AN UNBROKEN HEART
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents' lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain-after all, how do you cope with your parents' deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, she re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same-not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler. Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it's love he's feeling, or pity. As the couple's wedding date approaches, Joanna isn't overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to find; instead, she's wracked with anxiety and guilt. Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she's afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father. If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she's ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
The second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series but it works well as a standalone. I haven't read A Reluctant Bride (though I intend to!) and had no problem diving into this one. Fans of the first book will be thrilled to know that Sadie and Aden play a central role in An Unbroken Heart. They beguiled me enough to ensure that I will be reading their story very soon.
Though the book is told from multiple points of view, Joanna is very much at the centre of it all. Diverse personal narratives connect like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Lives combine...and clash...and deliver a powerful tale of hope for a future even in the midst of the most trying times. Both Andrew and Joanna can either turn away from God or lean into Him when troubles strike. And they do a little of both which really makes for a riveting and all too realistic read.
A rich romance filled with enticing scenes and complicated characters and the promise of more of the same when the concluding book releases later this year.
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