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Posted February 6, 2012
Healing Hearts, by Beth Wiseman
Healing Hearts is composed by three novels in one book, all as previously published in different anthologies. All stories are about the Amish people, a community of descendants of Germans who live in small towns in the U.S., living as in the nineteenth century, without electricity, cars, etc..
The first novel "The Choice to Forgive" tells the story of Lydia, who during adolescence falls in love with Daniel, they live a romance. They are planning to marry soon when he mysteriously runaway and goes to live in the Englischers (ordinary people, non-Amish) world. Lydia ends up marrying Daniel's brother and laying her life with Elam, and when 15 years have passed and her husband died, Daniel reappears in the community, then they may have a new chance to be happy together, but how can she forgive him for to have abandoned her years ago without leaving any explanation?
The second novel is called "A Change of Heart" and it tells the story of Leah, a very sensitive Amish teen who likes to write more than learning how to be a good wife. Her family continues pressing her to learn to cook, sew and do household chores that will be necessary when she'll be the owner of her own home with her husband, but she can't see herself doing all this and leaving aside the stories that are so fond of writing. She will need to change who she really is if she wants to seriously take a chance with Aaron, for those she's just starting to feel strong feelings.
The third story, which names the book, tells the story of the couple Lapp, Levina and Naaman. When he decides to travel to visit relatives nor his wife nor his children thought he'd be a whole year away from home, and on his return the relationship with the children and the wife gets tricky, because all require an explanation for Naaman have been so long far, an explanation that even he has. Each needs to be able to forgive the faults of others, so that everything returns as they were before the trip.
Beth Wiseman writes in a charming way, her stories have a strong spiritual base and a positive content, almost bordering on self-help, to encourage her readers and try to help them with problems similar to their characters. A book really inspiring and adorable, that helps us better understand a different culture.
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Posted November 22, 2011
Tales to reach your heart
These three, wonderful, Amish stories will surly find a place in your heart. "A Choice to Forgive" is about loss, love and starting over. A mighty change from within transpires when past memories become reality. "A Change of Heart" is about learning to accept who we are and enjoying the gifts with which we have been blessed. Recognizing new feelings of the heart can change the world around us. "Healing Hearts" entangles forgiveness, understanding, and love mixed up with misunderstandings, misjudgments, and the deep desire to rediscover that which was lost. Great reading for Christian Romance lovers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2011
Don't read it.
This is a set of three amish romance novels. I do not recommend it. Can't even finish reading them; only got through half of the second book. Don't waste you time. Character development is poor. Drags on too long. Characters are frustrating. Also, these books take place in an amish society so if you are lookng for a christian novel with a gospel presentation, it's not here.
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Posted August 17, 2011
Great book at must read!!!
This book contains three amish novellas: Healing Hearts, A Change of Heart, and A choice to Forgive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A choice to Forgive tells the story of Lydia who has loved two men in her life Daniel who disapperd into the Englisch world and Elam his brother whom she was married to for 15 years. Elam has died and Daniel returns she must make a decision can she find in it her heart to forgive him?
A Change of Heart - Tell the story of Leah a writter in a world that does not encourage such pastimes. Leah also lacks the skills needed to be a good Amish Fraa (Wife). Arron is captured by Leah even though she does not possess the important skills needed to be a good Amish Fraa. Will Leah be able to make it in the Amish community and still be able to write the stories that fill her heart?
Healing Hearts- Levina and Naaman are empty nesters alone in their home for the first time in 30 years. Naaman leaves to visit cousins in Ohio and is gone for a year. He's back can Levina and Naaman rekindle the relationship they once shared?
I love these stories. Each one had be connected and involved from the start. I really liked that two of them were about older women you don't find that much in inspirational romance. Wiseman has a way of writing that really draws you into the stories. You feel these women's pains, frustrations, joys, peace, turmoil, and excitement. I must say Leah in A change of heart was my favorite of these characters. I longed to see her both succeed as a good Amish Fraa as well as see her writing be accepted and cherished. I felt her heart ache as she longed to be able to do the chores and cooking properly, but always seem to fall just short. I rejoiced when Aarom came into the picture and was able to over look her imperfections in the domestic department.
I enjoyed that the book used some amish words and provided a glossary with the words and their English meaning. I enjoyed trying to guess the meaning of the words before looking them up in the glossary.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars it is a must read!
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the company for review purposes, all opinions in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company.
Posted August 15, 2011
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By: Beth Wiseman
Healing Hearts is a collection of three Amish novellas. These three very different stories, which will leave you wanting to travel into the pages of the book so that you can walk along with the characters, carry a deep meaning that crosses cultures. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself staying up too late, saying just one more page.
The first story, A Choice to Forgive, tells the tale of a widow who must forgive her first love who left her so many years ago. Saying one forgives and putting that forgiveness into action can be two very different things.
The second story, A Change of Heart, tell of a young girl struggling between who she is and who she is expected to be. Learning to use ones God given talent in a way to reach others is a life lesson each of us my learn.
The third story, Healing Hearts, tell of a couple with an empty nest that must relearn how to be a couple again. Often times, people don't see the intricate thread of God's plan. Learning to see how the hard, hurtful times are used for God's glory enriches our lives.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson, Inc. for the digital copy of this book to review.
Posted August 12, 2011
This is a Must read for anyone who loves a Great Romance!
This book was a surprise to me when I noticed three different stories within it. All the stories are heartfelt and meaningful. I have never read a book about Amish Romance, however after reading these stories I felt as if I knew and understood their ways. The Author shows compassion and knowledge of the Amish with great detail. The descriptive language engulfs you as you read thru each page. You have a sense or feeling of actually living their lives. Each story brings to light a sense of love, heartbreak and laughter and forgiveness toward the road of healing. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I had to know what the next chapter brought to light in many different situations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The first story "A Choice to Forgive" involves Lydia and two men she has loved in her life. Danielle, the man she loved over 18 years ago and his brother Elam, whom is her deceased husband. There is a turning point in which Danielle left the Order so long ago on Christmas Eve for the Englisch world, but has now returned to the Order. Only to find a woman who is hurt and heartbroken. She has to find a way to forgiving him as that is the Amish way. Her choices begin to take a toll on her and the road to forgiveness can only be healed by the secret that Danielle holds, and wants so much to tell her. The story holds you to the end when things begin to unfold right before your eyes.
"A Change of Heart" is the second story of the book filled with details that make your mind imagine a world with few amenities most of us are accustomed to feel as though it is peaceful and a great place to live. Leah is a free spirited young lady who loves to write stories, but is not a very good prospect to become a good Amish Fraa. Her father pushes her to become something she does not want to become. She is not interested in getting married or learning to cook. Aaron is somehow head over heels for Leah, she wants to know his thoughts about her writing. In the meantime an unexpected friendship occurs. On her road to finding her true calling she has many experiences with the Englisch world that allows her and others in the story to find their real happiness.
"Healing Hearts" is the last story of this book; it has a deep feeling of heartbreak and learning to love again. Levina and Naaman have been married for 30 years. Now that all the kinner have left home to lead lives of their own, they find themselves alone. Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio and Levina thought he would not be gone long. He was gone for almost one year and now Levina and Naaman have to learn to love one another all over again. The mistrust that Levina has for her husband after returning home is straining their relationship. This is a great story that shows you believing in God, and his plan, will lead you down the right path. There were many paths to be chosen, but because of Naaman's choices, he is able to make sense of why God would lead him to what he believed to be a mistake and in turn make it a lesson to others to make the right choices.
As I stated before, I could hardly put this book down. The love you feel and the pictures you see in your mind are painted by the author with a sense of true knowledge of the Amish and their ways. Not only will you feel what the author is trying to bring to the table but you will feel the love and warmth of forgiveness. There are several lessons to be learned as you read through this book and you will be touched by all o
Posted August 12, 2011
Wonderful Amish Romance
Combine faith, love, and alot of forgiveness and you have a wonderful mixture for "Healing Hearts." This book contains three Amish stories that all deal with having enough faith and forgiveness to move on and let love and happiness into their lives. The first, "A Choice to Forgive, " has Lydia moving on after the death of her husband of fifteen years and coming to terms with the deception that he went to his grave with concerning her first love, his brother. The second, "A Change of Heart," weaves a tale that shows that not only good home-making skills are necessary to bring and keep a young couple happy anmd closer to their faith. The stories Leah creates by her mind and pen put her family and the one she loves on the right path. And lastly, "Healing Hearts," tells the story of a man and his wife coming to terms with a voluntary separation that showed them how much they really mean to one another. Following their hearts brings love and forgiveness into their lives and happiness for their future. This was a very enjoyable book for me. I love Amish romance and this one is just overflowing with it. The underlying tone of forgiveness runs through these stories and I believe it is a very important lesson that is to be learned in these trying times of today. Beth Wiseman does a really wonderful job at creating her characters in these stories and I really enjoy how easy they are to get to know. It was just an all-around good book!! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet collection of Amish romance. This book was provided to me by the publishers through Booksneeze for my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2011
When I requested this book for a review, I had no idea that this book contains 3 stories in it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there's more than just one story to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I liked all of the stories, but the pace was rather slow for me in the beginning.
Nevertheless, this book is a good Amish read and I come to learn more about the Amish society, their culture and their daily lives from this book.
Overall, it's an entertaining read. I would recommend this book to those who loves Christian fiction or Amish fiction. You won't be disappointed.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review for this book.
Posted August 6, 2011
Completely Recommend this one!
This book is actually 3 novellas so I'll talk about each novella separately.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"A Choice to Forgive" - Lydia is a widow and mother of two in an Amish community. Suddenly, a man from her past, Daniel, shows up on her doorstep. He was her first love and vanished one Christmas Eve. As the mystery unfolds as to why he left in the first place, Lydia must also find the power in her heart to forgive the man she once loved.
"A Change of Heart" - Leah is the second of four girls but she is not the typical Amish girl. She is a writer and that's all she wants to do. She can't cook, sew or garden and has no desire for a husband. Aaron knows this and doesn't seem to care that he may have to live off chicken salad for the rest of his life but their personalities are so different. Aaron is told that he is "boring" and Leah is too free-spirited for him. Are they mean to be or is the relationship going to blow up in their faces?
"Healing Hearts" - Levine and Namaan successfully raised their five children and found themselves alone in their home. The realization that they hardly knew each other anymore hits Namaan too hard and he runs away for eleven mos. Upon his return, he finds that some of his children have decided they have no father anymore and his wife has trouble finding the trust she needs for their relationship to work. As the rumors and secrets start unfolding of what Namaan did while he was gone the community starts talking and Levine finds herself doubting her husband even more.
Let me just say that I have NEVER read any type of Amish fiction before in my life but these books were amazing. I think "A Change of Heart" was my favorite. It had me in tears several times but all three stories were great. There really isn't much more that I can say about them. They were just awesome. Wiseman did an incredible job of writing them so the reader continually wanted more. I had to learn some Deitsch but there was a glossary in the front to help me figure it out and I only had to look back at it once or twice.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted August 3, 2011
Healing Hearts ~ Beth WisemanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Three Amish novellas about forgiveness, following your dreams, and second chances.
When Levina Lapp's husband, Namaan, left a year ago to visit cousins, she had no idea he'd be gone so long. When all of their children had grown and married, Namaan needed time away, or so he said. Can Levina find it in her heart to forgive the man she's always loved, and to ultimately trust him again -- or did the time away separate them forever?
A Change of Heart
Leah's dream is to bs a writer, and to draw people to God through her stories. But as an Amish young woman, her place is in the home and kitchen preparing to become a good wife. But Aaron Lantz doesn't see how under qualified she'd be for a wife, only her spirited way of living, sparkle in her eyes, and love for others. Will Leah have to set aside her writings to be a wife and mother -- or will Aaron make her an offered that could fulfill her dreams?
A Choice to Forgive
When Lydia's fiancé, Daniel, left 15 years ago, leaving only a not explaining that he wanted to live in the English world, Lydia's heart was broken. It began to heal when she married Daniel's brother, Elam. With Elam recent death, Lydia is certain she can never love again. But when Daniel return to mend the hurt he caused so long ago, could Lydia ever forgive him, and rekindle the love they once shared?
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