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An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Does love really endure all things?

Danielle Kent is 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child's father-Aaron Lapp-will want to marry her and provide the life she's always dreamed of. Even though Aaron is Old Order Amish, Danielle knows that he wants to leave his community for a life outside of the district. But then Aaron tells Danielle that he doesn't love her-that a wife and baby don't fit into his ...

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Overview

An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Does love really endure all things?

Danielle Kent is 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child's father-Aaron Lapp-will want to marry her and provide the life she's always dreamed of. Even though Aaron is Old Order Amish, Danielle knows that he wants to leave his community for a life outside of the district. But then Aaron tells Danielle that he doesn't love her-that a wife and baby don't fit into his plans.

Levi Detweiler has enjoyed an unlikely friendship with Danielle for nearly a year, though they have little in common. He's Amish, and she won't even discuss God. When Danielle becomes pregnant with Aaron's child, Levi is sure that Aaron will do the right thing and marry Danielle. When that doesn't happen, God calls on Levi to marry her. It doesn't make sense, and it means that Levi will have to leave his home in the Old Order community to make a life for himself, Danielle, and the baby. Levi seeks God's will in a situation that seems impossible-knowing that only by faith are all things are possible.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781610455268
  • Publisher: christianaudio
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Land of Canaan Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 7
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporariesset in small Texas towns.Both have received glowing reviews.Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

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His Love Endures Forever

A Land of Canaan Novel
By Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-888-7


Chapter One

Danielle perched on the edge of the tub. She looked at her watch, then at the pregnancy test in her trembling hand. In two minutes, she'd know if she was going to have a baby.

She bit her bottom lip as she tapped a foot against the white tile floor, her heart beating faster than normal. Please be a blue minus sign.

But it was barely a minute later when a positive, pink cross began to appear. She squeezed her eyes closed and tried to will it to blue. Please, please ... I can't be pregnant.

She'd been seeing Matthew for four months, but they'd only been intimate one time. No one gets pregnant the first time.

She slowly opened her eyes and swallowed hard at the realization that she and Matthew were going to be parents. After giving it a few minutes to sink in, Danielle tried to focus on the positive. Laying a hand across her stomach, she held her breath and tried to envision the tiny life growing inside of her. It would be a lot to take on since they were both only eighteen, but they were in love. They'd said the words to each other only once, but Danielle was sure he was the right guy for her.

Matthew's parents weren't wild about him dating someone who wasn't Amish, but Danielle knew that Matthew had no plans to be baptized into the Amish faith. He'd made it clear to Danielle that he was just waiting for the right time to leave. What better time than now?

She paced the small bathroom, taking deep breaths as she thought about a future with Matthew. It wasn't the first time she'd fantasized about a life with him, but it was the first time her vision included a baby. She'd just assumed that they would eventually get married and have children, but in that order. The Amish were all about having lots of kids, and Danielle planned to be the best mother on the planet, something her own mother hadn't been any good at. She was sure Matthew would be a great father. Even though he planned to leave the Old Order district, Danielle knew that he'd had a good upbringing, something he would pass on to his children.

Looking in the mirror, she pulled her hair to the side and gathered it in a loose braid as she fought the worry that began to creep into her mind. Surely he'd be happy about the baby, even if it hadn't been planned?

Only one way to find out.

Later that afternoon, Danielle shifted her weight on the log where they were sitting by the edge of the creek. It was their special place, the spot where Matthew had kissed her for the first time. As the sun began its descent behind the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Danielle reached for Matthew's hand and took a deep breath. A rush of adrenaline shot from her toes to her fingertips, and she briefly wondered if he felt it. Or could he see or hear her heart pounding in her chest?

As they sat hand in hand, Danielle held her breath as she watched the water. They were beneath the old oak tree as water trickled atop small rocks on the far side of the creek. She watched two cardinals fly by before she finally blew the air from her lungs.

"Matthew ..."

He brought her hand to his lips, kissed her fingers, and smiled. "Ya?"

She'd practiced how she would tell him about the baby all morning, but as she looked at him, she couldn't recall any of her preplanned speech. All she could think about was whether their child would have Matthew's beautiful eyes, shades of amber and green.

"I'm pregnant." She swallowed hard but kept her gaze fixed on him.

His eyes widened as his jaw dropped. After a few moments, he closed his mouth and stared at the ground.

"I can't believe it either." She reached for his hand and squeezed. "But I love you so much. Together, I think we can do this."

Matthew eased his hand from hers and stood up. He pulled his straw hat off, rubbed his forehead, then paced along the bank as late-afternoon rays from the sun glistened atop the blue-green water. Danielle kept her seat and pulled her pink sweater snug around her. It was a chilly May afternoon in the shadow of the mountains. She glanced at her watch. Four o'clock. It was going to take Matthew a few minutes to realize what this meant for the future.

"Matthew?" Danielle stood up and put her hand on his arm. "I know we weren't expecting all this so soon, and—"

"So soon?" Matthew took a step backward as a muscle clenched along his jaw. He blinked his eyes a few times beneath cropped brown bangs. "I wasn't expecting this at all."

Danielle fought the wave of dizziness that came on all of a sudden. Surely Matthew just needed a few more minutes to sort out his feelings. She bit her bottom lip as a faint thread of panic formed a lump in her throat.

He walked closer and hung his head for a moment, fidgeting with his hat in his hands. When he finally looked up at her, Danielle tried to force her confused emotions into order. Please, Matthew ... don't say what I think you're going to.

"Danielle ..."

She reached up and cupped his cheek in her palm. "I know we're young, but we can be wonderful parents." She paused, clinging to hope that Matthew would drop to one knee. Or at the very least, she hoped the tense lines across his forehead would relax and some color would return to his face.

"I don't want to do this." He pulled away and stepped back again as fear twisted around Danielle's heart."I—I'm not ready for a family. You know that I've been waiting for the right time to tell mei mamm and daed that I'm leaving here."

Danielle's mind was a crazy mixture of hope and fear. She swallowed and found her voice. "I know it's not the perfect situation, but you've already said your parents can't shun you because you aren't baptized yet, so maybe this is the perfect—"

"Danielle." Matthew latched on to her arms with both hands. "You're not hearing me. I don't want to get married, and I don't want a family. I want to go to college. I've been telling you that. How I'm going to get a job, then save so I can go to school."

"You can still do all those things. I know how much you want to go to college. I want you to have everything you—"

"Danielle, stop." Matthew held up both palms and avoided her eyes. "I don't love you."

He might as well have closed his hands around her throat and killed her. She couldn't control the trembling that began to take over. "But you said you did," she managed to squeak out after a few moments. "You said you loved me."

"Well, at the time, we were ..." Matthew looked at the ground, shook his head, and kicked the ground with the tip of his shoe. When he looked back up at her, he eyed her with a critical squint—almost as if she'd been the only one in his parents' barn that day. "I thought Englisch girls used birth control, took pills or something."

Danielle's mouth fell open. "I told you I wasn't on birth control, and you didn't seem to care." She touched her stomach with both hands. "It's not like I planned this."

Matthew started to pace again, shaking his head. "Ach, this is a mess."

Danielle's stomach twisted. She would have never agreed to be with him in such an intimate way if she'd known he didn't love her. She tried to recall if she'd pushed him into saying the words. She didn't think so, but did it really matter now anyway? He doesn't love me. Her own upbringing had been a disaster, and she was determined to be a good mother and to raise her child in a normal home, one filled with love.

She swallowed back the tears building and imagined telling Martha. If Matthew couldn't cope with it, how would Martha? The older woman had taken Danielle in a year ago, before they'd been joined by Arnold, Martha's new husband. She'd been more of a mother to Danielle than she'd ever had, but this news was going to be upsetting to them both.

Matthew finally stopped pacing and faced her. "Maybe you should give the baby up for adoption?" He looped his thumbs beneath his suspenders and stood taller.

Danielle's bottom lip began to tremble. "No. I'm not giving my baby away." She shook her head as she stuffed her hands in the pockets of her sweater. "No way."

Matthew put on his hat, tapped it into place, then stared down at her with eyes that no longer twinkled of amber and green, but instead were stony as jade. "You're on your own if you do this. I've been trying to get out of here forever. There're a lot of things I want to do."

Danielle wanted to cry, beg, tell him that this was a great excuse to leave the community, but she'd heard him loud and clear. He doesn't just want to leave the community ... He wants to leave me. She slowly backed away, holding her sweater tightly around her as the tears came.

"Please don't cry. I'm sorry, Danielle." He took two steps toward her. "I—I'm just not ready to be a father. Or a husband." He raised his eyebrows. "I don't think I'd be gut at either one. You deserve better than—"

"Shut up, Matthew! Just shut up!" She ran to where her car was parked several yards away from Matthew's horse and buggy. As she hurried into the seat, she could hear Matthew yelling something in Pennsylvania Deitsch. She couldn't understand his dialect.

Not that she needed to. She'd heard enough.

* * *

Levi slowed his horse, Chester, to a stop in front of Sarah's house. Sarah's father was sitting in a chair on the front porch, the way he had been the last two times Levi brought Sarah home from a Sunday singing.

"I think he's worried you might try to kiss me good night." Sarah tipped her chin down, grinning.

Levi was glad it was dark. He could feel the warmth in his cheeks even though his cold breath formed a cloud in front of him. Levi wanted to tell her that didn't make much sense. He could have kissed her all the way home, not just when he was dropping her off. But he didn't say anything. He stepped down from the buggy and walked around to Sarah. She eased the heavy brown blanket from around her, then Levi helped her down. She was almost as tall as he was.

"I had a gut time." Sarah smiled, her teeth chattering. "Danki for taking me."

"Ya, it was fun."

Sarah leaned closer, near enough that Levi could have kissed her. "See you next Sunday?"

Levi looked over her shoulder and saw that her daed was still on the porch, so he just smiled as he stared into her dreamy brown eyes. "Ya."

Sarah was beautiful; a perfect white smile, delicate features, and in the Englisch world, she probably could have been on the covers of those fancy magazines. Every guy in Canaan wanted to court her. Levi still wasn't sure why she'd chosen him.

"You're so sweet and shy, Levi. It's one of the things I love about you." Sarah kissed him on the cheek, then quickly turned and ran across the yard toward her house.

Levi moved fast too, hurrying back into the buggy since Sarah's father was now standing and holding a lantern out in front of him at arm's length. It was completely dark, but a full moon lit Sarah's front yard enough to make him wonder if John Troyer saw his daughter's bold move. He clicked his tongue and moved the horse toward the main road, glad that his house wasn't far. He pulled the blanket Sarah had used onto his lap and adjusted the small battery-operated heater on the floor of the buggy.

Once his shivering was under control, he thought about what Sarah had said. "It's one of the things I love about you."

Was that Sarah's way of saying she loved him or just a casual comment? He'd known Sarah since her family moved from Indiana to Canaan about six months ago, but it wasn't until recently that Sarah seemed to take an interest in him. Before that, Sarah had been spending time with Jake King, another newcomer to their small community. The talk around the community was that Jake might even propose. But a few weeks ago, Levi noticed that Sarah was going to the singings alone, and one night she asked Levi to take her home, then continued to do so. He hoped Sarah wasn't expecting him to propose anytime soon. He cared about Sarah, but they weren't anywhere near that kind of promise to each other. Plus, Levi wasn't even baptized yet. Marriage seemed far off in his mind, even though he was twenty-two and his mother constantly pushed him about the issue. Two of his siblings, Jacob and Emily, had both married when they were younger than Levi.

Thankful to be home, and looking forward to the warmth of his house, he pulled into his driveway, parked the buggy, then led Chester to the barn, lighting his path with a flashlight he kept in the buggy. It was then that he heard crying. He pointed the light to the crumpled-up shape in the corner.

"Danielle?" Levi hurried to her and squatted down. He pushed back long strands of blond hair from her face and saw tears rolling down her cheeks. "What are you doing here?" He sat down on the cold dirt beside her. "What's wrong, Ladybug?"

Levi had been calling Danielle by that nickname for almost as long as he'd known her, close to a year now. She'd plucked one of the red and black insects from Levi's hair last spring and told him that ladybugs were lucky, something she wasn't. Levi had told her that life wasn't based on luck, but on faith and God's plan. Danielle had gently placed the bug in her palm, smiled, and said, "I don't know about that, but I want to be lucky like a ladybug." And somehow the nickname just stuck.

"I wasn't ready to go home. I just needed—" Sobbing, she buried her face in her hands. "My life is a wreck. I've made a mess of everything, and Martha and Arnold are going to be so upset with me, and Matthew doesn't love me, and ..." She started crying so hard that Levi could barely understand her. After a few moments, she lifted her face to his and locked eyes with him. "And ... and ... I'm pregnant."

Levi hung his head and sighed before he looked back at her. "Ach, mei maedel. Are you sure?" Danielle was his best friend, the only person he felt completely comfortable with. It had been like that since they'd met. She was a high-spirited Englisch girl who said whatever was on her mind, and she'd lived life in a way that Levi didn't understand, but from the beginning, they'd fit together like bread and butter.

"I'm sure."

Levi's temples throbbed, and he wanted to leave right then to find Matthew. He'd never met the man, but he felt the need to punch him in the gut just the same. Matthew lived in a small district near Alamosa, about ten miles away, but Levi'd make the trip to straighten him out ...

He took a deep breath, reminding himself that it was not their way to be aggressive. But how did Matthew let this happen?

Danielle sniffled and studied his face. "It takes two, Levi. This isn't all Matthew's fault."

Levi gritted his teeth together for a few moments. "Well, he should have ... I don't know ... done something different." He paused, shining the flashlight toward the barn window. "Where's your car? You didn't walk here, did you?" His teeth chattered as he spoke.

Danielle nodded in the direction of the light. "It's out there, parked on the other side of the barn. I didn't want your parents to know that I was out here."

"You should have waited inside. It's not that late, and you know Mamm stays up until I get home."

Frowning, she sighed. "Your mom doesn't like me. You know that."

"She likes you." He let the lie slip from his lips. Vera Detweiler hadn't liked Danielle since the first time she noticed her spending time with Levi after worship service. Martha was friends with the Amish community, attended the Amish church service every other week, and often brought Danielle with her. His mother saw Danielle as a threat—an Englisch girl set on stealing away her baby boy, which couldn't have been further from the truth. If his mother only knew how much time he and Danielle had really spent together, she'd have been doubly worried.

Danielle smiled a bit, but sniffled again. "Thanks for saying that, but we both know it's not true."

Levi gave her a rueful smile. He'd hoped his mom would have relaxed once she found out that Danielle was seeing someone, and now that Levi was seeing Sarah. But no, his mother was still worried. "You are too close to that girl. She's wild, and she'll lure you into her world," Mamm had said. More than once.

Levi pushed back the rim of his hat, and in an effort to avoid another lie, he changed the subject back to her pregnancy. "What are you going to do?"

"I don't know." She swiped at her eyes. "Remember when I got stung by that huge bumblebee when we were picking blueberries?"

Levi nodded. "Ya, your hand swelled up pretty bad."

"But you went to your house and got something to put on it, and the swelling went down right away." Danielle almost smiled.

He shrugged. "It was just an herb mixture Mamm keeps around the haus. It wasn't that big of a deal."

"I could name lots of other times, but the point is ... you always know what to do about things." She let out a heavy sigh.

Levi scratched his chin, knowing he couldn't fix this for her.

"I'm going to be the best mother in the world," she said. "That's what I'm going to do."

(Continues...)



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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    This is the BEST Yet in the series!!

    Book 3 of Beth's Series, "A Land of Canaan Novel" Synopsis: Characters that we know well from Books One and Two appear again, but the focus this time, is on Danielle, a young girl we met previously, who is definitely NOT Amish. She makes one BIG mistake, or so it seems- she falls in love with an Amish young man. Then comes the shocker!!! Danielle discovers that she is pregnant. Of course, she is devastated, as any young single girl would be! But she is hoping that the father, Matthew Lapp will do the right thing and not leave her as a single mom. Danielle convinces herself that he will marry her. She is aware that Matthew has made plans to leave the Amish faith and his home in Colorado , but in her innocence, believes he will fullfill his duties as the father of her baby. The plot then thickens as Matthew walks away from the whole situation. His plans are the only important ones to him and he is not going to change them for anyone or any situation. Danielle is totally alone., feeling she has no one to turn to for help. She does have a young Amish man who is a good friend, who is extremely faithful to the Amish community. Levi offers her comfort as a friend but they really have nothing in common- She doesn't want to be pregnant, doesn't want to be Amish , and doesn't want to trust God. What can she do? Where can she go? God has plans but will Danielle follow them? He has "loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never goes away but endures forever" (excerpt from back cover of book). My Opinion and Thoughts of this book: When one opens one of Beth's books, it seems that you are entering another world- one in which you become very much a part ! You "live" her story, NOT just become the observer, when reading it. Each character has their own quirky characteristics that make them so special . Upon meeting each one, it is like biting into a chocolate, not knowing what you will find inside!! The outer image that you first imagine seeing, is not always what you find in the inner person. Beth's special talent of making these characters so real and part of you is what keeps you reading long hours into the night. Each one has hurts, joys, disappointments , successes and yes, sometimes you emit a loud giggle or two when particular characters appear on the scene. A bit of humor here and there is what catches you offguard. Her characters connect , transform and redeem, right before your eyes. The plot has twists and turns, with surprises around every corner. Do not plan on starting to read this book , then put it down to get dinner or go to bed! IT WON'T HAPPEN!! The many characters involved in Danielle's life have problems of their own and all have answers for her, they believe. The many feelings that each one goes through are felt by the reader intensely. You just NEVER know what each person is going to go through next or the situation that will arise. Your emotions are up and down and running wild!! Beth tackles difficult subjects with such understanding and grace. The healing aspect is apparent in all of her novels, but this one, in particular shows how you only receive that healing grace through being vulnerable and honest before God. She shows that redemption is possible when life becomes hopeless. A message clearly shows through - God can DO the IMPOSSIBLE!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2012

    An Amish novel with a difference.

    Danielle is only 18 and pregnant. Matthew, her boyfriend, has disappeared. Danielle’s best friend, Levi, an Amish man, is willing to raise the child as his own.
    Levi believes God is telling him to marry Danielle. She has no desire to become Amish nor does she want to ruin Levi's life. Danielle has no belief in the God Levi loves and worships. Where was God in all those times where nothing would go right in her life? Can God use these circumstances to help Danielle to know God and believe that His love is forever?
    I loved how the characters learned about forgiveness, love, and peace through some very difficult, real-life situations. The characters are real; some funny and some you love to hate. The story has many twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the end.
    This is the third book in the Land of Canaan series, by Beth Wiseman.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    In His Love Endures Forever, Beth Wiseman has done what she does

    In His Love Endures Forever, Beth Wiseman has done what she does best -- crafted another heartwarming tale of love and redemption, set amongst the backdrop of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Canaan, Colorado.

    Lovely 18 year old, Danielle Kent, the product of a physically abusive upbringing and starving for love, finds herself falling for handsome, Matthew Lapp, a young Amish man she has been seeing. Thinking Matthew returns her love, she gives herself to him one fateful day that forever changes the course of her life. A day that results in a pregnancy...a day that opens her eyes to the truth.. as Matthew not only walks away from her, but the Amish community as well.

    Heartbroken and alone, Danielle turns to her best friend, Levi Detweiler, for consolation. Levi's mother, Vera, is very uncomfortable, to say the least, with her son's friendship with a non-Amish girl, fearing that Danielle will steal her boy away from his Amish roots. But Levi feels that God has called him to help Danielle in any way he can, though Vera and a lovely, Amish girl plot to keep them apart.

    Danielle wants nothing to do with Levi's God, doesn't want to be an unwed mother, and definitely wants nothing to do with Levi's mother or her own. As her journey in life takes some unexpected twists, will Danielle find forgiveness in her heart for those who have hurt her?...and learn to trust the plans of the One who has always loved her? -- the One whose love endures forever.

    I have read every Beth Wiseman Amish book she has ever written, and I simply adore her stories. Her characters are realistic, with human faults and frailties, her storylines not cushy and sugarcoated, with a strong spiritual thread of love, forgiveness, and redemption throughout! When I sit and cry at the end of a book I know I have just conluded a satisfying read.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    This is the first book of its kind that I have read; Fictional C

    This is the first book of its kind that I have read; Fictional Christian Romance. "His Love Endures Forever" is a story about how two different lifestyles can become one and what is at stake if they do.
    The young woman in the story is not Amish, yet she is best friends with someone who is, and best of all gets impregnated by an Amish fellow. When the father-to-be skips out of town, someone decides to step in and raise her baby as his own.

    The story is actually a bittersweet romance that is juvenile, yet entertaining to read. The main character, Danielle, is only 18 and being non-Amish, she is allowed to have all the amenities and lifestyle as everyone of the free world. This story is very comprable to a modern-day, Amish version of Romeo and Juliet. There is evident love, differences in families, and the longing to belong in someone's heart and their life. 

    The characters are slightly underdeveloped and all of them seem to be very similar to one another. Being that most of the characters are Amish, there is not much of a way to differentiate them from one another. There is quite a bit of conflict between women and families in this story, which really brings out the emotions that are meant to be conveyed to the reader. The internal conflict that Danielle has with believing in God, is plausible and is something that I think many people can relate to. The story is heavy on its dialogue about religion and is very focused on the belief system or Christianity.

    This is definitely a story that I would want to continue reading the series on, however it is not one that I will wait on the edge of my seat to purchase. I am glad that I was able to read and review a book of this kind because now I can look into reading more books of this style. 

    I would recommend this book to someone who is already familiar with Amish/Christian stories, or is looking to read something different.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Great inspiring story

    If you like the Amish stories and Beth Wiseman, this book will not disappoint you. I find such encouraging messages in her writings. His Love Endures Forever was no exception. The story line held my interest and the Godly message is intricately woven into the pages.
    This is a book that is entertaining, inspirational and left me happy. It is always a good book, when you feel like it has added something of value to your life once you have finished it.
    Thank you to Beth for sharing her gift

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    His Love Endures Forever is the third book in the Land of Canaa


    His Love Endures Forever is the third book in the Land of Canaan series. Beth Wiseman has written a wonderful story of redemption. This is not a typical 'boy meets girl and everything works out for the best' story. This is a real life situation in which many of our young people are living through.





    The difference? GOD





    God uses even an unplanned pregnancy and an unlikely friendship to bring good from all things. I had not trouble relating to Levi' mom throughout the story. She is the epitome of the mama bear protecting her young. Love her for it! Beth's writing pulled me into the lives of each of the characters. I love how a simple fiction book can remind me to wait on GOD, not run ahead of Him.





    Rating: A





    I look forward to reading the first two books in this series: Seek Me with All Your Heart and The Wonder of Your Love. Even without reading the first two books, I had no trouble following the storyline or characters. Beth seemlessly blended it all together! Great job!



    I received a complimentary e-book from Thomas Nelson and their BookSneeze program for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure

    An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?

    Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.

    Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby.

    When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort—yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God.

    And yet.

    God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine . . . loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.

    His Love Endures Forever is definitely not your "typical" Amish romance. It was a very good story of faith and always, always trusting in God's path for your life even when it seems exactly opposite of what you think He wanted for your life. Levi trusts in God and does what he knows God wanted him to do. Danielle comes from a difficult life and has a very hard time trusting anyone, especially God. But God used an unplanned baby, Levi, and his family to turn her hear towards Him showing us that God does use all things for good. I think my favorite character was Levi's mother who honestly I didn't like very much at the beginning of the book. But she has very real character qualities and flaws and ultimately does the right thing for her family, Danielle, and the baby and really makes a huge difference right when she is needed most.

    I think that each part of the story had a good resolution. As I read, I wondered how the author was going to resolve several of the issues the characters faced successfully without making it seem to simple for some pretty big troubles. I think problems had very good resolutions that people facing the same problems in "real life" can relate to.

    I received a complimentary e book copy of His Love Endures Forever for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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