Monday, September 3, 2012

ARC Book Review: The Memory Jar

Author: Tricia Goyer
Title: The Memory Jar
Publisher: Zondervan
Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

Review: This was one of the best Amish romances I've read in a long time. There is really so much to love about the characters and the story here. Let me share them!

1. Sarah's friendship with Patty. Even though Patty died several years before the story starts, her friendship shapes Sarah's life. She still makes her who she is today. The flashbacks really help bring their friendship into perspective.

2. Jathan is so very human. He struggles to do not only what his family wishes for him but also what he wants to do.

3. Sarah's faith. Sarah isn't a typical Amish woman. This story is Christian fiction and yes, her faith is important, but you see it more personally with her than as a community. I like how her faith helps her deal with Patty's death and even with the issues with Jathan.

4. The memory jars! I really loved the concept. I thought it was sentimental and touching. Sarah has many things that we often wish we had, something that connects us to a special moment in our lives.

A great book to start the series! I can't wait for more! Oh and the cupcakes made me so very hungry!!!

Rating: 5 flowers


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