Upon a Spring Breeze

Upon a Spring Breeze

by Kelly Irvin


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After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310348054
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Every Amish Season Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 125,100
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at Kelly Irvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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Upon a Spring Breeze 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now read 16 of Kelly's books. I have enjoyed them all. This was a story of loss and rebuilding your life . Really a remarkable story!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. *** esk 03/2018 ***
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Upon a Spring Breeze is the first of a new series by the author and I can’t wait to step into the lives of these two families. I love the author’s writing style. She takes a beautiful community, the Amish, and tells stories with such emotion and visual pictures that I feel as though I’m living the experience along with them. I’m so glad this is the first of the series because I seriously can’t wait until I get to spend more time with this community. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 5 stars! Upon a Spring Breeze was very enjoyable and entertaining. The book held my attention from the first few pages. I liked the main character, Bess she was very likable and realistic. This book had loss/tragedy in it, but the message was of hope and perseverance. I love how the author shows the character of Bess being transformed by God. The message was of God never leaving us even during hard times is very strong in this book. I am looking forward to reading book two in this series. I highly recommend this book to others. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No positive review was required. My opinion is honest and is my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
Bess is a young woman who is happy and carefree until a tragedy strikes. I thought the author did a great job of walking Bess through grief and allowing readers to feel her pain and sorrow. My heart went out to Bess immediately because she had so much to deal with. Can you imagine being twenty and your life shattered before your eyes? Bess is a strong character with burdens that can be overwhelming at times. Aidan is a very humble man who wants nothing more than to care for Bess and her child. I am a bit perplexed at why he blamed himself for the accident. It's funny how we let a decision we make turn into such a big obstacle in our life. Aidan has a lot to get past and that could hinder him from finding happiness. The times he spent with Bess were very nice and I loved how much he respected her. Bess wants to do her part to support herself, but there are some harsh words spoken when it is discovered that she is working away from home. I liked how the author gave us a glimpse into the rules the Amish go by. They seem to believe a woman is to stay at home and take care of the house and children. In Bess's heart she didn't want to go against the Bishop, but I think she needed something to feel good about. What I really liked was how strong the women were who surrounded themselves around Bess. The story is emotional at times and does touch on a subject that some women face after giving birth. I found that to be well written and helpful . I found the book to be very well written and loved the different emotions and hard decisions that characters made. I want to mention about the English man that Bess met . I thought he brought a lot to the story because he was a temptation that could have had very dramatic affects on Bess. Even though she denied any attraction, I wonder if deep down she may have had feelings because he seemed to make her smile? I loved how the author gave Bess a chance to see what it could be like if she chose to go against her beliefs. The author gives readers a story that is filled with forgiveness, changes, family and a young woman who discovers that there is happiness after a tragedy. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. I enjoyed this one more than some of the other Amish stories I've read. This one was different than the others plus it deals with the feelings of grief some. Bess Weaver is young, expecting her first child when she loses her husband Caleb. Will Bess be able to move past her grief and move on with her life? Will she fall in love again and with whom? Aiden has been in love with Bess for years and is trying to keep his chicken farm going when the bird flu strikes. He must clean and sanitize his farm and equipment now. Will he be able to recover from this huge setback? Will he and Bess be able to move past their grief over losing Caleb and find a new friendship?
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
Two people considered Caleb Weaver their best friend - and both were devastated when a buggy accident suddenly took his life. Young wife Bess is expecting Caleb's only child, and at a loss to know how she fits into the extended Weaver family household without her husband. Aidan Graber not only misses his close childhood friend, but feels guilty that he died while on an errand for him. Besides their obvious load of grief, Bess also struggles with postpartum depression, which affects her ability to bond with her new son. And Aidan faces career questions as avian flu destroys his chicken farm and forces him to reevaluate his future plans as a farmer. Such heavy burdens on young shoulders! Will their love for Caleb and his infant son be enough to sustain and direct them? One of the things I enjoyed about this book were the interesting "supporting" female characters (most of the Amish men were overbearing and narrow-minded, though the Englisch guys were very interesting). Iris was outstanding - capable and loving and eloquent. I would LOVE to read a book on the next chapter of HER life! And the three Amish widows who offer Bess support are a real force to be reckoned with. Their wisdom and tenderness are the perfect prescription for Bess's heartache. Even mother-in-law Mattie's dementia struck a chord with me, as it echoes our family's experience with a loved one. Irvin deftly weaves this woman's decline into the story's climax with gentleness and authenticity. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this first book in the "Every Amish Season" series from the author, but would have bought it because I enjoyed her "Bee County" series so much. Kelly Irvin has a real gift for fleshing out Amish characters that are easy to identify with and be concerned about. Her conversations are as realistic as her descriptions of Amish life. You'll have to wait for the epilogue of this story to fully understand the meaning of the title, but "Upon a Spring Breeze" is such a page turner that it won't take long!
sesquius More than 1 year ago
When I initially selected this book, I thought the premise on the back was interesting. A young widowed woman with a young child, while a friend of hers must overcome the growing feelings he has for this young Amish mother. In addition, I did like the cover on the book. Very cheery and colorful. But that's about all I really liked about the book. For me, I found the characters within not very interesting and it didn't have a lot of depth. However, I could blame that on my recent completion of reading the trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall. You want depth, try her books out. In comparison, this story paled. Instead I found myself reading through the first chapters, and then just thumbing my way through. For me, I didn't find any joy in reading the story. If anything, I just wanted to get it over with. There are a few people out there who have commented on the negativity of the characters within the book, and in hindsight, I believe they are spot on. Amish are not always going to be cheery and happy-go-lucky, but in the first chapter the mom, Mattie, just was not like-able. I received this book from the publisher. In turn, this review is my own opinions with no pressure from the publisher to provide a positive review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Talk about a book that jerks your heartstrings....this is it. Bess is trying to grieve the loss of her husband and the birth of their child in the only way she knows how. Well meaning family and friends think her grief should look differently, but we each have to walk that road the best way for us. This book is her journey and Aiden's journey, their best friend, as they work out their grief alone and together. I enjoyed that they weren't thrown into a relationship and you have the added mix of an Englisher to their journey. This is not your typical Amish book as it has depth of characters and a hard subject to deal with. Ms Irvin deals with this in a very sensitive way and has you hurrying to find out the conclusion to the story. I really enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable revview. All thoughts are my own. I have read other books from Kelly and this was another wonderful story. Bess and Caleb were friends from youth and so was their friend Aidan. Bess and Caleb married and were about to have their first child when tragedy struck and he was killed and left her with the loss of her husband and the upcoming birth of her child. They were living with his parents while they were building their home and now that was not going to happen. She was trying to get over her grief of the loss of her husband and live each day, but her mother in law wasn't doing well with the loss and neither was Bess. What were both women to do. And Aidan tried to help by telling little Jacob about growing up with his father and mother. Will their be a light at the end of the tunnel after such a loss. I love this story, you can't tell someone how to grieve until you have lived it yourself. And the wonderful ladies of the community who have lost their spouses are a wonderful support.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This story is tender, amusing, endearing, and GOD Blessing. This is a story of Bess who was truly Blessed. she was married and pregnant when a serious surprise ruined things in her life - I mean it was a shocker. She had to fit things back together and when she did she met some other people named Dusty - who is an Englisher and Aiden who is a friend of hers from childhood - they are friends that want to help her with her mother in law who has taken her new baby and treats it like it is her son, and her husband - well that is a long story. One that I shall not tell you - one you will have to read it - This book touches your heart. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning the story had my attention. I had a feeling it wouldn't be a "perfect life" amish story. Crisis from the beginning. Even though I've never experienced the things Bess did I could imagine how she must be feeling because of the way the author wrote about her character. Tons of detail in character development. However, there were so many people I had a hard time keeping track of them all. I felt like the story jumped from situation to situation so rapidly; I had a hard time keeping up! I felt like the author spent a whole lot of time on minor elements of the story and I kept wanting to jump ahead. It seemed to slow down towards the middle/end which I was thankful for. The last 25% of the book was one I couldn't put down. I stayed up way too late at night to finish it. Great story. Love the depth of development of characters and their relationships with others. They dealt with a lot of really hard life issues. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does a young Amish woman deal with the tragic death of her husband and soon after the birth of their first child? She is expected to accept God's will and get on with her life. Bess Weaver struggles with her faith and her hope for a future. As she tries to find her own way to cope, she seems to find condemnation from her in-laws and her bishop. With the help of three widows and the constant presence of a dear friend, Aidan, Bess finds her way out of her grief and learns to hope and love again. A sweet story that chronicles Bess's journey through grief.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Kelly Irvin writes a story that keeps your attention from page one! Kelly writes a story of friendship, love, loss, despair, finding your way again and loving again. Bess and Caleb Weaver had only been married a year. She was expecting their first child but, before the child was born, Caleb was killed in a terrible buggy accident. His best friend Aiden Graber, also friends with Bess since childhood, made Caleb a promise to care for his wife and child. Bess is so heartbroken over the loss of her husband she can’t seem to bond with her son and finds ways to avoid caring for him. Caleb’s mother Mattie falls into a state of total despair. What happens to Bess? Will she finally be a mother to little Joshua? Will she let Aiden into her heart…. a place he’s longed for all his life? What of Mattie? God can bring her back from the deep pit she’s fallen into but does she let him? I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is first book in An Every Amish Season Novel series. Bess Weaver is twenty years old and has been married for a year to Caleb. Bess is pregnant with their first child. They have been living with Caleb’s parents while Caleb builds their home. Bess is waiting for Caleb to return home after spending the day helping his best friend, Aidan Graber. Bess hears the door and expects Caleb to come walking through it. Instead, it is Aidan with a troubled, distraught expression on his face. A truck hit Caleb’s buggy on the slick roads and Caleb died in Aidan’s arms. Bess cannot believe she lost her husband so soon and is struck down with grief. Bess’ parents arrive from Haven, Kansas for the funeral. They want Bess to return with them, but Bess does not wish to leave Jamesport, Missouri. Aidan feels that the accident is his fault because Caleb had run an errand for him. Aidan cares for Bess (has for many years), and he promised Caleb he would watch out for her. Bess gives birth to a boy that she names Joshua. Weeks later Bess is at the local nursery purchasing flowers when she meets Dusty Lake. He is a friendly, knowledgeable employee, and he actually makes Bess laugh (first time since Caleb’s death). Bess decides to get a job. A few days later, Bess is applying for a position at the Heartland Bed and Breakfast. The new owners are Minerva and Gavin Lake, Dusty’s parents. But some people do not approve of Bess’ job or her new friend. Bess’ fate is no longer her own thanks to Bishop Freeman. Bess will be leaving town unless someone finds a good reason for her to stay in Jamesport! Upon A Spring Breeze is nicely written, has a good pace, and a good storyline. The religious aspect is light to medium. Emphasis is placed on having faith and the power of prayer. The setting of Jamesport, Missouri sounds lovely, and I did appreciate the main characters (especially Bess). I could understand Bess’ grief having lost my own father recently. The overwhelming feeling of grief does not go away overnight. On top of that, Bess had a new and very fussy baby. Her hormones and emotions are all over the place. I felt that her family and friends should have been more understanding and patient (instead of critical). I give Upon a Spring Breeze 3 out of 5 stars. I had trouble with the male authority figures in the story. I could never live in such a male dominated society. I could not believe that Bess did not get to decide the fate of the farmland she owned with Caleb. When she made a male friend, it was considered inappropriate. She was forced to give up her job (a woman’s place is in the home and not near eligible Englisch men). I could not believe that the Bishop wrote to her father regarding her “behavior” (Bess is a widow with a child). The Bishop would not allow Aidan to accept the government assistance allowed for the loss of his chickens. How is he supposed to restart his business? I cannot help but wonder if this is how it truly is in the Amish culture. I sincerely hope not (can you tell this book riled me up). The ending was sweet, but it was expected. I did not enjoy Upon A Spring Breeze as much as other books I have read by Kelly Irvin.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Kelly did it again, a great book! Kelly did not let me down on this book, I enjoyed it as much as all of her other books I have read. Bess's story is one of much sorrow and fighting against herself to keep her faith. I think almost every one of us has probably felt let down at one time or another and fought to keep moving forward, not only in regards to our faith but sometimes people in our life. Thank you for this lovely story Kelly!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, UPON A SPRING BREEZE is Ms. Irvin's latest release. Ms. Irvin wrote a heart-rendering story as both Bess and Aidan suffer through loss after loss after loss. I was beginning to wonder if there was any hope in this story at all as both main characters struggled through the terrible valley of the shadow of death. But about the time I decided the grief was too deep to bear, the story turned and things began to look up. Of course, there is still the black moment to get through, and that was edge of your seat as you wondered what would happen next. A great Amish romance set around a young widow and her husband's best friend, with lots of drama, heart-ache, and loss. Readers will devour this latest story by Kelly Irvin. I absolutely fell in love with both main characters, especially Aidan.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Upon a Spring Breeze, written by Kelly Irvin, is book 1 in An Every Amish Season series. Bess and Caleb Weaver are a young Amish couple who have only been married a year. At just 20 years of age, they are expecting their first baby. Caleb has been building their home while they live with his family. One day Caleb does not come home. He was working for his friend Aidan and was sent into town when he was in an accident. Bess's parents want her to move to their home. But she cannot take Caleb's only child away from his parents. When the baby arrives, he looks so much like Caleb that Bess struggles with caring for the baby and missing Caleb. Caleb's mother is suffering from memory issues, and attempts to take over the care of the baby, thinking he is Caleb. Aidan blames himself for his friends death. Before Caleb died, he asked Aidan to look after his wife and child. Aidan takes this request seriously. He has cared for Bess since they were young and stepped away when Caleb wanted to take her as his wife. Aidan has not been able to move forward with starting his own family. This is a very good book. This is a very well written, powerful story of loss and going on with life. Bess is struggling with this and finds support through a few other widows in her community. Though they are older than her, they offer her the support and help she needs. The men in her life think she should be strong and just get over it and move on. The men feel doing housework, gardening and caring for her son should be enough. Being Amish, she should have received permission from the men to go to work at an English B and B. While working at the B and B, she helps the owners son do the gardening and planting. They develop a friendship that he would like to build on, but if Bess allowed this, she will be turning her back on her family, friends and church. This is a very sad story to read. No only does Bess lose her husband and Aidan his best friend, Aidan also lost his whole flock of chickens he has been building to diversify his farming. We also see how the Weaver family is affected by the mother's memory loss. But this is a story of faith and strength. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers. I have chosen to write this honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
For over a third of this book I could feel my heart in my throat, this poor girl, and whom does she live with, her deceased husbands family. The story is about Bess Weaver coming to terms with her lot in life, does she make all the right decisions, of course not, but she is human, and you would not want to walk in her shoes. This a story of her journey to a semblance of a normal life, of course what is normal for one may not be for another, but we walk in her shoes. I loved the little one, and he sure is a hit for the whole family, and yes they enable and then disable her, but we are also struggling with faith here, and forgiveness. I loved this community and how they just seemed to know when a member needed help, and of course they are there. There is also a bit of romance, where one has been in love with the other almost all of their life, even when they married another. Come and get lost in a warm hearted Amish story! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is a beautifully written story! This is the first book in An Every Amish Season Series. Bess Weaver is a cheerful, happy, newly wed Amish wife with a baby on the way. One winter day, tragedy strikes and her beloved husband, Caleb dies instantly in an accident. Bess' whole world shatters and she's left to try to pick up the broken pieces. How will she raise her baby? Will she ever be able to get the faith back she once had? Caleb's best friend, Aidan, is there waiting to help her, but will she ever see his real intentions? A job at an English Bed and Breakfast becomes mighty tempting for Bess to take. She could leave all her troubles at home while working at this Bed and Breakfast. It seems like a good job but it might only lead to heartache in the end. I definitely recommend reading this book. There are twists and turns throughout this story; you won't be able to put it down! Kelly really brings the characters to life; while reading, you will feel like you are right there with them in Jamesport, Missouri, a most pleasant place to be! She does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that every one can relate to including guilt, depression, frustration, hope, love and forgiveness. Just as beautiful as the flowers every Spring, this inspiring story will beckon you to reread it over and over again! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
I believe you will enjoy reading Upon a Spring Breeze. This book touched my heart. The author shows the characters how to have forgiveness to patience and also have so many more attributes. The novel was well-written and had a beautiful storyline. I've read other books by Author Kelly Irvin, but Upon a Spring Breeze stands out as one of her best. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read this book and the cover looks spectacular. I received a complimentary copy from the author and NetGalley. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Kelly Irvin's Upon a Spring Breeze is one of the most touching books I've read in while. I could actually feel Bess Weaver's pain at losing her young husband, Caleb. One minute she is working in the kitchen waiting for Caleb to come home and thinking about their first baby due soon. In the blink of an eye, she becomes a young widow and will be a single mother. Her whole world is turned upside down. The baby who should bring her joy instead serves as a reminder of her loss. In her struggle to find a new normal, Bess begins working at an English-owned bed and breakfast and finds herself attracted to the owner's son. Caleb's best friend, Aden, has tried to help Bess but finds the love he has always repressed has grown stronger. Now two men vie for Bess' affection while she still mourns her loss. Several widows in the Amish community take Bess under their wings, offering her help, support, and friendship. Will they be able to help her find hope ,joy, and even love again? As in all of her novels, Kelly Irvin writes rich descriptions and situates well-developed characters in a fast-moving plot. Thank you for such a beautiful story, Kelly. We have all experienced loss of some sort, and we have all struggled to find our way at times. How wonderful to read a story that puts these feelings into words and also offers hope. I can't recommend this book highly enough! Susan Simpson
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was a very emotional story! I found my reactions flip-flopping all over the place as Bess had to deal with one worry after another. It was tough to watch her grieve her husband and sink into depression after the birth of her child. I found myself so frustrated with the way her familiy and most of the community expected her to bounce right back, accept everything, and be fine. It was very tough to read about that in the book. However, it did make for a very nice contrast to the way a select few helped Bess work through her troubles, of which she had a great many! There was a sweet and gentle romance that began to brew in this novel. I appreciated the way the author handled the relationship between Aiden and Bess. Their struggles over Caden’s death seemed appropriate. Upon a Spring Breeze delved into the psycological responses that various characters in the story had to the death of a beloved husband, son, brother, and friend. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, April 17, 2017 Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin, © 2017 Every Amish Season, Book 1 Such a beautiful visual cover! Ready to open up and begin reading... I so enjoyed the Amish of Bee County series by this author and am ready for this new series that will contain F*O*U*R novels. We will be meeting the Weaver and Graber families featured in Jamesport, Missouri. ~* In Upon a Spring Breeze, the first book in my new Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, Bess Weaver’s first step in healing after tragedy is to visit a nursery, pick out her favorite flowers, take them home, and plant them. Here’s a snippet from the nursery scene: “Take these.” He shoved a tray of golden yellow marigolds along with another of pink impatiens onto the cart. “Oh, and these. You’ll need to balance out the colors.” “Zinneas in pinks, yellows, and fuchsia. A cornucopia of color. Somehow she felt better already, and not a single flower had graced Mattie’s garden. “Thank you.” Watching new life sprout in the spring reminds Bess that her life isn’t over. This is a season of change in her life, just as it is in ours. Sometimes flowers are the best medicine. --author Kelly Irvin ~ flowers *~ Blue Morning Glories, Four O'Clocks, and White Moon Flowers are some of my favorites ~ the beginning and ending of a day. Bess Weaver has received therapeutic value from her plantings. A young widow with her newborn son, Bess strives to find her place in her new life, so different from what she had expected in continuation of each day. I was glad Bess had a listening ear by those near her. Women in her community come alongside and are such a benefit for her. I especially liked Mary Katherine Ropp, an older widow who lovingly nurtured Beth, gathering her in with Jennie Troyer and Laura Kauffman, befriending her when they could understand the most. They wisely love her by example rather than telling, for each one must experience a resurfacing after a raw loss and new directions. Moms can remember what it was like with your first child ~ uncertain of what you were to do and others seemed to do it so easily. Beth does not want to become a burden and seeks employment to help with daily needs within her extended family. Post-partum depression and feelings of inadequacy, Beth relies on skills she does have. Spring is in the air and the Purple Martins have come to nest. A reminder that life continues and you can rely on growth and the cycle of seasons renewing. This story is portrayed in a realistic way surviving the best way she knew ~ by trying to find herself separate from what she had known. I am looking forward to reading the continuing stories of these families. ***Thank you author Kelly Irvin for having a print copy sent to me from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
ConR More than 1 year ago
Kelly Irvin's new book takes us into the corners of a young Amish widow's life after tragedy has slammed her into a new reality. I found the book to be a very honest telling of the emotional process a young widow and new mother must go through when experiencing such loss and joy in close succession. I found it interesting that Bess got more help through a group of widows in the community than from her husband's family, but of course they were all dealing with the loss of their son as well as other factors within the home. Being Amish certainly doesn't preclude people from having to deal with all sorts of trials in life. I found this to be a great story. I was asked to read it by the publisher, who provided me a copy with no guarantee of a review.