Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Heart's Journey: Stitches in Time Series / Book 2 by Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron has done it                         again!!! 
Book 2 of the Stitches in Time Series is every bit as fantastic as Book 1, "Her Restless Heart" !

When I reviewed Book 1 of this series , I was delighted and amazed at the talent  author, Barbara Cameron exhibited in her characters, plot and the true characteristics of the Amish shining through. I have read every one of her books and not one has been a disappointment. The only disappointment that I have, is when I come to the last page and realize I have to wait for the next in the series!!

Barbara does her research well. The Amish characters are well developed and their faith and life is accurately represented. Yes, they are real people. Yes, they have the same problems that you and I have- it is how they handle them that is the big difference! Do they still face challenges in accepting how their children act and in how the community reacts to an event? Of course, they do!!  Are they perfect? NO WAY! They just strive to do God's will and cope the best that they can in difficult situations. I appreciate the fact that Barbara does not idolize them! All of them are normal humans but so normal that they become part of you. You feel their fears, failures, joys, challenges and successes.
The plot is extremely well developed, with twists and turns. Just when you think  that you have the answer to a problem, out pops another character who changes the actions of the others dramatically.
The main character, Naomi,  is getting ready for her "big day" , the wedding which has been in the works for many years, but for some reason, unknown to others, she lacks the excitement and seems unmoved byt the preparations.  She feels like a servant to her fiance, not a bride. Is he too controlling, or is it her reluctance to be  a faithful wife. Naomi has to figure out the problem.
Naomi is a prayer warrior and decides to take a break from her job as a quilter in her grandma's store and travel to Pinecraft, an actual Amish village, near Sarasota , Florida . While there, she hopes to figure out her feelings. Then , enters an Englischer, Nick , to whom Naomi feels attraction. He just happens to be the driver and on top of that a kind, Christian gentleman. Are they falling in love , or is she just on the rebound from her unhappy and tense relationship at home??? What is God's plan? Can they continue their relationship and still stay on the right path??? 
Boy , does Barbara throw in some surprises in this book!! I can say no more , or I would be adding spoilers. 

I can only  say it is a fantastic book of the Amish genre and I am eagerly awaiting Book 3. A five star book , for sure!!!

Book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review by the author.

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