Emma always puts the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?
Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?
Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determined to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there...or perhaps just guilt.
When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?
It's no secret that I love a good Amish story and Treasuring Emma is definitely that. If you love Amish fiction like I do, you will love this book. But, if you aren't a fan of the Amish, I bet you'll love this book too. Why? Because there's nothing typecast in Fuller's characters. Many people think that Amish stories are sweet little ditties about forgiving characters who love the Lord and want nothing more in life than to be obedient.
Not in Treasuring Emma. Let's see, we have a heroine who is just a tad bitter about her lot in life and isn't above being a bit snarky on occasion. And unreasonable. Especially with her sister.
And the sister -- oh my -- she's not your cliche Amish frau, that's for sure. The woman is stressed to the gills and not handling it well at all. Her poor husband!!! But then if he says "God will provide" one more time I might have rebelled as well.
And then there's Adam -- stalwart hero material finding out that 'you can't go home again'...or can you? Maybe with a little maturity and lowered expectations you can. See, Adam comes from a dysfunctional home...a dysfunctional Amish home. His dad is taciturn and difficult. His mother...struggling. He's caught in the middle and feeling like he's the problem.
Then there's the newcomer sweet on Emma! Oy! Don't get me started!!!!
Thank goodness for Leona. She's kind, compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental, loving and forgiving. Everything a good Amish grandmother should be. Hopefully her example rubs off on the rest of them! :-)
Fuller throws these poor, tortured characters into a plot full of surprises, adds a good dose of suspense and action and voila...a-not-your-typical-Amish-story is born. I couldn't put it down and I bet you won't be able to either. What to find out? Then keep reading...
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