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It?s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She?s selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town. Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common?the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith?so ...
It’s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She’s selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town. Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common—the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith—so why can’t they seem to speak without arguing?
And that’s not all that’s going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a punishing drought, the community is faced with the decision to uproot their families and establish a new settlement. As families struggle to say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord’s direction.
"Wow, if only all Amish fiction was as good as Love's Journey Home! The depth of the characters, all the interesting sub-plots were all good!"
"Kelly Irvin's Amish adventure-romance mix of storytelling makes a reading feller snap his suspenders."
--Alan Daugherty, News-Banner columnist
"Kelly Irvin writes so well about the Amish community, the reader will cheer for some characters and dislike others. Irvin's characters display the strength of the Amish and her settings are vivid."
--Jo Huddleston, johuddleston.com
"I loved the characters; they were down to earth, everyday people who each had their own struggles."
--Cindy Loven, cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com
"Another heart-tugging story by Kelly Irvin."
Posted April 16, 2013
Kelly Irvin writes so well about the Amish community, the reader will cheer for some characters and dislike others. To those on the outside the love story seems simple to bring about with the two people having things in common. But a conflict changes even their conversations into arguments. Irvin’s characters display the strength of the Amish and her settings are vivid.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2013
I just finished Love’s Journey Home, the last in The Bliss Creek Amish series by Kelly Irvin. What a great book! Even though this book is about Amish characters, the feelings and storyline resonate with modern living as well. I didn’t want to put it down.
There were several months between when I read A Heart Made New and this last book but Ms. Irvin did a great job reminding me of the characters. I was able to jump right back into the story without missing a beat.
I absolutely loved the Shirack family when I met them in To Love and To Cherish and have enjoyed traveling on their journey through three books. The fact I get to continue with some of them in Ms. Irvin’s next series made saying goodbye this time a little easier to swallow. They were so memorable I wasn’t ready to let go completely.
The story itself is incredibly entertaining while the underlying theme of faith was exactly what I needed to hear. The heart-to-heart Auenti Louise shared with Annie spoke directly to my heart:
“(God) expects us to step out in faith. To believe He has a plan…Don’t dare to believe you know God’s plan, child. Don’t presume. None of us is that smart.”
Those sentences, spoken from a fictional character, hold a lot of wisdom for real life. How many times do I presume to know what God wants in my life? How many times do I sit and wait in fear when God would rather I step out and walk in faith?
I absolutely loved this book. The characters were realistic and I felt like I was part of the community yet again. As sad as I am that this series is over, I can’t wait to see what Ms. Irvin will bless us with next.
Posted April 4, 2013
This book is FANTASTIC. Kelly has another wonderful book on the market, you will love it.
I am not one for long reviews just short and to the point, because I know if the review is to long I do not
read them, so all I can say is this book is AWESOME pick one up you will not be sorry , you are going
to be wanting more from Kelly
Posted March 27, 2013
Kelly Irvin has given us what I would like to consider a real taste of the trials of Amish life. Loss and change come to everyone. It's not so much what happens to us, but how we react to it that makes us who we are.
Love's Journey Home shows us the loss and change in the lives of many characters, but the story revolves around Helen and Gabriel. Their first encounter involved a speeding buggy, a drunken boy, and a small child.
I enjoyed Kelly's insight into the not-so-perfect side of the Amish people. They get angry. They hurt. They mourn. And yet in the midst of that, most continue to trust God.
I thoroughly enjoyed the word-play between Helen and Gabriel, and the end...yes, well, I always enjoy happily-ever-afters. And you know it has one 'cuz I despise books without it. :)
***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted March 21, 2013
LOVE'S JOURNEY HOME by Kelly Irvin is a wonderful inspirational Amish Romance set in Bliss Creek. #3 in the "Bliss Creek Amish" series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is the third and final volume in this series. Follow, widow, Helen Crouch,widower, Gabriel Gless,and their young family on a journey home to find acceptance,healing,faith,second chances and love. Helen and Gabriel have lost much, each has lost their spouse,and must raise their young children alone. In the meantime, this little community of Bliss Creek is dealing with their own crisis,due to the drought,many families are having to leave for a new settlement. Saying goodbye is very hard. Some are struggling with their faith,while others struggle with new found love and maybe second chances. A heart warming story of love and faith and how God's plan will lead to many blessings if one just follows his direction and not their own. A wonderful read full of faith,and love. I enjoyed this story and would recommend to any reader who enjoys Amish,romance, and inspirational reads. Which, this is not a "preachy" story. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted March 9, 2013
In Love's Journey Home, Kelly Irvin reminds us of the importance of second chances. We have all faced loss, disappointment, and hardships. We all struggle to fit the pieces of our lives back together. Like characters Helen Crouch, Annie Plank, and Gabriel Gless, we need to summon our courage and begin again.
Irvin does a wonderful job of weaving together the stories of various families in Bliss Creek. Some have lost spouses or loved ones to death; some have lost loved ones to the world; some must leave their homes to establish a new community. All must find the courage and faith to start anew. The reader can easily get caught up in the fast-paced plot and can immediately care about and identify with the residents of Bliss Creek. Irvin's writing is descriptive, informative, and reaches into the heart and soul of the reader.
It is not necessary to be a fan of Amish fiction to enjoy Love's Journey Home. Anyone who likes reading romances with a message will not be disappointed. Thank you to Kelly Irvin for another great novel. I give her newest book my highest recommendation.
Susan E. Simpson
Author of Ginger and the Bully
Posted February 27, 2013
Love's Journey Home is a contemporary Amish romance. I am generally not a fan of Amish books, but this one was good. It's the only book in the series that I have read, and I had no problem following the storyline. There were several characters, but each character had a distinct personality which made it easy to keep track who is who--I'm horrible with names.:)
I won't bother summarizing the story since the overview does a great job.
This book was given to me by the author for the purpose of review. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion.
Posted February 13, 2013
Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite
Kelly Irvin takes the reader on a "journey" through the ups and downs of an Amish community in "Love's Journey Home." We meet Gabriel, a widower and father of eight children, two of them with "Down's syndrome, as he relocates to the Bliss Creek community of Amish to try and make a new start. The widow Helen lives in Bliss Creek, also struggling to make sense of life without a husband and the responsibilities of raising a family on her own. Annie, a young mother and recently bereaved widow, runs the bakery; her sister, Catherine, who has left the community for the outside world, returns for a visit, adding the dynamic of "shunning" to this story of everyday life among a people who have chosen to remain separate from the world around them. In the midst of the various relationships, we watch the characters struggle with economic choices, physical challenges, and the temptation of the outside world's lifestyle to the young Amish.
Irvin thoroughly and honestly looks at the benefits of the Amish faith, including the downsides--for instance, the high rates of mental retardation from the small gene pool--but she invariably finds the redemption. "If she accepted the blessings in her life, did she not also have the responsibility to accept the hardships?" This is not just a romance between a man and a woman. It is a romance between people and their way of life--their faith, their family, and their everyday moral and physical challenges. The ladies make a quilt for their elderly aunt's birthday; the pattern they use is called "Sunshine and Shadow." The aunt responds, "We will always have both in our lives." A succinct summary of life. A book worth your time.
Posted February 7, 2013
Book three of this series picks up around two years after book two. It starts out with Helen who we got to know a little in the first books. She is struggling with her teenage son and something he does puts her in bad light to the new family in town. Gabriel has come to Bliss Creek to start over yet he soon finds out his new community may not be much better then the one he came from. At first he does not like Helen but the more he is around her the more he finds himself interested. Annie is also again a main character in this book. David has died() and she is a widow raising her son and dealing with her grief as she runs the bakery that she now owns. Can she over come her grief to find love a second time?
What I liked: I enjoyed the story between Helen and Gabriel both have been through loss and are raising their kids. Helen is dealing with a teen who is not following the rules and Gabriel moved to Bliss Creek for his kids to have a fresh start so he is not happy with Helens son. This causes some tension that made it fun to read.
What I did not like: Honestly the face that David is dead was a huge let down for me. I know life happens but this series had a lot of bad things happen and I really wish he had lived. I also do not understand why Annie’s new love interest did not get a first person telling. I wanted to get to know him and really did not get the chance and I was disappointed in that as well.
Over all this book was just okay. I am giving it four stars because its well written and I really like the characters but the plot of Annie in this book made me want to give it a three star rating. I am hoping that the new series coming after this one will see less loss and more happiness. The author is a great writer this book just was not what I had hoped.