Sunday, February 3, 2013

Goodbye to Yesterday ~ The Discovery, Part 1 ~ by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About Book

Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?  

Book 1 of the 6-part serial novel--The Discovery-A Lancaster County Saga.

Visit The Discovery Saga Facebook page here for more information.

Where to buy: Barnes&Noble, CBD

About Author

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 6 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

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My Thoughts

Luke Stoltzfus has lost his job, with no offers of another on the horizon in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  He has become depressed, distant and on more than one occasion a little snappy at his wife Meredith.  What will they do they do not want to ask their parents for assistance. Their parents need what money they have coming in to support there families. Then when things look hopeless Luke gets an offer from his uncle  to learn a new trade and take over his uncle's business. But that means leaving his wife and going to Indiana for a few weeks.  Meredith does not feel comfortable about him leaving because there is a bad winter storm moving in and she does not want him traveling by bus until the storm passes.  Luke makes the final decision to make the trip anyway.  Meredith will have to pray and put her faith and trust in God to protect Luke.

This is a good story but I felt it was written for middle grade rather than adult.  If that were the case it would then be a good read for that age level.  I do not like that is only 128 pages and part one of six.  In my opinion if it had been in one book not six it would have meet with better reviews and an older readers.  Like I said before the story seemed to be a good read but was very frustrating to get to a climax in the book and then you have to wait for the next book and the next.  Sorry this was a bad idea splitting it in parts!  

Buying each of the six parts make an expensive book to read.  I don't see to many people unless they are just die hard fans spending that kind of money. 

This was difficult for me to give my honest opinion because I very rarely give negative reviews.  Put it all in one book then I will more that likely to have a good review.

I do not recommend this book the way it is presented in parts 1-6.

With a heavy heart I rated this book a 3 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Barbour Publishers/Handlebar Central for review.  This is my honest opinion.

I would have asked you to vote on whether you liked my review or not but Amazon is not taking reviews on this book.  Not sure what's the problem! I did post reviews on Barnes&Noble and CBD.

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