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July 30, 2013


KATIE'S JOURNEY TO LOVE                                           5 STARS
Book Two
Emma Raber's Daughter Series
by Jerry S Eicher

In book two of Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher's new Emma Raber's Daughter series, Katie Raber's journey of discovery continues after her mamm's marriage to Jesse Mast. Drawn back from the Mennonite world briefly by the miracle of Mamm's changed heart, Katie finds she can't totally abandon her new Mennonite friends.

Jesse's oldest daughter, Mabel, refuses to accept Katie, creating conflict at home. Ben Yoder, the most popular boy in the community, also begins to attend the Mennonite youth gatherings in his attempt to run away from personal problems.
Overjoyed at the attention Ben pays her, Katie pursues the relationship willingly. When an opportunity comes to travel with her Mennonite friends to Europe to explore the roots of the faith, Katie can't believe how much she is being blessed. Especially after a secret donor pays for the trip.
While in Europe, Katie learns the truth about Ben when he is arrested. As her world comes crashing down, she finds healing in her visit to the Alps and the land where her forefathers suffered so much. She returns home determined to mend the bad feelings with Jesse's daughter, Mabel, and to continue on the path to healing without Ben.
Book two in the Emma Raber's Daughter series.

This book follows KATIE OPENS HER HEART. It continues with Emma and Jesse getting married and the two families living under one roof. There is one main problem.  Katie's stepsister, Mabel.  She makes things hard for Katie.  Sometimes I felt I could reach out a spank the spoiled little brat but at other times I kinda felt sorry for her.  She had taken her Mother's place after her death.  She ran the household and she was in control.  She didn't want anybody coming in and intruding on her territory. 

Katie went to work everyday and attended the Mennonite youth gatherings.  She has friends there and she feels good when she is with them.  Katie meets a boy that she has had a crush on for a long time. Katie believes the Lord has answered her prayers and brought Ben Stoll into her life. Somehow I felt that this was too good to be true. It seemed to me that Katie was being rather naive about Ben.  She doesn't know him hardly at all.  Katie is so innocent.  I believe she is bound to be hurt.

Katie needs to raise enough money to go to Europe to where her forefathers lived. She received an envelope with enough money to go to Europe, but she doesn't know who it's from. She and her friends go to Europe feeling on top of the world, when news from home brought her world  tumbling down.  Will Katie stay true to the faith?   Will she become friends with Mabel?  Will Katie ever love again.?

I found the descriptions of the places they visited in Europe were wonderful. Mr. Eicher makes you feel, once again, that you are part of the family and you are sitting at their table during meals.  There were times that I wanted to really be there and put in a few well chosen words to Mable and Katie.

Mr. Eicher never fails.  Another great read with leaving you wanting more.  You want that third book so bad.  I couldn't put this book down. It gets a hold on you from page one and doesn't release you even after the book is finished.  Mr. Eicher, your books are heart warming and never disappoints.  Keep writing.  You have so many fans out there.  You and your books are a blessing. 

I would give this book a solid 5 STARS.

I received a copy of this book, KATIE'S JOURNEY TO LOVE from the author, Jerry S. Eicher, for this honest review.

Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina Eicher, and their four children in Virginia.

1 comment:

Jerry Eicher said...

Thanks for your kind words, Gayle.