Monday, March 18, 2013

Heart in Hand by Barbara Cameron ~ Pump Up Your Book Tour with review

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426714343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714344

This book is also available as an e-book.

February 1, 2013 Stitches in Time

Anna, a knitter and the oldest of the three cousins, watches the wedding of Naomi and Nick the following fall and remembers her own wedding. A widow, Anna thinks about how short her time with her husband was; as she looks at her grandmother, she wonders if Leah is recalling her own marriage. Her grandparents were married for a longer time than she and her husband were, but Anna and her grandmother lost their spouses only months apart three years ago. Perhaps this is why they have always felt so close. Both know how hard it is to be a widow, to go on with life.
Gideon Beiler approaches Anna one day. Gideon is a wonderful, caring man. He, too, has suffered a loss – his wife, Mary, died and left him to raise their only daughter. Spring is a time for new beginnings, for love to bloom as nature thaws the earth and makes it come alive again after the long cold winter. As love begins to warm Anna’s heart again, she’s afraid to chance losing someone she has come to care so much about. Her grandmother tells her she believes Gideon may be the man God has sent for her to have a second chance at love.
Stitches in time…and place: three cousins who laugh and love and learn about life together with their warm and wise grandmother, Leah, in their special shop. Two generations of Amish women who are bound by strong threads which bind them to their creativity and their community.


My take on this book:

I can easily say that Barbara Cameron is one of my favorite writers of Amish fiction. She has an uncanny way of creating characters that you wouldn't mind being friends with, reading her stories are always like a breath of fresh air for me.

"Heart in Hand" is the story of  Gideon and Anna. Anna buried her dreams of having a family when she had to bury her beloved husband Samuel. Working at Stitches in Time with her family has helped, and she feels blessed to have the love of her family along with her community but some days it's still hard. Gideon Beiler is a single father, raising his daughter Sarah Rose. He tries his best to be a mother and father to the little girl, that's why he brings her into the shop hoping that they can find a hobby to do together. They choose knitting, while in the store though Sarah Rose does something that Anna has to bring to Gideon's attention.  Soon she is spending time with father and daughter, and while she finds Gideon attractive and truly enjoys Sarah Rose she isn't sure that her heart is ready for a second chance at love.

"Heart in Hand" is the third book in the Stitches in Time series, and I felt like I was visiting with old friends, catching up with their lives.  I loved getting Anna's story, and really hoped that she might get a happily ever after.I also enjoyed the relationship between Gideon and his daughter. He was very hands on.  While this is the third book in the series it can easily be read as a stand alone work, because the author provides enough background information so that the reader won't feel lost. Although it's such a great series I recommend reading all three books.

If your like me and often choose what you read based on an eye catching corer, well your going to be drawn in by the beautiful cover on "Heart In Hand," but your going to find a fast moving, wonderful story inside the pages that far outshines the cover. I enjoyed the modern feel of the story, and the secondary story of Nick planning to become Amish really kept the plot moving along. Each time I read one of the books in this series it has me itching to pull out my crochet hooks and create something! Amish fiction fans are going to love this story, but anyone looking for a great read that has inspirational undertones that deals with loss, grieving and ultimately opening the heart for what God has in store for us will find this a wonderful read.

Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron 
is the author of 35 fiction and non-fiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), as well as the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. When a relative took her to visit the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she felt led to write about the spiritual values and simple joys she witnessed there.
Her latest book is the Amish fiction, Heart in Hand.


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