Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Change of Heart

GIVEAWAY

GOOD, RACHEL J.
CHANGE OF HEART

Lydia Esh's younger sister, Emma, is running wild during Rumschpringa, causing the family major heartache. Although it means risking her reputation, her job as a schoolteacher, and her courtship with Jakob Zook, Lydia attends parties to watch over Emma and protect her sister's virtue.

When Emma begins a relationship with Kyle, an Englischer, Lydia teams up with Kyle's older brother, Caleb, to keep the couple apart. As Lydia and Caleb spend time together keeping an eye on their siblings, Lydia falls for this forbidden love.

Will Lydia stay true to her faith even though it means giving up the love she longs for?

My Review:

Eureka! I've just discovered a new-to-me favourite author and she writes Amish stories! Woot! I was completely captivated by the Esh sisters and thrilled to discover this is Book One in the Sisters & Friends series. And we don't have to wait long to get a hold of Book Two -- it comes out this winter. Double woot!

Good has created an enthralling family tale rife with angst, forbidden love and abiding faith. I was on tenterhooks the whole read. The Esh family dynamics had my tummy in knots for most of the read. From Lydia's unbending father to her outspoken grandmother -- well I was laughing and fuming and ready to scream in places. And poor Lydia tries to serenely navigate her way through it all while her heart is in turmoil and her dedication to her faith is tested. Riveting stuff.

If you love Amish fiction, you need to read Change of Heart. Really.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Change of Heart 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 November 20 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

37 comments:

  1. Rachel is new to me and I really like the sound of her book. Love that there is more than one and it is coming out shortly. Thank you, Kave for sharing!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love it when a series releases books in quick succession. Not that this one can't be read as a standalone and I imagine the others will be the same but I do love this family and want to get to know them more. Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. New-to-me Amish fiction author too & it's been TOO long since I've read this genre! I too, always love the family dynamics in Amish books. It's what makes them so appealing to me :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're going to love this book, Trixi, I just know you will. Good luck.

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  3. Eureka! What a glowing review of this wonderful sounding book by a new-to-me author as well! Angst and forbidden love?...please count me in! Love the cover, too!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's a great cover, isn't it? A little bit different from other Amish cover art...Good luck, Diana.

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  4. Okay -- I did some cyber sleuthing for those who are interested. It looks like this is Rachel J. Good's first appearance as an author so Change of Heart is her debut Amish novel. HOWEVER, she is a multi-talented author, illustrator and editor who has published YA and children's books under the names Laura J. Edwards and Erin Johnson. So there you have it. :-)

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  5. Based on your comment this morning, I now know why her name wasn't familiar, but it sounds as though she will quickly become an author to follow for Amish fiction! Thanks for the introduction. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'm really excited about this series, that's for sure. Good luck, CC.

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  6. Thanks for the great review Kav. Rachel is a new author to me too and I always love the start of a new series. The Esh family sounds like they have many stories to tell! I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Yes, the Esh family is definitely memorable. Good luck, Maryann.

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  7. I have heard of her but have not had a chance to read one of her books yet. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is her first book in the Amish genre writing as Rachel J. Good though she has lots published under other names in the YA and children's fiction genre. Good luck, Kim.

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  8. I would love to read this one. This is a new author to me. Amish Fiction is one of my favorites. TY
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. One of my favourite genres too. Good luck, Lucy.

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  9. I have seen this one on some blogging pages and it does really sound like a great one!! I'm definitely looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the giveaway and review. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck!

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  10. I have not read any books by Rachel. Another great Amish book for me to look forward to!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  11. Reading the word "school teacher" in the blog post automatically makes me interested in this book! As a teacher and lover of Amish fiction, I love books where teachers and one-room schoolhouses are part of the action.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You'll love this one then, Susan. Good luck.

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  12. When this was first released, I was super excited to read it. Then I got preoccupied with other exciting books and kind of forgot about it. I'm thrilled to see that your reviewing it and give it your stellar recommendation. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the cover and that's what attracted me when I was looking at new releases online. It was released in May, I believe, so I haven't been that timely in getting around to reading it -- so hard to keep up with all these exciting books being released, isn't it? Good luck, Terrill.

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  13. I love reading about the Amish and I'm glad you enjoyed this new author, Kav. It's on my TBR list to take to the library. Thanks for the great review.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Yay for libraries who order the books we love. Good luck, Diane.

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  14. Our church library readers love books about the Amish. Do a keyword search and you will find over 400 books about the Amish.
    Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow -- that's a lot of Amish books, Janet. I need to come down and visit your library. Good luck.

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  15. I have not ever read her books for once. But just by reading your reviews, I think this book seems like my kind of book to read. I mean forbidden love. Who doesn't want to know more about that topic? I've been looking for forbidden love book thingy in a while to be honest. Anyway thank you very much for sharing your information. Plus I'm sorry for deleting my comment then posting it again. :))


    adikmiftakhurr(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. No worries, Adik, I deleted your delete. :-) And yes...forbidden love does have a certain lure, doesn't it? Good luck.

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  16. I love Amish Fiction. I would love to win this one. angelachesnut246(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I love Amish fiction too, Angela and I'm so excited over this new series. Good luck!

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  17. I love finding new authors! This is a book that the ladies in my reading circle would love.
    Dianna

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    1. Oooh, love that you have a reading circle. Good luck, Dianna.

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  18. This is on my wishlist!!! Ever since I read the synopsis of this book a while back, I've been looking forward to reading it. It sounds like such a great Amish fiction story.
    Thank you for the chance to win. :)

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  19. I haven't read this author's books yet but I do love Amish fiction. This sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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