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A Goodbye to Yesterday

A Goodbye to Yesterday

3.3 48
by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Book 1 of an exclusive 6-consecutive-month release Amish serial novel.  In Goodbye to Yesterday, part one of New York Times Bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunsetter’s The Discovery--A Lancaster County Saga, Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple, are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles


Book 1 of an exclusive 6-consecutive-month release Amish serial novel.  In Goodbye to Yesterday, part one of New York Times Bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunsetter’s The Discovery--A Lancaster County Saga, Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple, are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?  Follow their story in this exclusive 6-consecutive-month serial novel.

Editorial Reviews

Walking in Grace - Vicky Everitt

I have always enjoyed reading books by this author but this was the first time to read one in a six-part serial novel. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy reading book # 1 and was so looking forward to book #2. As described above this story centers around Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus but the the author intertwines other characters to build on to her story. The author Wanda Brunstetter does not disappoint. I can't wait to read the rest of the story.
Zac's Blog - Zac Weikal

I really enjoyed Wanda’s new book Goodbye to Yesterday and I loved the cliffhanger ending! I was really excited to start her new series and I really love how they are releasing one book each month for six months. I think this is a great idea and it gives readers more time with the characters.

Empowering Mommy - Rachael Coe

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a short one but is the first one in a series of 6...
Although part of the book is sad I still really like the story line.  Wanda’s books are always filled with fun happenings and serious ones too.  This is a good book to take along to a Dr or dentist appointment as it is short and can be read in just an hour or two.  I can’t wait until the other five come out!!
Books, Music, and Life - Carole Jarvis

Wanda writes in a comfortable, easy-flowing style which I find easy to read. There's more narrative than dialogue or action in this part, but I think that's in order to set the stage - to provide necessary and relevant information to help us better understand the characters and their actions. I thought the narrative was done well.

I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy inspirational Amish fiction. Just realize that Goodbye to Yesterday is the first of six parts and therefore short. 

Book Bargains and Previews - Candie S.

Another great book by Wanda Brunstetter just a little different than the norm. So true to life..a young Amish couple faced with so many challenges, so many strains on their marriage.  The chance for a new career since his job lost has put such a strain on their finances, but he must travel  to his uncle's and the weather is not good .  Though it is based on Amish life, this book  fits in with what many Americans are facing today with the economic uncertainty all around us
Night Owl Reviews - Diana Coyle
This was a wonderful heartwarming story wrapped around love and family values. I’m a first-time reader of Ms. Brunstetter and I’m so happy I picked this book up. I’m now a new fan among her legion of many followers.


Long and Short Reviews - Stephanie Bond

I’ve not had the pleasure of reading Wanda Brunstetter’s work before this book and I’m glad I made the leap. Ms Brunstetter’s work shines. The words flow well and I was sucked into the story right away.

There is a lot of emotional play in this book. There are instances where I wanted to throttle the characters, then turn around and hug them. Kudos to Ms Brunstetter for getting me emotionally involved.

...I like this series and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next book. Thank you to Ms Brunstetter for setting up an interesting situation between Luke and Merrie.

Long and Short Reviews - Kim Miller

There is a lot of emotional play in this book. There are instances where I wanted to throttle the characters, then turn around and hug them. Kudos to Ms Brunstetter for getting me emotionally involved.

Product Details

Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
The Discovery , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)


Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have several Amish friends.

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A Goodbye to Yesterday: Part 1 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I as quite disappointed that I prchased this part 1 which as only 63 pages. I will be very expensive by the time I get done. I feel it could have been better if it was 1 book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, but I was disappointed that I have to wait for the next section. If this goes on for more than 2 sections it could be very expensive. I really does want you to come back for more. I would give it 3 out of 5 starts because of the cost for each installments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of Wanda Brunstetter books the story keeps your attention. But I would rather have the complete story in one book, not a book a month.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 Stars The Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga (Book 1) I am impatient and hate to wait for next book. So I waited to read till I could read all six books around same time. Goodbye to Yesterday is the first book in the six-part serial series. This was good and am going to start reading book 2 right away. It is also a good clean read. It starts off right getting you involved with the characters and the plot. Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus are newly weds. Her husband has been without a work for six months. Luke had a good job working for a furniture store. Right now people are not buying furniture. No one is hiring. Luke has been depressed. Luke has the chance to buyout his Uncle's business. He would teach him the trade and Luke only has to pay part now and the rest after he starts making money. He has to leave his wife for a month or so. It leaves you with a cliff hanger so you want to know what happens next to Luke and Meredith. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest opinion in exchange by Netgalley. 02/05/2013 Barbour Publishing, Inc. ISBN:9781616260859 128 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually like the work of Wanda Brunstetter, however, buying these books in 6 installments is too much. I have purchased series books many times but in each book you get more of a story. There is a lot of wasted text in these books that does not add to the story. I won't be purchasing the rest.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
You can always count on Wanda Brunstetter for a good book!  I found this story to be very true to life especially with the challenges in today’s economy.  Newlyweds Luke and Meredith Stoltzfus find themselves with financial problems.  Luke is unemployed and as a good Amish husband he refuses to let his wife work.  The burden of being jobless has caused a strain on their relationship as money problems so often do.  His prayers seem to be answered when his uncle in another state offers to sell him his business, equipment and prepare him for a new career.  The catch is he must go there and be trained.  Without enough money for two bus tickets, he must leave Meredith behind.   From the beginning, she has had a bad feeling about the trip and worries about Luke’s safety.  Plus, she has some very important news to share with him. News that will greatly affect their future together.  The story really leaves you hanging and wanting to read more.   There will be 6 books in this series, and I would truly like to read them all.  They will all be short like this one, only 121 pages.  I felt this was too short and would have liked it if it had been twice as long at least.  I would have preferred there be 3 books in the series instead of 6, but that’s just my opinion.   Otherwise it looks like it will be another very entertaining series by Ms. Brunstetter!  I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought both Goodbye to Yesterday and also The Silence of Winter and I only got up up page 61 in both of them. I would like the complete books since I paid for them. I have tried to contact you and the e-mails were returned. Please take care of this.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Wanda E. Brunstetter's latest book in the Amish genre, Goodbye to Yesterday, is a quick read. Just as you get a feel for where the story may be going you are left hanging. Yes, this book is a cliffhanger. I hope the next one in the series comes out quickly so the suspense is short lived. Anyways, the story revolves around young newlyweds Luke and Meredith who are experiencing a crisis. Luke has lost his job but there is hope if he comes to Indiana to learn a new trade. But Meredith has a feeling that something bad is going to happen on the trip due to inclement weather. Is she right? Read the book to find out! I received this book to read and review free from Handlebar Publishing.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a great Amish novel that is broken into manageable pieces, you might want to pick up a copy of Wanda E. Brunstetter's, Goodbye to Yesterday. It is the first in six mini-novels that are part of the Discovery Series and the Lancaster County Saga. Wanda is renowned for her Amish novels and for those of you with a little time on your hands, this is perfect. A whole lot is packed into 121 pages and introduces us to an Amish couple, Luke and Meredith Stoltzfus living in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. In this one, Luke is facing what many of us today are dealing with and that is a downsizing in his woodworking company. Since Luke was one of the recent hires, he is unfortunately the first to go. Now struggling to find work before his savings run out, he takes out some of his stresses on his new wife Meredith. Meredith offers to find work outside the home for now but for Luke, he feels it is showing a failure to provide for his family and tells her no. On top of that, Meredith believes she may be pregnant but doesn't offer to tell Luke until she knows for sure. With all the stress he's under now, she can't think of adding something else to his already full plate. Just when it looks like there is no sign of hope, Luke gets an offer from his uncle in Indiana who is looking to retire and wants to sell him his business. Meredith isn't sure this is the path they should take, and feels that the time away from her isn't going to be in their best interests. Yet with no other work opportunities in front of them, Luke has to make a decision to either stay in Pennsylvania and hope that works turns up or take his Uncle's offer. Now that a winter storm is brewing, it may not be the best time to travel or leave his wife at home. I received Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter compliments of Handlebar Central and Barbour Publishing for my honest review. I have to warn you that because this is a series of parts of a book, it ends on a cliff hanger. Yet the next book is slated for release in March of 2013, The Silence of Winter so you won't have to wait long to see what happens next. Like I stated earlier in my review, I saw this mini-novel as a way of breaking up a much bigger story for people who would love to read a full size novel but simply lack the time or energy to do so. This way you can have your cake and eat it too! I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and the perfect way to introduce a new reader to Amish Fiction in general. I've read several of Wanda's books and am never disappointed by the time she puts into making the reader feel like part of the story. I can't wait for March and this one is already on my Must Read List!
Anonymous 5 days ago
These books are my favorite reading
quiltergns More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed in this book. I feel it should have been classified novella.
JoyECS More than 1 year ago
I was wishing I come help the family, but I w3as just reading and enjoying.
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I really thought better of the author than for her to loan her name and writing reputation to such a cheat! I agree...63 pps. per installment makes for a mighty expensive book. I agree with others........save your $$!
wendynoelle More than 1 year ago
Great story-telling & a fast read! Tension mounts as Luke struggles with the inability to bring in an income, after being laid off from the furniture store where he'd been working. Suddenly, an uncle calls with the offer to sell Luke his business as a head-stone engraver--and train him. Meredith doesn't want Luke to leave in the winter, fearing winter storms, and dreading the few weeks he'd be gone. Luke cannot pass up this seemingly Heaven-sent opportunity to get back on his feet financially. He hates leaving his wife, even for the few short weeks of his pending absence... You need part 2 ready, though, so you can read the rest of the story. The plot is intricately woven, and shows clearly that no man is an island. All lives are connected with others, and every decision (good or bad) affects others as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for letting us know its only 60 pgs. Thats what I was looking for...crazy. ive read other seroes like this, but sold for 1.99 a release.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is really good but you may not realizze that each book in the series of six books only has about 61 pages in each book. At $4.95 a book that is a total of about $30.00 for a book with a total of just a little over 300 pages - for an ebook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be called a short story not a second book it was just over 60 pages on my nook HD!
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Very disappointed that this book was only 63 pages and cost over $4.00. The story in first book hasno ending. I will not waste my money on these books.
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