Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart? It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry. Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away. Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.
As a book reviewer for The Fiction Guild, I often have occasion to receive and review books about the Amish. While this isn’t my personal genre of preference, it is the favorite of my mom, Gloria. She just can’t seem to get enough of Amish stories so I never say no!
The Fiction Guild sent me A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller and when I called my mom, she said she couldn’t wait. Now that she’s read the book, here’s what Gloria had to say:
“This is book three in the Amish of Birch Creek series. Having read the first two I was already acquainted with several of the characters in this story and knew the backstory. Reading this wonderful book you are drawn into their homes and businesses and feel you are their friend living alongside them.
In this book the characters are several women with strong faith that takes us to multiple stories occurring at the same time. As I read their emotional journey I realized that they had courage, wisdom, patience, and their faith to help them along the way.
Abigail Schrock sisters are married now but when Abigail returns to Birch Creek from taking care of her sister her boyfriend Joel breaks up with her. She is twenty pounds heavier, is this his reason? Has he cheated with a thinner girl while she was gone?
Asa Bontrager moved back to Birch Creek after listening to God’s voice telling him to do so. He is rekindling friendships from his younger days but is very lonely without his family.
Can this handsome man be interested in Abigail or is it pity?
This book is a great conclusion to the Birch Creek series and has lessons teaching us faith and patience scattered throughout. I enjoyed reading the series of books very much.”
Who is Kathleen Fuller? Here’s what she says: “Just the facts…I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now make my home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 15 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. We have also raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later.
Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 18. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?”
Visit Kathleen Fuller online at www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
I received a paperback copy of this book without cost from the publisher through The Fiction Guild, a Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Elite Reader book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.