Friday, September 26, 2014

Lydia's Hope

Special Double Win Giveaway
 I'm celebrating my 1000th blog post this week!
Add the title of another Amish novel in your comment and if you win the draw you will win both books!

PERRY, MARTA
LYDIA'S HOPE

Three Amish sisters, separated when very young, know nothing about one another—until a long-held secret is revealed.
With no memory of her birth parents, or the tragic accident that took their lives, Lydia Beachy has always been grateful for the aunt and uncle who took her in and raised her as their own. Now a married woman with two sons, Lydia finds her life turned upside down when she discovers that she has two younger sisters: Susanna, who was adopted by an Amish family in another community, and Chloe, who was raised by their grandmother among the Englisch.

Angry and confused, Lydia first seeks out Susanna but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband, Adam, is keeping a secret of his own. Lydia yearns to be united with the sisters she has never known, but will revealing herself to them tear their lives apart…or enrich them beyond all imagining?

My Review:

What an excellent premise to build a story around. Such scope for emotional turmoil and there's plenty of it in Lydia's Hope. And I'm so thankful this is the first in The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series. Hoping that each sister gets her own story.

While Susanna and Chloe play significant roles in this book, it is really Lydia's story. She's the one who discovers she has sisters she didn't know about. She's the one who goes against counsel, including her husband's, to find her sisters. Such a tangled web of misunderstandings.

A compelling look into an Amish marriage. Adam struggles with the change he perceives in his wife. He wants to protect her from getting hurt and he's pretty sure that will be the end result if she finds her sisters. This is a love story inside the bonds of matrimony. Watching how Lydia and Adam navigate this rocky patch in their marriage and grow stronger in their faith and love because of it was truly inspiring.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Lydia's Hope please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 28 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Oh Kav, I would love to read more of Lydia's Hope, it sounds wonderful! I would love to add A Love Undone:An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace by Cindy Woodsmall.

    Thank you for this great week of fun and this wonderful opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't read Love Undone yet...need to get cracking. Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. I always enjoy Marta Perry's books. This one sounds wonderful!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Don't forget to add your second book, rubynreba.

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  3. Yes, I forgot!!! I would like to read The River by Beverly Lewis.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Great choice, rubynreba. Good luck!

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  4. Throw my name in the hat, please, Kav. Amish isn't a genre I normally read, but I've heard great things about Northkill by Bob Hostetler & J.M. Hochstetler so would love for that to be my extra if I win. Thanks!

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    1. I haven't heard of that book, Cheryl. I'll have to check it out. Good luck!

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  5. This sounds like a lovely story and a series to look forward to! I would also love to win The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Thanks so much, Kav!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Lovely choice, Britney. Good luck.

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  6. I have been wanting A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman
    Campbellamyd At gmail dot com

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  7. Ah, great. Having 2 younger sisters myself, I love to explore the world of sisterhood.
    As my second book I would like to choose The River by Beverly Lewis.
    Thanks so much, Kav!
    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Just imagine if you didn't meet your sisters until they were adults, Janka. Fantastic theme for a book. Good luck!

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  8. Lydia's Hope sounds interesting and engaging. I would love to read Vanetta Chapman's mystery Murder Simply Brewed... it sounds like a good series. Thanks for a fun week, I've enjoyed seeing everyone's choices. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. I've been thinking about that Amish mystery series too. Thanks for the nudge. Good luck, Merry.

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  9. Sounds like a great new series Kav. I love to read how the characters develop over time. Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read. My 2nd choice book would Rumspringa's Hope by Beth Shriver. Thanks and Happy 100th blog post!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Lydia's Hope was published in 2013 and the second one came out in February. I don't know how I missed both releases. It seems like some books just don't get the same fanfare as others. And great second choice, Maryann. Good luck.

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  10. I would love to read this book, KAV! I have been wanting A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall so bad I can almost taste it! Isn't that awful? lol I fell in love with the cover and if I'm not mistaken this is her 1st stand alone novel. The rest (not counting Christmas novellas) have been in a series.

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oh, thanks for mentioning that A Love Undone is a standalone novel. I'll be rushing out to get that next. Good luck, Diana.

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