Saturday, January 17, 2015

"The Journey Home" by Hope Kesler


 December 7, 2014
In the eyes of the community, Birdie Miller is a loyal daughter and a church member in good standing.

Birdie knows this is a lie.

Soured to the faith by an unhappy childhood, she made the difficult decision to leave her home and not make final vows to the church. But when a terrible accident injures her mother, Birdie is forced to return home, where her father’s act of deceit results in her vowing to follow a path she’d planned to reject.

Caleb Troyer is as certain in his commitment to the Amish path as any young man can be. He’s mapped out his future, and those plans include marriage, a home and possibly church leadership.

When the woman he loves derails those plans by choosing another, he decides to start fresh in a new community, so he takes a position left vacant by the young farrier killed in the same accident that injures Birdie’s mother.

For Birdie, the arrival of a handsome single man of marriageable age does not interest her. For how can a man of such deep and certain faith find common ground with a young woman who feels every inch a prodigal fraud?

As Caleb grows to understand Birdie, he longs to help her. But can a man of faith reach the heart of a spiritually wounded young woman with a reputation for rebellion? Is the spiritual path home lost to Birdie forever, or can love’s light guide the way?
My Review:

"The Journey Home" by Hope Kesler is about an Amish woman named Bertie. She leaves the Amish community because she doesn't agree with her Father and is just about to immense into the English world completely but then an accident happens and returns back to her parent's home and joins the Amish culture once again!

This book shows that the Amish isn't always the way we perceived them to be! The bishop, Birdie's father, is an angry person and deserves to be put in his place or maybe in a pile of horse manure! How can a person like this remain Bishop?

Caleb feels God is telling him to take a job that is left open due to the same accident that hurt Birdie's mother. Birdie and Caleb don't have much in common at first but can that change?

The ending is the best part of the whole story, she finds her way home but you won't believe how it is reached!

Okay I loved the story but I don't know if it is because of errors in the printing of the ebook but there were quite a few mistakes in the writing, like words left out and words printed twice but I am still giving this book five stars!

I was given a pdf for my honest review!


Judy said...

Great review Debbie!

Debbie Curto said...

Thanks Judy!

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Debbie Curto said...

Sent you an email

Debbie Curto said...

I would love to be part of the book tour

Debbie Curto said...

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