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Review: A Season of Change

06 May Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
Review: A Season of Change

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowellaseasonofchange
Reviewed by: Renee Chaw
Genre: Fiction/Christian/Romance
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2014

After losing his wife in childbirth, Jacob Miller is looking for an escape from the memories he faces at every turn in his Amish community in Ohio. The best option seems to be with his grandparents in the community of Pinecraft. Despite his reluctance to visit the more “worldly” settlement, he and his children make the long trip. Shortly after their arrival tragedy strikes and Jacob’s daughter, Rebecca, is struck by a car. During her stay in the hospital, the family meets former circus performer and aerialist, Natalie Bennett. Even though they have seemingly different lives, Natalie discovers a connection between her late mother and the Amish community that surprises and piques her curiosity about Jacob Miller and her new friends in Pinecraft.

When different worlds collide, it is never easy. No matter how hard they try to deny it, Jacob and Natalie have a deep soul connection. Natalie has to decide if she wants to continue teaching her aerial skills classes or pursue a simpler life with Jacob and his family. After spending so much time with Rebecca, Zeke and her newly found Mennonite and Amish friends, it proves the most difficult decision she has ever had to make. Natalie soon realizes that the best decision she could make is to follow her heart and where God leads her.

With all the pull of a story of the Plain communities and the relatability of the struggles of a modern day woman, A Season of Change is a superb Amish fiction story for those who are fans of the genre. The unique setting away from Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish communities into the somewhat bustling world of Sarasota and Pinecraft make for a welcome change. Both Jacob and Natalie, skeptical of what they future holds for them, are realistic and authentic. Loss, love, and the great changes that come with them are something that many of us will face or have faced in our lives. Lynette Sowell has written a story that connects with the reader on many different levels while at its heart still maintaining a light, romantic feel. If you’re looking for a good, clean Amish story that’s a bit different from what you’re probably used to, look no further than A Season of Change and pick up the first book of what I’m sure will be a wonderful series.

NOTE: This was a review of an ARC. Please keep in mind that content of the final book may change.

Rated PG: A car accident at the beginning of the story where a child gets injured.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!


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