A FAITH OF HER OWN by Kathleen Fuller
SERIES: Middlefield Amish #1
GENRE: Contemporary/Amish Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2015
Can Anna Mae heed God’s call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves?
Ever since Anna Mae’s childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, she’s questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if it’s closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life she’s not sure she wants anymore.
But she’s never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedom—freedom that could be very costly.
When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before.
As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is God’s plan for her life?
Should she stay, remaining loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger plan—one that provides more freedom than she could imagine?
The answers do not come easily, and God’s plan may lead in different directions . . . for both of Anna Mae and Jeremiah.
Kathleen Fuller has stitched a tender story that sweetly blends together the lives of several people in Middlefield. Laced with humor and romance, A Faith of Her Own reads easily – the well-crafted words pull you in and the lifelike characters keep you engaged. I found myself many times wanting to plop down next to Bekah & chat or let Amos give me a tour of his barn wall gallery. It’s not your typical Amish book, and I liked that about it. It had the basic typical elements but there were enough unique qualities to the writing theme and style that made this book stand out to me among others of its genre.
It’s also not just Anna Mae’s story. At its heart, A Faith of Her Own contains a myriad of characters trying to be the individuals God created them to be. Sweet, tender-hearted Amos, who may be developmentally challenged but loves with his whole being and creates his art for his Maker whether or not anyone else ever sees it. Jeremiah, who left behind everything and everyone he knew to follow the path God had planned for him. Bekah, who will never be a good housewife but knows “I gotta be me.” And yes, Anna Mae, who isn’t really sure what she wants but knows any decision she makes will deeply wound someone she loves.
Bottom Line: A fun light-hearted novel with a deep message – Be who God created you to be & have confidence in that ‘be’-ing. This was my first novel by Kathleen Fuller – but it definitely won’t be my last!! In fact, I have already pilfered her Goodreads author page and discovered there are many more novels/series set in the community of Middlefield! In fact, her series “Mysteries of Middlefield” introduces many of the characters in A Faith of Her Own – as children! These are next on my list to read by this author. But don’t worry – A Faith of Her Own can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. I could tell that there was a back-story to the characters, maybe more than the author was currently revealing, but it only added to my reading experience and was not confusing in any way.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, “The Mysteries of Middlefield”. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from her readers! Connect with Kathleen at her website, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.
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