Friday, February 22, 2013

The Memory Jar: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Book 1 By Tricia Goyer

I received this e-book from Zondervan Publishers through for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this e-book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

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. 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? 

My Thoughts:

The Memory Jar is the first book in Tricia Goyer's new series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors. The Memory Jar is a beautiful story of a girl, Sarah Shelter, who lost her best friend, Patty, ten years prior and has really never gotten over it. Sarah has memory jars, jars she puts objects in to remind her of things and events in her life. Sarah also has guarded her heart from letting anyone in after she lost Patty and truly doesn't think she will ever meet anyone she would want to marry.  Jathan Schrock comes to West Kootenai, Montana to do hunting and hopefully break away from the life his family has laid out for him as the youngest son.  He and Sarah click and find out they have so much in common. Sarah starts to let Jathan in and as they start to make plans for a future, he is called home.

As I have stated before I am a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction and this story really caught my attention. I had read another book by Tricia Goyer and just couldn't get into it but I knew this one was for me! I could not put it down from the start. Tricia Goyer writes with such authority about the Amish, Their faith, and the different communities the Amish live in.  The characters are well developed and wonderful. Throughout the book there are flashbacks of Sarah and Patty together that really gives the reader a deeper understanding of the connection they had.  I felt like I was right there in West Kootenai Montana watching the story unfold. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction, Tricia Goyer does NOT disappoint. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books for this series. I give this book a solid 4 stars.

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