Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kathleen's best yet -- Words from the Heart

While I have enjoyed Kathleen Fuller's entire Amish Letters series, I think her latest -- Words from the Heart -- outshines the others. In fact, it just might be her best book yet.

Ivy Yoder and Noah Schlabach find themselves involved in an attic-cleanup project for Noah's aunt, Cevilla. Neither of them has interest in any romantic involvement coming out of their time together, no matter how much Cevilla might try to manipulate otherwise. No one could have imagined how much impact could come from a bunch of old doilies and a bundle of abandoned love letters.  

I'm not sure I can identify all the reasons I enjoyed this book so much, but the entire story was very touching. Kathleen created characters with real-life feelings and experiences. As they worked through a variety of tasks -- some of them very mundane, some more interesting -- they shared times of fun and pleasure, as well and illness and rejection, all the while learning lessons about love and life. I felt drawn into the story and cared a great deal about people, as though they were actual friends of mine.

I highly recommend Words of the Heart to fans of great Amish fiction or heartwarming stories in general.

Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Book:

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.
About the Author:
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at, Twitter: @TheKatJam, Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.

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