Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Christian/ Amish Romance
Source: Received ARC to review
Book Description: Another spring reminds the Amish of Cedar Creek, Missouri, that for everything there is a season.
Zanna Lambright is finally marrying Jonny Ropp, and friends and family have come from far and wide to celebrate. Among them is young widow Rosemary Yutzy, mother of toddler Katie, whose husband was tragically killed last fall. With a willing heart Rosemary has taken over care of her in-law’s family and continued to run a baked goods business from home, but privately she still mourns her lost Joe...and is unprepared for the changes that are coming...
Rosemary’s father-in-law wants to merge his lamb-raising business with Matt Lambright’s—a move that will require the Yutzys to relocate from their nearby town to Cedar Creek. Moreover, it will bring Rosemary into constant contact with Matt, who is making no secret of his romantic interest in her. The challenges of contemplating a future unlike any she expected are overwhelming for Rosemary. And although Matt is strong and kind, his courtship is so persistent, she often wants to run the other way. As Rosemary struggles to see beyond her immediate joys and sorrows, will she embrace the outpouring of welcome and support from the people of Cedar Creek...and accept this new chance to open her heart to a more abundant life?
Bonnie's Thoughts: Very sweet story of young Amish Rosemary. I really do love Amish Romances, they are so clean and pure, full of what falling in love should be. It's not always physical. They include emotional attributes, and religious attributes. God is an important part of their lives, and they are not afraid to speak of it. The entire community encourages good behavior, and teaches good morals and esteem from childhood. If only the rest of the world could see things this way.
I did have a hard time keeping my attention in this book, though. There are a lot of names and characters, with a few stories going on at once, and intertwining with each other. Made it a bit confusing at times. Seems like a thick book for such a simple, beautiful story. But overall, I did enjoy.