Friday, August 17, 2018

The Hope Jar

The Hope Jar 

(The Prayer Jars #1) 

Paperback, ebook, audio, audio CD

August 7, 2018

by Wanda E. Brunstetter 

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624167478

A Brand-New Series from New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

My thoughts: THE HOPE JAR is the first book in Ms. Brunstetter's new series.  Ms. Brunstetter is a somewhat new author for me, and while I understand that some authors tend to lean heavily to  the squeaky-clean, innocence of the Amish, I was not expecting this to be a question and answer book about the Amish and why they believe what they do and do what they do and how are they different.  The story kind of gets lost  in the telling and I struggled with the realism of some parts of the story.  

To be honest, I don't even know what to say about this book.  I ended up skimming, I like the idea that the second book in the series has the real granddaughter but I'm kind of wondering if it'll be the same as this story with it being a textbook about the differences in Amish and the why's and what for's.  Most Amish fiction fans know this stuff, and anyone who is being introduced to Amish fiction for the first time would likely be turned off by this story.  

And I know Ms. Brunstetter is one of the most popular Amish authors so, don't take my word for it. Maybe a story about an imposter nonAmish girl is a story you will absolutely love. It might just be me... so, underneath this is a link to read a free excerpt at amazon.  

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.  

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Make your own Prayer Jar!

Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, August 14
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Just Commonly, August 15
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Mary Hake, August 16
Bigreadersite, August 16
Lighthouse Academy, August 17
Splashes of Joy, August 20
SusanLovesBooks, August 20
Cafinated Reads, August 23
Quiet quilter, August 23
Carpe Diem, August 24
Texas Book-aholic, August 26


To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter.

1 comment:

Marilyn R. said...

The Hope Jar definitely is not the typical Amish story by Brustetter.

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