Sarah's Garden

Sarah's Garden

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by Kelly Long
     
 

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Quite by accident, Sarah King has fallen in love. But this love is forbidden, and could cost her everything she holds dear.

Tucked into the majesty of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains is a garden Sarah King has been nurturing for years. She never feels more alive than when she is alone with her thoughts and her Creator among the delicate

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Quite by accident, Sarah King has fallen in love. But this love is forbidden, and could cost her everything she holds dear.

Tucked into the majesty of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains is a garden Sarah King has been nurturing for years. She never feels more alive than when she is alone with her thoughts and her Creator among the delicate rows of plants. But then duty calls her away from her beloved garden and into a world she knows little about.

Grant Williams, a handsome young veterinarian, has left the city to open a rural practice among the Amish. Within minutes of meeting shy but feisty Sarah King, he is captivated by her.

As their feelings grow for one another, Sarah insists they can never be together. Marrying Grant would mean being uprooted from her home, her family, and her community. Throughout the cold Pennsylvania winter, with her garden tucked away until spring, Sarah begins crafting a quilt that illustrates her pain. Can anything lasting blossom from a love that's forbidden?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781418562434
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Series:
A Patch of Heaven Novel , #1
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
12,845
File size:
644 KB

Meet the Author

Kelly Long is the author of the Patch of Heaven series. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She’s been married for twenty-six years and enjoys life with her husband, children, and Bichon. Visit Kelly on Facebook: Fans-of-Kelly-Long and Twitter: @KellyLongAmish.

 

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Sarah's Garden (Patch of Heaven Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Goldilocks More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Amish romance novel by Kelly Long, I also read book #2 in this series "Patch of Heaven". Book 2, Lilly's Wedding Quilt is even better than this one, but both are great reads I couldn't put either one down and finished each in one day each. Hopefully Kelly Long will give us book #3 in this series soon. Ms. Long does put a little more romance in her novels but it's all clean and I enjoyed it. You can't help but love her characters!
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
The first Amish book I read, I didn't enjoy at all. I struggled to get through the book and decided the Amish genre was not for me. Recently, though, like taste buds for food, my reading tastes have changed. I've read a few Amish books and actually enjoyed them. This book is no exception. Kelly Long has mastered story telling. While there was no action or adventure in the story, it flowed smoothly and was written in a way that had me eagerly turning pages until the very satisfying end. I've come to appreciate the simplicity of the Amish faith. Sarah King is a great example of that. I loved her internal struggles that made her seem so human, yet her strong faith in the Lord who loves us all shined through her life, no matter what turmoil she was feeling inside. I think that's what drew Grant to her. Grant Williams is a good man. He is a Christian, whose faith is not so different from the Amish, but his way of life is. He has a great appreciate for the Amish community, instilled in him by his parents, and works hard to become accepted by the community. They form a friendship and their romance is a sweet, sweet story. The message of the story, in my opinion, is simple: have faith in the God who created you and knows what is going to become of your life before it happens. As the Bishop reminds Grant, "You're tired because it's normal. Don't give in to despair. Have faith in what Der Herr (the Lord) can do, even if you feel that you have done all you can. That's where He gets His space to work, when it's at the end of what you are." Overall, Kelly Long has mastered the art of Amish Fiction. I highly recommend this book for Amish and non-Amish fans alike!
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this series. Kelly Long has a way of making me want to jump into a book and run away with a fictional character. I have to say—she makes an Amish man sound pretty enticing! I cannot believe how fast I’m reading through this series. I gulped down this book and moved right on to the next which I finished in one day! If you’re looking for Amish romance that is a little more vivid in the romance department—Kelly Long sure has that area down pat. It’s still tasteful but just a little bit sensuous! About the Story: Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long is the first book in the Patch of Heaven series and takes us into the lives of the King family. Sarah takes comfort in her garden and feels as if she doesn’t really fit in with the women in her community. She isn’t great at quilting fabric—instead she looks at her garden as her quilt. This makes her unique and it catches the interest of the new veterinarian in town. Problem is—he’s not Amish and as much as Sarah wants to deny her feelings, she’s pretty interested in the Doctor. At the urging of her family, she tries to put the thoughts of Grant Williams out of her mind but after a stolen kiss here or there it just isn’t possible. When Grant makes the decision to leave and let Sarah go so that she is not shunned from her family and taken from her faith—Sarah’s world comes crashing down around her. It is then that her family tries to set her up with her best childhood friend, Jacob. Jacob has always been in love with Sarah and is determined to step in and be there for her if he can. Thing aren’t so easy for Sarah to accept though and while she seeks peace—Grant is seeking something else entirely. I don’t want to spoil it, in fact I’d like to tease you perhaps and make you wonder… Does Grant return and steal Sarah’s heart or has she found peace in the arms of her best friend? I’ll leave it for you to decide (and hopefully to read!) I think you’ll love it! Just the right touches of romance to make you wish you were able to snag the heart of some handsome man out in the middle of Amish country. A delightful read that has been an absolute pleasure and honor to add to my growing collection of Amish fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden is a novel that describes a young Amish girl's modern-day experiences. Living as an Amish young lady in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania, she is introduced to an English gentlemen who she develops a friendship with. I really enojoyed reading this novel, and felt that it was a "quick read." The author did a great job of capturing my attention throughout the novel. I enjoyed being able to picture how an Amish family relates to the modern technology that surrounds them in the outside world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long is a great book. It's about a girl named Sarah that's Amish. She loves her garden and plants. She meets the new neighbor vet and starts to have feelings for him. But he is forbidden because he is an Englischer. As they grow closer Sarah's moral dilemma grows. I loved this book because it portrays the Amish lifestyle very well. It was very interesting to me and I always love good love stories. I would highly recommend this book.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The scenery was detailed and very vivid, the thoughts of both Sarah and Grant were understandable and developed an indepth character history. It wasn't overly sentimental nor mushy but rather dealt with the struggles a young girl would definitely face when falling in love with a person who was not approved of by her parents and her community. Sarah had other struggles besides falling for the wrong man, she was also pushed into daily contact with a world that she was totally unfamiliar with and being very shy, had to build her confidence. I like that her family and the Amish community were given different personalities and characterists rather than being left as an anonymous background group. It also provided quite a bit of sly humour. Grant was also forced to choose a life path that would either include or exclude Sarah and his path was definitely unexpected. I also liked that the author included an Amish family that had left the community due to inappropriate behaviour showing that it does happen, not everything is perfect. It was definitely a good read. I look forward to more in the series. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson Amish Books
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Sarah King always tended the garden, and somehow her plants aways grew with beauty and the care she gave them. But,when her sister, Chelsea, married, it became Sarah's job to run the family farm stand at the end of the lane. Her first customer on her first morning was the new veterinarian, Grant Williams who had purchased the Fisher farm just across the way. Sarah' head knew that Amish girls did not fall in love with Englisch men, but her heart just wouldn't listen. And when Grant fell in love with her, too, they were treading dangerous ground, that could get Sarah shunned by the Amish community, and worst of all her family. Then, Grant disappears, sending her a cryptic letter that breaks her heart. Her family keeps hoping that her lifetime friend, Jacob Wyse can repair her broken heart. Will she marry Jacob, even though her heart still aches for her first love? Kelly Long has hit a home run with this novel, it kept calling my name, and I finished it in record time. I've read several Amish based novels, but this one has a twist.
retromom More than 1 year ago
I enjoy read Christian fiction books about the Amish once in awhile. These books are like home to me. Some would say they are predictable but sometimes predictable can be comforting. I found this book to be light and comforting which is the type of book I was needing at the moment. Sarah is a young Amish girl who would rather hide in her garden. After the marriage of her older sister, Sarah is put to work in the family's roadside stand. While working there she finds herself drawn to Grant, the Englischer neighbor who is also the new veterinarian for the area. They develop feelings for each other which Sarah knows can go nowhere as it is forbidden by the Amish. At the same time Sarah's family seems to be the target of someone who has it in for them. Sarah turns to the Lord for guidance and learns she must put her trust in Him. I enjoyed the simple life of Sarah and her family. I was very interested in the quilt Sarah makes to represent her struggle with her feelings. This was a very nice book and it was a quick read. If you enjoy Christian fiction and stories about the Amish you will enjoy this book.
Gabrielle321 More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden I don't usually read romance novels but I just finished "Sarah's Garden" by Kelly Long. It was sweet and clean and exactly what you would have expected from a romance novel. My guess is that if you typically enjoyed romances then you would like this book. I personally found it a bit too convenient and too obvious but then if you're reading a romance novel you aren't looking for a brain strain. My mother who does enjoy romance novels was chopping at the bit for me to finish so that she could dive into it. She didn't have to wait long. It was easy to read. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for light fluff that doesn't contain anything crass or provocative. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers 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."
WendiB More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden By Kelly Long Published by Thomas Nelson A young Amish woman named Sarah King is gifted with a green thumb in the beautiful Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains. With her eldest sister married and now with child, Sarah must leave the confines of her precious garden and take over the family's roadside stand. A job that will place Sarah face to face with the outside world, and her new neighbor, a handsome, charming Englischer veterinarian named Grant Williams. Forbidden to be anything more than friends despite the strong compulsion drawing them closer, Sarah and Grant struggle between duty and an undeniable attraction. Sarah knows she must marry an Amish man, and Grant knows that to be with him, Sarah would have to give up her family and community forever; a price much too high to contemplate. Kelly Long creates a world of such breathtaking beauty and heavenly grace, it is easy to imagine the struggle Sarah faces within her heart. A sweet and touching love story, Sarah's Garden is the first novel in the Patch of Heaven series, and I personally can hardly wait for the next book to be released! I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
Amish books just pull at my heart! Something about the way they take you into a forbidden place for most outsiders. I liked this book! The story itself was a little different than most other Amish fiction books, I guess that is why I liked it. This to me is an entertaining book and not something as a spiritual challenge. It did not provoke questions or made me fall in love with the Lord anymore than I already do. It was a very easy read. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.