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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas

Release Date - May 7, 2019



Three friends form a life-long friendship before they even start school. It all begins when Zoe's mom invites other girls from her class to a tea party. That forms a tight bond between bubbly Zoe, who dreams of a life in acting; Emily who is a writer at heart but battling mental illness as she gets older; and Shannon, a girl abandoned by her mother but raised under the loving guidance of a military dad and grandmother.

After high school, the girls head off on their own, but their reunion tea parties never stop. They've returned once more to deal with one of the biggest tragedies they'll ever face.

I loved The Little Teashop on Main. This story is packed with romances that come and go, some that stand the test of time, and plenty of angst and drama that tests them along the path of adulthood. The writing is so engaging, I struggled to put it down for those things like work and household chores that must get done.

The story starts with a male's viewpoint as he looks back on the women he's grown up with and loves with all of his heart. Each woman faces her own challenges, and it's not always an easy read, but it's such an emotional one that is hard to forget. Even a week later, I find myself thinking back to things they did and said. It was amazing.



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Wish by Patricia Davids

Release Date - April 30, 2019



After her husband dies, Laura Beth Yoder is ready to pack up and move to Ohio. Her home in Cedar Grove is seriously lacking when it comes to single men her age. She wants nothing more than to have a child of her very own, and she'll move if that's what's needed to make her dearest wish come true.

After serving his time for a theft he didn't realize he was committing, Joshua King learns his ex-wife had his son. Her dying wish is for him to bring the infant to her parents, parents she hasn't spoken to since she abandoned her Amish home. On the way to them, Josh's car is swept up in a flood. That's how he meets Laura Beth.

Laura Beth cannot believe she's found a man and his infant, Caleb, about to get swept away. She takes them into her home and focuses her attention on Caleb. She knows they'll leave eventually, but she's hoping something will happen that will change Josh's mind. She doesn't want to give up this infant. She can't become involved with a non-Amish man, but she believes there is a way to make Caleb hers forever.

I usually enjoy Amish romances, but I found The Wish to be a hard read. This is due to my dislike of Laura Beth. I grew tired of her pushing Josh all the time. Despite his misgivings about raising a son when he had no job, no home, no anything, she kept pushing. She ignored her sister's warnings about taking in an unmarried man. She even does something that she knows Josh will not want her doing, but she is so focused on Caleb that she does it anyway. It bugged me.

I read the full story and appreciated the ending. In the end, however, it was other characters in the story that will leave far more of an impression. The old guy who fishes every day and offers advice to Josh was one of the best characters in the book. I adored him.