This book was provided to me by Netgalley, the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Thomas Nelson Incorporated on February 10th 2015
Source: Netgalley, the author
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman; Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down’s syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston; Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she—and Ben—will always be taken care of.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller; Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman; At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children—and that one day David will return.
Suggested Age: 15+
Note: I feel this is safe for older teens though probably appreciated more by older women and mothers. Pregnancy and childbirth are discussed but nothing graphic. There’s a small mention of a women that had an abortion but again, it isn’t graphic in nature.
This book is one of those that will emotionally grip the readers, especially if that reader is a mother. Ever had those moments where you’re watching something on television like A Baby Story and as you feel almost silly that you’re so emotionally invested in the story simply because you’re a mom? Well, this book gives you the same feeling. I know it sounds silly to say that you connected with a book character but…I did. Oh boy, did I ever! Every single author did a knock out job in bringing a beautiful story to life that would touch the readers.
This book would make a fantastic gift for mother’s day. God has surely given these ladies a gift to communicate to us about God’s perfect will for our lives and how we should trust him in all things. These stories cover themes of love, forgiveness, acceptance and in trusting God so that we can let go of the mistakes of our past.
You do not want to miss out on this book!