Welcome to the blog tour for The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman!
Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?
Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.
When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.
But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.
Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?
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Katie Ann is in an interesting place in her life. She was recently widowed and has a young child. Eli is in the exact opposite place. Having lost his wife years before in childbirth, he has successfully raised 6 children and is now ready to enjoy a retirement of sorts. When Katie Ann and Eli meet at a wedding sparks fly-but not the good kind. They slowly develop into friends. Even if their lives are not converging, they begin to feel an attraction to each other. The two of them must figure out what they truly want in life and decide whether that life is together.
I've never read any Amish fiction before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a rather interesting book. There a lot more twists and turns in the plot than I expected. Katie Ann and Eli both had very different but equally interesting back stories. I found Katie Ann's struggle with forgiveness to be particularly interesting. She seemed very real and human. As a mother, I also understood her anxiety involving her son. I can't even say how many times a night I would check on my young son. I still sometimes wake up and watch him breathe. These things really let me relate to Katie Ann on a level I didn't expect.
Eli was a very steady man. I liked that he addressed the somewhat selfish seeming nature of his desire to enjoy his new child-less life. He was also very kind and patient. I also greatly enjoyed Martha. In some ways I felt she was a voice for the reader encouraging Katie Ann and Eli along the path to romance. While the book is sweet, it is never too much. There are plenty of conflicts and intrigue within the plot to keep things building to the end. This book managed to hold my interest throughout, and I will be sure to give Amish fiction a chance in the future.
Book provided for review.
Beth is celebrating the release of Book 2 in the Land of Canaan series with a Fabulous Facebook party on November 1st. She'll be giving away one of her OWN paintings, several mini prize packs and a sneak peak at the next book in this heartwarming series.
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The Wonder of Your Love Facebook Party on 11/1!
Be sure to check out all the other blogs on the tour. Thanks for stopping by!
Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers http://www.
Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful http://little-bit-of-
Patricia at It's Time To Read Mamaw http://itstimetoreadmamaw.
Jenny at Come Meet Ausjenny http://ausjenny.blogspot.com
Jill at Book, Books Everywhere http://bookbookseverywhere.
Leila at All Meant To Shine http://www.allmeanttoshine.
Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot http://steelergirl83.blogspot.
Anne at Mommy Has to Work http://mommyhastowork.com
Amy at The 160 Acrewoods http://www.the160acrewoods.com
Reviews By Jane at http://www.reviewsbyjane.
Ruth at This That and the Other Thing http://rannthisthat.blogspot.
Danielle The Happy Wife http://juanshappywife.
Splashes Of Joy http://splashesofjoy.
Karla at Quiet Quilter http://www.karla-hanns-karla.
Babs Book Bistro http://www.babsbookbistro.net/
Rhiana at A Frugal Life http://www.afrugallife.org
Theresa at Frugal Experiments http://www.frugalexperiments.
Carlybird's Home http://www.carlybirdshome.
Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food http://books-movies-
Deb’s Here http://debshere.blogspot.com
Kate at Fuzzy Black Slippers & a Pink Hoodie http://gwenelle.wordpress.com
Lisa at A Casual Reader's Blog http://ellsey.blogspot.com
Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow http://thecinnamonhollow.com
Lydia at Overweight Bookshelf http://overweight-bookshelf.
Jennifer at Life Happens http://www.
Katie at Legacy of a Writer http://katie-mccurdy.blogspot.
Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews http://knitsandreads.blogspot.
Jodie at Mom's Pace http://www.moms-pace.com
Julee at Mommy's Memorandum http://mommysmemorandum.com
Pam at Daysong Reflections http://daysongreflections.com
Marg at Simply Shop and Save http://www.simplyshopandsave.
Tina at Giving N Sharing http://givingnsharing.
Paula at The Phantom Paragrapher http://phantomparagrapher.
Debra at Footprints in the Butter http://debrakb.blogspot.com
Tami at This Mom's Delight http://thismomsdelight.com
Kemi at Homemaking Organized Blog http://homemakingorganized.
Tammy Is Blessed http://tammyisblessed.
Lena at A Christian Writer's World http://lenanelsondooley.
Angela at All Grown Up? http://pantylesspreacherswife.
Donna at Books and such http://bookworm56.blogspot.com
Paula at Thrifty Momma’s Brain Food http://www.
Carrie at Farming On Faith http://farmingonfaith.
Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts http://
Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews http://shoopettesbookreviews.
Jennifer at For Such a Time as This http://jennifersikora.com/
Kat at Reviews From The Heart http://reviewsfromtheheart.
Tracy's Treasure of Books http://tracystreasureofbooks.
Jacque at Good Family Reads http://familyreads.blogspot.
Michelle at Life in Review http://lifeinreviewblog.com
Patty at Broken Teepee http://brokenteepee.com
Andi at Radiant Light http://www.frommipov.blogspot.