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Susanna's Dream (The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley Series #2)

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

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    Author Marta Perry takes readers back to Pleasant Valley with he

    Author Marta Perry takes readers back to Pleasant Valley with her latest book in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series, Susanna's Dream. Amish fiction enthusiasts will love this story about three sisters separated at birth. This story touches on the many emotions that accompany grief and how a person can deal with many struggles at one time. The simple and poignant style of Marta Perry carries this novel and will sweep readers up in this intriguing tale of the love of family and the ties that bind. 

    What I liked:

    This was my first experience with Marta Perry's writing and I found that it was much like the Amish themselves, simplistic in nature, but heartfelt and engaging. The popularity of this style of fiction is amazing. There are so many readers who interesting in the Amish and their lifestyle and Perry does such a wonderful job of showing the Amish in a favorable and beautiful light. Bringing out the good and the bad and how the Amish cope with life in today's world.

    The overall theme for this series was definitely unusual. Three sisters separated but living near each other. All Amish and all very different. I thought the plot of Susanna's Dream was original and realistic. Perry draws on the underlying theme of grief as well. Susanna, has just lost the only mother she has ever known, when she finds out that she wasn't really her mother at all. What a shattering experience that would be and readers are immediately drawn to this young woman who should be happy that she has two new sisters but isn't. 

    Susanna was a great character. She has so much being thrown at her at one time. Her partner in the gift shop she runs is considering pulling out. She loses her mother. She has two new sisters who want to have this strange new relationship. She is completely at loose ends. It would be overwhelming for anyone, yet she exudes a quiet strength. She relies on her faith to see her threw and she begins to eventually see past her grief and grows to understand her circumstances and her sisters. Perry does such a remarkable job with this character. She is fresh and realistic. She doesn't just leap for joy and rush head long into a new family. That was very believable and real. 

    I read this book in one sitting. It's engaging and easily draws the reader in. It isn't too long, but it doesn't have a lot of frills and fluffy writing that is unnecessary either. It gets to the heart of the matter and expresses the story concisely, and in a very simple manner which is refreshing and shows a lot of clarity. I enjoyed it very much and I think readers who love Amish fiction will as well.

    What I didn't like:

    I understood the reason the author kept Susanna and her sisters at arms length. It helped to enhance Susanna's character and provided the conflict necessary for the story, however, I do think it went on a bit too long for my tastes. I suppose I wanted something to happen earlier on that would draw the sisters together. It is most likely just a personal thing and certainly not a deal breaker.

    Bottom Line:

    This is a very sweet and heartfelt story of three women who learn a long held secret that changes each of their lives forever. Susanna is real and believable and her grief at the loss of her mother is palpable. Perry writes a poignant and beautiful portrait of the Amish and their lifestyle. A very enjoyable novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014


    This book was so good that halfway.through I considered writing the review. !y first words I said when I finishex ot, "Well damn."

    It left me wanting.more. Not because she left the stories of Lydia, Susanna or Chloe incomplete. Just left me wanting to see what the future holds fod the three sisters. Isn't that what every good writer does? My hope is that perhaps there is a future holiday book in the future.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    SUSANNA'S DREAM by Marta Perry is a delightful Inspirational Fic

    SUSANNA'S DREAM by Marta Perry is a delightful Inspirational Fiction set in Pleasant Valley, PA. #2 in "The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Vally", but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading Book 1 also. See, "Lydia's Hope".

    "As Young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about one another. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later. Two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third."

    This is Susanna Bitler's story. Her life is in turmoil, a long held family secret is about to be revealed that could destroy her, two sisters-she didn't know she had, is about to reveal themselves,the woman she thought and mourns for, she is soon to learn, is not her biological Mother. A heart wrenching tale, that will stay with you long after the last page, but a very compelling and loving tale of the bond between sisters. An Amish lovers dream. A very enjoyable read. I would recommend to Amish lovers, and anyone who enjoys a sweet, tale that could either destroy one sister, or bring them all together.
    First, Susanna must face her own fears. Loved it! Well done!!
    Received for an honest review.

    RATING: 4.5


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    Posted February 9, 2014

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