About the Book:
An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.
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?
You can purchase your copy at Abingdon Press.
About the Author:
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.
I have to say that this was a change (no pun intended) from the usual Amish fiction that I usually read – for one it’s a widower who must face life alone without his helpmate and raise two children instead of a single female who is bemoaning the woes of single life, although Natalie is single and a major character she is not looking for love especially with an Amish man. Natalie is fancy AKA an Englischer. We ‘meet’ Jacob Miller as he’s still grieving over his wife’s death as he travels with his two young children to Pinecraft, Florida for the Christmas season only to be struck with another disaster – enter Natalie Bennett. I don’t want to give too many spoilers but oh how I loved this story – from the unique vantage point of an Amish man and fancy woman falling in love and wanting to make it work but neither wanting to give up their beliefs, him his Plain lifestyle and her the Salvation she gets through Christ alone. Some stark looks into the Amish lifestyle also come with this book, unlike others that paint the Amish in a positive light and put them on a pedestal – this book also addresses some of the not so good Amish beliefs – like one can never know for sure if they’ll get to Heaven until they die and the turning out of loved ones for a perceived sin and the legalism that can accompany some Amish people.
That said this book is set in a a community that we rarely hear about, Pinecraft, Florida – I don’t normally have a longing to visit Florida because I hate heat and humidity but I’d love to visit Pinecraft some day as it sounds like no other Amish settlement – where the Amish and the Englisch live amongst each other without a lot of judgement that one can see if they travel to other older settlements. As much as I enjoyed this book I must say that I thought that Natalie and Jacob could have controlled themselves a bit more – of course Natalie’s circus costume left little to his imagination – there was much kissing and obvious but not detailed arousal between them. That being said I enjoyed the book because of the unique outlook on the Amish life as well as the unique setting for the settlement, Pinecraft is very much a real Amish community in Florida, which I haven’t read another book set in that area as most take place in Pennsylvania and Ohio and I have read one series set in Mexico – living in a tropical climate gives a new feel to the Amish life. If you enjoy a good Amish fiction book then this is it and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series which come out in late 2014 and early 2015.
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In A Season of Change, book one of Lynette Sowell‘s new series, Seasons of Pinecraft, readers will discover a different side of the Amish community. A Season of Change follows Natalie and Amish widower Jacob Miller as they each discover the mysterious ways God works. Inspired by the image of a Plain woman sitting on a three-wheeled bicycle by the Pinecraft (an Amish community in Florida) post office, Sowell’s latest is a new take on the popular trend in fiction.
Lynette is celebrating with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on June 12th.
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 12th. Winner will be announced at the A Season of Change Facebook author chat party on June 12th. Connect with Lynette for an evening of fun book chat, Amish-themed trivia, and prizes. Lynette will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series!