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“Good story, but not as good as the first book in the series (in my opinion).”bookaholic wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. Katie Ann is raising her child alone after her husband left her and then died in an accident. She has good friends in her Amish community and at a wedding meets Eli Detweiler. He is visiting from his home in Indiana, where he has just married off his youngest daughter. After seventeen years as a single father, he is looking forward to living his own life and doing some things that he wants to do. He and Katie Ann find that they have a lot in common and enjoy talking to each other. Both of them have friends who keep trying to fix them up with potential mates, but neither is interested. They decide that they would like to be friends, but agree that a relationship is just not possible. I really liked both Katie Ann and Eli. Katie has trust issues stemming from her husband's desertion. She is quite happy to be Eli's friend. She is surprised by how good he is with her son, as Amish men aren't generally very hands on with infants. She enjoys hearing about his plans for travel and their letters back and forth have been satisfying. There is also a physical attraction, but their differing life paths indicate that nothing will come of it. As their friendship grows, Katie finds herself falling in love with Eli. Eli is an unusual Amish man. He did not remarry right after his wife's death but raised his children on his own. Now that he has an empty nest he is looking forward to doing the things he dreamed about when he was younger. He likes Katie Ann and is attracted to her, but is not interested in starting over with a new family. As their friendship progresses he can't understand why he is so drawn to her when she is the opposite of everything he currently wants. The more he travels the more he finds he wants to spend time with her. I loved the way that their relationship developed slowly and Eli's solution to their living arrangements was perfect. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story. Martha was just as fun in this book as she was in the first. I really liked her faith and the way she was like a mother to Katie Ann. I loved her dealings with Danielle and look forward to seeing more of her. ”ScoutmomSKF wrote this review Thursday, October 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I picked this book to read to do research on the top ten sellers in Christian fiction. What made them the books that people went to over and over? What formula was used?
Imagine my surprise as I started reading, I became engrossed into the story. Even though I started reading it a few days ago when time permitted, today I sat down and finished the last 200+ pages of the story. I did not want to put this down.
Romance is not my typical genre. The Wonder of Your Love is the first Amish romance I have ever read.
Stereotypical Amish romances, from reviews and perusing of some books, are usually cookie-cutter type books of fluffy happiness and goody-two shoes characters. Not this book.
Each character had flaws. Secondary characters strengthen the story and foreshadowed upcoming titles. The juxtaposition of the characters Katie Ann and Martha offer a true picture of friends from different worlds/ways of life, which is the beauty of Christ.
Some may be surprise that the characters are middle-aged, which I really hate that word and the stereotypes that come with it, but why be surprised? Even older people like a lot of the same things that younger people do. Even older people long for the same things that younger people do. And as someone in her late thirties, older people can be just as rebellious. A little of this is seen in Beth Wiseman's book and it deepens the personalities of her characters.
Truly this is a book I will always keep and I highly recommend it.
A passage from the book stands out from all others: To hear Him, To know Him, and to understand the wonder of His love--one must trust Him completely.
This story gives hope to those of us who wonder..”
“Wonderful Story!! Widowed woman with a new baby meets older widower with 6 grown kids. Love strikes, but they are at different points of life, and can't see a way to be together. It takes time, but they figure it out...”Karen S wrote this review Tuesday, December 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book with a wonderful ending”Sue K wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The lives of two very amazing women are about to be changed in very different ways. This is the time for second chances and for hope for new beginnings for both of them, if only their hearts remain open to the possibilities of God's answers to prayer.
Katie Ann Stolzfus and her baby boy Jonas have spent the last several months trying to recover from two separate losses. The first was when Katie's husband, Ivan left her for an English woman and moved in with her. Just a few months later, Ivan would be killed in a tragic accident. She never told Ivan she was pregnant because she didn't want him coming home for that reason alone, since he left her in the first place. Katie isn't ready to open her heart again anytime soon at the prospect of love, because she can't stand feeling that heartache all over again, and lose her trust once more.
Martha, her English neighbor has been assisting Katie with being neighborly since her husband left her. Not willing to give up any of her English ways, Katie and Martha have formed a mother/daughter like bond between them, looking after one another since they both are widows and neither have married. Martha did love a man, but never bothered to share her feelings with him before he left to go help his ailing son. She had hoped maybe he felt the same way as she did, but since he never moved back, she believed the feelings were only one sided on her part.
Eli Detweiler has spent the last 17 years raising six of his own children as the last of his daughters is now finally married and out on her own. He now vows that since his wife death those 17 years ago, he's going to take some time and just travel and take care of his needs now. He hasn't wanted to replace his wife since he believed that he could never love again, but will God have other plans in store for Eli?
In the newest novel, The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman, we enter the second novel in this series and see how two women struggle to find love again after losing it the first time. If only either one of them could be bold enough to convey their feelings to the men that come into the life, but they believe that there aren't any second chances for them, this late in life. However God has great intentions for them on His horizon and in His timing.
I received this novel compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and feel in love with the robust character of Martha and the quiet resolve of Katie Ann. I see how both of them want what God has so richly promised, a man to love them whole heartily and be true, but sometimes they are the ones standing in the way. This is a story of second chances for those who feel they don't deserve them and for love to find a way home. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next one coming out in The Land of Canaan series.”
“Katie Ann's husband died without her ever telling him that she was pregnant, but he was dead to her the moment he walked out on on her. Now she is determined to fill the gap in her son's life alone. Besides how could she ever trust another man? But all that changes when she meets Eli Detweiler, a widower of seventeen years he has finally married off his last daughter, leaving him free to travel as he'd always hoped. He has no interest in marrying again, especially not to a woman with a newborn son. Yet somehow he can't resist the sweet woman and somehow a friendship starts up. Just friends of course, those terms are clear from the beginning. But how long can that last?
I have read the prequel to this book, 'Seek Me With All Your Heart', and several of the previous books in this series, so I was pretty happy to be able to read this one! I found this story very sweet, but also a little confusing with some loose ends involving Ivan and his mistress, hopefully there will be another book in this series that will tie these up. While this story was a wonderful example of learning to trust, and accept love, I really just didn't connect with the main characters. Maybe its because I'm only fifteen and the main characters in this story were about forty but I really just didn't feel close to them. I did however enjoy Martha, the funny old woman who is like a mother to Katie Ann, and her new young friend Danielle. I am really hoping the next book will focus on this newest character.
Over all I did enjoy this book, though not as much as the prequel, but I think I would recommend it more to older people since they can identify with the characters better.
I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a good review.
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