Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

My Thoughts:
The Hope Jar by Wanda is a delight! I thought this book was a perfect read for a day at the beach. In fact, I read it from cover to cover while on vacation. I found the story of Michelle and Sara Murray to be one of hope, redemption, forgiveness and love. This story is very inviting and the characters are intriguing.  The plot was well thought out and The Hope Jar is another favorite of mine by Wanda. Aside from the Hawaiian series and the Christmas Quilt Novellas, I think this is going to be an excellent series and I cannot wait to read the next one in the book. Oh, and you'll need to read the next one because the reader is left with a cliff hanger at the end. So, does the case of Michelle and Sara ever get resolved? Grab the book to find out! I give this book 5/5 stars! The Hope Jar is definitely a favorite of mine!

Wanda E. BrunstetterAbout the Author:
 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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