Saturday, May 31, 2014

Love's Journey Home

Author: Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Harvest House
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0736953184
Genre: Amish

It's been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She's selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town.

Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common--the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith--so why can't they seem to speak without arguing?

And that's not all that's going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a punishing drought, the community is faced with the decision to uproot their families and establish a new settlement. As families struggle to say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord's direction.

My thoughts:   There are about four stories intermingled in the pages of LOVE'S JOURNEY HOME and at first I found it confusing. Anna, Catherine, Helen, etal, I couldn't figure out how the stories would end up relating to each other. Ms. Irvin is a stellar writer and held my interest, but I find it jarring to go from Helen's story to Anna's story to Catherine etc without warning and that would take me out of the story for awhile as I struggled to switch gears. I do enjoy Ms. Irvin's books, and am anxious to read more. LOVE'S JOURNEY HOME. This is the third book in The Bliss Creek Amish series, but it does stand alone. Fans will want to read To Love and to Cherish and A Heart Made New in addition to LOVE'S JOURNEY HOME. Discussion questions  are included at the end of the book. $13.99. 368 pages. 

About the author:

Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native and has been writing professionally for 30 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish. A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time. To learn more about her work, visit

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