Breath of Spring is book 4 in the Seasons of the Heart Series by Charlotte Hubbard.
About the Book:
Breath Of Spring
As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles–and that love makes all things new.
I was anxious to read Breath of Spring after devouring (and I do mean devouring) the first 3 books in the Seasons of the Heart series. Charlotte is a gifted writer and I really appreciate her Amish characters , good and bad, with their varying personalities. While the characters in her book are still Amish through and through it's her addition of characters such as Bishop Knepp and a worldly Mennonite boy that remind us that no place, or human is perfect. In the other books Annie Mae has come across a bit more wild. In Breath of Spring we see the break of her father has caused her step up to the plate and mature in a hurry.
The Amish in this story talk so much about food (as in the previous books) that I gained weight just reading the story (Just kidding. But I did feel full). You would have to be fairly active to keep ingesting a diet like that!
I think, and this is bad, what makes this book series ultra interesting for me is when ousted Bishop Knepp comes on the scene. He introduces such outlandish drama in what we (on the outside) have come to know as a peaceful society.
It's not necessary to read the other books in the story to enjoy this one as a standalone but you'll want to anyway. They're really good and I enjoyed this story.
Lovers of Christian Amish fiction will enjoy this book (and all the food talk).
You can purchase [simpleazon-link asin=”1420133071″ locale=”us”]Breath of Spring (Seasons of the Heart)[/simpleazon-link].
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