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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    One of her best!

    So far, I love all the Colleen Coble books I've read but this is one of her best! I couldn't put it down. It kept me guessing & I even had to stop a few times to work out the mystery of it. I like a book that makes me think. It wasn't so predictable that I figured it out from the start. The situations & even the change of heart were very believable. Which must be difficult to do since too few authors do it. I loved the Amish connection too. Amish books are so comforting. It was also fun that the book was set in Indiana, since I was born & raised there. I moved away a few years ago & it was fun to read about real places that I've visited. Can't wait to start my next Colleen Coble book! I've got a stack of them waiting!

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

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    This is not your typical Amish book. I have always admired Colle

    This is not your typical Amish book. I have always admired Colleen Coble's way with words and storytelling. She is a masterful writer and this book doesn't disappoint. I'll admit, I'm not normally a big fan of the Amish genre, but this one is definitely an exception. Throughout this whole book, Hannah is running away from God. She is a strong, intelligent woman who has been belittled by her husband since her parent's death. She struggles with her self-assurance and coming back to God throughout the story, and her struggles are real and something everyone can relate to. Matt, oh Matt. He seems like the dream guy. Strong, handsome, and a great father. He has his struggles too, like learning to trust God for all situations in his life. Again, this is something every single person can relate to in their Christian walk. 
    The plot is wonderful. There is enough mystery and romance in the book to keep anyone from getting bored with it. I also liked how each chapter started out with a tid-bit of knowledge from the Amish faith and their quilts. Those were particularly interesting to me. I also learned a lot about the Amish way of life and their belief system. The story line, told from multiple points of view, is interesting and intriguing. I didn't figure everything out until Hannah and Matt did. 
    Mystery, a little bit of love, and a lot of God's grace make this book a perfect 5 out of 5 in my mind. 

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    Colleen Coble in her new book "Anathema" published by

    Colleen Coble in her new book "Anathema" published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Hannah Schwartz.

    From the back cover: When Hannah refuses to forgive a terrible sin she becomes "anathema"-shunned. But the real question is, can she forgive herself?

    Visitors come to Parke County, Indiana to enjoy the lush farms, to buy the Amish quilts, and to experience the peaceful ways of the Amish families who live there. But when a double murder rocks this quiet community, the Amish residents resolve to forgive even this unfathomable offense.

    Hannah, however, finds forgiveness out of reach-both for the murderer and for herself. She harbors a secret shame: while the crime was committed in her own home, she was out meeting with her forbidden love, her English beau, Reece.

    The elders of the community insist that Hannah must forgive her family's killer or be shunned. When Hannah refuses, she runs away with Reece, leaving behind the only life she's ever known.

    Years later, Hannah must journey back to the place she no longer calls home. Can she find the forgiveness and belonging she so desperately desires?

    A double murder, secrets, unforgiveness and bad choices are all ingredients in this new thriller by Colleen Coble. Hannah has made some really bad decisions and is trying to put all of that behind her. In order to finish her second book she needs to go home again but fears there will be no acceptance for her there. Ms. Coble has given us a story full of mystery, suspense, murder and betrayal. There are also the themes of love, forgiveness and redemption. This is a fast-paced read with surprising twists and turns that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Ms. Coble has done an outstanding job.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    A book with take away valu

    Colleen Coble is another author I met last September at the ACFW Conference in Texas. She is a lovely, loud, outgoing woman and that kind of woman brings me right out of my shell. After meeting her, I knew I wanted to read her books. I pre-ordered her first Amish story Anathema. I enjoyed the book very much. I look for relationship issues in the stories I read and the pull of family ties is very strong and compelling throughout the story. It's a story that shows how terrible domestic violence is, and how really important forgiveness is to our spiritual lives.

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