Friday, June 25, 2010

SARAH'S GARDEN by KELLY LONG

Oh, the love of a garden can add much to life. As Sarah spends time in the garden she is the one who does the growing. For me, a lover of old quilts, for each one telling a story, I found this book right at home, along with Sarah. As this story is set in the Allengheny Mountains, Sarah is trying to find herself in the garden she loves. Sarah is sheltered from the Englishers who come, and she finds her own shelter in quilting, using each piece to tell a story. She also finds love, forbidden love, in Grant, who is not an Amish man, but he has great desires for Sarah. She finds herself with challenging decisions to make that will change the rest of her life. This is a tale unlike other Amish stories I have read. This one I could really get into as it moved me. I found Sarah to be lovely, as she is shy and quiet, but in that soft demeanor, the Lord shines brightly through her. So, will Sarah follow her heart, or will she follow the life she has always known? We can all relate to this book as we must all come to decisions that bind or change our lives. We watch a young woman find hope, faith, and love not only in the things she loves and is interested in, but in those unexpected finds that begin to stir her heart. We also get a glimpse of a man, Grant, who is doing some changing of his own. Have you found your summer reading collection yet? If not, this is one to add to your summer list.
This book was a gift by Thomas Nelson for it's review.
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