Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Enjoyable continuing story -- The Gift

Wanda Brunstetter continues her Prairie State Friends series with The Gift. She once again takes her readers to Arthur, Illinois, to re-visit friends first introduced in The Decision.

The story picks up from the first book, with several characters returning in continuing relationships.  The story has an engaging mix of hope, joy, promise and hurt, despair, and struggle.  There are twists and turns that kept me well involved in the flow of the story.  I also learned some interesting things about widely varying topics like reflexology and hummingbirds.

Fans of good Amish fiction should enjoy this read by one of the premier authors in the genre. There are enough loose ends left in the story to make me anxious to see how they work out in the final installment of the trilogy -- The Revelation, scheduled for release next February.

Thanks to Wanda and her publisher for providing a copy of The Gift in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Follow the heart-wrenching story of Adam Beachy, whose mother walked out on him and his family—and away from the Amish faith. Now he balks at the idea of ever marrying and having a family of his own. But when tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his three nieces and finds himself needing a wife. Despite their differences over her practice of reflexology, Leah Mast seems the best option to fill that role. Can they make it work in a modern-day marriage of convenience?

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and her husband live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit friends in  Amish settlements throughout the States.


  1. Thanks Southern Gal! I stumbled upon your blog searching for new book suggestions. This is great. I really appreciate the suggestion! Your review has swayed. I’ll have to check out The Gift. Thanks!

    I wanted to pass along one my pastor recommended to me. It’s the #1 bestseller on religious fiction, so maybe you’ve already heard of it. But I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a fantastic collection of short stories. It’s called Pieces Like Pottery. I really can’t recommend it enough. I would love to see your review of it at some point! http://tinyurl.com/ozaybjm

  2. So glad you found my blog and I'm happy to know my review swayed you. As you can see, I read lots of Christian fiction and am glad to share information about these great books.

    I haven't heard about the book you mentioned. I'll have to check it out!

  3. I'm glad I found it too! It definitely swayed me. Thank you! I love Christian Fiction too. I would certainly check out Pieces Like Pottery. I really enjoyed it as Christian fiction. Almost Flannery O'Connor esque. I really loved the stories.