About the book: Every year, 30–40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
My Comments: This was a sweet read, but not my favorite by Tricia Goyer novel. Sarah mourned and worked through the loss of her bff Patty throughout the story. So the story went back and forth between present day and the past by way of the memory jar, which held objects from activities Sarah and Patty did together. Not only was Patty Sarah’s bff, but Sarah had her eye on Patty’s brother Michael as a future beau. When Sarah lost Patty, she also lost Michael. The family moved from the area.
Presently, Sarah loves baking, especially cupcakes, and she works in a bakery with Annie. Her dream was to run her own bakery one day. Bachelors visited the bakery often while they spent months every year in town hunting. Sarah had her eye on Amos – one of the fun-loving, friendly bachelors. The reader will discover what happens with this relationship as well as many other twists and turns in this story. The reader also discovers how and if Sarah moves on with her life. Will she own and run a bakery? Great story – just a little too much flashbacking for me. Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. Most fans of Amish fiction will love this story.
I received this galley from NetGalley. The opinions are strictly my own.
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