This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Sister's Secret & A Sister's Test--Reviews & Giveaway

Edited to add the contest is closed. We had some the pleasant surprise of unexpected company. I will announce the winner in the morning. Thanks for being patient with me!!

a sister's testI was tickled to receive Wanda E. Brunstetter's book A Sister's Test from Glass Roads PR & Barbour Publishing. I am a fan of books about the "Plain People" or the Amish. Ms. Brunstetter's story did not disappoint.

Actually A Sister's Test is the second in series, "The Sisters of Holmes County." I was off to the library for book one, A Sister's Secret, and was so glad I read this first. While A Sister's Test is a perfectly great stand alone book the series is rich with the story of the Hoestettler sisters and their family.

Book One is about Grace, the oldest, the daughter who disappeared for two years during her rumschpringe. She returns home to marry Cleon, but secrets and memories haunt them. Then a series of pranks escalates into attacks. With her marriage at stake what will Grace do? This was a fast paced book with characters who are easy to relate to. The twists and turns keep surprising up to the end.

I caught my breath for a few minutes and jumped into the next story.

Book Two focuses on Ruth, the second sister. Ruth is a kind, empathetic young woman. She's recently quit courting a man who appears might be a bit of a trouble maker. She's surprised at how quickly quiet Martin Gingerich becomes important to her and their courtship progresses quickly.

Everyone has sighed in relief as the incidents appear to have stopped. But have they? No longer seeming to be pranks attacks again begin getting more and more personal and more and more dangerous. What and who is behind the situation?

A Sister's Test is a super read. Ms. Brunstetter knows her subjects. Her descriptions of the way of life of the Amish makes a reader feel like they are there. I'd bet many of her readers would like to visit and try the slower lifestyle at least for a few days. But even though the lifestyle is "plain" she never lets the story drag even for a moment. I became very attached to these characters that she created.

The only problems I had with Ms. Brunstetter's books was 1) she was very descriptive about the food the Amish are famous for and so I was hungry all through both books!! And 2) the third book isn't out yet...I'm waiting.

Book Three--A Sister's Hope is due out in July of 2008.

For now I have an extra copy of A Sister's Test to give away. To enter leave me a comment letting me know if you've read anything by Wanda Brunstetter previously. If you win I need to be able to contact you to let you know if you won & you need to be willing to give me your snail mail address so I can send you the book. One entry per person will be accepted and the giveaway will end on Monday, April 21st. The winner will have three days to let me know where to send this super book.

Happy Reading!

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luvmy4sons said...

Never read any of Wanda's work. I have read many many Beverly Lewis and often wondered how they compare. So kind of you to do a give away. So glad you are back in bloggy land!

Barbara H. said...

I have not read anything of Wanda's yet but have wanted to try one. I'd love to be entered in your contest!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie. I have not read anything by Wanda Brunstetter yet, but I am fascinated by the Amish and I admire their lifestyle. I'd love to win the book. Thanks!

Coach J said...

I've not read Brunstetter, but I like Beverly Lewis, so count me in.

Carey said...

I have not read her books, but they are on my list. I love amish novels. they are my favorite to read. have you read Beverly Lewis yet? HEr books are awesome as well. I would love to be included in your giveaway.

Renee' said...

This sounds like a great series! Thanks for sharing and hosting this give-away.

luvmy4sons said...

And there is an invite, not a tag, but an invite at my blog. I was interested to see what you would pick. No pressure though...feel free NOT to participate!

Sonya said...

I love Wanda Brunstetter! I've read The Storekeeper's Daughter, The Quilter's Daughter, and the Bishop's Daughter. Loved them all! My oldest daughter read them and loved them as well! We want to read A Sister's Secret and A Sister's Test! Count me in!

I've read a lot of Beverly Lewis stuff too and I enjoy it. However, I really have a place in my heart for Brunstetter because of the books I mentioned above. Such a wholesome series. I really enjoyed them!

Leah in Iowa said...

Count me in, Julie. I've read lots of books about the Amish, and they continue to fascinate me! Don't know why I feel drawn to them so much. Well, I'm adopted - maybe my birth mother was Amish? ha!

Carol Van Rooy said...

I did a project in highschool on the Amish. I remember getting 98%. I lost two precent for lack of pictures.

Little did I know when I decided to do the Amish culture that they refrain from having their photos taken.

I would love to win the book and thank you for the great post giveaway.

Feel feel to pop by and say hello.

Elise said...

How great! I would love this one- I also enjoy Beverly Lewis, and would really appreciate reading another author's perspective- perhaps I can find the first book in the series at my library?!?
Thanks so much!

windycindy said...

Hello! I have read many good things about this book at its' author. I really enjoy reading book that are set in the Amish theme. Pleas enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it!

Joy said...

I have not read anything by Wanda yet. But I have heard of her and love Amish stories.

aBookworm said...

Sounds like a good read. I'll blog it tomorrow.

callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

ps - I'm having 3 giveaways combined on blogs. Hope you'll drop by.

raych said...

I have never read anything by her, but this sounds so interesting!

Anonymous said...

I have not read any of these books! This one sounds so good! Please enter my name in the drawing! Thank you!


ihchicky said...

I have never read any book by Wanda Brunstetter but her books look very good. I would love to read it. Please count me in! Thank you.

Grateful Gramma said...

I recently read On Her Own and I've read part of the Brides series. Enjoyed them all. Please enter me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've never read any of Wanda's books before.


Tulip said...

I haven't read anything of hers, but it sounds like a great read.. and like I will need to find the first one at our library!!

tebayc at yahoo dot com

frugallm said...

I haven't read anything of hers so I would love to win this!

diane said...

I have never read any of this author's books but welcome the chance. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.