Jul 25, 2011

Treasuring Emma

About the book:
   Emma is having a hard time seeing the positive around her. Two years ago Adam, the man she fell in love with, left her to be a "Yankee" rather than staying Amish. Since then, her father died. And now, her mother has just died from cancer. She is at a loss. Why doesn't God care?
   Adam Otto left the faith, thinking he could find happiness and satisfaction in the world. When he receives a letter asking him to come home and check on his mom, he returns. Will he go back to his Yankee lifestyle? Or will he return to the faith of his ancestors? Where is God in all of this?
   Mark King is in town visiting his cousin Peter. Once he meets Emma he decides he wants to get to know her better. What exactly does Mark want from her? What does God want her to do?

My review:
   I enjoyed the story line. With all the Amish stories being written now, it is refreshing to find one that is unique. The characters in this book are struggling to hand their lives over to God 100%. They want to rely on their own means. How many times have each of us tried it on our own, only to find that it doesn't work? Yet, when we give God our all, He can and will meet our needs.
   I did find one frustration with this book. There were some events that were not in sequence. For instance, in the first couple of chapters Emma is attending her mother's funeral. The next part of the book goes to Adam, who receives a letter. In the letter he is told that Emma's mother had passed away two weeks prior. And yet the when the story goes back to Emma, the funeral is just ending. I was thrown off at first, until I realized the author was going forward in time to explain Adam's arrival. This happens a couple times through the book. But, it did not take away from the enjoyment of the book in general.

About the Author:
   Kathleen Fuller has written a number of wonderful fiction books. I have personally read, and enjoyed,  What the Heart Sees. For more on this author, please visit kathleenfuller.com.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Thomas Nelson book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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