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Friday, June 8, 2012

Wanda has done it again!! Another winner!!

The Struggle, Kentucky Brothers Series #3   -     
        By: Wanda E. Brunstetter

                                       "The Struggle"
                                By Wanda Brunstetter

This book was certainly no disappointment !!  I keep thinking that Wanda's next book cannot possibly be as good as the last one, but alas, I am wrong!! And oh, I am so glad to be wrong - in this case.  This book continues her series of The Kentucky Brothers.  It is a follow up to "The Healing" and "The Journey", the stories of brothers who have left their home communities in PA to begin a new life in Kentucky. Their many challenges , including lonliness, differences in the Amish sects and family problems abound in this series, as well as how their faith in God and His plans help them succeed and find happiness.

 Timothy, whose twin had already moved to Kentucky, as well as his half  brother, Samuel, felt that he must make the same move. Being the only one left at home, near his parents, he felt a real struggle- he loved his home, his parents and his job, however his marriage was faltering , and he felt the need to get his wife away from her deep attachment to her mother, to heal a rift that was widening between them. It was a difficult job to tell his parents and cause more heartbreak, as they were already lonely, however , he knew they would support him and understand his needs. He loved his wife and daughter with all of his being but knew he was losing them bit by bit. Something must happen to have his beloved brought back to depend on him and enable them to work on their marriage without  interference.

Hannah remains a challenge to Timothy throughout the book. She is resentful of the move, which she hates and will not give her new community a chance.  Moving is not easy at any time, but she is forced to leave her family and home and share a home with Timothy's brother , who is a widower with three young children. He and his housekeeper/ fiance, try their best to make a true home for his brother and his family , but seem to be unsuccessful, regardless of all attempts. Hannah is determined to be an unhappy soul who causes all around her to be miserable. Poor Timothy is not given a chance. It seems as if God has not provided what they have needed. Have they allowed Him to plan their future?

Tragedies occur , but Hannah still does not cry out to God for help. Wanda describes her so well, I felt as if I knew her. I wanted to sit her down and have a talk with her!!  
Wanda just has the ability to have one feel as if the characters become part of you. I shed i many tears as this book progressed, feeling for all of this family.

The plot was well developed and some loops were thrown in that were totally unexpected. I was shocked at the events that occurred. TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!

Well done, Wanda! I am most impressed with your continuation of this triligy! An outstanding work of art!!

Ebook provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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