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Serena B. Miller’s Fearless Hope‏

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When an Amish woman falls for the New York crime writer who buys her family farm, she must decide whether to follow the longings of her heart or the rules of her faith.

When Hope Yoder loses her husband, she is left trying to support her two small children—and one on the way—however she can. She ends up taking a job as a part-time housekeeper for the Englisch man who has bought the farm that once belonged to her family.

Logan Parker is a bestselling crime fiction writer from New York City who accompanies his fiancée on a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, but the trip takes a strange turn when he sees an Amish farmhouse for sale. Intrigued by a strong sense of familiarity, he enters the house and is overcome with a feeling of deep peace. He’s never been to Ohio before, but something in this house feels right, and he purchases the farm to use as a retreat. Something about the peacefulness of the house frees him from the crippling writer’s block that threatens to ruin his career, and something about the quiet Amish woman who comes to clean his home makes him less and less excited about returning to New York and the woman he is supposed to marry.

Slowly, Logan and Hope are drawn together, and when they discover that they share a strange past, they must decide how that affects their future. Will Hope overcome her fear of embracing love again?

 
Review
Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know I don’t often read Amish Fiction. But, I love Serena Miller and if Serena Miller wants to write Amish fiction then I’m going to read it. So this novel continues in the same town as the other novels in this series with two new people. Here’s what I thought:
 
What I liked:
 
The character development. Hope and Logan are such well developed characters that they could have stepped off of the pages. I really enjoyed the chemistry between them. It was slow and subtle, and it worked really well (especially because they come from two very different backgrounds).
 
The novel managed to pull me in right away and I couldn’t put it down. I was totally invested in Hope and Logan and everyone around them. You get to see Grace and Levi, and Tom and Claire in this novel (and I especially like Grace and Levi’s updates).
 
The little mystery in this book. It completely blew me away! I loved it!
 
Spiritually, I love the theme of forgiveness and Ms. Miller does a beautiful job of showing what that looks like. I also liked watching Logan realize that he needed God.
 
What I didn’t like:
 
Okay, so this is a personal pet peeve (for which I did not take away any points), but why does the widow always have to have so many children? There I said it. Maybe it’s because I’m (relatively) young, but the thought of marrying someone with a ready-made family would not having me jumping for joy.

 Romantic Scale: 8.7
 
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I know it may not seem as though I have a lot to say, but sometimes less is more! It’s a great book!
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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