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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review of What the Heart Sees

What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances

What the Heart Sees
Kathleen Fuller
Thomas Nelson 2011
ISBN 9781595549198

   These three stories were previously published in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering and An Amish Love. I had read the one story before; but had to reread it again to freshen my memory. It is amazing how much you can forget about a story if you read it sometime ago.
   A Miracle for Miriam is a story about Seth and Miriam. Seth had humiliated Miriam when they were young teens. Seth returns to his hometown after an auto accident in which he is injured and scarred. He sees Miriam at a Christmas party and approaches her to talk. She is not overly  friendly towards him; but Seth is persistent. He is determined to make amends for the past.
   A Place of His Own is a story about Josiah and Amanda. Josiah returns to Paradise after being away for ten years. Him and his father left abruptly after Josiah's mother died. Amanda wants nothing more then her best friend to stay in Paradise; but Josiah plans on fixing up the old home and selling it and leaving town again. Amanda wants her friend to open up to her; but Josiah is not the same person that left ten years ago.
   What the Heart Sees is a story of Ellie and Chris. Chris has been away for five years because he was shunned after he tries to have the driver of the car who killed his fiance jailed. He returns home to find out his sister is going to marry that same person. Ellie was best friends with Caroline, Chris's fiance. Ellie lost her sight in the accident and also her betrothed who was unable to deal with her blindness. Will the two of them be able to get past their issues and find happiness in each other.
   I have always had a fascination for the Amish and I absolutely love to read Amish fiction.All three of these are wonderful stories. Even though you always think of the Amish as godly people, you realize they have many of the same problems and issues that we do. They have their doubts and fears. They love, get sad, can show hatred; the list can go on.
   All three stories are about someone who has been away from the Amish community and have returned. They are stories full of love, forgiveness,  acceptance, especially of yourself. Stories of the love of God and allowing the Lord to guide you to the decisions that are right in his eyes. Trusting in the Lord that he will bring goodness out of tragedy.
   If you are in for some good Amish stories and a good christian read, I highly recommend this book. I don't think you will be disappointed. Grab a nice hot cup of tea and curl up with Kathleen Fuller.
   I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review for bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions guidelines.

I give What the Heart Sees 4 out of 5 stars.

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