Friday, April 10, 2015

Forgiven: Sisters of the Heart Book Review

I made what I thought was going to be a quick trip to the library which I had been fighting my son to do for days and we spent two hours there.  We missed all of the other things that we were going to do for the day because we had to get back and get some lunch for my husband who was hard at work with the plumber.  I luckily had reserved all the books in the series in order so that one came off reserve every week (so that I knew which book they were in the series without having to look it up and so that I didn't read it to quickly). Forgiven (Sisters of the Heart, Book 3) by Shelley Shepard Gray, the third book in the series came on my reserve shelf so I was excited after reading a few other books in the middle to get back to this series and find out what has been going on.

Tragedy strikes­—a brother and sister find themselves facing a situation that will shape the rest of their lives.
When a fire destroys the Lundys' barn, Winnie is injured trying to get the animals to safety. Confined to a hospital for weeks, out of touch with her loved ones who live too far away to visit by buggy, she must depend on Englisher Samuel Miller to keep her company. Though his family is part of Winnie's tight-knit Amish community, Samuel left years earlier to pursue a university education. Through conversations, and Samuel's dedication to her recovery, a friendship forms. But despite their growing attraction, Winnie knows it can never develop into something more as long as Samuel chooses to remain in the outside world.
When Winnie returns home, she finds her brother, Jonathan, struggling with his own dilemma. Cigarette butts were discovered in the debris of the barn and Jonathan is determined to find out who is responsible for destroying his property and putting his family at risk. But in a community founded on grace and forgiveness, will his unwillingness to move on eat away at the trust that is the foundation of their lives?

I got this book on Saturday morning and by Sunday morning I was finished.  I was a little sad to be done but it was so hard to put down that I did little else.  I guess I better get back to work and get some things done around the house like packing.  It was a great book with great characters.  I loved learning more about Winnie who seemed a little whiny in the last book so I was glad to see her turn around and get to see other parts of her personality.  There are new people in each book so you want the series to keep going so that you can get to know more about the new people you meet in the coming books.  I hope that you pick this up at your local library or bookstore and see if you like it as much as I did!

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