Friday, November 23, 2012
Sarah Shelter keeps her memories in actual glass jars. Like precious stones hidden away from light, Sarah keeps her trinkets, rock and other mementos hidden away in jars - just like she hides her emotions.
It's how she's lived life since her best friend was killed in a horrible accident..
But then she meets Jathan - a kind, sweet and quiet Amish man who challenges her to break out of the jar she's placed her life - and to remember that one must live in order to make memories.
In the first novel in her newest series, Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, Tricia Goyer has crafted a warm, loving novel that reminds readers not only of the simplicity of life, but it's fragile nature.
You can't help but fall in love with Jathan and Sarah as Goyer develops first their friendship, and later, their romance.
While the novel is set among the Amish, readers can easily identify with the struggle Sarah has to not only live once her best friend is killed, but to move on - and grasp the future.
In all, the Memory Jar is a sweet, warm read. I easily give it a solid three out of five. I'm intrigued to see where Goyer takes this series (centered around a part of Montana she used to live in.)
Think about Goyer's style of Amish Fiction this way - Laura Ingalls Wilder used her pen to help readers remember a simpler time - life on the prairie - filled with family, friends and faith. I think at the heart of her work, Goyer strives to do the same thing.
FYI - While I may not be a fan of the entire "Amish Fiction" genre, I truly enjoy reading Goyer's books. (By the way, I'm not just saying this because she and I are becoming "in person" friends - not just social media pals). I think Tricia has captured a piece of Americana simplicity. She reminds people to savor their friendships - and that sometimes we need to "unplug" from the world in order to find ourselves.
More About The Novel
Book One in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series
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?
More About The Author
Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
Find out more about Tricia at http://triciagoyer.com.
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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of these books by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.