WORDS FROM THE HEART
Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon.
Ivy Yoder hasn't heard from John King in over a year. She knows it's time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but it means she'll be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy gratefully agrees to the distraction.
Noah Schlabach isn't from Birch Creek or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious itmes he might find up there?
As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love -- even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.
Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward.
A sweet, gentle love story with unexpected twists that had me doing a double take. The author seriously surprised me! And because of that, writing a review is kind of tricky because I don't want to let any cats out of any bags. :-)
Fuller has created some intriguing characters -- the kind of folks you'd want as neighbours and friends. Aenti Cevilla is a hoot! Sweetly sly but not very subtle about sums her up. But she's also a woman of mystery. And I like the way Noah and Ivy take her matchmaking digs in stride. You can't help but love Cevilla no matter how outlandish she behaves!
In many ways Noah and Ivy are opposites. He's tall, she's short. He's a traveler, she's a homebody. Ivy longs for a husband and family. Noah can't see how family life could fit into his nomadic lifestyle. So they are both good with just being friends...or so they tell themselves. But friendship has a way of deepening even though romance doesn't come easy.
Not with so many challenges and obstacles stacked in their way! Not the least of which is their own fear. Noah because he suddenly can't envision what his future might hold and Ivy because, having been badly hurt once, she's wary of venturing into the unknown. Oh, but these two could be infuriating! I wanted to shake them and hug them and shake them again!
And then there's the letters, deliciously tying past and present together to create a hope for the future -- if Noah and Ivy only have the courage to grab onto it!
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