Book Review - The Journey

Can a heart torn by love's rejection find new love again?
Titus Fisher has made poor choices.When he lived in Pennsylvania he chose the wrong girl, who broke his heart. When he moves to Kentucky, he finally discovers that he possesses woodworking skills. Will he stick with it or return to the old comforts - and love - from his life in Lancaster?
Suzanne Yoder's talents don't lie in the traditional Amish kitchen, but she suppresses artistic skills that are frowned on by those in her community who beleive a woman's place is in the home. Will she find an ally in the broody newcomer?
Will each of their journeys to self-worth end with romance in Christian County, Kentucky?




Overall Opinion:


Wanda Brunstetter is a well-known name in the Amish genre. Branching off of the Fisher family from previous series, she begins a new series focusing on the youngest of the Fisher family, Titus. It was neat learning tidbits about the previous adventures that the family has gone through—makes me want to go and get the other books to read about them in detail!

The first chapter was rather humorous as the reader was introduced to Titus, who has a big dislike for cats. As the story continues you can’t help but sympathize with Titus as he tries to deal with his longtime girlfriend breaking up with him. He’s joined the church, but she doesn’t and wants to leave Paradise, thus ending their relationship. He takes this news hard—he’s waited for her since he was 17 years old. Now at 22 going on 23, he’s not sure if he will ever forget the hurt. Desperate to get away from the painful memories, he moves to Kentucky...and meets Suzanne Yoder. I really liked her character. She was strong and determined, and the way she handled many situations was commendable. Her predicament over cooking was rather funny!

The Journey was, in some ways, predictable. This didn’t ruin the book for me and I was still pulled into the story, regardless. My hunch was right in the end, but the plot leading up to the ultimate ending was intriguing and kept me reading.

Once or twice the writing style was a little vague, especially the scene when the two men barge into Titus’ house. While I still understood what was going on, I didn’t feel “in” the scene…more like someone watching it all from afar. So, besides a few instances like this, the story flowed well and it was easy to get lost in the world of Titus and Suzanne.

I have only read one book by Wanda in the past, so don’t have much experience with this author. But I enjoyed this story and would consider getting the next in the series, when it is released. As I mentioned above, The Journey is the beginning of a new series that is a branch off from previous series concerning the Fisher family. I thought this was really neat, continuing the Fisher legacy. I am sure fans of the Fisher’s will be eager to get their hands on this new installment.


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