Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: Fearless Hope

For the most part, I read non-fiction. My shelf is stacked with books about non-profits, or autobiographies or stories to give me some perspective on life. Sometimes though, you need a break, and a good fiction read is just the thing. It's spring break here this week, which always makes me feel that summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start building your pool-side reading list. Here's a title to start your list: Fearless Hope, by Serena Miller.


This is the first "Amish romance" that I've read, and it was a great read. Here's a little teaser:

When Hope Yoder loses her husband, she is left trying to support her two small children—and one on the way— in her Amish community however she can. She takes a job as a part-time housekeeper for the Englisch man (Logan Parker) who has just bought the farm that once belonged to her parents. 

Logan Parker is a bestselling crime fiction writer from New York City who buys an Amish farmhouse to use as a writing retreat. Something about the peacefulness of the house frees him from the crippling writer’s block that's threatening to ruin his career. Meanwhile, something about the quiet Amish woman who comes to clean his home makes him less and less excited about returning to New York and the woman he is supposed to marry. 

Slowly, Logan and Hope are drawn together, and when they discover that they share a strange past, they must decide how that affects their future. 

I liked the creative combination of the New York City writer and the young Amish widow. Two very different walks of life--to be sure. I honestly didn't know the difference between Amish and Mennonite communities, which the book discusses a bit. Miller throws in an interesting twist at the end of the story, which changes things just as the differences between the main characters seem too great to overcome. This is a great, light, quick summer read. Pick up a copy after its release on April 8, 2014 at Simon & Schuster, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Just so you know...
**I received a copy of Fearless Hope from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are mine, because it's my blog! : ) **

Thanks for reading!
-Haley

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