Love Bears All Things is the second book in what I believe is a trilogy, with the third book coming out in the fall of this year. (September, 2017) I had not read the first book previously, so there were some parts of the story that I wish I had more knowledge of, but you can still follow along without feeling like you missed too much from the first book. I will warn you though, this installment of the trilogy left me hanging, and I can’t stand it when that happens! (Especially when you have to wait such a long time for the next book!)
Yes, some parts of the story had a resolution, but unfortunately, there were a couple of new storylines that were just getting started, so it was really a disappointing ending for me. If it were a stand-alone book with all the bits tied up in a nice little bow, my rating would have been higher.
With all of that being said, Beth Wiseman is a good writer and she explored subjects that you don’t see in a lot of Amish fiction, so it felt more realistic to me. The Amish have struggles, just as we do, and it isn’t always simply about Rumschpringe. They face many of the same issues that we do, so it was refreshing to see some of these topics being touched upon in Amish fiction. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
In my humble opinion, I would suggest reading the books in order and making sure that you have all three before you get started so that you aren’t left on a cliffhanger. If you don’t mind waiting for book three, then definitely pick up book one first: Her Brother’s Keeper and then read Love Bears All Things … and have book three, Home All Along, pre-ordered.
From the back cover:
Could God be offering Charlotte a second chance at true love?
Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception—and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.
Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.
Charlotte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she’ll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte’s friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn’t even sure herself?
See you soon,
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and the TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.