Friday, July 31, 2015
Book Review~Love's Abundant Harvest
About the Book: Lucy has lived a difficult life. Raised Old Order Amish by an overpowering mother, she received a disfiguring scar on her cheek as a child. Very shy, and with no marriage prospects, her parents arrange for her to marry Sam Wagner, a widower. Lucy moved to a new town after her wedding, and now lives a miserable life with her new husband, who is verbally abusive. Pregnant, Lucy fears the life her child will have being raised by her husband.
Manny is Lucy's neighbor, a widower himself, still grieving the loss of his wife. When he meets Lucy, he is immediately drawn to her sweet nature, and is also very concerned for her. He suspects she is being abused by Sam, and so he begins stopping by each day to deliver the mail. One night, a fire destroys most of the farm, and Sam is found dead. Will Lucy open up to Manny, and is there a future for the two of them?
My Thoughts: Love's Abundant Harvest, by Beth Shriver, was a wonderful story. There aren't too many stories on abuse in Amish families, as it is kept quiet within the family. My heart ached for Lucy as she dealt with daily life with Sam, who was just horrible to her. Thankfully she had her grandmother and her grandmother's friends to go live with when Sam died. They helped her get through the difficult time, and helped get Manny and Lucy together. Love's Abundant Harvest was a story of love, loss, and trusting God to get you through everything.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Charisma House/Booketeria in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.