Saturday, April 11, 2015

An introspective story -- An Empty Cup

I've only been reading Sarah Price's books for a short time, but I've already learned what to expect -- and what I expect is the unexpected!  The Empty Cup definitely fits that description.  It is a story in a familiar setting to those of us who are great fans of Amish fiction, but it shows a side of the Plain life that we don't always see.

Rosanna Zook Troyer is a fairly typical Amish wife and mother, living her life doing the things expected of such a woman.  But her past circumstances and an ever-increasing set of demands she allows to be put on herself continue to push her to a point of being an "empty cup" with very little time and energy left.

Sarah does an excellent job of bringing her readers into Rosanna's thoughts and feelings so that we can truly share in her experiences.  Journeying with Rosanna through her ups and downs is a captivating experience which also offers a challenge to take a step back and do some self-reflection about your own day-to-day choices.

I highly recommend An Empty Cup to fans of great Amish fiction or anyone who might like a nice, introspective story.

Thanks to Sarah for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Amish woman Rosanna Zook lost her self-confidence within the confines of a loveless and abusive marriage. In the years spent quietly dealing with her burdens and dutifully caring for others, she forgot her sense of self and ability to feel. But after her first husband’s untimely death, she gets a second chance with Reuben Troyer, a godly man who welcomes Rosanna and her two children into his life.

Despite the love and respect she finds in her new marriage, Rosanna soon learns that juggling the demands of her family and church community is more than she can handle. When Rosanna becomes ill, she is forced to confront a hard truth: one empty cup cannot fill another. For a woman who has spent her life giving, will Rosanna finally be able to let go and receive?

About Sarah:

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.

While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.

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