Breath of Spring by Charlotte Hubbard
Charlotte Hubbard can really breathe life into her characters! You can understand their struggles as well as their joy very clearly. I have the previous book, Winter Wishes of this Amish series, called Seasons of the Heart, which I hadn’t yet read. So I felt a little unsure of who was who in the beginning, but as I continued to read, the book really drew me in with many unexpected turns. I love how Charlotte expresses things in her book as you can actually “see” the characters expressions by the descriptions she has written.
I didn’t expect the ex-bishop father of Annie Mae to be so hard and unfeeling. His actions showed to me a little reminder that when we get off the right paths, we can totally go in the opposite direction of where we were in life before.Annie Mae, at 17, faces the prospects of never marrying as she prepares to care for her younger siblings after the death of her mother and her father’s leaving their community through excommunication. As her father’s life seems to fill with greed, Annie Mae becomes the person that her mother would have wanted her to become. After she and Adam confide in one another, she sees him in a different light. Both struggling with the past and secrets that keep them from being all they can be. Annie Mae still makes some mistakes, showing her very human side, but despite this she seems to be able to learn by those mistakes and draws closer to God.
I enjoyed this book very much, especially the suspense involved and am anxious to read the earlier book and others yet to come.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Kensingtonbooks, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.