Friday, July 9, 2021

Overcoming Obstacles -- Pockets of Purpose

About the Book

Title:    Pockets of PurposeBook #2 in The Pocket Quilt Series

Author:   Laurie Stroup Smith

Publisher:   Vinspire Publishing

Pub Date:   June 30, 2021

Genre:   Amish

Surgical complications leave an Amish auctioneer searching for his passions and purpose.

Two years after exchanging her first love letters with Gideon Petersheim, Dixie Yoder tucks his notes into her pocket quilt and travels from Pinecraft to Holmes County, hopeful for a future together. Upon her arrival, their relationship blossoms until the auctioneer has surgery to remove a cyst from his vocal cords. Complications from the procedure interfere with his healing, leaving him searching for his passions and purpose. Instead of leaning on Dixie through this tough time, he pushes her away and turns his back on God. Frustrated and heartbroken, she is torn between staying in Ohio with the new friends she has grown to love and packing her bags. Having lost everything, he must fight his way back to her, but his apology is long overdue. Only a grand gesture to show her how much she means to him will cause her to pause and reconsider.

Purchase Link:  Amazon

My Thoughts

Pockets of Purpose is an enjoyable second installment in Laurie Stroup Smith's Pocket Quilt Series.

Gideon and Dixie are interesting characters who carry the main story, with lots of supporting cast in their family and friends. Gideon and Dixie have a special friendship that at first is a long distance one maintained mostly by letters between his Ohio community and her Florida home. When Dixie has the opportunity to visit Ohio, they have the opportunity for that friendship to grow, but health issues, frustrations, fears, and miscommunication provide obstacles in the hopes of their relationship developing further. How to handle those obstacles is the major theme of their story.

As with any good Amish story, the author uses many elements of that lifestyle to make the story come alive. But much of the heart of the story is a reminder of how depending on God and on trusted friends and family can make all the difference in the world for anyone faced with life's difficulties.

I highly recommend Pockets of Purpose to fans of good Amish fiction. There are some appearances of characters from the first book in the series, but this book can be read either as a continuation of that story or as a standalone.

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

About the Author

While writing Amish fiction and contemporary romance, Laurie Stroup Smith strives to inspire readers to serve others. She was named a Finalist in the 2017 ACFW First Impressions Contest and a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 and 2019 ACFW Genesis Contests. She has been interviewed by Loveland Magazine and has been a guest on the Buggy Talk and Fierce Calling podcasts.

Before writing, Laurie earned a bachelor’s degree in both athletic training and exercise science and later obtained her master’s degree in health promotion and education. She now writes full time and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Cincinnati. 

You can connect with Laurie through the following links:

Website   Facebook   Instagram   Pinterest   Goodreads   Twitter


(1) Winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Pockets of Purpose and a felt bird ornament. Click on the link below to enter.

For additional chances to win, please visit each tour stop. The tour schedule and associated links are listed below. Giveaway begins at 12:01am (ET) on July 6, 2021, and concludes at 11:59pm (ET) on July 9, 2021. US mailing addresses only.

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