Friday, June 6, 2014

A Season of Change (Seasons in Pinecraft, #1) by Lynette Sowell

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

About The Author

Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas Hill Country with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.

 My Review

Just picking up this book, I couldn’t imagine what was between its covers, but it intrigued me, and so glad I read it. You read the back of the book and find out that Jacob Miller is a widower with young children, and still mourning his wife. Also he travels to Pinecraft Florida, which I’ve heard of, with a lot of trepidation, and as it turns out it is good and bad that he is there.
Jacobs’s path crosses with Natalie Bennett, and Englisher and former circus performer, as she visits the hospital dressed as a clown to help cheer the children. Not exactly how you picture a strict Amish man and a circus/clown meeting, and becoming intertwined in their lives.
Now Jacob’s community is pressuring him to remarry and present a mother for his children Zeke and Rebecca. There is a young woman who is also visiting Florida that would love to take that position, but Jacob is not interested. You know of course, who he and the children choose, yes, Natalie, but can that ever be? Who will be willing to give up all they know, and are familiar with?
There are some really big surprises here, and some you will never see coming. I sure didn’t! There are other characters we meet and fall in love with, and I am so happy that they were there and enriched the book. Be ready for a really wonderful and loving read and a very different love story!

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours and Abingdon Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

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