Friday, March 16, 2012

Kelly Irvin's To Love and To Cherish ~ Reviewed

To Love And To Cherish (The Bliss Creek Amish)
Kelly Irvin
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736943714


In author Kelly Irvin’s first installment in the Bliss Creek Amish series, readers will find a charming, romantic story of how God works even in the darkest moments.

It’s been four years since Carl left. Four years since he left the safety of the small Amish community for the Englisch world. And in four years, Emma’s heart has only begun to heal.

Now, with the unexpected death of her parents, Emma is plunged back into a world of despair and confusion. It’s a confusion only compounded by Carl’s return. She’s supposed to be in love with why can’t she keep her mind off Thomas, the strong, quiet widower who always seems to be underfoot? Could the man she only knew as a friend be the one to help her to heal?

In a world that seems to be changing no matter how tightly she clings to the past, this one woman must see beyond her pain and open her heart to trust once again.


To Love and to Cherish revolved around a young woman named Emma. When her parents are killed in a tragic buggy accident, her brother and sister in law, and their family, move in with Emma and remaining siblings to keep the family together. In the meantime, Emma’s long ago love, who left the Amish community, returns, trying to win her heart. At the same time, Thomas, a widower and family friend, begins to pursue Emma. Between the loss of her parents and the struggle with her heart, Emma is not sure what to do.

This book really focused on forgiveness, and not letting bitterness take over your life. While Emma’s family was able to forgive, Emma found she was unable to do so, and in turn, began to have a bitter attitude towards the Lord. It was interesting to see her character evolve and soften towards the Lord as she began to let Him lead.

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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