Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Forgiving Jar Book Review

I was excited to get to the second book in the series.  The Forgiving Jar (The Prayer Jars) by Wanda E. Brunstetter was the next book in my pile and I got to read it right after reading the last book.  I love reserving books ahead of time at the library so that I have them all to read.

What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the impostor.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)

I thought that this followed through from the last book seamlessly.  It was a great continuation of  the series.  Sara finally makes the trip to Amish country to meet her grandparents.  When she gets there, she finds an empty house except a girl about her age who leaves as soon as she gets there.  It is a shock to her grandparents when they find that the person that has been living with them for months was lying about who she was.  It was a shock to everyone including the friends that Michelle made while she was living there and most of all to Sara.  Sara is struggling with her anger and resentment of missing out on the time with her grandparents and she comes across the prayer jars.  She isn't very religious but she enjoys the prayers and encouragements that she finds in their.  Sara has to leave to get back to her life but realizes that she is changed forever by meeting her grandparents and learning about their life.  You will only find out what happens if you pick up the book but I think that you will be surprised to see all the changes that happen over the short period of time.  I hope that you check it out for yourself!!  I know that you will enjoy it as much as I did.  Stay tuned for the third and final book in the series.

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