Wanda E. Brunstetter
Source: the publisher via NetGalley.com
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Woohoo, Wanda Brunstetter has done it again! The Healing was a great Amish novel with lots of plot and not too much inner reflection to bog the pace down. The Healing picks up where The Journey left off, but with the focus on a different brother. Samuel's wife, Elsie, has just died and he is beyond devastated. With four young "kinner" to raise, he moves to Kentucky to get a fresh start, moves in with his brother, and gets a job with a local English woman fixing up her inherited house to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. In Kentucky he meets Esther who helps watch his children while he works and soon forms an attachment to the whole family.
I really enjoyed that there were a couple Englisher main characters in this novel. I think they added a unique perspective to the novel and I thought it was great how the Amish and English got along to so well in this novel. Not that they don't get along in real life, I'm sure most do, but I thought it was great to read about, something I haven't seen in most other Amish novels I've read. I also enjoyed the fact that the storyline from The Journey was carried over; we get to see Titus and Suzanne finally get married.
I am really enjoying this series and the way The Healing ended, setting up the next novel, I'm really looking forward to that one. The third brother seems to have some marital problems and I think it will be very interesting to see how to he deals with that.
Be sure to check out The Healing when it's released in September. These are great books and they aren't overly preachy if you don't typically like Christian fiction.