Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book review with a giveaway: Change of Heart by Molly Jebber

About the book:
A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love’s true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances.

My review:
This book was different from much of the Amish fiction I’ve read, because of the time period in which it was set, and also because the main character, Becca Yost, leaves her Amish lifestyle initially in the story.  But she was a character to be admired, because her faith in God, her desire to help people, and her diligence, all Amish values, remained at the forefront of her life.  It was also different because she and handsome doctor Matt Carrington declared their love for each other early in the story.  Matt is a hard-working man of integrity who demonstrates his love for Becca over and over again.

Matt’s mother proves to be the main source of conflict throughout the story, as she incessantly vocalizes her disapproval of Matt’s choice to court Becca.  She is overly concerned with Matt’s position in high society, and her perception of Becca’s inability to fit in to that group.

There were many other endearing characters in Matt and Becca’s lives, and I thought it would be lovely to visit the town and meet them in person.

I enjoyed the story, but I wished that descriptions of some events had been fleshed out in more detail, and that the dialogue was less stilted.  More careful editing would have improved it as well.  However, I found this to be a cozy, enjoyable story that fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy, and I plan to read more books by this author.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:
Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

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  1. Thank you for your review. I am anxious to read this book!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Connie!

  3. Thank you for the review of Change of Heart!

  4. I started reading this today and appreciated your thoughts, Kathy. Like you, I think the writing could be better, but believe I will like it overall. - Carole (another Celebrate Lit blogger)

  5. Molly is new to me but this book sounds like one I would really like. Would love a chance to win it. Thanks. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  6. I shared this post to my FB page. ( Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson )