Sunday, April 4, 2010

An Honest Love by Kathleen Fuller

"An Honest Love", written by Kathleen Fuller, is a very compelling novel. The compassion that is shown between the characters in this story made me want to fall in love all over again.

Fuller has set this story, the 2nd book in the A Hearts of Middlefield Novel series, in Middlefield, Ohio, surrounding a small Amish community. When reading this story, you will learn about some of the ins and outs of the life of the Amish men and women and some of their language, which has been implanted into parts of their conversations. You also learn how heavily they rely on God to get them through their times of trouble.

Anna Esh is a caring, quiet, modest young woman who moved to Middlefield with her mother in order to take care of her Uncle Zeb. While she and her mother take over a local goods shop, she meets a strong willed, caring man name Lukas Byler. Upon seeing her, he is immediately smitten, but because of past relationships, it takes her awhile to warm up to him. Overtime, what starts as a friendship turns into a heartfelt romantic relationship. The only problem, Anna has a secret that will either make their relationship stronger or tear them apart forever.

Aaron Detweiler is an attractive, reticent young man who took full advantage of his rumspringa. After returning to his community and starting work as a blacksmith, he meets a carefree, childlike young woman name Elisabeth Byler. Working at the same company allows Aaron and Elisabeth to spend time together and have their co-working relationship grow into best friends. Because of Elisabeth’s naivety and stubbornness at times, Aaron is forced to dwell on his past more than he wants to. Since they are such good friends, a lot of ups and downs are caused in their relationship which tears them between staying friends and wanting more.

This is a very riveting and well written story which makes you feel as though you are right there with them going through everything they are. I highly recommend this book, which has topped the list of my best reads of all time. I will definitely be reading the first book in this series and getting the next one when it comes out.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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