The hope of spring! The hope of a new life!
Lena Graber is a relieved widow, not grieved. When her marriage ends, she relishes the peace, except when her mother-in-law torments her with debt. Fearful of losing her farm, Lena reaches out to Jacob King, who plows up the fields and plants winter wheat. Come spring, it should bring in a good profit.
Jacob King has loved Lena since he was old enough to like girls. At twenty-seven he’s given up looking for a woman like Lena. Now that Lena is free to remarry, she considers Jacob’s proposal. But she needs time away and lives with her aunt and uncle in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for the winter.
But the Amish in Pennsylvania are vastly different than the strictest of strict Amish sect Lena is used to in New York. As Lena finds liberty in Pennsylvania to wear colors other than black and blue, be a passenger in a car, have trusted English friends, and other luxuries forbidden back home, will this divide her from Jacob?
All winter, like the dead seeds of wheat grow and swell under the earth, so does Lena. As the desire to remarry grows, God is molding a man who will love her unconditionally…
Best-selling author, Karen Anna Vogel, is known for her ‘redemptive novels.’ filled with hope. She’s been a trusted English friend to many Amish in New York and Pennsylvania over the past thirty years and strives to accurately portray their culture.
I gave this book 5 stars (a 10 if I could) as it was so well written that I could not put it down. This book left me in total peace as I read it.
The story was really interesting to me because of the tension between the two different types of Amish. I love the story of Lena and how she went from a horrible marriage to a blessed one. From a man the didn’t love her one to that did. But more importantly she realize God’s deep love for her. We all make mistakes like Lena whether it’s trusting the wrong people or falling in love with the wrong people. Lena shows us if we trust God and follow him, God can redeem any of our mistakes that we’ve made and lead us to the right people. Definitely recommend reading.
Christmas Q&A with the Author, Karen Anna Vogel
What’s the best – or worst – Christmas present you’ve ever received?
A yellow Labrador retriever! (this answer made me LOL, we can all relate)
What holiday movie or special do you watch over and over again?
It’s a Wonderful Life. FYI, Jimmy Stewart was a local and played in my back yard as a kid! LOVE HIM!
What one thing are you most grateful for this holiday season?
Jesus…and being a grandma.
Describe your favorite holiday candy or baked treat?
Brown and comes in many shapes. Answer: Gingerbread men, women, cookies, bells….I love gingerbread!