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Review: A Love Undone

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Review: A Love Undone

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmallaloveundone
Reviewed by: Faye Oygard
Genre: Amish/Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Waterbrook
Publication Date: October 2014

When Jolene Keim’s parents died, Jolene gave up everything to keep her siblings together and to raise them. Because of her selfless choice, she lost her fiancé Van who quickly married another girl in the community.

But Jolene works hard, baking, cooking, and cleaning to take care of her family. She finds joy in the little things like painting, something forbidden in their district by the bishop.

When Andy and his son Tobias come to work with his brother Levi at Lester’s horse farm, everything changes. Andy and Jolene become friends, yet they teeter on the edge of something more that can never be because Andy is a grass widower, a man whose wife left him. He cannot marry again nor can he divorce his first wife.

Will Jolene and Andy ever be able to come to terms with what can and cannot be?

Jolene was such a giving and selfless character. She could have married Van and started a family of her own, but she chose to stay with her family and raise all of her younger siblings. I loved her friendship with Lester. Everyone thinks that he is old and grumpy, but Jolene wins him over. Lester is more than a bit gruff, but he truly has a heart of gold and lets Jolene have his attic to paint in.

What I loved about this book was the characters and how they interacted with each other and the new friendships that were born. I especially liked the scenes where the siblings got together. Ray grew up a lot over the course of the book, and I was so happy when he found a passion and good friends.

Overall, this was such a good book. Both Jolene and Andy handled their situation well, and they wanted nothing but what was best for the other person. And they helped each other grow in their faith. I would definitely recommend this book. It was well written and thoroughly captivating.

Rated PG: There were some story-related situations and elements. There wasn’t anything bad, though. It’s just not a book written for children.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!

 

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