An Unbroken Heart
by Kathleen Fuller
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.
One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain—after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?
After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, she re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.
Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to find; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.
Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.
If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
– 3 stars
An Unbroken Heart is one of those books that I am kind of on the fence about. Overall, it had a nice story about love, forgiveness, grace, and even self-worth … but it was also a story that didn’t reach out and grab my attention to the point where I didn’t want to put the book down, or couldn’t wait to get back to it.
I do appreciate the fact that it was different than a lot of Amish based tales are; it wasn’t about someone’s Rumspringa, or whether or not they wanted to stay in their Amish faith. The characters were true to their faith and their heritage, and each of them were their own unique person. I felt each of them were very relatable, and I could picture sitting down to talk with any of them.
If you like a slower read, and something that you can pick up here and there as you have time, I think you would probably enjoy An Unbroken Heart. If you are looking for something with a bit more excitement or a faster pace, this probably isn’t the book for you.
This is a very clean book, so I feel it would be appropriate to recommend to anyone.
Thanks go out to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a free copy of An Unbroken Heart to read and review. I love being part of The Guild! ♥