Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clara's Wish: An Amish Christmas Romance by Beth Shriver

This story is about Lizzy Ryder who wishes for the perfect man, an upstanding, hardworking, God fearing gentleman, who will fulfill her every need. But the man her friend, Clara, introduces her to is nothing of the sort. But Clara’s dying wish is for them to be together.
Zack Shrock wants more than anything to redeem his shady past, but can’t trust himself to stay on the right side of the Amish ways, and even more so, on the right side of God.
When Clara promises to bring Lizzy the man she’s always hoped for Lizzy starts making big plans for his arrival. But is it what Lizzy expected?

About The Author 

Beth Shriver received a degree in social work and psychology from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a caseworker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family. Beth and her husband, two children, along with two cats and a beagle live in Texas after moving from their first home in Colorado. She freelances for the local papers in her area and writes columns, devotionals for magazines, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction.


My Review:

Lizzy Ryder has written to Zack, he has jumped the fence, or after being Baptized Amish, left. He returns just in time to help save his sister Clara’s life; he did just that, by putting her in his car and driving her to the hospital.
Clara’s illness is very serious, and Lizzy and her Amish Community are rather frantic, everyone loves and cares for Clara. Zack has to face his past and his future by being around his People, but he is shunned.
I so enjoyed the interaction between Lizzy and Zack; they have grown up together, and acted like family their whole lives. Then the unthinkable happens, and they have to depend on one another for survival, and there appears to be danger lurking, and very strange things happening. I found this part of the book to be very interesting, and you never know what is going to happen next. Strange things are happening here, and you wonder just how bad the danger is and if the old fear Lizzy has is connected.
From the beginning to the end I had to wonder if Zack would return, and if his family, other than Clara, will accept him. Also the rest of the community, some seem willing to turn their backs on him, and most seem to avoid him. What could have happened to make him leave where it seems he really wants to be. The answer will astound you and make you very sad, will he be able to return and accept the peace that seems to have followed him home? Will Lizzy and Zack become more than friends? How about Clara, will she survive? Most of the answers are here, and when you get to the end you are going to want more. Yes we there is a preview of the next book, can’t wait!

I received this book through Booketeria Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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