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Series: Amish Letters #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 13th, 2018
Source: The Publisher
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural
Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon . . .
Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.
Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?
As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love—even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.
Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian
Sex & Violence: None
Trigger Warning: None
ASEL Opinion: Safe for all audiences
Words from the Heart takes us back to Birch Creek just in time for Valentine’s Day! No, I don’t mean that this book is about Valentine’s Day. It would make a sweet romantic read in honor of the holiday.
This was my favorite book out of the series and it’s largely because this one included a genealogical mystery! Noah and Ivy have discovered love letters written during the Korean War—an era that I admit I don’t know much about. But, I loved the letters and wanted to know where they came from!
Noah and Ivy were both enjoyable, albeit sometimes stubborn characters that I couldn’t help but love. Their difference in stature made them seem incompatible and yet I was rooting for them from the very first chapter. But it was Aenti Cevilla who stole my heart. That little old woman was quirky and quite the little Amish firecracker. I loved her!
This book was a feel-good romance—a quick, lighthearted read that I really needed.
One interesting concept about this book is that Noah suffers from Meniere’s Disease, a condition that I didn’t know much about until my doctor mentioned that she suspects that I suffer from it. It was so interesting to me to read about a character with a chronic illness and it made me feel connected to him. Perhaps that is silly but it’s nice to be able to relate to someone.
I’m super excited to read more from this author and I’m pleased to know that members of the Birch Creek community will be revisited in Kathleen’s new series titled, “The Amish Brides.”