Here is an excerpt from the book:
Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!
Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them.
For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?My Thoughts:
There seems to always be this theme in all the books about those days when we were the first white men to land on this great place that we call America. It's like if you aren't married and having babies every time you turn around, you are a spinster and will never know love again!
I still like reading the books and I do just take a deep breath and sigh again and then I will smile thinking how far we really have come but in some ways we haven't. Sarah has lived at home for 23 years with her parents in West Kootenai, Montana.
Her very best friend had died when she was in a canoe and it was overturned by a speed boat. This devastated Sarah for many years. She could not seem to get over it as quickly as others had. She realizes it has been 10 years since her friend died and each time she has a memory she puts something that reminds her of that memory into her jar that she keeps.
One day a man named Jathan Schrock comes to their Amish settlement to hunt in the mountains. He thinks he has found someone that he would like to spend the rest of his life with. Sarah found that she could talk to Jathan very easily and before they knew it, the time had come for Jathan to leave to go back home to Ohio.
He wanted to ask Sarah to go back with him but knew that he would have to set everything in order. Sarah was an excellent baker and worked for an English lady. Sarah's specialty was cupcakes and everyone said she made the very best ones they had ever ate. She had told Jathan that she wanted to own and operate her own business. He told Sarah his Mom and Aunt had a bakery and said that they could use some help.
Well, it did not work out too well. The Mom and Aunt did not want anything to do with Sarah's way of baking because it was either English or Amish and they refused to change their minds. Sarah finally tells them that she does this to bless everyone, especially the children, that there is no English or Amish in her cupcakes, that they are for everyone! Well, you know how things get out of hand quickly, and before you know it, Jathan's Dad has to step in with some wise words for Jathan.
I am going to stop there because I don't want to give the whole story away. I left out alot of important facts so that it will seem new and fresh to you when you are reading the book. I think you will all like it. Tricia Goyer, the author, knows exactly what she is doing when she writes her books.
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