Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Memory Jar

Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
October 2012
ISBN: 978-0310335108
Genre: Amish/romance

Sarah Shelter has let life pass her by. She had her best friend, Patty, in West Kootenai, Montana, and a crush on Patty’s brother, Michael. Patty loved Sarah’s brother, Jonathon. But when a terrible accident took Patty’s life, Sarah shoved people away as she wallowed in her grief and what was left of life stored in her ‘memory jar’.

Jathan Schrock is an Amish man from Berlin, Ohio. He’s a group of bachelors who come to live in Montana for six months so he can hunt wild game. His family was against his coming because they wanted him to go to work in a factory to support the family. Jathan can’t think of anything more boring, and he wanted a chance to dream before he went back to the dullness of his real life.

When Sarah is in an accident, Jathan is the one who comes for her and stays until rescuers come. They are just beginning a friendship when Jathan is called back to Ohio for a family emergency. Will Jathan and Sarah reach across the miles to share their dreams—and will those dreams become reality? Will Sarah step out of the past enough to embrace the future?

THE MEMORY JAR is the first book in Ms. Goyer’s Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series. It is, as a friend called it, typical Tricia. A good story, a tear-jerking history, and even a Kleenex-worthy ending. I got a little frustrated with Sarah, being unwilling to live without her friend. Even though her life went on and she grew up, she lived her life in her past, recalling Patty, and prepared to live alone and in her past all her days. Jathan was a quiet man, unlike most Amish men, but he had the personality necessary to reach past Sarah’s barriers and touch her heart. I wanted to see these two hurting characters heal and to find their own dreams instead of the directives that had been set before them.

If you are looking for a good Amish story, set in West Kootenai, Montana for half the book and in Berlin, Ohio for the other half, then you want to read THE MEMORY JAR. It will stir your heart strings. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 352 pages.


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Book Info

About The Memory Jar:

Book One in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series

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.andnbsp;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?

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/esMtx

Meet Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of over thirty books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

Find out more about Tricia at http://triciagoyer.com.

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Living the Amish Lifestyle . . . But Not Quite
Best-selling authors and prominent bloggers create a new lifestyle website

Seattle: Our lives are busy. We’re constantly connected to our phones and computers. Social media updates us on the news around the world. The minute we open our inboxes on Monday mornings the burden of doing more, being more, hits us. Disconnecting and simplifying is hard to do, but several Amish authors and lifestyle bloggers are challenging you to do just that.

Best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the visionary force behind the new website, Not Quite Amish (http://notquiteamishliving.com/). “With the publication of my Big Sky Amish series and The Memory Jar, I’ve wanted to create a community where Amish experts can become contributors. Not Quite Amish is a community blog for women who love Amish influences, simple living, and vintage style, and who have a desire to be in growing relationships with friends, family, and God.”

The website will officially launch the week of October 1 and will feature daily posts about recipes, repurposing, simple style, beautifying your home, book chats, sewing and knitting projects, wisdom, Scripture, Amish proverbs, and Q&As with Amish and former Amish (among many other topics).

Carol award-winning and Amish author Suzanne Woods Fisher, who will be a monthly contributor for Not Quite Amish, says, “There’s a theme in my non-fiction books about the Amish—you don’t have to ‘go Amish’ to incorporate their principles into your life. NQA is a way to encourage people to dig deeper and find ways to make life a little bit easier.”

Amish author and monthly Not Quite Amish contributor Kathleen Fuller admits that living “Not Quite Amish” isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding. “I find that when my schedule is overloaded, I miss those times when I can just sit outside, enjoy God’s creation, and commune with him.”

More than 15 authors and bloggers will be contributing monthly to Not Quite Amish. Readers are also encouraged to submit ideas, questions, and posts for topics they’d like to see written about.

For more information, visit Not Quite Amish, or visit the website’s Twitter or Facebook page.

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