Even though I live in Central PA and their are many Amish communities, I had not read Amish fiction before. It was a great read. It was a steady read and after the meals in the book I had to make them too. Now I'm reading the 2nd book in this series the Struggle.
There are all kinds of healings,...emotional, spiritual, physical, relational. Even in the Amish plain life with their acceptance of God's will for unexpected and harsh happenings. God is still the Victor!
The Healing book #2 of the Kentucky Brothers Series was excellent. I have enjoyed this series very much and cannot wait for the next book to come out. The characters were interesting and the story kept moving. I never got bored reading this.
Brunstetter's stories are sweet and gentle, but it's becoming hard to slog through all the tedium to find out how the story finally turns out. So much paper is spent reviewing former books to bring you up to date that the current story takes a back seat. The characters are sometimes frustrating because it seems the mothers are overbearing, people misunderstand each other, etc. And I'm surprised that the grammar in the book is not corrected by the editor -- not the people's speech, but wrong word usage. I will not be buying another Brunstetter book -- I've discovered if you've read one, you've read them all.
Grieving widow Samuel Fisher moves his family from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. Samuel and his four young children temporarily move in with his soon-to-be married brother, Titus. Samuel's understandable grief makes him unbearable to everyone around him, especially his children.He doesn't do anything fun with them and just wants to be alone.
Allen Walters, a friend of Titus's gets Samuel a job fixing up Bonnie Taylor's house. She inherited it from her grandmother and is turning it into a Bed & Breakfast. Working helps Samuel keep his mind off of Elsie, his deceased wife. Esther Beiler starts caring for his children while he is working. Esther and Bonnie meet and become fast friends. Esther also works at the Bed & Breakfast after it opens.
Esther wonders if she'll ever get married and be a mother. She has fallen in love with Samuel's children and would like to be their mother. She even begins to dream of being Samuel's wife.
When a near tragedy happens in Samuel's family he sees that he needs to get out of his depression. He sees how much his children need him. He also realizes that he is ready to court Esther.
Titus ties the knot and everything starts to unravel for Samuel and Esther. At the wedding, something was said that reminds Samuel of a promise he made when he was younger. He tells Esther he can no longer court her and she can't care for the kids anymore. He decides to return to Pennsylvania. At the same time, Allen is trying to get Bonnie to date him. She feels she can't because of her past.
Both Samuel and Bonnie can't let go of their past and are destroying their future. What did Samuel promise? What happened to cause Bonnie to feel she can't love again? Does Samuel return to Pennsylvania? Read The Healing to find all these answers and more.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Amish fiction. I found myself wishing for Samuel to get out of his depression. I felt sorry for his children because he couldn't be the father they needed. I really liked Esther, she was kind and sweet. The only that I wasn't sure of was how the Amish characters became very good friends with the English characters. In my own experience, I tried several times to talk to the Amish in the previous town where I lived and they just ignored me. I'm sure different districts have different rules of how to treat the English. I just can't see Amish having close relationships with the English no matter where they live.
The Healing continues the story of the Fisher family, who were introduced in The Storekeeper's Daughter. You don't have to read either book to understand the other. I would also recommend reading The Storekeeper's Daughter and the rest of the books that follow it because they are very good.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
Samuel Fisher has just lost his beloved wife, Elise, mother of their four small children. Living in their shared family home has too many reminders of their life together, so he decides to move from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, to the Amish community where his younger brother, Titus, now lives. Once there Samuel begins working as a painter and general handyman for an ‘English’ woman, Bonnie, who is opening a Bed-and-Breakfast in her grandmother’s old home. Samuel hires Esther, a local Amish woman, to look after his children while he works, and Esther rapidly forms an attachment with the grieving children who are being virtually ignored by their father. She develops feelings for Samuel as well, but will he heal from his loss and see what could be? And if he does, will he return Esther’s feelings, or will he form a bond with Bonnie despite her not being Amish?
The only Amish books I have read until now have been by Beverley Lewis, and have been exclusively set in the Old Order Amish communities of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This book was set in a less conservative Amish community, and there were a number of noticeable differences, particularly the way the Amish characters in this community appear to know and are able to quote appropriate Bible verses, so this was a pleasant change. (I find the rules of the Old Order Amish to be very restricting, similar to the Jewish law outlined in Leviticus).
The Healing is the second book in the Kentucky Brothers series, following The Journey. Although it is obvious that it is part of a series, it reads well as a stand-alone (although I suspect from the way further back-stories are hinted at that some of the minor characters are part of other Brunstetter books, and it is clear that the Timothy/Hannah sub-plot existed only to set the background to the next book in the series). I’m sure that fans of Wanda Brunstetter or Amish fiction in general will enjoy this book, but I found the constant German phrases annoying, the ending was a complete cliché, and the Timothy/Hannah subplot came across as an over-engineered conflict that could have been solved by an honest conversation between Timothy and his father-in-law. Of course, that would mean there couldn’t be a whole book dedicated to it… As you have no doubt guessed, I won’t be reading the sequel.
This was an excellent read, one you could not put down, I read it very fast. Again Wanda B. takes you on a journey of her characters and never fails to get you feeling like you know the characters personally . I LOVED IT! I can't wait to read her next book!
This is another book that makes you feel like you have traveled to Amish Country. I love Wanda's books because it makes you feel like your really there. I can never put the book down. I am always content with Wanda's books and would recommend them all to anyone.
This sequel to to "Kentucky Brothers," Samuel Fisher has lost his beloved wife, Elsie as well as their unborn child in an accident. In despair and grief, he pulls away from his church, his family and his children. Seeking to make a change, he moves to Kentucky to live with his younger brother, Titus. He seeks and finds someone to care for his children while he works and finds Esther. Esther falls in love with Samuel's children as well as Samuel, but Samuel is still grieving for his beloved wife, Elsie. But we all know that when God closes a door, He always opens another, and God begins to "heal" Samuel's heart and allow him to love another.
I absolutely adore Wanda Brunstetter's books and characters and just cannot wait until the third book in this sequel...