Thursday, June 5, 2014

Amish story with a difference -- A Season of Change

Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres of books, and I've read lots of them . . . but never one quite like A Season of Change.  And I found this first book I've read by Lynette Sowell to be a very enjoyable one.

The story is set in the village of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida . . . a real-life place quite unlike any other Amish community.  It is a winter vacation spot for large numbers of Amish and Mennonite people and a year-round home for some, where many of the rules and customs are considerably more relaxed than those in more traditional Amish locales.  When you add in the circus life of one of the main characters, you can imagine this story not fitting your typical Amish setting.

As is so often the case in well-written fiction, the characters make this story come alive.  Jacob and Natalie, Jacob's young children and his grandmother, Imogene, Henry, and others are all people I would love to visit with in real life.  And I couldn't help cheering them on, hoping there would be a way for all to find a "happily every after" --  right up until the story ended in a way I didn't quite expect.

Fans of Amish fiction should find this a delightful story.  I look forward to seeing what the author has to offer in the continuation of this series . . . which is just increasing my desire to visit Pinecraft in person!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

See what other readers have to say about A Season of Change here.

About the book

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings---including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret---that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways---and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

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About the author
Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. 

Lynette can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

In A Season of Change, book one of Lynette Sowell's new series, Seasons of Pinecraft, readers will discover a different side of the Amish community. A Season of Change follows Natalie and Amish widower Jacob Miller as they each discover the mysterious ways God works. Inspired by the image of a Plain woman sitting on a three-wheeled bicycle by the Pinecraft (an Amish community in Florida) post office, Sowell’s latest is a new take on the popular trend in fiction.

Lynette is celebrating with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on June 12th.

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 12th. Winner will be announced at the A Season of Change Facebook author chat party on June 12th. Connect with Lynette for an evening of fun book chat, Amish-themed trivia, and prizes. Lynette will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series!

So grab your copy of A Season of Change and join Lynette on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed Natalie and Jacob's story. :)