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!!
I 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.
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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