Her Restless Heart: Stitches in Time Book 1 [NOOK Book]

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Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life. When Daniel, an Amish man living in Florida, arrives and shares her restlessness, Mary Katherine feels drawn to him and curious about the life he leads away from Lancaster County. But her longtime friend Jacob has been in love with her for years. He’s discouraged that she’s never viewed him as anything but a friend and despairs that he is about to lose Mary Katherine to this outsider. Will the conflicted Mary Katherine ...
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Her Restless Heart: Stitches in Time Book 1

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Overview

Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life. When Daniel, an Amish man living in Florida, arrives and shares her restlessness, Mary Katherine feels drawn to him and curious about the life he leads away from Lancaster County. But her longtime friend Jacob has been in love with her for years. He’s discouraged that she’s never viewed him as anything but a friend and despairs that he is about to lose Mary Katherine to this outsider. Will the conflicted Mary Katherine be lost to the English world, or to Daniel, who might take her away to Florida? Or will she embrace her Amish faith and recognize Jacob as the man she should marry and build a life with?"You'll laugh and cry right alongside the characters in this story that tests a young woman's faith in God's plan for her life." - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including From Ashes to Honor, #1 in the First Responders series"Master storyteller Barbara Cameron instantly draws readers in with vivid description and powerful dialogue, as she offers a glimpse of Amish life while showing the universal human need for loving and being loved. Her Restless Heart will satisfy even the most discriminating romance fans." - Debby Mayne, author of Sweet Baklava and the upcoming Class Reunion series
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426754081
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Stitches in Time , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 138,905
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books and three nationally televised movies, and is the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards, Christy Awards, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara currently resides in Edgewater, Florida. Find out more about Barbara at BarbaraCameron.com and Amishliving.com.
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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Her Restless Heart - Mary Katherine's Decision!

    Mary Katherine was fed up living at home with her controlling Father; besides being controlling her Father was never satisfied with anything Mary Katherine did. There wasn’t any way of pleasing her unbearable Father. When she couldn’t stand it at home any longer she moved in with her Grandmother Leah and works in her Grandmother’s shop called Stitches in Time. Mary Katherine loves her life working in her Grandmother’s shop. She also loves to weave and enjoys coming up with her own designs using textures of cotton, wool, and silk. Mary Katherine’s cousins Naomi and Anna works in her Grandmother’s shop too. It seems like one happy family. She feels the love from her Grandmother and cousins that she doesn’t feel at home. Jacob has been a friend of Mary Katherine’s for a long time. Jacob wants more than friendship and hopes to court her. Mary Katherine has told Jacob she isn’t interested in being anything but friends. Daniel, a long time school friend of Mary Katherine’s and Jacob’s, has come back to Paradise to sell the family farm. Daniel’s family decided to move to Pinecraft, Florida several years ago. Daniel too shows an interest in Mary Katherine and urges her to come visit him in Florida. To the dismay of her parents and grandmother Mary Katherine hasn’t joined the church yet. Her heart is restless and she doesn’t know where she belongs. Does she have enough faith in God to trust Him? Will Mary Katherine leave her Amish upbringing and move toward the English world? Will she go visit Daniel and his family in Florida and end up staying there? Will she fall in love with Jacob and join the church? What will Mary Katherine do to calm her restless heart? The author takes us through the private life of Mary Katherine and her parents. She shows us a side to Amish families that other Amish fiction authors might not. We are taken into the real life of what happens and does happen in some relationships. I really liked that about this book. We can compare it to our way of living also. Are we really so much different? This was another great read of Barbara Cameron’s and I loved it from beginning to end. I can’t wait for book 2, Journey of the Heart, to be released. This will be Naomi’s story. I get the feeling there’s a lot going on in Naomi’s life!

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    A fantastic writer. Good story line. Very well written. A great

    A fantastic writer. Good story line. Very well written. A great summer read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Good

    I realy enjoyed this book. I just wish there was more to the ending. It just ended and you are left thinking what? This is it? What is going to happen? Hopefully the next book in the series will fill us in on what happened to Mary Katherine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    Loved it!

    Mary Katherine has grown up with a father who she feels will never be proud of her and a mother that never stands up for her. A year ago she left her parents house and went to live with her grandma Leah who runs a store called stiches in time she works at the store with her cousins Naomi and Anna who are more like sisters. Mary Katherine loves to weave and spends hours at her craft. Mary has no plans to find a man and settle down as she fears marring a man like her father or being like her mom and never standing up for herself. So when Jacob asks to get to know her better she tells him no. He offer to just be friends and slowly she finds him breaking her defenses and causing her heart to stir.

    Jacob has been fond of Mary Katherine for years and deep down knows she is the woman for him but he has to first convince her he is the man she needs. When an old friend Daniel returns and shows interest in Mary, Jacob may need to work fast to keep Mary from falling for the wrong man.

    Barbara Cameron has become one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. This new book the first in a series was a great read.

    What I liked: Barbara Cameron tends to write novels with complex storylines that deal with a lot of emotions. She does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the story and can make it very hard to put her books down. I really liked Mary Katherine and Jacob. We also meet the main characters for the next two books as well, Naomi and Anna. Even though this is Mary’s story we get enough of a back ground on them that when it comes time to read their stories your going to feel like you know them pretty well already and I can’t wait to read their stories as well.

    What I did not like: Mary is very hurt by her father and towards the end of the book things change but I was left feeling like it was unfinished and I wish there had been a little more to that story line.

    Over all this was a great book. Mary Katherine also had a English friend who she was close and it was neat to see the relationship between them and how some in the community reacted to it. I also liked how the characters from the last series made a small appearance and gave some details on how they where doing which was fun to read. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    Loved It!

    Mary Katherine has grown up with a very strict Father, and a Mother who never stood up for herself.
    She is now living with her Grandmother, and loving being there, and working in the shop with her cousins.
    Mary Katherine is weaving what she wants to sell, and is in conflict with the Bishop. He wants her to stop making such English goods, and to join the Church.
    Because of her upbringing she has a lot of doubts, and wonders about the English world. She has a long time friendship with Jacob, and Daniel, and her English friend Jamie.
    Love the interaction between Leah, the Grandmother and the cousins, Mary Katherine, Naomi, and Anna. You will wonder if this will be enough to hold her here, or will she go to Florida with Daniel?
    You will enjoy having Tea with these great people, and interacting with Jacob. A really good read, and can't wait for the next book in this series.

    I was provided with a copy of this book Abingdon Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Nin

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Enjoyed this book

    But it ended to quickly.
    It sort of just stopped.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This was a very good book and I would recommended it to everyone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Good read

    Great amish book. Especially because this book kind of reflects my life right now. Whether to join our church or not. Our church is very much like the amish, we wear what we call velos all the time, like the amish kapp, to pray and women are not allowed to wear pants. We get baptized into church once we are old enough to make the right decision. If we get baptized and then sin, we cant go back to church because we have lost our salvation, but we are not shunned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Good easy read

    I enjoy these amish stories. This is a fun and easy read. It will keep you turning the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Ok

    This series is ok. Not the best because the author tends to allow the coflict remain unresolved for too long snd then it suddenly ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly recommend. This book .

    One of those books hard to put down. Enjoyable author makes you feel like you are right there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Waiting to see #2

    I like Barbara Cameron

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    EXCELLENT READ!!!!!

    Barbara Cameron has become one of my favorite authors!!!! I've loved every book of hers that I've read!!!! It is so great to be reading along in this series, and have someone from The Quilts of Lancaster County series pop up!!! You should love it!!!

    MCELWOLF :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    I loved this book! I'm excited about book 2. Love all of Barba

    I loved this book! I'm excited about book 2. Love all of Barbara Cameron's books!

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Interesting must read

    Very interesting book showing conflicts of a person choosing whether to live an Amish or Englisch life and how it affects people around her.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this book! Mary Katherine lives with her Grand

    I really enjoyed this book! Mary Katherine lives with her Grandmother,
    actually she feels like she was given a new lease on life when her
    Grandmother asked her Father if she could live with her and help in her
    shop in town. Mary Katherine's Daed never treated her right and
    ridiculed her about everything. There was no physical abuse but there
    was emotional abuse, not only to Mary Katherine but toward her Mother
    also. Weaving was Mary Katherine's favorite thing to do and since moving
    in with her Grandmother she was free to weave whenever she felt like it.
    Jacob has known Mary Katherine since they attended school together. What
    she didn't know was that he loved her quietly, he never said or did
    anything to let her know. Love and marriage was the farthest thing from
    her mind though, she wanted nothing to do with any man, she thought all
    men were like her Daed. She was confused as to where she belonged in
    this world, she has an Englisch friend, Jamie, and sometimes feels like
    the Englisch world would be a lot better than being Amish. When Daniel,
    another schoolmate, returns from Florida to sell the family farm, he
    shows an interest in Mary Katherine. Jacob doesn't like what he see's
    and starts to show an interest also. Mary Katherine doesn't realize that
    they are both vying for her attention. When Mary Katherine's Mother has
    a heart attack she returns home to take care of her because she knows
    her Daed won't do anything for himself and her Mother will be doing the
    daily chores before she's completely recovered. She was right too! Her
    Daed had not changed at all during the time she'd been staying at her
    Grandmothers house, IF he ever talked to her, it was to cut her down.
    She finally had enough of his treatment and leaves, taking off walking
    to town on a rainy day. What will happen to Mary Katherine? You'll have
    to read for yourself, no hint from me. I really did enjoy this book, I
    think it's the first book I've read that Barbara has written and I must
    say that I'm looking forward to finding some more by her. You will not
    be sorry if you purchase this one. Disclosure of Material Connection: I
    received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book
    review program. 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.”

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    1st Amish fiction I've read

    An enjoyable read, it tells the story of a "restless" young woman trying to figure out where she belongs (& with whom she belongs) in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great read!

    Great summer read.....nice to step into a world that still honors faith, character and truth.

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