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Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for.
Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.
Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?
About the Author
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com; Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman; Twitter: @BethWiseman.
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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Charlotte pulled her black sweater snug and looked around at the people in attendance for her mother's funeral, a final good-bye to the woman Charlotte only thought of as Janell despite their shared genes. Almost everyone at the service was Amish, except for a couple of people from the psychiatric hospital where Janell had resided for the past three months. Was it obligatory for someone from the rehab facility to attend or, at the least, considered polite protocol?
Bursts of sunlight penetrated a cloudless blue sky as orange, yellow, and red leaves swirled within a gentle breeze, misting the small crowd. As a groundskeeper fought to corral the fallen leaves into a pile, a tractor in the distance harvested a corn maze in which Charlotte wished she could get lost.
Janell had fled four days ago, apparently found her drug of choice, and overdosed. At least that was what the autopsy results would most likely reveal. She had been found on the outskirts of Lancaster County, lying on the steps of a small church with a syringe in her hand. Preliminary toxicology reports showed large doses of methamphetamine in her system — enough to stop her heart, the doctors said. It would remain a mystery as to how Janell ended up at the church, but Charlotte prayed that she'd brought Jesus into her heart before she left this life.
Janell had been an abusive mother, whom Charlotte had tried to love after reconnecting with her a few months ago. She knew her mother's mind wasn't right, but even after Janell had been weaned off the drugs, she spat abuse like a snake, poisoning anyone who came near her with a large dose of verbal venom.
Charlotte wasn't sure if her mother's passing was unintentional, or if she'd committed suicide, like Ethan. She couldn't help but worry since she had the same DNA makeup as the rest of her family. A father killed in a barroom brawl. A mother hooked on meth with mental problems and a mean streak. And a brother whose heart was too tender to endure heartbreak, so he'd taken his own life. I miss you every day, Ethan.
Trembling, she forced herself not to cry. A part of her wanted to weep for the mother she'd never had, but stifling her tears protected her from an onslaught of emotions that might derail her. Despite her odious childhood, a few tender memories crept to the surface, comingling loss and anger into a knurly ball of grief.
Daniel reached for her hand and squeezed, a particularly endearing gesture since the Plain People weren't big on public displays of affection. Charlotte loved him for embracing her shaky hand at that moment, but she also loved Daniel Byler for the many ways he'd calmed her soul since she moved to Paradise, in the heart of Lancaster County.
A few moments after the pastor said the final prayer, Hannah Miller and her new husband, Isaac, walked up to Charlotte and Daniel. Hannah's face was moist, her cheeks flushed. Charlotte eased her hand from Daniel's to hug her. Hannah didn't really know Janell, so Charlotte was surprised by the outpouring of emotion, something else uncommon to her Amish friends.
Hannah held on to Charlotte like her life depended on it. She finally backed away as her bottom lip trembled. "I'm sorry for your loss."
Charlotte nodded, sniffling. Hannah was her best friend, but if anyone knew that Janell's passing was causing Charlotte to have mixed emotions, it was Hannah. And ultimately, the Amish believed that everything that came to pass was God's will.
"Where are your parents?" Charlotte had noticed that Amos and Lena weren't at the funeral, which was odd.
"They said they are sorry they can't be here." Hannah reached into the pocket of her apron, pulled out a tissue, and dabbed at her eyes.
Charlotte waited for Hannah to give her a reason for their absence, but Hannah just hugged her again, then turned and left. Isaac tipped his hat before they both walked away.
"Do you think Hannah is acting funny?" she asked Daniel, staring into the comfort of his soft gray eyes, his broad shoulders a protective shield from the early morning rays of sunshine.
He shrugged. "People handle death in different ways."
"I guess." Charlotte wanted to fall into Daniel's arms. Not only would it be inappropriate, but the bishop was heading their way.
Bishop Miller offered his condolences to Charlotte before he asked to speak to Daniel privately. Michael Miller, a man in his early forties, was the youngest bishop Daniel's district had ever had. As such, he was thought to be more lenient than past bishops and elders in the community.
Charlotte knew more about the Amish folks than she could have ever thought possible. Most of them had welcomed her into their world, although some slower than others.
Daniel walked with Bishop Miller until they were away from the crowd and out of earshot. The bishop sighed as he ran a hand the length of his dark beard, slowing his stride as he turned to face Daniel. "Today is not the right time, but I feel we must talk, Daniel. Can you come visit with me within the week?"
Daniel swallowed hard. Bishop Miller had only been bishop for a year, and so far he'd been fair. But Daniel feared that an ultimatum was heading his way. "Ya. Okay." He squinted from the sun's glare, not wanting to prolong the conversation. He searched the area until he saw Charlotte talking with his mother and sister. "Can we just talk now?"
Bishop Miller nodded. "Ya. Then we can follow up at another time if you'd like." He paused, stroking his beard again. "I took note of those in attendance today, and they were mostly our people. Charlotte has become a member of our district without being a member at all. She's not even Amish, yet she seems to be living the lifestyle."
Frowning, the bishop raised one shoulder, taking his time to drop it. "But she only practices some of our ways. She has no electricity, but she drives a big red pickup. She attends our worship services every other week, but she hasn't been baptized into the faith. And the entire community knows a romance is kindling between the two of you."
Daniel stood taller, his jaw tensed, ready to defend Charlotte's reputation if necessary.
Bishop Miller chuckled. "Calm down, Daniel. I know what it's like to be in love, and I know that you and Charlotte are abiding by God's rules as you sort through your emotions. But I feel that it's time for her to consider what she wants. She can't have her cake and eat it too, as the Englisch would say."
"Ya, ya. I know." Daniel eased his stance and shifted his weight from one foot to the other as he scratched his head. "She lives in her bruder's haus, and it didn't have electricity when it was left to her after his death."
Daniel had felt comfort in the fact that Charlotte hadn't chosen to put electricity in. At first her decision had been financial, but she'd been at her proofreading job at the newspaper long enough that Daniel suspected she could have installed power if she'd wanted to. "As for the worship services ..." He sighed. "Hannah and her parents are Charlotte's family, and I think she wants to share in that fellowship with them."
Bishop Miller smiled. "Back in my father's and grandfather's days, an Englischer would not be allowed to worship with us on a regular basis. And if a young lad was courting someone in the outside world, he could have expected a good talking-to. But I've let this go on between you and Charlotte because the poor girl has suffered, and I was hoping that the two of you would figure things out. But I fear the time has come to make decisions. If a situation goes on for too long, it becomes the norm, and I can't allow that."
He held up a finger. "Now, having said that, Charlotte must be given time to grieve. But I would like to see this resolved — one way or the other — before the holidays are here."
Daniel nodded as he glanced back at Charlotte again, still talking to his mother and Annie.
"Your mudder would also like to see this resolved." Bishop Miller winked at Daniel.
"Ya, ya ..." Daniel said under his breath. His mother had been one of the last people to accept Charlotte into her heart, fearful the Englisch woman would snatch her son away and take him into her world. His mother wasn't aware that Daniel would go with Charlotte wherever God's path led them, even if that meant leaving the district. He loved her, and his future was with her.
Bishop Miller put a hand on Daniel's arm. "Please tell Charlotte I am sorry for her loss."
Daniel watched the bishop walk away. If the man only knew how many times Daniel had tried to talk to Charlotte about making a life together. Too many to count.
Charlotte held her breath as Eve put a hand on her stomach and cringed. Daniel's mother was eight months pregnant. And in her fifties. "Are you okay?"
Eve nodded. "Ya, ya." After a couple of moments, a smile filled her face. "This little one is more active than Daniel or Annie ever was."
Charlotte glanced at Annie, who was scowling.
"You shouldn't have come," Annie said to her mother before she turned to Charlotte. "Daniel tried to talk her out of attending the funeral. Too much walking, and she's been having these pains, which the doctor said were early contractions." Annie folded her hands in front of her. "But she wanted to pay her respects."
"Eve, I would have totally understood you not coming." Charlotte sighed. "And you shouldn't have ridden in a buggy for sure. I can take you home in Big Red."
Annie chuckled. "Are you still calling that old truck Big Red? I figured you would have bought a car by now."
Charlotte shrugged. "I guess I have a soft spot for that old truck." She'd been so touched when Amos King had given it to her, she couldn't imagine parting with it. "Anyway, I'm happy to drive you home." She paused. "Um ... Hannah and Isaac left without delay, and Lena and Amos didn't come today. Do you know if everything is all right?"
Daniel's mother and sister exchanged quick looks before Annie cleared her throat. "Ya, ya. I'm sure everything is fine." She blew out a big breath. "We have to go. We are so sorry for your loss, Charlotte."
"Don't you want me to take you home?" Charlotte called out to Eve as she and Annie started to leave.
"Nee, nee." Eve waved over her shoulder. "It's not that far."
Charlotte didn't move as her gaze drifted from Eve and Annie Byler to the casket. Three men were waiting, presumably until everyone left, so they could lower Janell into her final resting place. She looked around again. Almost everyone was gone. Daniel waved good-bye to the bishop and headed her way, but he stopped to talk to his mother and sister. Charlotte made her way to the casket, offering a weak smile to the three men.
She pulled a rose from one of the nearby flower arrangements. The Amish didn't believe in flowers at a funeral, but this wasn't an Amish funeral and her friends had made sure there was an abundance of flowers for the service.
The three men all stepped away, giving Charlotte some privacy. Her tears threatened to spill again, but more from guilt this time. God, forgive me. I feel relieved.
It was a horrible emotion to have, but when it came to Janell, there would always be more bad than good on which to reflect. Janell's resurrection back into Charlotte's life only picked up where she'd left off, chastising and berating Charlotte at every turn.
During her stay in the mental hospital, Janell had called Charlotte every name imaginable. The nurses had tried to make Charlotte feel better by insisting that Janell was mentally ill, in addition to her drug dependency. They were probably telling the truth, but Charlotte tried repeatedly to have a relationship with Janell, despite everything.
Now, as she stood staring at the casket, she finally cried — deep, wracking sobs she couldn't control. But when she felt a hand on her shoulder, she reached up, laid her hand on Daniel's, and quieted her cries. Again.
"Good-bye, Janell." She fought to keep the quaver out of her voice before she faced the man she loved. Charlotte tried to recall if Janell had ever told her that she loved her, and she couldn't think of one single time.
Charlotte gazed into Daniel's gray eyes as wispy strands of dark hair danced in a soft breeze around his strong face. "I love you very much." It was the first time she'd ever said it. She and Daniel had a secret code between them for the past few months. A triple hand squeeze meant "I love you," but neither one of them had ever said it. For Charlotte, she'd known that it would signify the need to make a decision.
Can I embrace the Amish religion in its entirety to be with Daniel? Something about the finality of Janell's passing made Charlotte think about how short life was. What if something happened to her tomorrow, or the next day?
Daniel pulled her into his arms. Everyone was gone or getting into their buggies. He kissed her on her forehead. "I've been waiting a long time to hear that."
Charlotte smiled through her tears. "I've been waiting a long time to say it."
"I love you too." He held her tighter. "But you know that."
She nodded, finally eased away, and sniffled. Looking over her shoulder, she closed her eyes. Rest in peace ... Mom.
"I'm ready." She latched on to Daniel's hand as they crossed through the cemetery toward Big Red. "I offered to take your mom home in the truck. I don't think she should be riding in the buggy when she's so far along."
"I offered to hire her a driver, but she wouldn't hear of it." Daniel shook his head.
They walked in silence for a few moments. In the far distance a man in a dark suit moved toward them. Charlotte thought it might be someone from the funeral home, stopping to offer condolences or to make sure everything went okay.
"Hannah acted funny when I asked her why Amos and Lena weren't here. And your mom and Annie acted a little weird too." She stopped and looked at him when his hand tensed around hers. "What's going on, Daniel?"
"I, uh ..." He took in a deep breath.
"I knew it. What is everyone not telling me?"
Daniel opened his mouth, then clamped it shut when the man in the suit came into range a few moments later. They both waited until he stopped in front of them.
"Are you Charlotte Dolinsky?" The guy pushed a pair of black sunglasses up on his head. His short, dark hair was neatly parted, and his ebony eyes pierced the space between them. The man had a boyish appearance and distinct dimples, even though Charlotte suspected he was around her age — late twenties. He raised an eyebrow as he waited for Charlotte to answer. She nodded.
He offered the hint of a smile but stilled his expression. "First, let me offer you my sincerest apologies on the death of your mother."
"Thank you." She prayed the man wasn't a bill collector. Charlotte had done a good job of getting her finances in order, but paying for her mother's funeral, modest as it was, had set her back. Even though Janell was considered indigent and qualified for state assistance, Charlotte didn't have the heart to concede to a pauper's burial. "Are you with the funeral home?"
He smiled a little. "No." He glanced over his shoulder at a black Lexus parked near the curb. "Does the name Andrea Rochelle mean anything to you?"
Charlotte stopped breathing as her heart hammered against her chest. "Who are you?"
The man looked down for a few moments at his shiny black shoes, then lifted his eyes to Charlotte again. "I'm Blake, a friend of Andrea's."
Daniel stayed quiet, but he clearly recognized the name, too, as he glanced back and forth between Charlotte and this stranger.
Charlotte gazed past Blake at the car, and she thought she saw movement from inside.
"So ... um, I just wanted to make sure I had the right person and if you knew who Andrea was."
Charlotte's knees were weak, and despite the cool fall temperatures, sweat broke out across her forehead. "Yes. I know who she is."
Blake looked over his shoulder again, then scratched his forehead and frowned as he turned back to Charlotte. "She felt like she should be here, but I can't persuade her to get out of the car. She's nervous about seeing you."
A vision Charlotte had fought to forget slammed into the forefront of her mind like a derailed train that had jumped the track and was heading right for her. The memories had haunted her for years, and now the product of those recollections was less than a basketball court away.
"Should I ...?" She glanced at Daniel, then back at Blake. "Should I go to the car?"
Blake raised a shoulder, then lowered it, his expression somber. "I guess it's up to you."
Charlotte looked at Daniel again.
"I think you will regret it if you don't," he said softly.
Charlotte took in a deep breath and blew it out in a slow stream.
Excerpted from "Home All Along"
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Enjoyed watching the prospect of an English decide whether to become Amish. -
Well written story that showed courage, love, strenth. Easy to read and hard to put down. Will look forward to reading more stories.
It took me a while to get into this story, but I did enjoy it. *** esk 08/2018 ***
I was introduced to Beth Wiseman and the Amish Secrets series through the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. I usually don't seek out Amish fiction, but after reading the first two books in the series, I searched this one out. I just had to know how the series ended. I loved the conclusion of Charlotte and Daniel's story, the new relationship Charlotte develops with her sister and niece, and the other sub plots. We see how difficult situations happen to good families, and we see second chances and healing.
There's a reason whyBeth Wiseman is one of my favorite authors....she is always writing the perfect novel to make me feel happy....to take me away from the world of stress and let me feel like I'm on a vacation! One of my favorite vacations has been to Amish Country. I have visited Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, three time with my family, and I've been to Ohio's Amish Country once, and those have created some of my best family memories. Faith is very important in the lives of Charlotte and Daniel, and they are each willing to give up the life and faith community they have known and appreciated to be together. My faith has always been vital to me, but it would be very difficult to give up my faith for someone. But love is a strong motivator, isn't it? Readers will eagerly flip the pages of this third book in the Amish Secrets series to see what happens in the lives of Charlotte and Daniel. I am rating this book 5 ***** stars and highly recommend to lovers of Amish and Christian fiction. I received a complementary copy of this novel from netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Charlotte lives the life of the Amish in so many ways, but she hasn't taken her vows. She is accepted into the community, welcomed to worship with the women, and even finds love with an Amish man. Still, she can't quite find it in herself to give her heart fully to the Lord. When her mother passes away, her sister Andrea, who Charlotte wasn't even aware of until recently, shows up at the funeral. Andrea has a flashy car and wealthy adopted family- all the trappings that Charlotte never had. And just as quickly, she disappeared. Charlotte was disappointed because Andrea was her only family left and she'd hoped to be able to have a relationship with the sister she'd never had since she was very small. But before long, Andrea was back, and this time, she brought her baby. And her boyfriend's car. That she'd stolen. Things weren't as they seemed for Andrea, and things were about to get very interesting for Charlotte. How would the Amish community react to this new development? And could Charlotte find the courage to give heart fully, not only to her sister, or to her boyfriend, but to the only one who would never turn from her? This story was a beautiful reminder of God's love and how He is with us through all of the times of our lives, even when we don't think He's there.
Home All Along is the third and final book in Beth Wiseman’s Amish Secret Series. One could read this book as a standalone but it would not be as good, so I recommend starting with the first book in the series where we are introduced to Charlotte so that the reader is fully invested in Charlotte and Daniel’s lives. As I have read all three books, I loved this one and thought it was the perfect close to Charlotte’s story. Book three starts with Charlotte at her biological mother’s funeral. A mysterious person shows up at the end. It is her long-lost sister Andrea. Andrea had her own set of scars from her childhood even though she was removed from their abusive home as a baby. Andrea and her young daughter end up moving in with Charlotte. More turmoil is introduced into this book as we learn Lena’s, Charlotte’s surrogate Amish mother, cancer has returned. Lena has a peace about her though and despite the bad news the physicians give her, she looks to God for the final answer and for peace for her family in the outcome. Charlotte is not the only one dealing with a sick mother. Daniel’s own mother is pregnant and as time gets close, things do not go as smoothly as everyone had hoped. Daniel, his father, and sister are struggling with what the family and community might believe and what modern medicine is doing. I love how Wiseman takes a much-hated character as Edna and turns her into the only person who can reach Andrea and answer the questions that she had been longing to understand about God and Heaven. It was nice to see the antagonist come forward as a heroine in her own right and even thought Edna will never be my favorite character in this series, it was nice to see her in this role. The book starts out with Charlotte and Daniel trying to decide how to address their future and ends up with three families dealing with love, illness, death, and understanding God’s will in their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. Wiseman did a fantastic job bringing all these characters to life in her series. My heart broke and rejoiced right alongside Charlotte, Daniel, Lena, and everyone else in the community. Great job Beth! If I could give 100 stars for this series, it wouldn’t be enough! I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author and publisher in return for my honest opinion of the book.
Home All Along by Beth Wiseman is the third book in An Amish Secrets series. Charlotte Dolinsky is living in Paradise, Pennsylvania. It is a difficult day since she is burying her biological mother. They had a contentious relationship due to her mother’s mental health issues. Daniel Byler is approached by Bishop Michael Miller about Charlotte. It is time for Charlotte to make a choice. She cannot continue to straddle both worlds (Amish and Englisch). Charlotte is thrilled when a lost member of her family returns, but she is disappointed when the person is not interested in establishing a relationship. Charlotte loves the community, but she is not sure about making a permanent commitment. She needs to look deep inside herself to discover what she wants in life. What is the right path for Charlotte? Can she overcome her fears? Daniel loves Charlotte, but it is not the right time for him to leave his family or the Amish community. His mother receives disturbing news from her doctor, Eva developed eclampsia and is in a coma, and their Aunt Faye has come to assist them (oh dear). Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Daniel and Charlotte? Home All Along is a lovely conclusion to An Amish Secrets series. I found the book to be well-written, have engaging characters, and a good pace. Home All Along is not a standalone novel. You need to read the first two books in An Amish Secrets series prior to Home All Along. A few of the themes in Home All Along are power of prayer, right to pick your own fate, choices, fear of failure, faith, and love. Home All Along is realistic. Life is full of ups and downs which is shown in this novel. It is interesting to see what choices each person makes in Home All Along. Aunt Faye is quite a character. She provides levity to Home All Along. I am giving Home All Along 5 out of 5 stars. It was nice to see Charlotte develop over the course of the series. She developed as a person and a Christian. Home All Along is one of those books that you want to read quickly to see how it ends, but you also do not want the story to end (because then the series is over).
Some people struggle their whole lives to find a place to call home, when in all actuality it was right in front of them the whole time. In Beth Wiseman's newest novel, Home All Along, the third in the Amish Secrets series, Charlotte Dolinsky is faced with more challenges then most. Being orphaned along with her brother Ethan, she has watched the family deteriorate around her. First her father died, then her brother, and while she struggled to maintain any sense of a relationship with her birth mother Janelle, she watched her slowly die while languishing away in a mental institution lost in her mind in a rage of madness. It would make one wonder, why she shed any tears at all at her mother's funeral. But perhaps deep inside she was mourning for a family most had and she didn't. Even though her Amish family made her feel at home, they weren't her biological family. Daniel Byler is struggling himself with the feelings he has for Charlotte, an English woman who makes herself at home among the Amish, but still keeping a foot in the English world. He knows what implications will happen if he chooses to walk away from all he has known to follow his heart, but he is hoping that Charlotte might just want to walk away from the English world and join him. After all, it seems as if she is home already. They didn't see all the changes coming for both of them. The new Bishop has warned Daniel that Charlotte must make a decision soon as many in the fold are beginning to question if the Bishop intends to allow them to continue as they have been, clearly having affections for one another but not equally yoked. Charlotte is introduced to a sister, Andrea, she never knew she had, when she turns up at her mother's funeral, only to remind her that she just needed to know who she was for medical issues. This makes Charlotte question what God has in mind with all this news on the same day she buries her mother. Can she find the right faith to hold onto her life and weather the storms that seem to be pressing on her at this time? Only time will tell. I received Home All Along by Beth Wiseman compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGalley. Oh how I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. It makes one realize that the Amish are just like the English in so many ways and have the same struggles we all do. The only difference is their ability to try and accept the things that happen as God's will, but it still doesn't mean it makes it easy for them to handle it well. So many other relationships are addressed as well in this novel with characters readers have met in the other novels. I especially LOVE the ideas that butterflies are rumored to be messages from heaven! I easily give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
A story of heartache and hope, Ms. Wiseman brings us another inspiring Amish novel. I have been a big fan of this author's tender writing style for a long time. Her words of encouragement are written through out the pages of each novel, and this one was no exception. She brought her readers another home run with this one. As with her previous novels in this series, Ms. Wiseman creates a story filled with twists and turns, and mixes it up with the simple living and finely chiseled characters, in Charlotte and Daniel. Learning to let go, move on and accept what God has in store for them, is never an easy feat, but Ms. Wiseman accomplishes that and so much more. This book is beyond captivating. It will leave you reflecting on the will of your own life, and I love that she did that for me! It's a book that I won't soon forget, that's for sure! This is most definitely a 5 star novel, and I highly recommend it to all. You'll fall in love with these beautiful characters and their Amish living and want more when you reach the end. Well done, Ms. Wiseman, well done! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Beth Wiseman's Home All Along finishes up her Amish Secrets series, stories filled with struggles and joys for a variety of characters -- both Amish and English. Beth has filled her story with interesting characters, acting and interacting in many complex relationships. Several events happen that keep the interest level high and the search for the resolution of questions engaging throughout much of the story. Lessons of trust, love, and forgiveness play out as new issues come up and new characters come on the scene. Making difficult choices requires evaluating what is important, what faith is all about, and how to find a place that can really be home. Home All Along could probably be enjoyed on its own, but reading the entire series would make the details much more meaningful. Charlotte's journey from her living a typical English life in Texas to her life in Amish Country is an important thread throughout all three books. Her connection to her Amish friends, whom she learns to think of as family, is also much better understood after reading the entire series. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Home All along is a fantastic book. You start right off with a funeral. And Charlotte relies and loves Daniel but there is one huge problem problems happen, but let me tell you this the funeral was Charlotte's drug abusive, abuser, mentally ill mother so Charlotte was conflicted - when she was gone - didn't know how to feel she didn't know how to cry or if she could cry. After the funeral the pastor pulls Daniel aside and tells him know that he has to make the choice or, Charlotte does you, see Daniel is Amish but Charlotte is not she lives in their community and lives like like them and they accept her but not fully. So they will give her a chance to become baptized and be one of them . Anywho there is so much more to that convo you have to read it then right after the funeral as ever one is gone a serious earth-shattering thing happened hey I can't tell you all everything but believe you me you have to read this book you will not believe what happens the book is intense, heart pulse racing, heart jumping out of your chest, lovelorn, conflicting but most importantly GOD trusting, relying on, following and believing in. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Home All Along is book three in the Amish Secrets series by Beth Wiseman. Beth has written another wonderful story that will capture your heart. I love it when an author can make me feel as though I was part of the story. This story is full of faith, love, heartache, and pain. I didn’t want this story to end. I loved Charlotte’s and Daniel’s story. Be sure to order your copy of Home All Along today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!
Thoughtful I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. This is the 3 book of the series and help you understand more about what has happened in this wonderful series. You are revisiting Jacob and his leaving and wanting to come back to the community. Charlotte and her decision to either join the community so that she can be with Daniel, but also the conclusion of everything she has dealt with the loss of her brother and now her mother. And finding her sister. The loss of 2 wonderful women and how decisions about life are so very hard to make. This is another wonderful story in this series.
Home All Along was a solid ending to this series. The entire series, as well as this book, dealt with some serious and real world issues, such as suicide, grief, lack of belief, feelings of failure, health issues, and more. I appreciated that the author did not sugar coat the issues, yet still managed to provide some humor to the story in the form of Aunt Faye and all of her oddities. I was already familiar with Charlotte and Daniel, as well as Annie and Jacob, from the previous books. I really enjoyed watching their growth (as well as their struggles) throughout this novel. Many situations in this story were not easily solved and required much prayer, patience, and tears to work through. I enjoyed this novel and appreciated the paths that the various characters had to travel. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
In this fantastic conclusion to Beth Wiseman’s Amish Secrets Series, we find Charlotte happily settled in her Amish community, living half English and half Amish. She attends the Amish church, is dating her Amish boyfriend Daniel, and is living without electricity. However, she is still driving her truck and afraid to take the final step towards baptism. When Daniel pressures her about their future, she simply says she isn’t ready; she doesn’t want to tell him about her fears. When tragedy strikes in Daniel’s family, the strains and tensions run high. To add to the situation, Charlotte’s younger sister Andrea, whom she hasn’t seen since she was taken away as a baby, locates Charlotte and moves in with her. She brings her infant child Bella also. Although Charlotte is happy to reconnect and wants a relationship with her sister, living together is a difficult situation at best. Throw in a crazy ex-boyfriend and things get even more complicated. Then, as if everything else that is happening isn’t enough, Charlotte finds out that Lena (the Amish woman who she considers her second mother) discovers that her cancer has returned and she has to have surgery. Will everything conspire to pull her and Daniel even farther apart? Or can they draw together to each other and discover a new future? I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it is definitely a heart wrenching, uplifting, and beautiful ending. I highly recommend this book! I am actually hoping we may hear more about Charlotte and her Amish family in future books! I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
I think everyone lives with a certain measure of fear, especially the fear of failure. Certainly this is the burden Charlotte carries as she considers converting to the Amish faith...and her sister Andrea, as she considers life in general. I had a hard time really liking either of these characters as much as I wanted to. Instead, my favorite person in this Amish Secrets series is Lena, a real "mother in Israel." It is her advice to Charlotte that cuts through the fog for me: "We all fail, dear...Not trying to live the way the Lord intended us to, now that's failure." She also gives Daniel advice when he comes to her, seeking to know God's will. Without telling him what to do, she encourages him that God's will is being done even in his searching for it. "And He will continue to walk beside you until you are sure about what to do." These two conversations, as well as Bishop Miller's counsel to Charlotte, are the jewels in this book for me. When she tells the Bishop that she's afraid she'll let God down, he quickly assures he that indeed she WILL let him down - "repeatedly. It's called sin." And her fears of failing Daniel? Yes again - "It's called marriage." Compared to these wise words, I found many of the conversations in this novel tended to be a bit shallow and sometimes less than realistic. It is hard to "enjoy" a book with so many funerals, but I was glad to see the outcome of Charlotte's story (the title doesn't leave much room for suspense). I was given a complimentary copy by the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and these opinion are strictly my own.
Home All Along is the last in Beth Wiseman's Amish Secrets trilogy, but it may be read as a stand alone. The overriding theme is the question "Can people change"? Can Charlotte overcome a horrific childhood and accept the Amish way of life and the love of Daniel? Can Jacob come back to his home and family after making some terrible decisions? Can Andrea, Charlotte's sister, also overcome her past and find a new life for herself and her daughter? Will Edna stop being a flirt and develop a mature, loving relationship with her husband? In the midst of all these life-altering decisions, two women face life-threatening health issues. Readers see how different people and families deal with illness and grief. Throughout the book there is a thread of belonging and accepting God's will.
This is the third and final book of this series, and yes they can be read alone, but if you start here it is so compelling you will want to read the others. This one will linger with you, and the author does a wonderful job of wrapping up all that has happened. Surprises abound, and keep the tissues handy, this is life and sometimes it is cruel, and again heart-warming, and this read has it all. There are many twist and surprising turns to get to the end, and we catch up with all of those that we have come to know, many are now friends. Decisions must be made, but will the right ones be forged? Don’t miss this one! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
This third book is the conclusion to the Amish Secrets series, and what an outstanding finish! The author did a skillful job of making it readable as a stand alone, offering some insight from the first two books without dumping a summary on the reader. I feel like even though one book leads into the next, they could definitely be read out of order. I loved seeing how much Charlotte had grown since the first book, and the role she played in the life of her sister and niece. She still struggled with her past and the fears that prevented her from moving forward with Daniel, and the gentle wisdom of her Amish surrogate mother sweetly guided her towards discovering God's will for her path. The health problems that plague the two families brought the theme of grief to the forefront, and there are many thought-provoking conversations and internal dialogues that brought depth to the story. Annie became one of my favorites as she matured and stepped up as a leader in her family. And of course, Aunt Faye was quite the show-stealer with her pickled oysters and indomitable spirit. I highly recommend this series to fans of Amish fiction and women's fiction! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I am so not ready for this series to end. It’s not really over right? It’s like a teaser and then a pleasant surprise next year with another installment? Right? That’s the story I’m telling myself as I write this review anyway. Which, by the way, is my 100th review this year. I literally just hopped over to Goodreads and upped my reading challenge goal yet again. I can’t think of a better book to have that 100 book place of honor. Don’t get me wrong, I probably actually can but I’m glad it was an amazing book by an amazing author that holds that honor. There are so many choices that aren’t as amazing. I need more time with Charlotte and her extended adopted-ish Amish family. There’s so much unfinished business, in my opinion, that can’t be finished. Hint, hint. OK, I’ll stop whining and hinting and get down to the heart of the matter. There are actually two points of contention that affected my rating of the book. One is story-line consistence oriented and the other… Well let’s start small. At the end of ‘Love Bears All Things’ Charlotte had a new friend at work that seemed set up to be an important person in her life. That friend? Andrea. At the end of the same book memories surfaced of a younger sister that had disappeared when they were very young. That sister? Dianda. Imagine my shock when the names were reversed in this story. And the friend (with a switched name) didn’t begin to play the role I anticipated. The way she read though leaves me to feel as though she started out bigger and slowly got edited out. Perhaps? OK folks, I got a much bigger fish to fry now. Huge. In my opinion. This could be spoilerish but I’ll try to keep it on the rails a bit. Amos and Lena play such a HUGE role in Charlotte’s life. Despite her initial falsehoods that but them together (go back to ‘Her Brother’s Keeper’) they have taken her into their lives as part of their family. They love her like her biological family never could. Things happen in this book that are huge. Massive. That involve Lena and Amos. Those things are glanced over. I felt like my heart was ripped out. I get the book is about Charlotte. And her family. Not just her biological family, in my opinion. Things happen in other families that garner a lot of limelight. It fights and it works and it bears on the story. But so does Lena. And Amos. And. I just felt like they were shortchanged in this book. And it broke my heart. Let’s move on shall we before I get all weepy again and forget that outside of the fact that I was name confused and hurt over that other thing I did LOVE this book. I loved that Charlotte continued to move forward as a woman of faith. I loved that she found more bits of herself and became more centered as a human. I loved that she made choices that were best for her, without the need for a man (namely Daniel) to be her rock, her strength, or even her moral compass. Throughout all the books i this series she looked to others to help her figure out her path. Not always in an obvious way but she never really made choices for herself by herself. Seriously, Charlotte grew up a lot in this book. She grew as a woman and as a Christian. And at the end of the day she did it for herself. Not Daniel. Not Lena and Amos. Not her brother or the mysterious sister. Not even her biological mom. It doesn’t take away from m huge bone of contention above but it does make me love this story. I was provided a complimentary copy
This is the third and final book in The Amish Secrets series and does a wonderful job of wrapping up all the loose ends. I recommend reading the previous books, so you know the back stories of the characters. Some of the outcomes are unexpected and deal with the deep issues of DNR. I fell in love with these characters and didn't want to see it end. This is a story of Faith and learning to lean and trust in God through the hard times, of relationships between families, spouses, and love interests. It also deals with how poor choices don't have to affect the outcome of our future. I highly recommend this series as Beth Wiseman never fails to deliver a quality work. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Awesome. Amazing. Perfect. These are all words that describe this wonderfully written book by Beth Wiseman. A book that has quickly become my all-time favorite of hers. Be prepared to take an emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey along with Charlotte in the finale of the Amish Secrets series. I loved the way this book started off with Charlotte and Andrea meeting up at their mother’s funeral. There seemed to be an air of suspense around Andrea who appeared to have experienced the perfect life while Charlotte and their brother Ethan struggled. Something doesn’t seem quite right and it doesn’t take the reader long to figure out that Andrea may have some secrets of her own. Beth Wiseman did a wonderful job of creating the sisters’ relationship which was cautious and strained at times yet I could almost feel the bond between the two. While I’m not really a big fan of romantic relationships between an Amish person and non-Amish person I am a fan of Daniel and Charlotte. These two have a unique relationship and it seemed very believable and organic. It was interesting to read of their struggles with Daniel’s family issues and Charlotte’s issues with giving herself fully to Daniel and the Amish church. It was easy for me as a reader to feel what the characters were going through and have empathy for them in their situations. While there is a lot going on in this book and a lot of it is of a serious, heartbreaking nature there is some comedic relief in the form of Aunt Faye. I loved that Beth put this quirky character in the book in a way that lightened the sadness at times. In times of great sadness and heartache, it is nice to have moments of laughter and Aunt Faye provided those in a way that fits with the story and was genuine. I enjoy Beth Wiseman’s writing style and it is fabulous in this book. The pace of the book was perfect and I really enjoyed seeing the characters grow throughout the book. Everything about this story seemed realistic to me and even though the subject matter was sad and a bit heavy at times the story was one I really enjoyed reading. I thought she did a great job of capturing the characters emotions. This book is a must-read and definitely one for the keeper shelf. I would recommend reading the first two books before delving into this one. Don’t worry, those books are just as good as this one so it won’t take you long to read them and in doing so you will have a better understanding of the characters and their stories. Bravo to Beth Wiseman on a book that is perfect in every way. I received a free copy of this book and wasn’t required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
A must read, better if you read the series in order! Once you pick this book up to read, you will NOT want to put it down. Beth really puts you right in the middle of this story with so much grief, love, and faith, you will think you are right there in the middle and wonder which character you are and how you would handle it all. I will very highly recommend this as a must read, not only this book but the first two in the series also, "Her Brothers Keeper" and "Love Bears All Things". Also you will enjoy it so much more if you read them in order. WOW!!!!!