Wednesday, April 13, 2011

THE JOURNEY by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I once wondered what all the fuss was about regarding Amish romances, and must admit that The Journey is the first one I’ve read. I was surprised to find myself enjoying every page of it!

Wanda Brunstetter weaves an entertaining tale about an honest, down-to-earth culture of American citizens whose lifestyle is very appealing. Perhaps with the hustle and bustle of city life, many of us may long for a simple, moral existence like theirs…one which overlooks fancy trappings, values large families, encourages creative professions, supports individuals within the community, and upholds family traditions.

The hero, Titus, struggles to get over Phoebe, his first love, and finds his new love threatened upon Phoebe’s unexpected return. Will he choose Suzanne or Phoebe, and what should Suzanne do about it, if anything? Woven into the story is a mystery cache of money, a dilapidated old trailer, run away horses and more. Other family members and friends play crucial roles throughout the book and enhance the story as it moves between Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

As a cat lover – although it’s not the main conflict of the story – I particularly enjoyed how Ms. Brunstetter wove her heroine, Suzanne’s, cats into the story, and the effect they had on the cat-hating man who entered her life.

The Journey is a fun read from beginning to end, and is highly recommended. Thank you to Sharon Farnell at Planned Television Arts for providing us with an advance review copy.
—Gail Lewis
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602606811
ISBN-13: 978-1602606814

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