Written in Love

Written in Love

by Kathleen Fuller

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Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

"Dear Mr. Chupp"–with those three words, a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.

In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718082529
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Amish Letters Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 167,453
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Twitter: @TheKatJam; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller.

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Written in Love


By Kathleen Fuller

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Kathleen Fuller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8253-6


CHAPTER 1

November 2

Dear Mr. Chupp,

Your letter was accidentally sent to my house. I didn't open it but I thought it might be something important and you would want it back.

Sincerely, Phoebe Bontrager


November 4

Dear Ms. Bontrager,

Thank you for returning my letter. That was very kind of you. Looks like I accidentally wrote the wrong zip code.

Sincerely, Jalon Chupp


November 6

Dear Jalon,

I'm glad you received your letter and I hope you were able to send it to the right address. Sometimes the mail gets very messed up in this small town.

Sincerely, Phoebe

P.S. I debated whether to send this to you. Maybe you didn't want to hear from me again. If that's the case, please let me know. Or if you don't write back, I'll know.

P.P.S. I assume by your name you're Amish. I am too. I guess you figured that out, though.


November 8

Dear Phoebe,

I didn't mind hearing from you. Actually, it was kind of nice.

Sincerely, Jalon

P.S. Yes, I'm Amish.


November 10

Dear Jalon,

Thank you for writing me back. I hope you won't think I'm being too forward in sending you another letter. I'm visiting my aunt in Dover and it's nice to get mail. I'm not sure how long I'll be here. I do miss my home and my family but my aunt is taking good care of me.

Sincerely, Phoebe


November 13

Dear Phoebe,

Are you sick? Is that why you're staying with your aunt? I hope you are doing well.

Sincerely, Jalon


November 15

Dear Jalon,

When I said she was taking care of me, I meant we were helping each other. She's not as young as she used to be. She's actually my grandmother's sister, so she's my great-aunt. Have you ever been to Dover? Aunt Bertha doesn't actually live in Dover, but on the outskirts of it, in a very small Amish community. She's lived here for a long time, as long as I can remember. She never married, and since she's getting on in years, I thought I would help her out and keep her company. Dover is a lovely place, especially in the winter. I remember visiting here when I was a child and how the freshly fallen snow sprinkled all over the branches of the tall oaks and maples. It reminded me of thick layers of sugar. In February they tap the trees for maple syrup. Aunt Bertha doesn't have many maples on her property, but if I'm still living here by then, hopefully we can go to the family a few streets down and help them gather the syrup. I used to gather syrup with my brothers. There are eleven of us siblings, so we make quick work of the job. I'm the oldest and I usually spend more time in the kitchen than outside, which I don't mind. We've always been blessed with plenty of syrup for pancakes and waffles through the years.

Sincerely, Phoebe

P.S. It was very nice of you to ask about my health. I hope I didn't worry you. Then again, why would you be worried about me? We don't know each other all that well, although I'm enjoying getting to know you better. Wait, that might sound a little forward, and I don't mean it to be. I'm just glad someone cares, that's all. I should probably end this letter right now before I stick my foot farther into my mouth.

P.P.S. I hope you're doing well.


November 17

Dear Phoebe,

Thank you for your letter. I'm glad you're okay, and don't worry, you aren't sticking your foot in your mouth. It's nice getting to know you too. I've never had a pen pal before. I don't really like writing, to be honest. But I don't mind writing to you.

You have a lot of siblings! I have only one sister. She's a year younger than me. Where do you and your family live?

Pancakes and syrup? One of my favorite breakfasts.

Sincerely, Jalon


November 19

Dear Jalon,

I used to wish I didn't have so many brothers. I'm twenty-three and they're all a lot younger than me. The oldest brother is Devon, and he's fifteen. I also have two sets of twin brothers. Zeb and Zeke are thirteen and Moses and Mahlon are three. The rest of my brothers fall in between the twins — Owen is fourteen, Ezra is eleven, Nelson is nine, Perry is seven, Jesse is five, and Elam is two months. They can be a pain sometimes. But now that I'm here with my aunt, I miss them. They are all busy with school, except for Devon and the baby, of course. And all the boys help my dad with the farm. We live in a small district outside Fredericktown.

I love pancakes and syrup, too, but my favorite breakfast is eggs Benedict. Have you ever had them? I don't fix them very often because they're kind of fancy, but they're a nice change from a typical breakfast. I enjoy cooking a lot, and try to do it whenever I can. I definitely know how to cook for a crowd!

Sincerely, Phoebe


November 21

Dear Phoebe,

My father was a farmer, too, but he doesn't farm anymore. When I was a kid I used to help him, just like your brothers help your father. I liked farming when I was younger, but as I got older I didn't enjoy it as much. By the time I was fifteen I wanted a different job, so I've been doing construction ever since. I think I'm more suited to using a hammer and nails than I am a plow and hoe.

No, I've never had eggs Benedict, but they sound interesting. It's nice that you enjoy cooking. I happen to enjoy eating.

Sincerely, Jalon


November 23

Dear Jalon,

Do you mind if I keep writing to you? I don't want you to feel obligated to write me back.

Sincerely, Phoebe


November 25

Dear Phoebe,

I don't feel obligated to write to you. Like I said, I like your letters. I like them a lot. I have to be honest, though. Sometimes I don't have a lot to say. I mostly just work, go to church, and keep to myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a hermit. I've just been working a lot of overtime lately, so it's made for a pretty dull life. Your letters are a definite bright spot.

I hope you and your aunt have a nice Thanksgiving.

Sincerely, Jalon


November 29

Dear Jalon,

Whew! I was worried I was being a pest. Can I ask you a few questions? How old are you? Where is your construction job? What size town is Birch Creek? I've never heard of it before. I would look it up on a map but I don't get to the library very much. It's a good thing I brought some of my books from home with me. When you're not working, do you have any hobbies? One of my favorite things to do other than cooking is watching birds.

Sometimes I draw them in my sketchbook. I like having the reminder of what they look like. Especially cardinals. I don't see them very often here, so when I do I like to have a picture of them, even though my drawing skills aren't great. I can't let my aunt know — she wouldn't like it if she knew I was drawing. The district here is very strict, and Aunt Bertha is even stricter. But I understand. Breaking rules brings nothing but trouble.

On second thought, maybe I should get rid of my pictures.

Phoebe


December 1

Dear Phoebe,

To answer your questions: I'm twenty-five and I've lived in Birch Creek since I was eleven. Before that I lived in Mesopotamia, which is near Middlefield. Birch Creek is about an hour's taxi ride from Canton. It isn't very big, but we've had a few more families join our district in the past couple of years. I guess you could say we're growing. Our district used to be strict, but we have a new bishop and he's relaxed a few of the rules, which is nice. I'm glad he hasn't done away with all of them, though. I agree with you that rules are important.

Right now I'm working on renovations on a library near Akron. I work six days a week most of the time, since the project is taking longer than expected and we have a deadline. I don't mind, though. I'm happy for the work. That doesn't leave much time for hobbies. I do like to fish. We have a pond near our property that's well stocked.

I really hope you haven't thrown your pictures away. That would be a shame. They're for your own use, so I don't think it's a bad thing for your aunt not to know about them. We all need something that is just our own.

Jalon


December 4

Dear Jalon,

I'm so glad you understand what I meant by keeping my drawings a secret. Growing up with so many siblings, I had to share everything — beds, toys, food. My brothers also share clothes, and at least I didn't have to share my dresses with them! Still, it's nice to have something special that belongs only to me. I hadn't thrown the pictures away yet, so I'll keep them. Maybe I'll put up a couple of birdfeeders in the backyard. That should bring a good variety of birds to visit. Thank you for encouraging me.

Phoebe

P.S. I have to be honest with you, too — I'm glad to find out you're close to my age. I was worried you might be too old or too young, but you're just right.


December 7

Dear Phoebe,

This is a first. I've never been compared to Goldilocks and the Three Bears before.

Jalon


December 9

Dear Jalon,

Very funny. What I meant was that you are the right age for our writing letters to each other. Not that age has anything to do with it. Although it would be weird if you were a lot older or younger than me. Ugh, now that I think about it, I probably shouldn't have mentioned our ages. Let's forget I brought it up. Sometimes I do or say things that are impulsive and I'm trying to be better about that. I'd get rid of this letter and start all over, but my aunt has work for me to do this afternoon so I need to get it in the mail right away.

Phoebe


December 11

Dear Phoebe,

I'm the opposite of impulsive. My sister tells me I think too much, and that I'm too slow to make a decision. Maybe she's right. But I'm terrified of making a mistake. I've made so many in my life.

You know, I've never admitted that to anyone. Not about making the mistakes — some of those are hard to hide, and people find out about them sooner or later. But I've never told anyone about being afraid. I know God doesn't give us a spirit of fear, but sometimes it's hard to remember that, especially when you're faced with the fallout of the choices you've made. Worrying about making another mistake shouldn't get to me, but sometimes it does. Maybe one day I can throw caution to the wind and not have to rethink things over and over.

I'm glad you're a little spontaneous. We might not be writing to each other if you weren't.

Are you spending Christmas with your family in Fredericktown, or does your aunt still need you to stay with her? It's going to be a quiet Christmas here — just my sister, Leanna, and me. We'll probably go next door the day after Christmas and visit with our neighbors. I'm looking forward to the break from work.

Jalon


December 14

Dear Jalon,

I'm honored you would trust me with such a secret. And I understand about mistakes. I've made more than my fair share. I'm hoping I'm learning from them, through God's grace. He is merciful. Since you trusted me with something so important to you, I'll tell you a secret of mine — I almost didn't join the Amish church. I went through a period of time when I wasn't sure about a lot of things, including whether I wanted to remain Amish. Fortunately, I wised up and realized how much I needed my faith and my family. I love my family so much. I miss them too. I don't have any plans to see them soon, though. My aunt and I will spend Christmas here.

I hope you don't mind if I ask you another personal question. What do you look like? You don't have to tell me if you don't want to. I'm just curious. Not that I think looks matter much. A person can be beautiful on the outside but filled with ugliness, and vice versa.

Phoebe

P.S. I have a feeling you're handsome both inside and out.


December 18

Dear Phoebe,

Thanks for the compliment. I'm nothing special in the looks department. Brown hair, brown eyes, just a regular guy. I am tall, a bit over six feet. I guess that's not exactly average, but it's nothing unusual either. I hope you're not disappointed.

I agree that looks don't matter much in the long run. I've also known some of those pretty people who weren't so nice on the inside. But if I was a betting man, I would say your looks match your personality, which means you must be very pretty.

I went through a time when I wasn't sure if I wanted to join the church. I had friends who joined as soon as they turned sixteen, but I held back and didn't join until I was twenty-two. I love my family, too, but they weren't the reason I stayed. When I realized I didn't need anything but my faith, I joined the church. I don't have any regrets. Although I do miss driving a car.

Jalon

P.S. I wouldn't mind you telling me what you look like. You asked me first, after all.


December 20

Dear Jalon,

What do I look like? Well, I've got dark brown hair. It's almost black. I'm a little on the short side, I think five foot four but it's been so long since anyone has measured I can't really remember. My eyes are blue, although my mother says they turn gray when I'm angry. I have to take her word for it. It's not like I look in a mirror when I'm mad! But overall I'm pretty plain.

You used to drive a car? I drove a car once, when I was twenty. I felt so free at the time, even though I was breaking the rules and the law. I hope you won't think less of me for that.

Phoebe

P.S. Thank you for saying I must be pretty. That made me smile.


December 22

Dear Phoebe,

I could never think less of you. Remember, I've broken plenty of rules. I promise, you can tell me anything and I won't judge you for it. I'm the last person on earth who has the right to judge anyone.

Leanna's decided to go visit our parents for Christmas, so it's just me here holding down the fort. We've got a few pigs along with a pair of old draft horses, plus my buggy horse. Then there's Blue, Leanna's Maine Coon cat. I guess I'll have plenty of company anyway.

Merry Christmas, Jalon

P.S. I'm glad I made you smile.


December 27

Dear Jalon,

I'm sorry I'm late writing this letter. My aunt and I were busy finishing quilts for the other families in the district. She makes quilts for them every year, and she asked me to help. She's an expert seamstress, unlike me. I can sew a straight line and that's about it. It does take me longer and she lost patience with me a few times, but we got the quilts done and took them to the families the day after Christmas. My hands ache a little from all the sewing, but the families liked the quilts. I didn't know my aunt was so generous. She's full of surprises.

I did have some time to bake a few Christmas cookies like the ones with this letter. I hope you enjoy them.

How is work going? Are you still putting in lots of overtime? I know how important work is, but make sure you're getting plenty of rest. Also, find some time to do something fun! Obviously you can't go fishing in the winter, but surely there's something else you like to do that makes you happy.

Phoebe

P.S. I wasn't going to write this, but I changed my mind. I didn't like hearing that you were alone for Christmas. Animals are great, but they aren't Christmas company. I hope you weren't lonely. That's one of the worst feelings in the world.


January 1

Dear Phoebe,

These cookies are the best I've ever had. Seriously. You should go into the cookie baking business. My favorite ones were the candy cane sugar cookies. I was surprised they tasted a little like peppermint. I shared them with Leanna. Actually, I let her have only one, mostly so she'd stop pestering me. I wanted to savor the rest. She called me greedy, but I'm all business when it comes to food. Especially delicious food.

Anytime you want to send me cookies, go right ahead. I won't mind at all. I can pay you for them. They would be worth every penny.

I'm still working overtime, but we've had to call off a few days over the past month because of bad weather. I usually spent that time working around here. There's always something that needs to be done. My father started on a dawdi haus right before they moved away, so whenever I get a chance I work on that. I don't like the idea of leaving something unfinished, although my dad obviously doesn't have a problem doing that.

I did spend the day after Christmas with my neighbors, the Yoders. They have lots of kids. Not as many as your parents have, though. I had a good time.

I am doing something that makes me happy. I'm writing to you.

Jalon


P.S. I know what you mean about being lonely. Sometimes you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.

P.P.S. If you ever get lonely, think about me.


January 3

Dear Jalon,

I'm glad you liked the cookies, but I don't think people would want to buy them. I'll bake some more and send them to you, but you don't have to pay me. They will be my gift to you. Who knows, maybe someday I could make pancakes with maple syrup for you. And don't forget eggs Benedict. I also make a delicious pizza. It's my brothers' favorite meal. They never complain when they have pizza.

Writing to you makes me happy too. I wish the mail delivered faster. I'd write to you every day if it did.

I do think about you, Jalon, and not just when I'm lonely.

Phoebe


(Continues...)

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Written in Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading !!!
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention from the first few pages. I really liked the main characters. They were imperfect, realistic, and relatable characters. Jalon and Phoebe become pen pals because of a mistake by the post office. They decide to meet each other in person. I really liked the main characters. They were imperfect, realistic, and relatable characters. Will they be able to move beyond their past mistakes and see what God has in store for their lives? I highly recommend this book! You will really enjoy it. I can't wait to read book #2 in this series.
Anonymous 12 months ago
?..can't wait to start the next book!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, December 17, 2017 Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller, © 2017 Amish Letters series, Book 1 ~* in the heart of Ohio Amish country *~ A mistaken address begins correspondence between Jalon Chupp and Phoebe Bontrager, so far unknown to each other ~ that is, until Phoebe returns his letter, explaining it came to the wrong address. Or did it? Phoebe continues to answer Jalon's letters until they are unsure who actually began their pen pal journey. Their letters become frequent, though short, and they learn fun things about each other's lives and an exercise in sharing self they would not likely do in person ~ such as their fears and hopes. I am wondering how Phoebe's mail is not intercepted as she lives with an older family member. When an envelope comes addressed to you stops time in your daily life, to have a bright exchange for a moment of refreshment. Jalon, too, comes to expect Phoebe's letters. Wanting to know her face-to-face, he takes a challenge to go to meet her. A knock at the door brings revealed life to the forefront. I like how these characters learn to look to God for their completeness. Against all odds, they are determined to respect the path opened before them. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 His ways are best. I am glad that Truth is discovered, examined, and found by them! ***Thank you to author Kathleen Fuller and to Fiction Guild for a copy of Written in Love. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I love letter writing, so the meet-cute via postal service was one that caught my attention and was so sweet! For the amount of communication Jalon and Phoebe do in the beginning through letters, they have an awful lot of miscommunication once they meet in real life. Jalon is a private person and finds it hard to verbalize his feelings, which is probably why letter writing was easier for him than face-to-face interactions. Despite his reticence, Phoebe can see his compassion, kindness, and strength, especially with her son. I liked that neither of them are perfect, but they draw close to each other even though their flaws create conflict that they must overcome. I loved being back in Birch Creek from the author's previous series- it has a wonderful sense of community and Phoebe finds herself finally welcomed and not condemned for her past. The family members and neighbors of Jalon play a big role in working together to support Jalon and Phoebe and resolving many of the challenges they face. I'm looking forward to getting to know them more and seeing where the series takes them! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Having taken some time off from the blog the last year or so and having limited time I missed out on a lot of amazing books. I've been so focused on my older books and the super new releases that I missed out on some amazing books that fall between those two timelines. With the next book in this series coming out next month and knowing I really want to read it I only thought it prudent to read the first one. Let's face it, a book from a favorite author, a different take on a simple love story and simple people that find themselves in very non-simple situations. Something as simple as an incorrectly addressed letter has the potential to change so many lives. I'm having such a hard time reviewing this book. It was just such a sweet story that involved no small amount of hiccups. Jalon and Phoebe have secrets that they think won't make a big difference, I mean they just accidentally become pen pals. They don't see each other, they don't live in the same town or attend church in the same district. The fact that they develop some pretty strong feelings for each other is purely accidental. The idea that their secrets will come into play and matter is so small that they can keep their secrets...right? Well, you know good and well it would not be a book without most of that going out the window. It's hard for both of them to reach out and trust the other. But even trust comes with hiccups. There's always more to the story. More to figure out and of course how to integrate the new information into what is already known. Obviously, this book is more than just a few people with big secrets finding love. It's a story of love, faith, redemption, and finding new ways. It's a story taking simple people (Amish) and finding them working their way through real life in a way that could mirror any one of us. I just loved this book. It gave me a touch of faith in humanity and the knowing that the still small voice can still lead someone down the right path even when it's hard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is a good read. Jalon has a past he is not proud of but he is working hard and making changes. Phoebe has made some mistakes but she is trying to make changes. Circumstances (or God) steps in and brings these to into contact with each other. Will they become friends and maybe more? Will they be able to overcome their pasts and mistakes and make a new life together or will other things come between them? This is a good read with several twists and turns.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this newest book from Kathleen Fuller! It caught my attention right from the start as the two main characters start off as pen pals. Neither Phoebe nor Jalon realize they are each other's life lines as they accidentally become pen pals, but then end up turning into so much more! I just kept wanting to read more to see what would come of their letters and their relationship! A wonderful story of struggles, faith, forgiveness, and finding hope when all seems lost! This is an Amish author and book you don't want to miss!
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
Written In Love by Kathleen Fuller is the first book in the new Amish Letters Series. I enjoyed getting to know Phoebe and Jalon through their pen-pal letters. Jalon is not proud of is past and has worked hard to put that behind him and rededicate his Amish faith. One day he recieves a note that was included in a piece of mis-directed mail. He starts to look forward each day for a letter from Phoebe and steps out in faith asking that they meet each other. Phoebe lives with her aunt and also looks forward each day to Jalon's letters. When he suggests they meet, Phoebe panics. She also steps out in faith and shared some of her heart, but has not been entirely truthful about her past. When Jalon arrives at her front porch, everything is revealed. For the both of the to move on, they put their faith into God. I absolutely loved the book and loved how both Jalon and Phoebe's faith starts to grow knowing God has plans for their lives. I received Written In Love from The Fiction Guild to read and review for an honest opinion.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
WRITTEN IN LOVE is the first book in Ms. Fuller's newest series. Ms. Fuller is a hit or miss author with me, and this story was a hit. I absolutely loved the premise behind this story and couldn't wait to see where it goes. I hurt for both Jalon and Phoebe as they both had their problems to work through. I was a bit mad at Jalon for being judgmental with Phoebe for withholding information about her past, especially when he did the same thing. He withheld information pretty much all the way through. But the way it ended was sweet and I hope that we'll see more stores with some of the other characters, such as Adam and Karen and maybe Jalon's sister. A beautiful romance filled with hope even when everything went wrong that possibly could. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next book in this series coming later this summer. If you like Amish romances, be sure to pick up WRITTEN IN LOVE by Kathleen Fuller. A great read. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller does it again…I love reading her books! Phoebe and her son Malachi were living a very unhappy life with her Aunt Bertha. A letter arrived in the mailbox by mistake one day which started a friendship between Phoebe and the writer of the letter, Jalon. She sent him a short note to let him know his letter didn’t arrive at it’s intended address. He wrote back, she wrote again, and so on…they were penpals! One of the bright spots in Phoebe’s day was the arrival of a letter from Jalon which she kept secret from her aunt. She also kept something secret from Jalon and he from her. After exchanging a good many letters back and forth, feeling developed between the two. Could those feelings survive the secret they’re keeping from each other? Pick up a copy of this well written book and find out!
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Written in Love is An Amish Letters Novel by Kathleen Fuller. I was captivated right from the start. I didn't want to put this book down I was determined to see how this story ended. This is a story that is full of faith, love, trust, deception and forgiveness. Can Jalon and Phoebe move past the faults of the pasts? I know. This book is a wonderful read. Be sure to get your copy of it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Love is in the Mail! Without trying, Phoebe Bontrager has a pen pal—a male one named Jalon Chupp! What started out as a letter delivered to the wrong address has quickly turned into a post office romance. But the twenty-three year old Amish girl also has a lot of secrets. First of all there is Malachi, her son, a child she had out of wedlock. Next, Phoebe and Malachi are living with an aunt who clearly hates the two of them, and never misses a chance to verbally abuse them. Her parents still do not understand why she left their home. Both Phoebe and Malachi were well-loved there, and are missed a lot. Her mother was clearly disappointed when Phoebe announced she was moving out. But Phoebe’s reason for leaving was because of an even bigger secret, one she hasn’t shared with anyone. Even though Phoebe longs to return to her parent’s home, she knows she never can. Jalon has a past with secrets, too. He has struggled with alcoholism for years. Jalon also carries the burden of guilt for the accident that left his cousin in a wheelchair. The letters he has exchanged with Phoebe are the first bright lights in his life in many years. Despite never meeting her, Jalon is sure he is in love with Phoebe and sets out to meet her in person. That decision will change not only Jalon and Phoebe’s lives, but that of many of their family members as well. This is a story of Amish people who have old fashioned values but are faced with modern day problems. Phoebe finds herself confronted with the question of whose fault is it when bad things happen to good people--do bad things happen because of another person’s sins? Jesus himself was asked if a man’s blindness was the result of his or his parent’s sins. Jesus surprised them by saying it anyone’s fault rather, “this man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him.” Could that be Phoebe’s answer, too? In addition to kind Amish people, this story also features Amish who have let their own human weaknesses cause them to be mean and controlling—they care more about rules than people, or the One who made them. This is a very interesting tale that will keep you turning the pages to understand the very likeable Phoebe’s behavior. I also liked the quirky way Phoebe and Jalon “met.” This is a good book that you will enjoy. I recommend this 5-star book to those who like Amish tales, or story-lines that address modern problems! Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Written in Love for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This book shows that nothing happens by chance, but God has a plan and a purpose. A postal error creates circumstances that cause Phoebe and Jalon to become pen pals. Each are concealing past sins that they are living in the shadow of. Can they find forgiveness from the other and from themselves? This book delves deeper than most Amish books to show flawed characters that are moving beyond the past to a brighter future. They are believable and well written, as well as easy to identify with. I didn't want it to end. Kathleen Fuller has the ability to grab our attention from the beginning and keep us turning pages quickly till the end. I look forward to the next book in this series. 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 this copy from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is a beautiful story about a couple who met by accident by a letter being mis-sent to the wrong zip code. But it ended up being a beginning of a wonderful friendship and help for both people in the story. Phoebe has a secret she kept, and so did Jalon. They wrote wonderful love letters to each other without actually realizing that the two of them were falling in love. He went to visit her but in doing so he saved her from living with a great aunt who made her feel bad about what happened. And Jalon's sister had to help him deal with his issues and she did it the way she thought. I can't wait to see where each of the characters go with this series. I hope that loves comes to Karen, Adam, Leanne and Ivy. As well as things go well with the families.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller is one of my favorite authors. And so I was quite excited to received her newest book, Written in Love. This story reminds me of what it was like to have a pen pal before computers came into play and when we actually received mail instead of email. As luck would have it, Jalon Chupp receives a letter in his mailbox that is not intended for him. But when he reads the sweet note from Phoebe he is inspired to write back to her. So, he does write her a letter. Phoebe lives with quite an overbearing (to put it nicely) aunt. Actually her aunt is controlling and mean. so, Phoebe's life is a bit dull. Phoebe begins to look forward to Jalon's letters. His letters become a lifeline for her. Then Jalon wants to meet Phoebe. Whoops! This is where Jalon shows up, literally, on her aunt's doorstep to meet her. Phoebe hasn't been quite as honest and up front with Jalon as he expected. A sweet, witty story of perseverance, love and acceptance. I enjoyed this pen pal book. If you love clean romance and Amish stories, then this is the book for you. *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller bases her Written in Love on a somewhat unusual premise -- unintentional Amish pen pals. The result is a captivating story. The cast of characters for this story is quite an interesting group. The main characters, Jalon and Phoebe, both have big issues from their past to deal with individually and as a couple. The friends and family who play important parts in their lives certainly help keep the story moving. Although this is the first book in a new series, those of you familiar with Kathleen's Amish of Birch Creek series will notice some familiar "faces." I highly recommend Written in Love to fans of great Amish fiction. Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book. I was happy to share my own personal thoughts in this review.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller never fails to deliver a story that captures my attention from the start. Written in Love was an astonishing book to read. I loved how a misdirected letter started a pen pal relationship between Phoebe and Jalon. They both had secrets from their past they were not willing to share in their letters to one another. Jalon’s unexpected arrival at Phoebe’s Aunt Bertha’s home resulted in some unexpected twists and turns. Without giving the story away, I’m glad he went uninvited. My heart broke for young Phoebe and especially for little Malachi and all they had to endure at Aunt Bertha’s home. Written in Love characters are realistic with true to life issues individuals face today. The characters are well developed with qualities that made them shine (except for a couple who was spiteful, authoritative and truly only thought of their power over others). Written in Love is a heartfelt read filled with persistence, fortitude, determination, faith, forgiveness and second chances with God in their lives. This story will keep readers turning each page until the end—only with a sigh that the story ended. I look forward to the next book by this gifted author who writes stories that are heartfelt. I won a complimentary copy of this book from the author's FB club and was not required to write a positive review.. However, it's worthy of a 5 star review and I have expressed my honest opinion.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
Written in Love An Amish Letters NOVEL By Kathleen Fuller This book was amazing in every details with a wonderful writing and compelling to read fully of the inspirational tale portrays complex characters facing real world problems and finding love to be love and giving insights into their brokenness. This is a promising love story with difficult and dark issues and featuring well drawn characters with is make this series become to a sweet and a beautiful story of love romance, faith, hope and second chances that will make your heart warming from the story filled with real-life situations as well as characters what facing. All the descriptions are captivating and binging to the world inside of the story to life in every pages of this book. Kathleen Fuller telling us the story of two Amish family who live collided through tragedy. Sadie Schrock's stoic resolve will touch and inspire story. Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling Novels, including A Man of His World and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this love story book. " I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers for this review "
wfnren More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I'm saying this will be a great series What a great way to start a new series, with a wonderful story about changing your life around and having the faith to live that life, learning to share your deepest regrets and leaning on someone else by sharing those past mistakes. Oh YES, I will be watching for the second book to come out! Oh no, I just looked and that won't be until AUGUST!!!! Come on Kathleen, that long, lol, that is a long wait, but I know it will be worth it.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Written in love is a conundrum if you ask me - it is a true love story of two people who never would have found each other except for the hand of Providence - isn't HE wonderful? Phoebe receives a letter from Jalon by mistake and she sends the letter back to him and he writes her back and there starts the letter writing and romance - with each person hiding a secret past which tortures them both and they hurt themselves by keeping those things a secret. Will they reveal their secrets and move on and let GOD enter their lives and heal? It is awesome though they do let GOD rule their lives for everything else but for forgiveness - redemption - they feel they need. This book is fabulous, faith-full, abounding in love, elaborate in it's plotting, and one of the most downright imaginative Amish books I have read in a while. I love this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
I've never read a Kathleen Fuller book I didn't love. Written in Love is a wonderful addition to my "Kathleen Fuller books I love" list. A unique story told in an original way made this story interesting and riveting. This was a book I just could not put down. Written in Love tells the story of Phoebe and Jalon who meet when Phoebe accidentally receives a letter Jalon had sent to someone else. The two form a friendship of sorts by becoming pen pals. The book starts out with a series of letters written between the two. I loved the unusual way this story began. It was a neat way of being introduced to the characters and getting to know them. The storyline of this book is great. I enjoyed the realness of it. Not everything is rosy for these two and this made me like them even more. They struggle with their friendship and different things in their lives but this just made the story more real for me. This book showcases the fact that the Amish don't lead perfect lives and they have struggles and issues just like everyone else. In her typical way, Kathleen Fuller has written a book with characters who are realistic and a story that is compelling and heart-wrenching. This is a must-read book for fans of the genre. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
This story starts off with an exchange of letters. The reader doesn't know anything about the characters except what is revealed in these short letters. It was a very unique way to start a book. I wanted to keep reading! I found the beginning of the book rather slow moving. After a few chapters I was thinking this book was going to take forever to finish. But then! It started to get good. Secrets started to come out. The plot thickened and I was hooked. This was a book I had to finish in one day. I was rooting for the main character and had to find out what happened at the end. It was such a lovely story with beautifully painted diverse characters and settings. I love Amish stories that are outside the box... that don't paint a perfect picture of Amish life. I hope there are more stories about these characters.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Written in Love is the first book in the new Amish Letters series by Kathleen Fuller. A portion of this story takes place in Birch Creek, so readers (like me) who loved the Amish of Birch Creek series will be happy to recognize the setting and a few familiar faces. I really loved this book! The characters had heart. They were deep. They had issues that they were trying to work out and events from their pasts to overcome. I found both Phoebe and Jalon to be very likable characters, who sometimes still struggled to have faith that God had good plans for their lives. The book began with letters exchanged between Jalon and Phoebe and that was such a fun way to get to know these two characters! The rest of the story kept me intrigued and I had trouble setting this novel down. There were a handful of side characters in this story and they were all fun to get to know, as well. I’m really looking forward to reading more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller is An Amish Letters Novel. One day Phoebe Bontrager picks up the mail and there is a misdirected letter. She sends the letter back to the sender with a note. Soon Phoebe receives a thank you reply from Jalon Chupp. This is the beginning of their correspondence. Phoebe is staying with her Aunt Bertha in Dover. Aunt Bertha is very stern and strict, and Jalon’s letters are a welcome respite. Jalon lives in Birch Creek and Phoebe’s letters are the high spot of his day. An accident in his youth has clouded his life and led to many poor choices. He is now working a construction job, and it actually thinking about the future. Over the next few months, their letters continue and get longer in length. Both of them, though, have secrets that they have yet to reveal. Phoebe has made sure to get the mail each day before her aunt. But then one day, Aunt Bertha comes in with the mail in her hand. She has opened Jalon’s latest letter to Phoebe. Aunt Bertha forbids Phoebe from having any more contact with him and destroys the letter. After three weeks with no letters from Phoebe, Jalon heads to Dover. Jalon is shocked at how Phoebe is being treated by her aunt and stands up to Aunt Bertha. This leads to Phoebe being ushered out of the woman’s home (I am putting it nicely). Jalon suggests that Phoebe come home with him to Birch Creek (properly chaperoned, of course). These two will need to overcome their pasts in order to have a future together. Their faith and love will be tested. Is there a chance for Jalon and Phoebe to be together? Written in Love is a sweet Amish novel. It is nicely written and has some good characters. I only told you about three characters in my summary. My favorite character was Jalon’s sister, Leanna who is an unusual Amish woman. Leanna is a mechanic and likes to travel. She has a strong personality yet she is friendly. I am hoping the author will give Leanna her own book. The religious aspect is light. I am glad it is not overwhelming (the author gave it just the right touch). I give Written in Love 4 out of 5 stars. I wish the author had not taken so long to reveal the characters’ secrets. By the time, they are disclosed, the reader has already guessed (quite accurately) what the characters were determined to keep hidden. I was frustrated at times by Phoebe and Jalon’s lack of communication. Phoebe was particularly vexing, but she has a reason behind her reticence. I liked the basic premise of the misdirected letter. It is an old-fashioned idea in these modern times. I am curious to see what will occur in the next book in Kathleen Fuller’s An Amish Letters Novel.