Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A Time to Love
Title: A TIME TO LOVE
Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Jennie King has been injured while on an assignment in a foreign country. A car bomb exploded, and she suffered from devastating injuries that may even leave her without her job as a war correspondent for a news station. Sent to her Amish grandmother’s house to recover, Jennie struggles with even the most basic of tasks, such as walking, talking, or eating.
Matthew Bontrager used to be Jennie’s friend when they were younger, even though she was Englisch and he Amish. But over the years, he married and has three children. When his wife dies, Matthew is crushed, but doesn’t hole up in his grief. He has to keep going.
When Jennie renews her acquaintance with Matthew, she wonders if God has a different plan for her life. But … with him Amish and she Englisch, what will it take to bridge the gap?
A TIME TO LOVE is the first full length Amish book I’ve read by Ms. Cameron, though I have read two of her novellas in Amish books published by Thomas Nelson.
Jennie is struggling to find her place as she heals from her injuries, and even scared about going out into public with the scars on her face. She also suffers from nightmares caused by her experience. Matthew is a sweet, kind hero who goes above and beyond in trying to help Jennie out.
The story is written well, but the characters fall a bit flat to me. I think she does better on her shorter stories than with this one, but it is still a good read. If you love Amish fiction then A TIME TO LOVE would be a good one to consider. Discussion questions, a preview of Ms. Cameron’s second Amish book, and a glossary are included at the end of the book. Also included is a yummy Amish recipes are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 283 pages.