Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Naomi's Hope Book Review

I knew that I had read something by this author so I was excited to read this book. Naomi's Hope (Journey to Pleasant Prairie) by Jan Drexler is part of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series.
When I actually looked up the book, I realized that I read the first book in the series and missed the second book and this was the third.  Okay, I didn't actually realize that until I looked it up online but I had a feeling.  Although disappointed that I missed the second book, I am glad that I got to read the first and the second books.  This is an interesting historical fiction series that still makes you relate to the people even though the characters are living hundreds of years before us.

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.  When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

I know that I was going to be reading an Amish fiction just from the cover but I didn't know anything else about the book before I started it.  I realized on the first page that this book started in 1846.  I started to remember that I read another book in this series.  I was ready to find out what this one was going to be about and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.  Naomi was an interesting character that had me wondering what was going to happen next.  I couldn't help but love Davey as much as she did and I was totally invested to find out what was going to happen every step along the way.  Cap was an interesting character and I knew that he was a good person after getting to know him through the amazing descriptions.  The three main characters were all amazing and helped to really draw the picture of the time that the book was set in for me but still make me feel connected to them.  I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the series because I know that you will like them as much as I did.  This book stands on its own without the other books in the series but I still hope to go back and read the second book in the series soon.  I hope that you do too!!

**I was given a copy of the book to read for my review but all opinions here are my own.

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