The Memory Jar
Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors book 1
by Tricia Goyer
-From The Back Cover-
For Five Years,
Love Has Passed Her Up.
For One Moment, Can She
Put Down Her Guard?
Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
It took me a little bit to get into the story at first but then it got rolling and I got reading.
To me this book was about allowing yourself to dream, following those dreams to where God wants you, and working to achieve those dreams. Also, make your memories, each little thing is precious and someday may be the best thing you have.
Sarah always wanted to make 'fancy' cupcakes in her own bakery but after the death of her friend Patty, she buried her dreams and went on with her life until...
Jathan, the youngest son of a hardworking Amish family in Ohio comes to Montana to give himself time to think and plan a little, his family is demanding more than he might be able to give.
This book earned a 3 Bark Rating.
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At times I wanted to shake some sense into both of them. Yes they needed to respect their families and church but sometimes...
The ending was a little too neat and quite predictable but sweet nonetheless. And the Epilogue left me tearing up a little.
Patty was very wise for such a young woman and we could do well to take her thoughts to heart. I will finish with a quote from her letter to Sarah:
“I'm speaking of allowing God to form you. We, God's people, are His highest creation, but it's easier to tend our gardens than our souls. Not that I have everything all figured out, but I have been watching you. God has made you a unique design. Never forget that. Also know that God's made someone else to be your fit, see your specialness as I do. Sometimes you're a timid little thing, but if you find the right guy, be bold. Be bold! You don't want to look back at your years with regrets. Regrets have no place in your memory jar.”
On the whole, The Memory Jar was an enjoyable read and I will be looking for the next book in the
Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors series.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer a 3 Bark Rating.
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