Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Warmth of Sunshine by Kelly Irvin


Growing up Amish, Abigail Bontrager often felt like a square peg in a round hole. Her pie crusts always turned out tough. Her stitches always ran crooked. She was clumsy. Not ideal for an aspiring Amish wife and mother, but her faith and love of her family, which are so much more important, are solid. Plus, her relationship with the attractive and kindhearted Owen Kurtz is moving in the right direction.

Owen is part dreamer, part entrepreneur. His friendship with Abigail has gradually blossomed into a sweet and loving courtship. Inspired by the hope of a future with the girl of his dreams, he decides to take the next step in building a business of his own—in the promising new industry of growing sunflowers.

When an outsider claiming to be Abigail’s birth mother abruptly enters her life, Abigail’s world comes crashing down. Confused and upset, she is determined to discover who she really is. Her journey of discovery leads to the possibilities of a new life waiting for her in the Englisch world. But is this new life really worth giving up everything and everyone she’s known? How can Abigail and Owen follow their hearts—and God’s plan—when these new paths now lead them into the unknown?

In this second book in the Amish Blessings series, bestselling and award-winning romance novelist Kelly Irvin shares an inspiring story of following your heart while trusting God to lead you into your future.



About The Author


Kelly Irvin is the author of more than 30 Amish romance and romantic suspense stories. Her latest Amish romance series set in Yoder, Kansas, is Amish Blessings, with the first book, Love’s Dwelling debuting in 2021. Book two, The Warmth of Sunshine, releases in July 2022.

She has also penned seven critically acclaimed romantic suspense novels, including Trust Me, which debuted in February 2022. Publisher’s Weekly said of the novel: “(In this) whirlwind romantic thriller . . . Irvin follows the characters through twists and turns, writing through the lens of faith and broken faith, while illuminating a bridge across shattered relationships to second chances.”

She is the author of the Amish of Big Sky Country series, which focused on three Amish communities in northwestern Montana affected by devastating wildfires. These included Mountains of GraceThe Long Bridge Home, and Peace in the Valley.

The first book in the Every Amish Season seriesUpon a Spring Breeze, won the 2018 Readers Choice Award from the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of Romance Writers of America in the long contemporary romance category.

She is also the author of the Amish of Bee County series that includes The Saddle Maker’s SonThe Bishop’s Son and The Beekeeper’s Son. This last novel received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” The Beekeeper’s Son was a finalist in the national 2016 ACFW Carol Awards Contest in the romance category. Kelly is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series.

Among her other works are novellas in eight anthologies with other best-selling Amish romance authors.

Kelly’s novel, Love Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than 30 years, including 10 years as a newspaper reporter. She retired in 2016 after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of ACFW and Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers. In her spare time, she blogs, reads fiction, and loves her family.



My Review

 Author Kelly Irvin gives us a very different Amish story, a girl with now two families, birth parents and adopted parents. One set Amish, they raised her to be be the young women she is when we meet her, and now another set that want to pull her into their lives, and we are there to see how this turmoil resolves!

Can't imagine finding out or the first time at the age of twenty that you were adopted, yes, they should have told her sooner, but that chance goes away when the birth mother shows up at their door!

All the while reading this you wonder, she has values, but will she totally embrace the life of a non-Amish woman? So many new things, and she is encouraged to try so many different and unknown devices, clothes, lifestyles!

Will the new young man turn her head and make her stay, or the life she has know and they young man there make her return? We page turn for answers!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

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