the part with Katie and the abandoned child. I would have loved to have seen more interaction there, since it was such a big part in Katie beginning to trust Freeman.

I have read many of Wanda Brunstetter's books, and I have to say I've not been disappointed yet. This book was no exception.

Rating: 4 flowers


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