Love Redeemed, New Hope Amish Series #2
Tugs at your heart
This book was hard to read, not because it wasn't good, in fact it was a wonderful story. It was hard to read emotionally. The loss of a child is an emotional rollercoaster, the emotions that Kelly portrayed in her characters as they grieved and found their way after their loss was so true to nature. The description of this novel, calls it a tender novel, but I didn't find it tender I found it to be raw and emotional and a book I could not put down. Yes the story hit close to home, because I have lost a child, but I knew every emotion they were feeling was true. Definitely worthy of 5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
July 1, 2014
Not at all what I was expecting...
This is not an easy book to read. But then, none of Kelly IrvinÃ¢ÂÂs books are easy to read.
The way she writes about the Amish shows a deeper understanding of life and Plain living that you donÃ¢ÂÂt see in every Amish fiction novel.
She does not present a happy little fairy tale with tiny problems and silly obstacles. She shows us serious problems and tremendous obstacles Ã¢ÂÂ in other words, real problems and obstacles.
There is no easy path for her characters. It is a rocky and slippery slope they walk and the way through is not always clear Ã¢ÂÂ even to the reader.
The books AND the stories are definitely NOT predictable!
They are real stories about real people and, as difficult as it is to read Ã¢ÂÂ and please understand that when I say that, I mean that itÃ¢ÂÂs a difficult experience, not that itÃ¢ÂÂs difficult to get into or understand. Reading Kelly IrvinÃ¢ÂÂs books are an incredibly emotional and wearisome experience - is incredibly rewarding and uplifting.
Even though her message is presented through great difficulty and tragedy, it is always a lesson we need! Everyone needs to learn the lessons she presents and going about it this way is much better that experiencing the tragedy for yourself.
Although, you kind of feel like you do experience it. Her writing is THAT good!
Have a box of tissues handy and make sure you donÃ¢ÂÂt have anything pressing to do for a while but READ IT! ItÃ¢ÂÂs TOO good to miss!
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
May 12, 2014
A well spent afternoon
Kelly Irvin is a new author to me and this book is the first of hers that I have read. I plan to remedy that lack in my life as soon as possible.
I read this book in one afternoon, because her characters stole my heart in the first chapter and the story line claimed my attention not long after that. Sometimes I find that "Amish" novels are nice reads but lack some strength. This is not one of those. The story of Phoebe Christner and her family is at once real and unbelievable; real due to the circumstances and unbelievable because of the work of God within each one of them. Not that God's work in a person is unbelievable, but because it is real and amazing and something that leaves you breathless, whether you are reading about a fictional story or have experienced it in your life.
Irvin quotes Micah 7:18 and 19 in the foreword of the book, and it is so appropriate for the way I feel after reading this wonderful story..."Who is a God like you, who pardons sins and forgives the transgression of the remnants of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."
This is a story of a family caught in tragic circumstances, but it is full of hope and light. It is a love story and a story of promise and second chances. Well, well worth an afternoon of your time!
April 1, 2014
A tragic story with a great message
This is such a tragic story with a great message. Kelly Irvin creates a vivid picture of what it means to be covered by God's grace. The story itself is an excellent mix of sorrow and joy. Sometimes, when covering such a sad topic, stories becoming depressing and you lose hope for the characters. Well, Kelly Irvin's story moves along at a quick enough pace that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel for Phoebe and Michael.
The characters, both main and supporting, are very well developed. Phoebe is a flighty, carefree woman who dreams of being a wife and a mother. Michael is a stoic, careful man. He admires Phoebe and her carefree ways. Both of these characters journeys are well written and very real feeling. I felt like I was moving along in their times of sorrow and trouble with them. I rejoiced with them both in the end. The supporting characters made the story better because they provided more detail into Phoebe and Michael's character, as well as the situation they were going through. You get a real sense of closeness and community from this story.
Overall, the message was my favorite part of the book. God's grace is big enough to cover any sin. A fatal accident plunges Phoebe, Michael, and the whole New Hope community on a journey of discovering God's grace, forgiveness, and family. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by this fantastic author.
March 28, 2014