Saturday, May 24, 2014

Book Review - Love Finds you in Sugarcreek, OH


A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio's Amish country. Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods. But one thing is clear to Rachel --- Joe Matthews is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts' doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel is suspicious.
Will she be able to uncover Joe's secrets despite her aunts' --- and her own --- growing affection for him?


Guideposts Books is excited to announce the premiere of a new film based on the book Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio (Summerside Press) by Serena Miller. The movie, produced by Mission Pictures International and filmed last fall in the actual town of Sugarcreek, will premiere on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT on Up TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel). Visit the movie website for more information.

Prior to writing novels, Serena Miller wrote for many periodicals, including Woman's World, Guideposts, Billy Graham's Decision Magazine, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.

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This is a very good book and one that I had a hard time putting down! It was definitely not your typical Amish book and I really enjoyed how the author wrote the story from the Englisher point of view, rather than the Amish point of view, which is what you usually have in a book like this.

The story has a wonderful suspense to it as we are left to wonder until the very end of the book who murdered Joe's wife. I must admit that I figured out early on who the murderer was, but that didn't take anything away from the wonderful story. I still wanted to make sure I was right and how it would all tie together in the end.

I enjoyed the strength of Rachel's aunts, and yet their willingness to "welcome angels unaware". They were not push-overs yet they reached out to the needy. I also loved the character of Anna - an adult woman with Down Syndrome. I loved how the author showed that she was a vital person, with much to give. I found Rachel to be annoying at first, until I learned her story and saw changes in her that only God could put there. Her loyalty and loving nature really shone through and as the story went on, I found myself really cheering her on.

Joe's love for his son, Bobby, was so touching and really showed the lengths that a parent will go to protect their children. I loved how he was willing to admit  his failings and reach out to his estranged family and ask for forgiveness.

I really enjoyed this book and it definitely deserves a 5 out of 5 star rating!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie

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