Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell (Review)

  • Series: Seasons in Pinecraft
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426753558

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

 My Review:

I enjoyed reading this first book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series. It was a good Amish book set in a real town called Pinecraft. It's mostly where Amish/Mennonite go to vacation in Florida and the rules are looser. A few families live there year round. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Natalie and Jacob meet when his daughter ends up in hospital after an accident while they are on vacation. She is Bubbles the clown. They hit it off from the start and his children adore her.  The biggest issue is him being Amish and her English. The author does a good job pointing out the differences between being Amish and Christianity. Both of them have issues they are working through. He is a widower not sure if he is ready to move forward. She lost her mother and her father lives across the country with his new family. She discovers after her mother's death that she was raised Amish and wants to know all the details. She wants to find family since she basically has none and is all alone. This was a good Amish love story with depth. Because of the setting and atmosphere in the book it is a perfect book for summer too. Highly Recommended.

 Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest’s Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. Visit her online at

Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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