The Amish families of both Emily Detweiler and David Stoltzfus have recently relocated in a small Colorado community. The first meeting between David and Emily is a disaster but as they get to know each other, a close friendship develops. David discerns that something terrible has happened to Emily to make her so fearful and his protective instincts become fully engaged. Under his calm and caring presence, Emily finds herself able to relax again and begins to rebuild her trust in others.
David and Emily each harbor secrets that have convinced them that neither one of them can ever marry. When they find themselves with stronger feelings that friendship, they must come to grips with their secrets and turn their trust to God alone. When at their lowest points, several of the characters heard a still, small voice tell them “Seek Me With All Your Heart.” This would be an excellent example for each of us to follow.
Seek Me With All Your Heart is a warm, comfortable story that is filled with hope, faith, and love. Strong illustrations of love and compassion between family members and for others in their lives is the backbone of this narrative. Several other strong characters add to the enjoyment. A precocious young sister and an elderly neighbor and her parrot are entertaining and humorous.
Although this is an Amish novel, the story was natural and more focused on the characters than on Amish tradition. I personally enjoyed the author’s treatment of the subject. I would definitely recommend Seek Me With All Your Heart.
This book was provided for review by BookSneeze.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A groundbreaking series takes Amish readers where they’ve never gone before . . . Colorado. Emily Detweiler’s family abruptly moved to Colorado after tragedy struck in Ohio. But Emily can’t get far enough to escape what happened there.
David Stoltzfus is not happy when his family relocates from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Nevermind that they haven’t told him why. David struggles not only with this unwelcome move, but also with the fear that a health condition could keep him from living his life in full.
Emily and David each come to terms with a past that follows them, testing their faith and resolve. Will they overcome adversity and step onto the path God has chosen for them?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise and Land of Canaan series. All of her full-length novels and novellas have held spots on the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List. She is the 2010 INSPY Award Winner for Amish Fiction and a 3-time finalist for the Carol Award sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers. As a former journalist, Beth was honored by her peers with 11 journalism awards to include 1st Place News Writing for The Texas Press Association. She left her job as a newspaper reporter in 2008 to write novels full time.