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Review: Words from the Heart

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Review: Words from the Heart

Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

At 28, Ivy Yoder feels forgotten in the romance department. All of her friends are married and most have children. When the book-binding business she works for closes its doors, she’s pretty sure God has forgotten her. Then, her neighbor, Cevilla Schlabach, gets a shipment of boxes from her English step-mother’s estate and she asks Ivy to help her nephew, Noah, sort through them.

Noah Schlabach is an Amish auctioneer. He travels all over during auction season, making a career out of something that most Amishmen would consider a hobby. When his favorite aunt asks him to sort through an attic full of boxes during his winter break, he can’t tell her no. Her only stipulation? He must work with Ivy Yoder.

As Noah and Ivy work together to sort the good stuff from the junk, they discover more than a strong friendship. However, Ivy is wary of getting involved again. Her last long-distance relationship fell apart the minute she was out of sight. What will happen with Noah once he returns to his home in Iowa? Noah is also keeping a secret from both Ivy and his aunt, a secret he feels is a deal-breaker for any relationship with Ivy. Can he put her out of his heart or will he break both of their hearts by keeping his secret?

When Ivy discovers a packet of old love letters in one of Cevilla’s boxes, the two of them are given permission to read the story enclosed in the letters. As they take turns reading, will their feelings for each other parallel those in the letters?

Words from the Heart is book 3 in the Amish Letters series and it touched my heart. Many of the characters are familiar from Ms. Fuller’s Amish of Birch Creek series and it was nice to read about how their families have grown in the ensuing years. I liked Ivy’s independence, her ability to stand up for herself (even though, at 4’11” tall, she’s pretty tiny) and her strength of character. She wasn’t willing to settle for less, whether it was a man who loved her with his whole heart or a job that she felt called to do.

Readers of Amish fiction will enjoy this story and if they love romance, too, this should be on their TBR. Once I started this book and got about three chapters in, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in an afternoon. I love Kathleen Fuller’s work and would definitely recommend this series.

Rated G: No worries here.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased.

 

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