Series: Hearts of Middlefield #1
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on August 31st 2009
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, Romance
Moriah's heart will only be safe with a man of his word.
In just a few short months, Moriah MillerÆs perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. HeÆs left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young womanÆs aid.
But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel MillerùLevi's twinùlongs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.
Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight-knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriageùonce idealized as the happiest time of her lifeùmay have been merely a shadow of the kind of love God has created for her. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope . . . if she'll only let it.
This is my 99th review for this year. Approaching a milestone or something. I have to say it doesn’t get any easier despite the number you many put there. Sometimes reviews almost literally write themselves. Not often and when they do I cherish the moment. Most of them, it’s HARD. How do I get the point across of how amazing something is or how much I liked it without giving the good stuff away. Rarely however, it’s more like how do I put a positive spin on a book that just didn’t do it for me. I don’t mean rosy, happy, positive but more a realizing that what doesn’t work for me will always find it’s intended audience. Thankfully this book falls in category 2 up there. I LOVED it but for the love of tomatoes the review is a struggle. This book is more then just the synopsis. Moriah, while a large part of the story is just one of many characters that have a story woven into this book. And hopefully the next book in the series will pick up with this same cast and carry them forward.
I feel the need to tell you a little about why I chose this book. I’ve been blessed beyond measure to be able to review her latest releases this year. There’s something special about getting to put out a review for an author you admire on release day. (Unless you don’t know your numbers and write it down for the wrong day…) With nothing coming out this month I still wanted to showcase one of her books. I mean, blessed remember? So decided to go way back. Back toward the beginning of her career and settled on the Hearts of Middlefield series. I think the thing that surprised me the most was just how much Kathleen’s writing has grown over the years. Her understanding of her genre, her development as an author, and honestly I don’t know that she can possibly write something I won’t love. However, I’m not open to testing that statement either!
I loved the dual story line of Moriah and her brother interchanging with a similar theme. I’ve read so many books of late that told the story of someone choosing to become Amish which made the story of someone choosing to leave refreshing. That sounds bad doesn’t it? I promise it’s not. I’m shocked that I wasn’t turned off by not one, but two, love triangles. Yes, that’s totally a thing times two in this book. It’s handled well and while it was a major player (ties two) in the story it didn’t dominate the feel of the book. I think the biggest thing that I took from this story (and probably completely different than the average reader) is the importance of knowing yourself. The importance of knowing that the choices you are making, especially when they involve the life and future of another, are the right choices for you. You can’t change everyone’s life and then change your mind. I know there’s a lot of ramble and a lot of Fizzy sprinkled in but this book is completely worth going back in time and catching an amazing author near the beginning. And I can’t wait to bring you the next book in the series as well~