The Wonder of Your Love (A Land of Canaan Novel)

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I would never have expected the Martha of book one to take in a teenage runaway! No compensation was received. I was not required to give a positive review; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Nov 12, Kay Garrett rated it it was amazing. I love Amish stories and this one has to be right at the top of the list of those I really loved.


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I definitely recommend it and you will want to share it after you read it. I chose it specifically, hoping for a light read, and for the most part it was. Jul 16, Colleendearborn rated it liked it. Wiseman does Christian "bonnet fiction" well. Enjoyed the reader, characters, etc.

Feb 23, Lynda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely beautiful story so well-written — I can't say enough about how good this book is. It is really special. May 25, Angela rated it it was amazing. Sep 12, Michelle Robinson added it Shelves: I have been waiting to read this book for quite a while. I found Katie Ann's story to be sad and common, in our world. In the end of the first book in this series, Ivan, Katie Anne's husband leaves her for another woman. I felt so bad for Katie Ann. We all have been betrayed by someone we love and the pain of that is so much grater when it is the person that one has bowed to spend our life with.

I felt so bad for Katie Ann, what I respected about her was that while she has understandable feelings I have been waiting to read this book for quite a while. I felt so bad for Katie Ann, what I respected about her was that while she has understandable feelings of pain, anger and regret, she doesn't spend the entire novel enveloped in bitterness over her husband. Which is what happens for so many people. I was taken aback when the woman that Katie Ann's husband had the affair with shows up at Katie Ann's home. Even though I knew to expect this from the first book.

I was not surprised with her demands, someone who is amoral enough to carry on with someone else's spouse would have no problem feeling entitled to continue to cause pain if it meets their own needs. I could not feel sorry for Lucy and while I can understand why a Christian should forgive, I just do not believe that Katie Ann owed Lucy anything and I am not sure that I find what she did toward the end of the book to be realistic, at all, even among the Amish.

However, I, of course don't know any Amish so I think she did something unselfish but is it realistic to think that a mother would sacrifice so much that could have benefited her own child so for someone else, especially for the person that her husband had left her for. I'm sorry but it just did not really ring true for me. I am sure that there will be a book that Lucy will be featured in, I will skip that one. It is my own prejudice, I know, I believe in the redemptive love of God but I think that sometimes we use that love to excuse really inexcusable behavior.

I do not and cannot like Lucy anymore than I would Ivan. She is not a sympathetic character at all. What she seems to be is unfortunately typical and it seems that covering and excusing bad behavior is the order of the day lately. I felt myself saying, so what you made bad choices and suffering a little for them, Katie Ann doesn't owe you a thing. So, the novel was successful in at least making me feel some real emotions, lol. I found Martha to be just as charming and engaging in this book as she was in the first. Katie Ann's love story was so sweet and so well written that I absolutely loved it.

I did however, have some qualms about an Amish man who made pleasure trips and seemingly got permission to fly around the country with ease. It just did not jibe, at all, with what I have learned of the Amish way of life. Martha meets a young girl named Danielle in this book. I liked the way they interact with each other. I also felt so sorry for her. Before we learn what happened to Danielle, I had several different thoughts as to what caused her issues. I did not come up with the correct one. I think that I can predict how she will play into a future novel.

The one thing that I really enjoy about Beth Wiseman's novels is that you can pick up most of them as stand alone books and one does not have to have read her whole series backlist to understand what is happening in the current book. There are a few things that happen in this book that I find a little too hard to believe or a little to unrealistic however, overall it was a great read. Four stars is about as much as I generally rate a novel, as I want to save five for the truly wonderful reads that I come across from time to time. I think this rates four stars, for me.

It is a very good example from the genre of inspirational fiction, I think. Not necessarily Amish fiction because I think anything really related to an Amish lifestyle was really almost wallpaper in this book. It was not really featured or felt authentic to other books related to the Amish that I have read. I did not want to put this one down. I read it over the course of a night! I can't say how much I enjoyed these characters, as a whole and how memorable I think they will be for me.

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Mar 05, Camille rated it really liked it Shelves: I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one. Home of Katie Ann Stoltzfus, who is trying to recover from her devastating past. After 20 years of marriage her husband, Ivan, left her for another woman. And an Englisch woman at th From my blog: And an Englisch woman at that.

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Though they had tried for 20 years, Katie Ann was unable to become pregnant until shortly before Ivan left her, and when he died while living with his Englisch woman, Lucy, he was unaware that Katie Ann was with child. Now Katie Ann is a single mother, trying to recover from a broken heart and the death of Ivan. Even though he left her, she had still loved him. No matter what though, Katie Ann believes that all she needs is her son, and her dear friends for the rest of her life. She is particularly close with an Englisch woman, Martha, who lives nearby and is well-respected and cared for in the Amish community of Canaan.

Katie Ann is a like a daughter to Martha, and often finds Martha trying to butt into her life And then there is Eli, who comes into town for a family wedding. He has been a widower for 17 years, since his beloved Sarah died in childbirth. He promised Sarah he would marry again so that their kinner would have a mother, but he never could fine anyone who could hold a candle to Sarah. So, he raised their six kinner by himself. Yet neither is looking for a relationship.

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Katie Ann doesn't trust men after having her heart shattered, and Eli wants to travel the world now that the youngest of his six kinner is married off. Still, everyone around them tries to force them into proximity of one another in the hopes that something will develop between the two. Until one day, one day when Katie Ann gets a letter from her. From the woman that Ivan left her for and was living with when he died. And she needs Katie Ann's help. Will Katie Ann be able to forgive as is the Amish way and help her out? And on her path to do so, will she finally feel peace concerning Ivan and her heartbreak?

Or will the pain of the memories be too much and push her further away from trusting men and trusting God? Read The Wonder of Your Love to find out! I loved this book. I just simply loved it! I cannot believe it has taken me so long to get into this series. I must go back and read the first book in this series as soon as possible! The Wonder of Your Love is a compelling novel full of pain and heartbreak. While Amish fiction is beautiful and often idyllic, the problems usually seem minute compared to real life. For example, usually he likes her and she doesn't notice him, or vice versa, and then bam, by the end they are in love according to God's plan.

Yet in this book, the reality is much deeper. Never before have I read Amish fiction where a wife is left by her Amish husband for an Englisch woman. And the premise made the book so much deeper. It was so easy to love Katie Ann and feel her every pain. I could completely empathize with her as she buried herself into caring for her son, and tried to forget the pain of loss she has felt in her life. I also loved the complete juxtaposition of Katie and her close friend Martha.

Martha was odd, outspoken, boisterous but also very lovable. It is so clear that they were able to transcend their apparent differences and connect with a mutual love for God and for one another. All-in-all, it is a beautiful story of hurt, love, forgiveness, real life tragedy, the devastation of adultery and betrayal, and the power of God's love. I give this book 4. Dec 26, Patty Hearts Dave rated it it was amazing. Eli Detweiler went to Colorado for a family wedding. This would be the first of many trips. He just married off his last child and he was free to do as he pleased.

He planned to travel a lot. He still had his farm in Ohio, but he would travel as much as he could. Although it was the Amish way to marry soon after the death of a spouse, he had been a widower for 17 years. Katie Ann Stolzfus lived in Colorado with her infant son, Jonas. She and her husband, Ivan, were married for twenty years before Eli Detweiler went to Colorado for a family wedding. She and her husband, Ivan, were married for twenty years before she had Jonas. She was a recent widow. But she lost her husband months before he died. He chose to leave her and the Amish ways.

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He had lived in Lancaster county with Lucy Turner, an Englisher. Katie Ann never told him she was pregnant. Martha, an older English woman helped Katie Ann care for Jonas. Martha was outspoken and a bit of a hypochondriac but she was Katie Ann's best friend. Martha's heart was broken because her boyfriend, Arnold, had left town.

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His son became sick so he went to live with him. After he died, he stayed on with his daughter-in-law to help her out. Eli and Katie Ann met at his cousin Elam's house. Before they know it, everyone was trying to get them together. Neither Katie Ann or Eli were looking for love. Katie Ann felt she couldn't trust a man again. Eli wanted to be free to do as he pleased. They were attracted to each other but refused to admit to themselves or anyone else. They decided to be friends - friends that have shared more than one kiss.

Lucy showed up at Katie Ann's door asking if she knew about a house in a picture she had found in Ivan's belongings. Lucy was pregnant and had no money for her and the baby. She had hoped Ivan was going to surprise her with the house. Katie Ann knew nothing about the house. When Eli returned home, he and Katie keep in contact with letters, calls and even a few visits. Martha had surgery and she was sure she was going to die. Arnold surprised her with a visit at the hospital. While in the hospital, Martha reached out to Danielle, her teenage roommate and got more than she bargained for. She saw her steal money from her purse.

She also found her in her house after she returned home. Katie Ann received notice that she had to go to the lawyer to deal with Ivan's will. She discovered that he had a house built - the one in Lucy's picture. A nursery was all set up in the house. Lucy had told her Ivan didn't know that she was pregnant.

Katie also found a letter from Ivan for her explaining about the house. This book has four different stories within it that are all woven together nicely. It's about finding love and healing in unexpected ways. You have to read the book to find out what happens with Katie Ann and Eli, Lucy and her baby, Martha and Arnold, and Danielle and her situation.

I really like this story. I would recommend this book for anyone who believes that love doesn't always come to them in a way they are looking for. Oct 20, Kathleen Kat Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: The lives of two very amazing women are about to be changed in very different ways. This is the time for second chances and for hope for new beginnings for both of them, if only their hearts remain open to the possibilities of God's answers to prayer.

Katie Ann Stolzfus and her baby boy Jonas have spent the last several months trying to recover from two separate losses. The first was when Katie's husband, Ivan left her for an English woman and moved in with her. Just a few months later, Ivan woul The lives of two very amazing women are about to be changed in very different ways.

Just a few months later, Ivan would be killed in a tragic accident. She never told Ivan she was pregnant because she didn't want him coming home for that reason alone, since he left her in the first place. Katie isn't ready to open her heart again anytime soon at the prospect of love, because she can't stand feeling that heartache all over again, and lose her trust once more. Martha, her English neighbor has been assisting Katie with being neighborly since her husband left her. Martha did love a man, but never bothered to share her feelings with him before he left to go help his ailing son. She had hoped maybe he felt the same way as she did, but since he never moved back, she believed the feelings were only one sided on her part.

Eli Detweiler has spent the last 17 years raising six of his own children as the last of his daughters is now finally married and out on her own. He now vows that since his wife death those 17 years ago, he's going to take some time and just travel and take care of his needs now. He hasn't wanted to replace his wife since he believed that he could never love again, but will God have other plans in store for Eli? In the newest novel, The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman, we enter the second novel in this series and see how two women struggle to find love again after losing it the first time.

If only either one of them could be bold enough to convey their feelings to the men that come into the life, but they believe that there aren't any second chances for them, this late in life. However God has great intentions for them on His horizon and in His timing. I received this novel compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and feel in love with the robust character of Martha and the quiet resolve of Katie Ann. I see how both of them want what God has so richly promised, a man to love them whole heartily and be true, but sometimes they are the ones standing in the way.

This is a story of second chances for those who feel they don't deserve them and for love to find a way home. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next one coming out in The Land of Canaan series. Jun 18, Sara Elizabeth Huffman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Amish Fiction lovers, Christian fiction loves: I thought it was the first! Usually this kind of thing would seriously irritate me, but I enjoyed the novel so much on its own and it was quite easy to pick up the past plot-line.

However, I do intent to pick up the first in the series!


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This novel opens up with the events of previous one, which are quite tragic. However, this is the case of Ivan. He was married to a wonderful Amish woman named Katie Ann. For whatever reasons, he left her for another woman. And not just any woman, an English one! That was sure to cause gossip in Canaan! And this is where the novel starts, Katie Ann is dealing with a mix of emotions. Not only that but she has a child from him that she never got a chance to tell him about. Eli is a man who lost his wife many years ago, and moves to Canaan as part of his travels. He has many children that he raised on his own, and because of this he is much more sensitive than the average Amish man.

Eli also exhibits the forbidden trait of pride, but perhaps, rightfully so. He accomplished so much and raised wonderful children. Katie Ann finds Eli too proud, and thus ignores the constant match-making by the community. Despite her feelings, Eli grows on her. He takes her with her on his tour of the local towns, and Katie finds encouragement and even trust again.

Katie Ann is worried for her friend and without Eli. Their friendship however was deepening, and come Christmas time pops up on her front porch. In she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying country life in Texas. Web design by Jamie Foley. The Wonder of Your Love. Land of Canaan , Book 2 Genre: Thomas Nelson Publication Year: Katie Ann finds much joy and peace with her baby boy and is determined with God's help to build a life for her and her fatherless child.

What a great story, second chances and faith in this wonderful story. This is not just a book the, but can be read as a stand alone, although after reading this one, The Wonder Of Your Love. For the review of the first book, click here: This second book follows Katie Ann Stolzfus, a recent widow and new mother who is trying I have loved reading about what was happening with each family. I was curious to find out more about Katie Ann who had moved to Colorado.