Change of Heart

Change of Heart

by Molly Jebber

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Change of Heart by Molly Jebber

A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love's true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith's strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She's never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt's wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420137613
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 650,427
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

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Change of Heart


By Molly Jebber

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2015 Molly Jebber
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3762-0


CHAPTER 1

Massillon, Ohio, 1899


Becca Yost sighed, as David Garber's face flooded her mind. She pictured herself standing in front of their friends and family as he told her he couldn't marry her three weeks ago on her wedding day. A memory she would like to forget. Time away from home was a good idea. Besides, a visit to her sister was long overdue.

Her neighbors had made the long ride from home to Massillon, Ohio, an enjoyable one. What a relief. The Eblings hadn't mentioned David.

The buggy stopped, and Becca bid the couple farewell. The hot sun warmed her cheeks, and the sky was cloudless. Hoisting her bag over her shoulder, she headed downtown. The Ohio-Erie Canal sparkled in the sunlight. Passengers stepped into a boat at the dock. Maybe she would take a boat ride while she was here. On the corner, a peddler and an older man with a weathered face bartered over a handcrafted wooden cane. She smoothed her plain dress and righted her black kapp as she eyed three pretty women who wore colorful dresses with lace trim. What would it be like to wear a printed dress? She mustn't let her mind go there.

A newspaper boy stepped in front of her. "Do you want to buy a paper, miss?"

She shook her head. Maybe she should buy one. No, her parents wouldn't like it and neither would the bishop.

She reached First Street and peeked in the window of Ned's Milliner's Shop. Hats decorated with colorful ribbons and bows lined the shelves. She pressed her nose to the glass of a dress shop. White petticoats hung on a rack. Calico dresses caught her eye. Did Ruth wear these types of dresses? As she passed Myrtle's Bakery, she breathed in the aroma of fresh bread drifting in the air. No wonder Ruth loved living here. The colors, smells, and sounds were all so exciting, compared to her life in Berlin, Ohio, where men and women wore plain clothes and refused to have anything to do with world news or modern conveniences.

Becca held the old letter Ruth had sent months ago with her handwritten map on it. She grinned. Memories flooded her mind. She had missed their late-night talks. What a great idea she and her sister had had to sew a pocket on a quilt and tuck a meaningful letter inside before giving it to a loved one. Ruth wrote she'd had trouble retaining keepsake pocket quilts in stock. How many heartfelt letters had been tucked inside pocket quilts and given to loved ones? No matter. It was a blessing that family, friends, and now strangers who bought them would pass keepsake pocket quilts on to their loved ones for years to come.

The huckster bartered with a patron over a walking s stick and raised his voice. She winced and crossed the street. She read her map. Should she have let Ruth know she was coming? No. Surprising her sister was more fun. As she passed the post office, she found North Street. According to Ruth's map, she should turn here.

In the street, a boy cracked a whip with a loud snap. She jerked and tripped on a big stick and fell. "Ouch!" Her mind went blank for a few moments. She blinked a few times and recovered. A slender, tall man stood before her.

"Dr. Matt Carrington. Are you hurt?" He offered his hand.

She blushed and gripped his fingers, as she struggled to stand. "I'm Becca Yost." She patted the dust off her dress. "I'm not hurt, but I'm quite embarrassed."

He snapped his fingers, and his deep green eyes widened. "You are Ruth Smith's sister. Her late husband, Caleb, and I were friends. They told me about you. I am stunned at how much you look like Ruth. Are you sure you are all right?"

"Yes. I'm fine." He was kind and polite. They did look alike, but Ruth didn't have an ugly red birthmark the size of a small apple on top of her right hand like Becca did.

"Wait here a moment, and I will be right back."

Dr. Carrington walked over to the boy and jerked the whip out of his hand. "This is no place for you to play with a whip." He pointed at Becca. "Come with me. You are going to apologize to Miss Yost for Your bad behavior."

Dr. Carrington and the boy reached her. "This is Roy Wallace. He has something he would like to say to You." He nudged the boy's arm.

Roy removed his hat. "I am sorry for scaring You."

Seeing how cute he was, with his curly black hair and big brown eyes, she choked back a desperate laugh and gently tapped his nose. "You frightened me with Your whip, but I accept Your apology."

Roy gripped his suspenders and shuffled his feet. "May I go, Dr. Carrington?"

"Yes, but You behave Yourself. I do not want to hear this whip crack again, do You understand me?"

"Yes, sir."

He handed the whip back to Roy and pointed to the general store. "Your father is loading his buck wagon, and I suggest You join him."

The boy scampered across the street. "Roy is nine, and he is always into mischief. He and his parents are patients of mine. Are You here to visit Ruth?"

"Yes. My visit's a surprise."

"She will be delighted." He wrinkled his forehead and pointed to her sleeve. "You're bleeding."

She touched her arm. Wet, she pushed her sleeve up and gasped. A cut oozed with blood.

He lifted a stick stained red. "You must have landed on this." He dropped the stick to the ground, pulled out a clean handkerchief from his shirt pocket, and handed the crisp cloth to her. "Press this on the cut to slow the bleeding. Come with me to my office next door. Let me bandage Your arm. Then I will show You where Ruth lives." He lifted her bag from the ground and slung it over his shoulder.

Becca followed him. Yes, she remembered Dr. Carrington. Ruth had written to her in one of her letters about him. She'd described him as nice, caring, and smart. She'd left out the word handsome.

He opened the door. "The exam room is on the right."

She glimpsed inside a room on her way down the narrow hall. A handcrafted oak desk caught her eye. Neat piles of paper were stacked on top. Nice office. In a separate room, she scooted onto an exam table. No patients sat in the waiting room, and a nurse hadn't joined them. "Do You have a nurse who works with You?"

He dropped her bag onto a chair. "No. I wish I did. I put the word out, but no one has responded."

She cleared her throat. She was alone with a man. But he was a doctor and a friend of Ruth's. Should she leave?

"Ruth is a nice lady. Caleb and I met for coffee every Friday morning in my office. I sat with them on Sunday mornings in church. Caleb and I fished at least once a week. I have not dipped a pole in the water since his death. It is not the same without him. He was a good friend."

Becca stared at her lap. Had Caleb explained to Dr. Carrington why she and her parents had not visited Ruth? Would he ask her why she chose to visit her today? Please don't.

He pulled saline, ointment, and bandages from a cabinet, and then he tended to her wound. "Much to Your relief, I am sure, You do not need stitches. Are You in any pain?"

She shook her head. Dr. Carrington had been a perfect gentleman. "I'm a little sore, but I'm fine otherwise. I'll find Ruth's house. I don't want to take You away from Your work."

"This is my day off. I came in to clear my desk and order supplies. It is no bother to take You to Ruth's house, and I have done enough work for today. Are You allergic to any medications or foods?"

"I'm not aware of any."

Dr. Carrington removed a small bottle from a cabinet, shook out two pills, and handed them to Becca. "This medicine should help relieve Your soreness." He poured her a glass of water and passed it to her.

She noticed his hands. Callous free, and his nails didn't have one speck of dirt underneath. She swallowed the pills, passed the glass back to him, and scooted off the table. "Is there somewhere I can change my clothes? My dress is ripped, dust covered, and stained with blood."

"You can change in this room. There is a washbasin, a pitcher of water, and clean towels on the table in the corner." He walked out and shut the door.

She washed her face and hands and then pulled a clean dress out of her bag. After she had finished changing her clothes, she went to his office.

He carried her bag and ushered her outside. "Ruth's house is not far."

She winced as two men lifted a sheet of metal from a spring wagon and struggled not to drop it. She and Dr. Carrington waited to let them pass. "How did Massillon grow to this size?"

Dr. Carrington walked alongside her. "The railroad and canal played a part in helping the town grow. Massillon has thrived because of the wheat, steel, glass, and metal industries. In 1845, the Russell brothers built a threshing machine. Their invention won them first prize at the Ohio State Fair. The two men we passed are sons of the two inventors. They opened their metal company a month ago. My father is friends with the Russells." He chuckled and rubbed his chin. "This tidbit of information is one of my father's favorite stories to share."

She could've listened to him talk about Massillon all day. His enthusiasm for the city was infectious. Ruth sent letters about the latest fashions, but not about new inventions, history, or world news. These things were interesting. The next time a paperboy offered her a newspaper, she'd buy one.

He stopped and pointed. "This is Ruth's house. Have I bored You? I get carried away talking about the history of this place."

"No. I enjoyed our conversation. Would You like to come in and say hello to Ruth?"

He shook his head. "You and Ruth have a lot to talk about. I would be in the way. Are You staying long?"

Her stomach clenched. She accepted her bag from him. She didn't want to ever leave Ruth again. No one laughed at her jokes, lifted her spirits, or understood her like Ruth. She would have to return to her life in Berlin in a few weeks. Her sister's empty bed beside hers came to mind. Her heart stung. She would make this decision later. "I'm not sure yet." She blocked her eyes from the sun. "You've been kind, and I appreciate all Your help today."

"I enjoyed Your company. Visit my office in a few days, and I will check Your arm. I want to make sure Your wound does not get infected. Please give my best wishes to Ruth."

She had never been alone with a man, except for her daed. Dr. Carrington had soon put her at ease with his calm voice, kind words, and polite manners. She could understand why Caleb and Ruth had such nice things to say about him. "I'll do both."

He walked away.

She liked his crisp white shirt, creased black pants, and shiny boots. His neat appearance matched the way he kept his office.

After he left, she turned to Ruth's white house. A high-backed rocking chair sat on the porch. Red and yellow tulips and deep blue hyacinths planted in a pot scented the air. Her heart raced as she ran up the steps and knocked on the door.

Ruth appeared and yelped. "What a wonderful surprise to find You on my doorstep!"

Becca embraced her. "I've missed You so much." Her eyes swept Ruth from head to toe. Two years older, her sister hadn't changed a bit in the three years they had been apart. Aside from her birthmark, she and Ruth were mirror images of each other with their narrow waists, light blond hair, and blue eyes. "What a sight You are. Your printed blue dress is beautiful, and I like Your hair in ringlets tied back. I'm used to my hair being in a bun."

"You are as sweet as ever. I made the dress, and I like wearing my hair in ringlets the best. I have missed You. Come in." She ushered her into the kitchen. "Have a seat." She poured Becca a glass of water and sat across from her. "I have not received a letter from You since before Your wedding. Where is Your husband?"

She heaved a big sigh. "Three weeks ago, on our wedding day, and in front of our parents and friends, David Garber told me he couldn't marry me. First, I was stunned, then angry, then sad. My emotions ran together all at once. We hardly knew each other, but I had agreed to go along with Amish tradition and have Daed choose my husband. I was relieved and disappointed at the same time not knowing if David and I would be happy together or not."

Ruth brought her hand to her mouth. "Did he explain why he would not marry You?"

"He had visited his uncle in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for two months before the wedding. While he stayed there, he met a woman who cared for his uncle's sick wife. She cooked and joined them for dinner every day. During those times, he grew fond of her."

"Why did he wait until Your wedding day to tell You about this woman?"

Becca removed her shoes. "Because he had arranged with Daed to marry me, and he didn't want to dishonor me or our parents by going back on his word. When the time came for him to say his vows, he knew he couldn't go through with the marriage. This other woman meant too much to him."

A picture of David formed in her mind. She considered him attractive with his medium height, slightly overweight frame, brown hair, and green eyes. She had looked forward to learning more about him after their wedding day. No longer. Now distrustful and thoughtless came to mind. At least David had been honest with her though.

She sighed. "In the end, he did me a favor."

Ruth crinkled her nose. "What a terrible spot he put You in. Did he leave right away? What did You do?"

"He left in a hurry. I cried, and our parents and Grace comforted me. She is truly a best friend. She stood by my side most of the day. Friends had cooked chicken, potatoes, green beans, and pies for the after-wedding meal. I appreciated all their hard work, but I wasn't hungry. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, I nibbled on the food. I left early, and I walked to my favorite maple tree by the neighbors' pond to pray and ponder what to do with my life. I'm twenty and an old maid."

"You are not an old maid. I have faith You will either meet someone or Father will find the right man for You to marry when the time is right. In the meantime, I am thrilled You chose to come to me for comfort."

Becca hugged herself. It was as if she and Ruth hadn't spent time apart. Ruth had changed her life, but not her heart. "I'm ready to put the unfortunate day behind me. Grace understood this, but our parents and my other friends didn't. They wouldn't stop offering sympathy. I needed time out of town for a while, and visiting You came to mind." Becca touched a dishtowel. No doubt, the rose on the fabric was her sister's handiwork. Ruth had taught her a similar pattern when they were Younger. In the corner, a handcrafted maple cabinet stood tall. She ran her hand along the arm of the chair. The etched detailing matched the table where she and Ruth sat. Her sister's house was cozy.

"You may stay as long as You like." Ruth rose and placed two large pots of water on the hot stove.

Becca lifted a picture of Ruth and Caleb from a shelf. The smiling couple sat close. "When You left Your Amish life behind to marry Caleb, we mourned the loss of You for a long time."

"You did not mention this in any of Your letters."

"I didn't want to upset You. When I told Mamm and Daed Caleb had a heart attack and died, they asked me if You were coming home. When I told them You weren't, they cried. I explained You had built a life in Massillon and had Your mending shop to manage. They asked me not to speak about You because hearing about You hurt them too much."

She had missed Ruth's stories at mealtime and playing games with her on family night. She and her parents rarely played games anymore. The absence of her sister's laughter and excitement ruined the fun. "I'm grateful our parents allowed me to write to You. They didn't want me to come to Your house, but they understood how painful it's been for me not to visit You. Mamm and Daed were ready to let me do anything to lighten my dark mood. Shunning our friends who choose to leave our community isn't a rule I agree with."

"I do not either, but Amish law is not going to change according to my circumstances. I miss our parents, and I pray for them every day. I will always be grateful for my Amish upbringing, but I have no desire to go back to Berlin. I have grown roots here, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else."

Life without Caleb for the last year mustn't have been easy for her sister, but Ruth had never once complained. "Do You struggle to make a living here?"


(Continues...)

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Change of Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was enjoyable to read and had a great story line. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys christian fiction.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Change of Heart is a must read with the setting in the past. I received this book by winning a contest for Amish books. The main character is Becca Yost who grew up Amish. Becca is so compassionate, gentle and treats everyone with respect. Becca struggles with facing individuals throughout the book that puts her down because of her simple dress and life style. However, she is strong and trust God to take care of her. Becca meets Dr. Dr. Matt Carrington at the beginning of the story and he is not taken back by her birthmark or simple dress. There is obstacles to overcome but Becca is strong and a dramatic event at the end of the book brings a wonderful conclusion to the story about Becca. Molly Jebber has amazing characters and events that will have a readers' emotions going in different directions throughout the book.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Let’s just state it up front - I am not normally a Amish fiction fan - I tend to read historical, suspense and contemporary literature as the Amish way of life isn’t really a area I know much about. But something about this book drew me in - I guess also it was about two sisters who had left the Amish way of life but still held true to the faith that way of life had instilled. Mecca Yost, after being jilted and left at the altar by her fiancé by arranged marriage, fees to her sister in Ohio. She doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life now but a change of scene is warranted. Trained as a midwife she finds work as a nurse at the local doctors office and a romance soon blossoms. Sadly for Becca, her intended’s mother has other ideas and sets about a campaign to ensure they can never be together. This is one of the things that kept the story interesting - how was Becca ever going to gain a foothold in this family. I loved the surprising way this was eventually achieved - it was quite the dramatic turn of events when wasn’t expected from the beginnings of the story. A stellar debut novel with a lot of heart and soul. Highly recommended for lovers of any kind of fiction.
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MaggieRosethorn More than 1 year ago
It's not a bad book, but there are so many out of era statements that I had a really rough time enjoying it. There weren't antibiotics in 1899. NO well-brought up woman would give her given name to strangers - male OR female. Nor would the physician allow her to call him by his first name, nor would the patients have done so. If the story had been placed in modern times, it would have been much more enjoyable. The author really needs to do more research if she's going to place her books in a historical setting.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
This book was different from much of the Amish fiction I’ve read, because of the time period in which it was set, and also because the main character, Becca Yost, leaves her Amish lifestyle initially in the story. But she was a character to be admired, because her faith in God, her desire to help people, and her diligence, all Amish values, remained at the forefront of her life. It was also different because she and handsome doctor Matt Carrington declared their love for each other early in the story. Matt is a hard-working man of integrity who demonstrates his love for Becca over and over again. Matt’s mother proves to be the main source of conflict throughout the story, as she incessantly vocalizes her disapproval of Matt’s choice to court Becca. She is overly concerned with Matt’s position in high society, and her perception of Becca’s inability to fit in to that group. There were many other endearing characters in Matt and Becca’s lives, and I thought it would be lovely to visit the town and meet them in person. I enjoyed the story, but I wished that descriptions of some events had been fleshed out in more detail, and that the dialogue was less stilted. More careful editing would have improved it as well. However, I found this to be a cozy, enjoyable story that fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy, and I plan to read more books by this author. I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it while my husband was in surgery. Usually I can't read much during his surgeries but I had trouble putting this one down. I loved Becca and Dr. Matt Carrington from the moment they met. I laughed and cried during this story. I am glad that I had little troubles with my mother-in-law. She has always been very nice to me. I liked reading about the Amish during the late 1890's. Will they be able to get passed his mother-in-law and her prejudice. I received this book through Celebration Lit Blog tour for a fair and honest opinion. Come to my blog at http://bigreadersite.wordpress.com for a chance to win a free copy of this book.
ArtisticNobody More than 1 year ago
Change of Heart is the best Amish book I have read so far. I’m normally not a big fan of Amish fiction, but I couldn’t not put this book down! This is a beautiful story about how love can conquer any obstacle. I loved watching Becca’s love story unfold as I continued to read. Becca is a strong woman who holds fast in her faith and trusts God during whatever trial comes her way. Matt is a strong and kind man who is absolutely perfect for Becca. They are such a cute couple and I was rooting for them from the start! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was a joy to read and kept me interested throughout the entire length of the novel. Like I said before, I don’t usually enjoy Amish fiction, but I am so glad I read this one!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This was a difficult book for me to get into. The biggest problem was how stilted the dialogue and narration is (example: "Matt is sitting by the window at Lizzie's. No one is with him. I am hungry. We should join him.") The narration also told of the characters thinking or feeling things that didn't quite fit with what is going on. There is a lot of telling instead of showing which made the characters seem two-dimensional to me. I wanted to like this book but just couldn't force myself to finish it :( (Thank you to CelebrateLit Publicity Group for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
A young Amish woman, Becca Yost needs time away from family and friends whom no doubt wish this jilted young woman peace in her heart. She decides to take a trip to be with her twin sister. Her sister knows all too well about a grieving heart. The minute she arrives in town she meets the local town doctor. This peeks her interest in not just him as a handsome man but because of the connection they have in the medical field since she herself has for some time been a midwife. She could learn so much more working with this doctor and just her luck he is in dire need of an assistant She knew she would miss her Amish friends and family if she permanently stayed with her sister. I am sure it was hard making such a decision. Would she be shunned from friends and family? She would have to pray for God's guidance in what her future held. I could feel the pain in Becca's heart as she struggled within herself. We are all familiar with "Let go and let God." Becca had a wonderful gift in her midwife skills and as an assistant for the doctor. Becca and Dr. Carrington learned much from each other. They even learned to trust and love again even with Dr. Carrington's high society mother constantly snipping at their heels. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author and NetGalley for review. I was in no way compensated for my review. This review is my honest opinion.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
The Amish novels have certainly enjoyed a long popularity, haven't they? And here is another enjoyable one just for you! Becca Yost is a bride deserted at the altar. In a way, she's relieved--she doesn't have any feelings for David. Arranged marriages weren't anything unusual in the Amish community, but apparently David didn't have any loving feelings for her either. He was attracted to another woman, and he didn't want to begin a marriage with Becca while he was wishing for someone else. Becca is embarrassed by all the well-wishers constantly reminding her of her loss, so she decides to go visit her sister Ruth. Ruth is an Amish woman who married for love, but then just a couple of years into a wonderful marriage her husband died. The man Ruth married was not Amish, so she's been a widow, and she's delighted to see her sister. So is another man in town, the local doctor, Matt Carrington. Becca skins her knee and meets him right off the bat, and he's been looking for a nurse. Becca, as an experienced midwife, fits into that category easily, and so she goes to work for him. Propinquity does it's work, and before long they are an item. Trouble brews in the form of Matt's parents who view her as hopelessly backward and definitely not in their social class. How will this situation work out? Or will Becca find herself alone for life?
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it definitely won't be my last. I was pulled into the lives of the characters and the story line from the first pages and didn't want to put it down. It is a little different from the other Amish books that I have read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author captured the life and stor Becca, an Amish midwife, as she deals with whether or not to leave the Amish community and start a new life with her sister after she was jilted at the altar. I very much look forward to reading this author's next book.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
I started reading A Change of Heart and it captured my interest immediately. This Amish book has a different type of storyline, but I love and really enjoyed reading it. The book has twists and turns, but for me, I could not predict what would happen next. The author is excellent in describing the characters down to every little detail. I felt I knew the characters and their emotions. I love the facts of I could not predict what would happen, felt I personally knew the characters, captured my interest so fast and that it's a small town setting. A Change of Heart is unquestionably my kind of book. This is my first book to read by Author Molly Jebber and I definitely and highly recommend reading it. I'm thrilled to have a new author to read and I'm looking forward to her next book. I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
It’s whats on the INSIDE that matters! Change of Heart, By: Molly Jebber This book is Amish fiction with a twist.Such a unique cast of characters. You will fall in love with some and hate others. A wonderful story of love, acceptance, patience, kindness, and always there to lend a hand. Will love conquer all or will they walk away from each other?
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Change of Heart by Molly Jebber is a sweet Christian/Amish romance novel. It is set in 1899. Becca Yost was left at the altar and has decided she needs a change from her community in Berlin, Ohio. Becca is going to visit her sister, Ruth Smith in Massillon. Ruth’s husband died after just three years of marriage. Ruth runs a store called Ruth’s Mending Shop. Ruth left the Amish community to marry her husband, Caleb. After arriving in Massillon, Becca injures her arm. She is lucky enough to meet Matt Carrington, the local doctor. He takes her to his office and fixes her arm. He then escorts her to Ruth’s house. When Matt hears that Becca is a midwife, he asks her to work as his nurse. He has an office assistant, but Dorothy does not like dealing with blood. Matt and Becca get to know each other and fall in love. Matt loves her sweet innocence and Becca decides to leave the Amish faith. However, there is a big obstacle in the way to their happiness—Eloise Carrington, Matt’s mother. She believes her son needs a woman of good breeding and wealth. Matt finds most of the women his mother thrusts at him nasty, bitter, and shallow. Mrs. Carrington tries to buy off Becca without success. She then tries to humiliate her at a dinner, insult her in public, and get others to change her mind. After a while Becca tells Matt that she cannot see him anymore. She does not want to come between Matt and his family. Matt has made it known that he loves Becca and only wants her (he does not care for the opinions of his shrew of a mother). Becca feels that if they are meant to be together, God will find a way. Love is in the air for Becca’s sister, Ruth as well. Someone new to town will capture her heart. The sisters also take in a sweet little boy who desperately needs saving from his abusive and neglectful mother. Change of Heart was a sweet book and very enjoyable to read. I give Change of Heart 4 out of 5 stars. Reading Change of Heart is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. It has such a satisfying and romantic ending. I received Change of Heart from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very different Amish story, the people and their values are the same, but their lives have taken a very different turn. We meet sisters who have left the Amish faith, but not their beliefs in God, one because she married and left and the other who was left at the altar. I can just imagine the shock of being out in the world and how it must have hit Becca Yost, this is 1899 in Ohio, and she has just left her sheltered Amish life. We are about to watch her bloom, in more than one way. When romance comes to her in the form of the local doctor, we meet snobbery head on. His parents do not like her, and his mother does all she can to get rid of her, she has done it before. While I enjoyed the story, at times I found it a bit predictable, and rushed. That being said it is a fun read, and fast at that, one evening. I received this book through Kensington Books and was not required to give a positive review.