Monday, October 29, 2012

Kelly Irvin's A Heart Made New ~ Reviewed

Kelly Irvin
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736943838


In the second novel of Kelly Irvin's Bliss Creek Amish series, readers will be delighted to return to a town and a family they've already come to love.
Annie Shirack is trying to fight her feelings for David Plank, a young Amish man who's struggling with an aggressive case of Hodgkin's lymphoma. David loves Annie too much to let her into his life, only, he fears, to leave her.
When a homeless young woman named Charisma and her two-year-old daughter, Gracie, show up in Bliss Creek, Annie welcomes them into the Shirack household and tries to help them establish a new life. But all the good deeds in the world can't change the ache in Annie's heart...or help her forget the man she loves.

 A Heart Made New is book two in The Bliss Creek Amish.  In this story, Annie is trying to suppress her feelings for David.  David is in the middle of a battle with cancer, and feels he has no right to Annie’s heart when he doesn’t know how much time he has left to live.  A helpful distraction for Annie comes when a homeless, pregnant young woman comes to their town and needs a place to stay.  Annie makes it her mission to help them and show them God’s love.  In the meantime, Annie’s brother, Josiah, who nearly died from too much partying during his rumspinga, is still struggling between the Amish and the English world.
 I read book one in this series, but it’s been a while.  It didn’t take long to get back in the story again, though.  I enjoyed how open (most!) of the Amish were in letting “Englisher’s” into their homes in order to help them.  I don’t really have any outstanding comments to make about the book, but I did enjoy it and was happy with the way the story ended.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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