Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Keys of Heaven

GIVEAWAY

SENFT, ADINA
KEYS OF HEAVEN

Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with Sarah's remedies-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah's relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man, she struggles to let God show her His choice of partner and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more.

Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned his work for their catalog. But the trouble is they want to market him as Amish. Though he was raised in the faith and lives in Amish country, Henry has never joined church and doesn't plan to. Which also means, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what will happen when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose Englisch family is blind to how lost their son has become? The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven can grow in impossible places, but it's hard for people to find their own place, which creates quite a temptation for Sarah to take matters into her own hands...

My Review:

The second book in A Healing Grace series and, while you could read this one as a standalone, there are some plot threads that will make more sense if you've read the first book, Herb of Grace. Like the gnashing-of-teeth and stomping-of-feet  romantic thread...and that's all I'm sayin' 'bout that...except I'm yearning for book three in the worst way now.

Sarah is back working with her healing herbs. She's getting more comfortable being a Dokterfraa -- maybe too comfortable as she presses for what she feels is best for her patients...and her friends. There's lots of Amish community shenanigans to keep things hopping and a troubled Englisch boy to make things even more interesting. And then there's this not to be spoken of connection between Sarah and Henry. Impossible. Improbable. Insert a heartbreaking sob here.

Like most continuous type series, this middle book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. We still need to rally around the Yoder family and light a fire under Henry and hopefully smooth out poor neighbour Priscilla's love life (unless she gets her own book later on.) Not to mention sister-in-law Amanda. Sarah's on the look out for the perfect suitor. I am definitely looking forward to more of this heroine's well-intentioned meddling and the complications that will ensue when book three, Balm of Gilead comes out this summer.

 GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Keys of Heaven please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 22 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Oh goodie, another Amish book. And sounds really good Kav. Would sure love to win Adina's book. Thanks for the chance you are giving. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot0com <

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    1. You're welcome, Maxie. Good luck.

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  2. The title and the cover of this book are just beautiful. Thank you, Kav for sharing it with us.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love the cover too -- all the books in the series are beautiful. Makes me wish I could display them cover out on my bookshelf. Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. I missed the first one in the series! Now I need to play catch up and find that book! Thanks for the chance to win this one.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Yes, you do, rubynreba. It's worth catching up on. Good luck.

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  4. I love herbs and anything connected (from cosmetics to healing!). Having my own small herbal balcony :), I could get over my Amish kind of allergy and try this :) (I see you smiling, Kav, I do! :)). What else - ah, forbidden love? I AM IN.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This might just be what the Dokterfraa ordered to get your over that allergy for good, Janka! LOL I'm fascinated by herbs as well as natural healing too. Love that you have a herb garden on your balcony! Good luck.

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  5. Sounds like a beautiful story. Thanks for the giveaway.
    melissa(dot)snoopy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Melissa. Good luck.

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  6. It sounds like I'm missing a wonderful series! Thank you for sharing your lovely review and giveaway, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. This ne is the nail-biting part of the series. Good luck, Britney.

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  7. I really enjoy Adina's books, thank you for the chance to win this one.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  8. I do enjoy a good Amish story & you made this one sound so good!
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OTcOM

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    1. That's because it is sooooo good. Good luck, Deanna.

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  9. Adina's book would be a wonderful addition to the church library. We already have the first one in the series.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You'll definitely want to add the second book, Janet. Good luck.

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  10. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck.

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