The Wonder of Your Love, by Beth Wiseman

book coverKatie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stoltzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn’t forgotten about her as well. Is it really God’s plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He’s enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God’s plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God’s love?

This is the second Land of Canaan novel. I read Seek Me With All Your Heart prior to this, and thought the characters were familiar. I then realized that readers first met the Stoltzfus family in Beth Wiseman’s Daughters of Promise series. I’d read three of those books. To be honest, however, The Wonder of Your Love might be better read as a standalone. I was surprised to learn Katie was a widow; in the previous novel, her estranged husband was still alive. I spent the first couple of chapters wondering what had happened and felt that something was missing.

Wiseman’s characters are vividly portrayed. My favorite is probably Martha, the lonely widow. At first, her manipulative character made her difficult to like, but Wiseman gradually let her true self shine through. Even though she isn’t one of them, she is loved by her Amish friends who see through the façade and realize why she acts the way she does. She is written through the eyes of the Amish characters and, while she might seem outlandish to them, she really could be you or me. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next book in the series focuses on the teenage girl Martha brings into her home.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Page Count: 304

Release Date: 04 October 2011

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I received my free copy of The Wonder of Your Love from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

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