An Amish Woman Finds Love in Hawaii
Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?
Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach. Visit Jean's website at www.jeanbrunstetter.com.
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Two weeks later
Ellen was up by six and ready to face the day. After Mandy and Ken left for Kauai, she'd brought some of her things from home before new guests arrived. With people coming and going, someone had to be in the house at all times.
Once in the kitchen, Ellen fixed a piece of toast with apple butter and heated a cup of her favorite tea. She appreciated the door separating the kitchen from the dining room. The noise of her breakfast preparations would hopefully go unnoticed, and neither of the guests would be disturbed.
Ellen nibbled on the toast and watched the sun slowly climb into the sky. The Lord can surely create beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But I can't sit here all day, taking in the view. Ken and Mandy are depending on me, and it's time to start breakfast for the guests who arrived last evening.
After she finished eating and had put the dishes in the sink, Ellen spotted the neighbor's cat darting through the yard with a sparrow in its mouth. Poor little bird. Wish that feline would go after mice and leave our feathered friends alone.
When the cat disappeared, Ellen double-checked the menu she'd planned for the middle-aged couple who'd checked in last evening. She would serve them scrambled eggs and sausage, sliced bananas mixed with vanilla yogurt, and blueberry muffins with sweet creamy butter. There were also two kinds of juice in the refrigerator. She glanced at the clock. I need to hurry.
* * *
After spending most of the morning and a good chunk of the afternoon scurrying to get everything done before another set of guests arrived, Ellen felt tired. She went into Ken and Mandy's room, where she'd been sleeping since they left, to freshen up before her friend Sadie Kuhns arrived.
Two boxes of Christmas decorations sat in the corner. A few days after New Year's, Ellen had helped Mandy and Ken take down the simple holiday trimmings and box them up for next year. But in the rush to get Ken and Mandy packed and to the airport, some of the boxes didn't get put away. "In one of my spare moments, I'll need to get those in the attic."
Turning from the decorations, Ellen eyed the bed longingly. She wished she could take a short nap. But with Sadie coming soon, there was no time for rest.
Things hadn't slowed down as much as she'd expected, and Ellen had soon realized it would be difficult to run the place without Mandy's help. So she'd asked Sadie to help out whenever she could. Since her friend worked weekdays at the hardware store in Shipshewana, she was available most evenings and Saturdays.
Ellen smoothed a few wrinkles in the lone-star quilt covering the queen-sized bed. Mandy's mother had made it, as well as several others for the guest rooms. Most of the rooms were decorated with an Amish theme, so it was appropriate to have homemade quilts on all the beds.
Ellen glanced at the calendar on the far wall. It was hard to believe Ken and Mandy had been gone only two weeks. It seemed much longer. But it was a good thing they left when they did. Ken's father had died three days ago, and his mother and brother needed emotional support, as did Ken.
When Mandy had called the other day, she learned that Ken's brother, Dan, had taken their dad's death harder than anyone, and he could barely function. This meant most of the duties at the organic chicken farm fell on Ken's shoulders. Mandy had also mentioned that it could be a few months before they returned to Indiana. Ellen hoped they'd be back before spring. Things slowed down during the winter months, but tourists flocked to the area during the rest of the year, keeping hotels, B&B's, restaurants, and gift shops in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties very busy.
With only two guests in the house this morning, Ellen's load had been a little lighter. But this afternoon, another couple checked in, so Ellen was glad she could count on Sadie for extra help.
After changing into a clean dress and apron, Ellen stepped into the hallway. Glancing at her reflection in the entryway mirror, she saw the telltale signs of exhaustion beneath her blue eyes, in addition to worry lines creasing her forehead. Even her blond hair didn't look as shiny as usual. Truth was, Ellen wasn't sleeping well, and her energy level was at an all-time low. How much longer would it be before Mandy and Ken returned? Could Ken's brother handle the family business on his own, or would he end up hiring someone to help out?
Ellen hadn't said anything to Mandy, but she hoped Ken's mother might sell the organic farm and move to Indiana. Ellen couldn't imagine living so far from her parents and siblings. She figured it must be difficult for Ken too. Someday, when he and Mandy had children, it would be nice for the little ones if they lived close to both sets of grandparents.
Studying her reflection, Ellen tapped her chin. I wouldn't want to be separated permanently from my family or friends.
The months Ellen had spent with Mandy on Kauai had been difficult, despite the beautiful scenery surrounding them in every direction. Had it not been for the companionship of Mandy, as well as the kindness of Luana and Makaio Palu, Ellen would have given in to depression during their unexpectedly long stay. She'd always been close to her family and missed them terribly during the months she'd been gone. Ellen had developed a special bond with Luana. The generous Hawaiian woman was as beautiful on the inside as her outward appearance. Her caring, gentle spirit was exactly what Ellen needed, being so far from home.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson stepped into the hall from their guest room, pulling Ellen out of her musings.
"We're going out to eat an early supper." Mrs. Hanson, a silver-haired woman in her midsixties, gave a rosy-cheeked smile. "Do you have any restaurant suggestions, Miss Lambright? This is our first time visiting the area, and we're not sure which establishment to choose."
"If you're looking to stay fairly close to the B&B, then I would suggest Das Dutchman Essenhaus. They have many good choices on the menu, as well as a buffet with a variety of delicious food. Of course," Ellen added, "there are several other nice places to eat as well."
"We appreciate the suggestion." Mrs. Hanson put her hand in the crook of her husband's arm. "Shall we seek out the closest restaurant, dear?"
He nodded agreeably, then called over his shoulder as they moved toward the door, "Thank you, Miss Lambright. When we get back, we'll let you know how we liked the food."
Ellen smiled as the pleasant couple stepped outside. Of course, most of the guests who came here were kind and polite. Ellen couldn't recall anyone saying anything negative during their stay at the Pleasant View Bed-and-Breakfast.
"Guess I'd better head for the kitchen and fix myself some supper." Ellen snickered as she padded down the hall to the kitchen. Since no one else was in the house, it didn't matter if she talked to herself. But she'd have to be careful not to do that when guests were present.
* * *
Soon after Ellen started washing her supper dishes, Sadie knocked and entered through the back door.
"Sorry for being late. I had some errands to run for my mamm after I got off work, and it took longer than I expected." Sadie's hazel eyes, with flecks of green, seemed to sparkle as she removed her heavy jacket and hung it over the back of a kitchen chair. Her pretty auburn hair couldn't be seen under the black outer bonnet she wore on her head.
"No problem." Ellen lifted a soapy hand. "As you can see, I haven't started the breakfast casserole I'm planning to serve to the guests tomorrow morning."
"I've eaten your delicious casserole before, and I'm sure they will enjoy it as much as I did." Sadie removed her outer bonnet, placed it on the chair, and picked up a dishcloth. "I'll dry and put the dishes away, unless there's something else you need me to do."
"I could use your help with the casserole, but let's get the dishes done first."
As Ellen and Sadie completed the task, they talked about the weather.
"It's sure nippy out there," Sadie said as she placed a plate in the cupboard. "Makes me wonder if it might snow yet this evening."
Ellen glanced out the window at the darkened sky. "I hope not. I have another set of guests coming in later, and the roads could get icy if it snows."
Sadie bumped Ellen's arm and gave a playful wink. "It is winter you know. Most people expect a little snow this time of the year."
"True." Ellen sighed. "I wonder if Mandy has been able to take a little time to enjoy the beautiful weather they're no doubt having on Kauai. I should have asked when she called the other day."
"I'm sure even though she's busy helping Ken's mother with things, she's been able to spend some time outdoors in the sun." Sadie reached for a glass to dry. "The balmy weather was the one thing I enjoyed most when we visited the Hawaiian Islands."
"Same here. Although the beautiful flowers and colorful birds made it special too." Ellen pulled the drain plug, letting the water out of the sink. "Well, that chore is done. Guess I'll set out the ingredients for the breakfast casserole." She made her way to the refrigerator and paused. "Unless you'd like to have a cup of tea before we start the preparations."
"That does sound nice. I'll put the teakettle on the stove." Sadie got the water heating, while Ellen placed two cups and some slices of banana bread on the table.
As they ate their snack and drank the tea, Sadie brought up the topic of Mandy again. "You don't suppose Ken and Mandy will decide to stay in Hawaii permanently, do you?"
Ellen shook her head. "I'm sure they have no plans of staying. If they did, Mandy would have said something when we last spoke." She reached for a piece of the moist bread and slathered it with creamy butter. "She did say Ken's mother really needs their help right now, so it could be a month or two before they return to Indiana."
Sadie raised her pale eyebrows. "That's a long time for you to run the bed-and-breakfast on your own."
Ellen pointed at Sadie. "You're here helping me, so I'm not completely on my own."
"But a lot of work will fall on you when I'm not able to be here. Have you considered hiring someone full-time? Maybe one of your sisters could help out."
"With the exception of my younger sister, they all have jobs, and Mom needs Lenore at home to help with chores." Ellen took a sip of tea and set her cup down. "Besides, so far I'm able to manage on my own. And once Mandy and Ken get back, we won't need anyone else."
"You have a point." Sadie fingered the edge of the tablecloth. "Let's hope they get back before too many people make reservations and you end up with more responsibility than you can handle. Not to mention that with me working at the hardware store all week and helping out here evenings and Saturdays, it could end up being too much for me too."
The phone rang, and Ellen excused herself and stepped into the hall to answer it. "Pleasant View Bed-and-Breakfast. Ellen Lambright speaking."
"Hello. This is Tammy Brooks, and I'd like to make a reservation. It will be for my husband and myself, as well as our little one. Do you have any vacancies for this Friday and Saturday night? We'll be attending my aunt's funeral Saturday morning, and we haven't been able to find suitable accommodations."
Ellen found it hard to believe that all the hotels and other B&Bs in the area could be booked, but she gave the woman the benefit of the doubt. The fact that the couple had a baby might be a problem, since the policy here was to rent only to adults. And she couldn't lie to the woman, because four of the six rooms were vacant this weekend.
"Umm ... would you please hold on while I check on this?"
"Yes, of course."
Ellen set the receiver on the entryway table and rushed back to the kitchen. "There's a woman on the phone who wants to make a reservation for this Friday and Saturday night." She moved closer to Sadie. "The only problem is, they have a baby, and we're not set up to accommodate children here."
Sadie rubbed the bridge of her nose. "You could borrow a crib and set it up in the parents' room."
"Jah, but what about the policy of no children?"
"Did you tell her that?"
Ellen shook her head. "She sounded desperate for a place to stay, so I thought I'd get your opinion before I responded."
"What do you think Mandy would do if she was here?"
"I'm not sure, but I believe she might make an exception."
Sadie patted Ellen's arm. "Then my advice is to follow your convictions."
"Okay, I will. After all, it's only one little child. What could it hurt to let them stay a few days?"
Ellen was surprised when she heard a vehicle pull in at ten thirty Friday morning. Check-in for guests wasn't until three in the afternoon, and she wasn't expecting any deliveries.
Going to the front door, she watched as a young couple got out of a minivan. The dark-haired man opened the sliding back door and took a small boy out. As the family headed for the B&B, Ellen stepped out and greeted them on the front porch. Thinking they might be lost and in need of directions, she asked, "May I help you?"
"I'm Tammy Brooks, and I made a reservation with you earlier in the week." The blond woman gestured to the man beside her, holding the little boy's hand. "This is my husband, Ned, and our two-year-old son, Jerry. We're a few hours early, but if it's possible, we'd like to check in now."
Ellen rubbed her forehead, wondering what to do. The Brookses' room wasn't quite ready. Worse yet, their child was not the baby she had expected.
She continued to massage her temples. How would Mandy handle this is if she were here? She probably wouldn't have to deal with it, because she would have said no in the first place.
"Well, your room isn't ready, but I suppose it would be all right if you wait in the living room while I make the bed." She glanced at the little boy. "Will your son be okay sleeping in a crib? I set one up in your room, because when we talked on the phone you said he was a baby."
Tammy shook her head. "No, I said we have a little one."
"Sorry. I assumed you meant a baby." Ellen couldn't remember when she'd felt so rattled. She had gone against the "adult only" policy, and now she would be hosting a couple with a toddler, not a baby.
She opened the door wide and stepped aside so the guests could enter. "Please come in."
"I'll go out to the van and get our luggage." Ned looked at his wife. "You and Jerry need to get inside out of the weather."
"Yes, it is a lot colder here than I expected." Clasping her son's hand, Tammy led the blond-haired boy into the foyer. Ellen took their coats and hung them on the coat tree. They followed her into the living room.
"This home is lovely. I like the Amish theme." Tammy gestured to a quilted runner on the coffee table. "I guess it makes sense, with you being Amish, that you'd have this type of item here."
Ellen shook her head. "I can't take credit for any of the decor. My friend, Mandy Williams, and her husband, Ken, own the B&B. I just work here."
"Oh, then I look forward to meeting them." Tammy took a seat on the couch and lifted Jerry onto her lap. He leaned his head against her chest and stuck his thumb in his mouth.
"Actually, Ken and Mandy are in Hawaii right now," Ellen explained. "I'm in charge of the B&B until they get back."
Tammy heaved a sigh. "They're lucky. I'd give anything to be on vacation in Hawaii right now."
"They're not on vacation. Ken's parents live there, and his father died of a heart attack recently."
Tammy lowered her gaze, stroking the top of her little boy's head. "That's too bad. I'm sorry for their loss."
"Yes, it's been difficult for them."
"As I mentioned when I made our reservations, my aunt passed away. I'm sure there will be lots of tears shed during her funeral tomorrow."
Ellen slowly nodded. Saying goodbye to a loved one because of death or even miles of separation was never easy. She thought about the loneliness she'd felt when she and Mandy were in Hawaii, so far from their Amish family and friends. At one point, Ellen had begun to feel as if she was never going home. Mandy, however, seemed to adjust well to her Hawaiian surroundings. For a while, Ellen had wondered if her friend might end up staying on Kauai. She was glad when they both returned to their homes in Indiana. Then Mandy found Luana and Makaio's missing quilt by a strange coincidence, so she returned to the island for a time. That was when Ken proclaimed his love for Mandy and decided to move to the mainland so they could be married.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful I won a copy of the book from Goodreads Giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This is a wonderful continuation of the series. Even though Mandy left the Amish she did before joining and so she was able to be close to her friend Ellen, who ended up being such support during her bad times. Ellen went to Hawaii to help Mandy when her husband Ken got attacked by a shark. But she was also able to he Rob\Reuben find his way back to his faith.
THE HAWAIIAN DISCOVERY is one of the newest ones by prolific author Wanda E. Brunstetter. Honestly, I think she is writing a book a month -- but maybe it just seems that way since I've read a lot of her books this year. I will admit this piqued my interest. Amish in Hawaii. Who knew? I have never been to Hawaii, but I have seen pictures of the beautiful state, so it was interesting reading about the scenery in a book partially set there. I think this was more women's fiction than romance though there is a romance. The hero doesn't make an appearance until the end of the book and the man who has a point of view and is interested in Ellen is a hmm. Well, something that I can't find the word to describe. Scared, red-faced stumbling fool, and then suddenly bullish and threatening. Definitely a mixture of personality types there. There were a lot of characters that I had trouble keeping track of and a lot of changes of location which was easier since that was clearly indicated. This book is definitely better than the last Wanda Brunstetter book I read. It was a squeaky clean story with docile characters and a slow, peaceful writing style that is sure to appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter. For me, the major draw of this Amish story is the unconventional setting. Oh, this is the second book in a series. The first is The Hawaiian Quilt which I have not read. Yet. I don't think reading them out of order detracted from the story. I was given a copy by a friend (not the author) and all opinions are my own. I was not obligated to write a review.
If you enjoy cheesy Hallmark movies (like I do) and predictable, sweet, clean stories, The Hawaiian Discovery hits the mark. A Hawaiian setting in an Amish story surprised me but works seamlessly in this story. I’ve visited Hawaii several times and love stories with familiar settings. Dialogue rich and told in multiple POVs, the story is paced well and kept my interest throughout. It is part of a series, but serves well as a standalone and is a light read that can be read in one sitting. With themes of hope, faith, and forgiveness, this book will appeal to those who enjoy Christian and Amish fiction, as well as the sweet romance genre. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour.
I have to admit that I didn’t like Ellen at the end of The Hawaiian Quilt. I found her to be self-righteous and cranky. I also didn’t approve of her meddling in Mandy’s love life—especially considering that Mandy was not a baptized church member. It’s not like she would have been shunned if she chose to stay in Hawaii. I’m sure that this is real-to-life but it still made me not like her. However, Ellen did a lot of growing up in the year (or so) that takes place off-script. I actually really liked her in this book. I saw a gradual change in her character and I think a lot of her growth was due to her friendship with Mandy. This book dealt with some fairly unique topics for this genre. I have to say that a shark attack (spoiler alert…sorry!) in an Amish book is not something I’ve ever read before. Then again, I’ve never read an Amish book set in Hawaii either so…there’s that. I felt that Rob’s story was somewhat easy to figure out. I had part of his story figured from the moment I met him. But, when his backstory was revealed, I totally fell for his character. I love characters who have to overcome obstacles. This series is just great. I feel like the characters complex and I’m reminded of why I truly fell in love with Wanda Brunstetter’s books so many years ago. I would definitely suggest this book to others who love the genre and I would reread this series again myself. This book was provided to me by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Beautiful reading . Bruns tether is a very good author .
The Hawaiian Discovery is another heartwarming read that leaves the reader smiling! As the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt, the story takes us once again from the gentle plains of Indiana to the tropical beauty of Hawaii. Familiar characters return, and the reader gets to know Ellen very well in this story. There is heartache, pain, friendship, loyalty, surprises, and love all wrapped into one book! This book is Amish fiction; however, it’s much different than a traditional Amish story. I believe anyone who enjoys Christian fiction will love this book! The characters are relatable and sweet, and the storyline is engaging all the way until the final page. This was an enjoyable read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet story in a beautiful setting! This book was provided to me by Barbour Publishing. I was not required to leave a positive (or any) review. Opinions and ideas expressed in this review are my own.
A great read!! You will fall in love with the characters and the story is full of twists and turns you won't be able to put it down until you finish. I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for more in the series. Even if Amish fiction isn't your normal genre of choice I hope you will give the Hawaiian Discovery a chance. *I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
The Hawaiian Discovery is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter, which I suggest reading before reading this one so you know the cast of characters, although it's fairly easy to pick up on who is who if you haven't read it. Ellen Lambright's best friend Mandy moved from Indiana to Hawaii with her husband Ken after the death of his father so they could help take care of the organic chicken farm his mother was now in charge of. Ellen was taking care of The Pleasant View, Ken and Mandy's bed and breakfast in Middlebury, and then they made the tough decision to sell it and remain in Hawaii indefinitely. But then Ken is seriously hurt in a shark attack, and Ellen flies to Hawaii to help out on the chicken farm, where she meets Rob Smith, an Englisher who also is helping out on the chicken farm. Sparks fly and they become close friends, but is there any hope for it to go further with her being Amish and he being English? And with another suitor back home in her Indiana Amish community waiting for her return, will Ellen choose him instead? Where does Ellen's destiny lie, Indiana or Hawaii? I really enjoyed this wholesome story of friendship, hope, forgiveness, and love. In a world of darkness and negativity, this light-hearted story provides an escape from the real world for a few hours. I enjoyed the colorful descriptions of Hawaii and could picture myself there with Ellen and Mandy. I'm hoping there will be a book three telling Sadie's story, an Amish friend of the two girls. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
The Hawaiian Discovery Is the sequel do the Hawaiian Quilt but it can stand alone and I am glad because it is an original story line. The author takes you on a vivid journey through the Hawaiian Islands. This story has its ebbs and flows and it does that from word one to word last. The author's journey takes you to the culture of the islands - everything about them - you will so enjoy it - I know I did. The author knows how the main characters relate very well and how they progress in the love department and she did that extremely well. I received a copy of this review from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
I’ve never heard about Amish in Hawaii before so I was immediately intrigued by, “The Hawaiian Discovery” by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and makes you feel as if you were in beautiful warm and tropical Hawaii. I learned that this a sequel to a previous book, “The Hawaiian Quilt” which I did not read before picking this up. Although they do mention events that occurred in the previous book, it can easily be read as a stand-alone without any confusion. Ellen is one of those characters that I loved getting to know. She teaches us the importance of friendship and what that looks like. She not only flew out to Hawaii, leaving everything and everyone that she knew behind to be there for her best friend, Mandy, while her husband Ken is in the hospital, but she helped with whatever needed doing. She is spunky, but kind and caring towards others. Then there’s Rob. He easily makes his way into your heart. The way he interacts with Ellen and cares for her is beautiful. The two make the perfect team and work together well. His character also teaches us about seeking forgiveness from others when we are in the wrong as well as learning to let go of the past and forgiving ourselves. The only thing I would change was to maybe erase all of Ezra’s points of views. They weren’t necessary nor did they play any significant role in the book. Honestly, whenever I saw that it was Ezra’s turn to talk, I skipped right over them because I really didn’t care. The book itself is super light, squeaky clean, simple writing, and kind of cheesy. While I did enjoy this, this wasn’t my favorite book ever and I probably wouldn’t add it to my run out and buy list. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat though, even to younger readers. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Five Stars Plus! What can I say, this book is definitely 5 stars plus! I loved the first book "The Hawaiian Quilt" and I absolutely love the second “The Hawaiian Discovery.” The book is mostly about Ellen and Rob. Ellen comes to Hawaii to help her Amish turned English friend, Mandy and her English husband, Ken. There she meets Rob who is English and he is living a life with a secret past. While Ellen is helping Mandy whose husband was badly injured from a shark attack while surfing, Rob is also helping by working on Ken’s family’s organic chicken farm. Ellen and Rob spend time together but cannot get romantically involved because Ellen would never leave the Amish faith and become English. I was shocked and surprised by reading on about Rob and was thrilled at the end. You need to read the book to find out what happened. You will definitely enjoy it. I hope there will be another book following because we need to know what becomes of Sadie, Erza and Lenore. I highly recommend reading the first book, The Hawaiian Quilt, because it will give you a better understanding of the some of the characters who will be in The Hawaiian Discovery book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Hawaiian Discovery I just love this series! Every Wanda Brunstetter book I have ever read has been hands down a 5-star read, and this book is no exception! This sequel to the Hawaiian Quilt book by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter takes us back to the Hawaiian Islands for another page turning adventure! With it's many twists and turns along with a budding romance, it was truly hard to put down! I can only hope there will be a third book! While this book could be read as a stand-a-lone novel, I highly recommend you grabbing the first book, The Hawaiian Quilt, because it is so good, and also to better understand the history of the main characters. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishers, but was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
The Hawaiian Discovery is book two in the Hawaiian series. A story that is full of faith, love, hope, dreams, trials. The Hawaiian Discovery was a wunderbar read. I have to say I really liked how the book ended. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Ellen and Mandy were best of friends since childhood. Ellen was privileged to work at the Bed and Breakfast that Mandy and Ken owed in Middlebury, Indiana. When they were called back to Hawaii due to Ken’s father passing Ellen took care of the BnB for them. Then further unexpected tragic struck Ken and Mandy while they were assisting his mother with the family organic chicken farm. Ellen had another opportunity to lean support to her dear friend, Mandy, by flying to Hawaii this time after the sale of the BnB. Rob was a secretive man that lived with Ken’s best friend, Taavi Kuman (readers met him in book one) in Hawaii. There’s mystery surrounding him until Ellen overheard a conversation which brought about issues of his integrity. Will Ellen be able to return to Indiana and forget about Rob aka Ruben or will she long to return to Hawaii where Ken and Mandy found a new opportunity to serve others after Ken’s attack in the ocean? With Brunstetter’s trips to Hawaii she created vivid descriptive scenes of Kapaau, Hawaii on the Island of Kauai, which caused this reader to experience life in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Discovery has characters with real life struggles trying to discover where they truly belong. Through prayer, seeking forgiveness and unexpected opportunities that came about that gave the hero and heroine fulfillment and new beginnings that only their loving Heavenly Father could give them. Readers will appreciate this story by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter. It can be read as a standalone, but reading The Hawaiian Quilt will give readers a clearer understanding of the four friends Ellen, Mandy, Barbara and Sadie from Middlebury, Indiana. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and the authors. I was not required to write a positive review but have shared my honest thoughts.
The Hawaiian Discovery is the second book in the Hawaiian series. Many and Ken own a B&B in Indiana. Mandy's friend Ellen works there and she enjoys it. Ken receives a phone call from back home in Hawaii. He gets bad news about his father, so he and Mandy have to make a trip to Hawaii. After being there for a little while. They make the decision that they are going to sell there B&B in Indiana. When Ellen receives the news she is sad and wondering what she's going to do now. She really does want to work at her father's shoe store. What is Ellen going to do? What's going to be in store for Mandy and Ken? You will have to read the book to find out. I loved this book it was a wonderful page turner. I didn't want to stop once I started reading it.
Return to Hawaii and discover all the fun! Oh,my dear Amish loving friends, you will not want to miss this book! It is the follow up book to The Hawaiian Quilt (find my review featured here), and let me tell you right now. You do not want to miss this! The queen of Amish fiction has once again managed to take amazing and lovable characters, inspiring messages from God, and a few twists and wrapped them up with the beauty that is Hawaii and threw her fans another fabulous novel! Ms. Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law, Jean, really do a wonderful collaboration together. They know just what we like! This novel brings us Ellen's story. I loved Ellen in book 1, and I love her even more in this new novel. She's spunky, caring and definitely works her way into your heart. She returns to Hawaii to help Mandy and she meets Rob, another lovable addition to this book! I loved watching them work along side of each other. The sparks really flew between them! Ultimately, though, God's messages worked on Ellen's heart and she had a decision to make. You definitely need to grab this 5 star novel! Just make sure you read The Hawaiian Quilt first because you'll want to keep up with Mandy and Ellen's first adventure to Hawaii. From discovering what really matters, to God's love, grace and forgiveness, this book is one that should fly to the top of your summer reading list. Grab it now! Hats off, two more thumbs up and highest of praises go to the Brunstetter ladies for another amazing novel! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Review I recd an complementary advance copy of this wonderful book with no requirement on how I review it, Co written by Wanda and jean Brunstetter. Ellen travels from home in Amish country INdiana to help her Best friend in need in Hawaii. Gods love is woven through out the book ...linjuries, family support and fears, relocation, job changes, Love, avoidance forgiveness and more, Hawaiian Discovery Gives us a glimpse of Amish life but also how life can throw curves and answers prayers in His own way and own times. Often Much better than we even imagined at times I encourage you to read this book if you like Amish fiction and even if your u do not as it is much more.....it’s about life.
Expect the unexpected in this wonderful written story by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. I thought how in the world are they going to pull this off? Well, not only did Wanda and Jean write another fabulous story, but they sure got me on this latest release The Hawaiian Discovery. In this story you will find love, hope and forgiveness. A story can't get any better with when you place God in the center of it. Well done ladies. I promise you this, you when you close the book at the end you will be filled with such love and hope. I give the 5 star rating and recommend this book. I request this book and gave my honest review above.
Wanda Brunstetter never disappoints. This is another wonderful series that she has written. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.
Adding this to your reading list is a must. Another well-written and loving story about friendship, family and love. Discover what happens to Ellen and enjoy being in Hawaii just by reading this story. It's a 5-star must read story. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to leave a review.
If you like tropical locations, Hawaii, and Amish then I have a fabulous novel for you. Tropical Amish sounds like I misspoke, but no, this is accurate. The Hawaiian Discovery is the second in author Wanda and Jean Brunstetter's Hawaiian quilt series. Even though it is a stand alone book, I would encourage you to read book one because of the back story and just how great it was! This is the tale of best friends Mandy and Ellen. It is set a few years after Book One, Amish Quilt. We find Mandy and hubby running a Bed and Breakfast in Indiana. Her best friend, Ellen works there along side her. One day Mandy and her family receive word of a family emergency which causes them to need to quickly pick up and relocate to Hawaii. Ellen jumps in requesting permission to go and help, too, when another crisis hits. She receives permission and flies, on a plane, to Hawaii. Oh the places you’ll go, Ellen! Who could imagine Hawaiian Amish? Wanda and Jean, of course! The girls and Ken, Mandy’s husband, all work on his family’s chicken farm. There they meet Rob. Immediately sparks start to fly between Amish Ellen and Englischer Rob. Rob carries a secret he does not want to share. However, Mandy and her mother warn Ellen about Rob’s background. The authors do a lovely job with their descriptions. The soft sounds and sights of Hawaii drew me in and I was ready to pack my bags right now. Noises and unpleasant smells from the chicken farm descriptions were on point. Yuck! That would not be the job for this city girl. My point is, these authors know how to grab readers and transport them into a story. I felt like I was there. The characters were very authentic, well redescribed with flaws and all. The storyline was well planned and flowed. A few parts were predictable and some had twists and turns. I was not disappointed. This book gave me a page or two to gently ease into to it and then, bam! I could not put it down. Yep, it is a definite page turner where you want to hurry and see what happens, but don’t want the book to end. Oh, the problems we readers have with a good book. Many lessons can be gleaned from this sweet romance and the Amish. It teaches readers to cast our cares on God, to trust Him, and have faith. Friendship is shown throughout this book. Giving readers pause to reflect upon what kind of friend they are? What would they do for a friend? Do we pray with our friends? Also, family and religious dynamics are explored. What happens when you are away from the guidance of family? How does it effect the family if you marry outside your (their) cultural beliefs? I enjoyed this book overall but liked the Indiana more traditional Amish part of it better. It is not your typical Amish novel which is reason enough to give it a try. Just remember to go into it with an open mind. Don’t expect the old Amish things in everything. Expect some surprises. See things through Ellen’s eyes and you will love it. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars. Certainly I would highly recommend it. Anyone who loves Christian fiction, romance, or Hawaii will enjoy this book. I. received a complimentary copy of it from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
If into each life some rain must fall, some people have sprinkles and some of these people in The Hawaiian Discovery face hurricanes. Once again Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter have delighted me with their authentic portrayal of Amish life circumstances, conflicts, and attitudes. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of life in Hawaii and the dual storylines happening in Kapaa, Kauai and Middlebury, Indiana as Mandy, Ellen, Sadie, Ezra, Ken, Rob, Luana, and Makai dealt with family problems, babies, accidents, failure to speak up, and some deception. I appreciate the helpfulness of the Amish community, their work ethic, and their willingness to put their own preferences aside and move across the country and ocean in order to help those whom they love. I hope that the Brunstetter authors will write another book involving Hawaii or possibly the Amish in other states or countries. I enthusiastically recommend reading The Hawaiian Discovery. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter was just okay for me. Apparently, this is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt. I haven't read the first book, but you don't have to. There is enough background given to catch up. If you are looking for an Amish book, this is only mildly Amish. Most of the story takes place in Hawaii, away from the main character's Amish community in Indiana. Ellen is a strong, hardworking young lady. She is a loyal, stalwart friend. She helps her friend Mandy over and over. I was surprised that she was allowed to go to Hawaii because her friend was not a part of the Amish church. In Hawaii, Ellen meets Rob who is a loner and has a few secrets. I couldn't quite wrap my mind around their relationship. Supposedly, she falls in love even though it seemed like she knew like nothing about him. They spent time together, but it was a little awkward. I also found the book to be dry in places and somewhat predictable. A couple of times, a character would come to a major decision, but the authors really didn't explain how the character came to that conclusion. Just said that they made up their mind to change. With the setting in Hawaii, I wanted to "see" the island through vivid descriptions. It fell a little flat. This wasn't a bad read, just an okay read. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is another wonderful book by Wanda and Jean. I felt like I was right there in Hawaii with Ellen. The twist and surprises really kept me reading and I couldn't put this book down. The messages that they have in the book really spoke to me in my difficult times. This is a really amazing book and I definitely recommend this to everyone.
Take a trip to paradise as Ellen makes an unexpected trip to Hawaii. When a friend's accident leads to a job in the islands, Ellen finds more questions than answers. This book is the 2nd in a series, but it is easy to follow even if you haven't read the first one. (as I haven't...yet) It's a simple but entertaining story. I felt I knew all the characters right away. I loved the little twist at the end. Things aren't always as they seem. Do yourself a favor and make this your summer read.