Emma Blooms at Last is Naomi King's heartwarming conclusion to her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. If you've read the previous books in these two connected series, you've probably already fallen in love with the Lambrights, Grabers, Brubakers and other recurring characters. All those families continue to play important roles in this latest story -- but as the title suggests, Emma finally gets a chance to bloom.
Without giving away any spoilers, this is how one of the book's characters (you'll have to read to find out who) sums up the person Emma finally shows herself to be:
"You look really pretty today, Emma. Like a rose blooming in midwinter. You've got that kind of strength and determination, you know -- to bloom where you've been planted, no matter what the season or the situation."
I found myself shedding a few tears of joy as pieces seemed to fall into place in God's perfect timing for many of my "friends" in Cedar Creek and Bloomingdale. And it seemed very appropriate at this time of year for there to be a special Christmas element woven into the end of this sweet story.
Fans of Amish fiction should snatch up a copy of Emma Blooms at Last for a great read. I would suggest, though, that you would enjoy the story more if you read the other books in the series first.
Thanks to Naomi and her publicists for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.
Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….
Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.
About the Author:
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King (a.k.a. Charlotte Hubbard) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.
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