I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller
Series: Amish Letters #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 13th 2018
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural
Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon . . .
Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.
Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?
As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love—even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.
Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward.
I have waited, mostly patiently, for six months for this book to release. I have loved every book in this series. ‘Written in Love‘ brings Jalon and Pheobe together to his home in Birch Creek. ‘The Promise of a Letter‘ brings Jalon’s sister Leanna together with her boss’ brother Roman in an awkward love story of two very nontraditional people. It also brought together Jalon’s cousin Adam with Leanna’s best friend’s sister Karen. I knew that ‘Words from the Heart’ would be all about Ivy and I couldn’t wait. Though it was a sad waiting knowing that it would be the end of this series, a series I would be content to go on and on and on…
While this book may be about Ivy and Noah (don’t worry John is just a distraction for ya…eeps spoilerish?) Cevilla really carried the story for me. Let me tell ya why. I sorta got bored through the first half of the book waiting for the action to start. Cevilla is convinced that Ivy and Noah are meant to be. ‘let Noah and Ivy see how perfect they are for each other. If it’s yer will, of course. Amen.’ I mean good gravy she even tells God how perfect they are for each other, of course His will is an after thought. They are the quintessential opposites so to speak. He is 6 foot something and she’s not quite 5 foot tall. He travels for his work and loves it. She has no desire to ever leave Birch Creek again. He is jovial and silly. She is staid and organized. He understands financial value while she understands sentimental value. Which is why Cevilla pulls them together to begin with. And they bond or heaps and mounds of doilies. I mean other things too but mostly, doilies.
This book may be about Ivy and Noah’s path to love but it’s also about Cevilla’s past and love. The secrets that weren’t so much secrets as things no one knew. It all really starts with a box of doilies and letters. Love letters. From Korea in the 50s. The introduction of the letters about the half-way mark really brought the story to life. I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what was what and who was who and how it all came to pass. This book is filled with memorably flawed characters that you can’t help but care for. This book is told with a depth of words and obvious research that brings the situations to life. Korean War letters, meniere’s disease, and finding new paths. You aren’t an old maid at 26, unless you choose to be. According to Cevilla I think that goes for 80-something as well. This book was more than worth the wait and is honestly probably my favorite of the series. I’ll change my mind a few ties when I re-read one book or another. Amish Letters hits the right spot with each book each time.