Saturday, July 9, 2011

A TIME TO HEAL (Book 2 of Quilts Of Lancaster County Series) by BARBARA CAMERON

This was really a lovely read. To take a peek into the Amish life is fasinating for me. It is a life that the main character, Chris Matlock, was looking for. Chris was searching for peace. After being off in Afganistan, life had changed for him. So much was different, including his family. While he was in the hostipal he met Jenny Bontrager. They were both healing from injuries and could relate to one another, but there was something different about Jenny. She has something that Chris wanted. Peace and joy.

A Time To Heal is the second book of the series. The first book is A Time To Love. As time has passed, Chris comes to Lancaster County. Jenny has painted a picture of this county and Chris has come to see it for himself. As he arrives he finds that Jenny is now married to Matthew. They live with their children and family together in a place of paradise.

At first Matthew has a hard time trusting Chris. He knows he comes with a heart filled with pain of the past just as his wife carried, but he is witness to the kind of man Chris really is. Hannah, Matthew's sister, shows Chris the sights and sounds of the county. She thinks Chris is here to steal, Jenny, away from Matthew. Over time they form a friendship that turns to love, but there is a danger lurking. Someone has come following Chris. Someone from his past that has a score to settle. Chris wants to leave to protect Hannah, but he too knows he must face his adversary.

I really enjoyed this book. I am eager to read the next of the series, A Time For Peace. What can I take away from this book? We face trials of all kinds. It is always best not to run from them. It is when we face those trials that we see God at work. We too can find paradise, that peace that passes all understanding once we place our trust with God and surrender all to Him. We can find peace in the middle of every circumstance that finds us. I must say I would have enjoyed seeing Chris embrace the Amish life with more faith. Maybe that is to come in the next book? That I would love to see.

This book was a gift from Abingdon Press for it's review.

Barbara Cameron is the author of 21 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. When a relative took her to visit the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she felt led to write about the spiritual values and simple joys she witnessed there. She currently resides in Edgewater, FL. Find out more about Barbara at http://www.barbaracameron.com/, http://www.amishhearts.com/ and http://www.amishliving.com/.
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