Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Time to Heal

Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0764-3
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Chris Matlock is a wounded and weary soldier, healing after a period of time in the Veteran’s Hospital, and he decides to visit Jenny, a woman he met when they were both at the hospital. When he arrives to see Jenny, no one is home, so he falls asleep in the hayloft.

Hannah Bontrager is worried an animal is in the barn, and she is frightened when she finds a man in the hayloft. She falls, but Chris catches her, hauling her up into the loft. But then he’s met by suspicion by Jenny’s husband, Matthew.

Hoping for peace and quiet, Chris decides to stay on at the Bontrager’s, and forms a friendship with Hannah. But then his past catches up with him, complete with an enemy who wants him dead…

A TIME TO HEAL is book two in Ms. Cameron’s Quilts of Lancaster County series, but it easily stands alone. Readers will want to read the first book in the series, A Time to Love, so they have an idea about Jenny and Matthew’s romance—especially as they play a major part in this story—and the third book A Time for Peace, coming in the fall of 2011.

I enjoyed getting to know Chris—a wounded English man—and Hannah, a steady and solid Amish woman—and wondered how this relationship would work out—would he join the Amish or would she leave? That had lots of conflict right there. An enemy in Chris’ past just made the tension higher. There are several yummy sounding recipes included at the end of the book, and a fascinating interview with Barbara Cameron. Don’t miss A TIME TO HEAL. $13.99. 285 pages.

1 comment:

Barbara Cameron said...

Hi Laura!

Thanks for the lovely review! I am having such fun writing the Quilts of Lancaster County series.

I hope you try one of the recipes. They ARE yummy! I taste test all of them -- it's a hard job but somebody's got to do it! :)

Hope you and readers will enjoy A Time for Peace, Book 3, coming out in September or October. It's a return to Jenny and Matthew's story.