Saturday, May 12, 2012

Beyond Hope's Valley ~ An Amish Fiction Review

This review is one stop on the Litfuse Blog Tour for Tricia Goyer's new book, Beyond Hope’s Valley, A Big Sky Novel!

Welcome Blog Tour Visitors!

"After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs."

This is an enjoyable story, with a strong sweet believable main character.  This Amish fiction is full of the struggle between embracing the freedom offered by faith in God’s gift of salvation by Christ, and the works based traditions.  The author has written well of the the peace and the joy which is restored when we stop trying to work our way and allow Christ’s gift to wash over us.
I did find the story rather predictable, but it was sweet and wholesome.  Philippians 4 tells us whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  Goyer has written story that is lovely and pure, with what is honorable & true woven well in.

To continue on the blog tour, here.

Win a Custom Amish Prize Pack from @TriciaGoyer in her Beyond Hope's Valley Giveaway! RSVP for All Things Amish Party {5/21}!

Celebrate with Tricia and enter to win a custom-made Amish Wall hanging in the colors of your choice ... and much more!

One fortunate winner will receive: 

  •  Custom Amish Wall Hanging {You choose the colors!} 

  • An Amish Doll {Sweet.} 

  • Amish-made basket {It’s picnic season!} 

  • Doilies, potholder and an Amish cookbook {All items form Bird-in-Hand, PA!} 

  • Three book Big Sky Amish series {Be swept away by this captivating series.} 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 20th. Winner will be announced at "All Things Amish" Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/21. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and more! 

So grab your copy of Beyond Hope's Valley and join Tricia on the evening of the May 21st for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Amish?) and lots of giveaways. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Enter via E-mail Enter via Facebook Enter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the Litfuse Publicity Group.

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