Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book Review: Beyond Hope's Valley

About the Book
Beyond Hope's Valley – Book Three in the Big Sky series

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.

My thoughts
I have enjoyed all three books in this series (you can read my reviews of Beside Still Waters here, and Along Wooded Paths here.) immensely, although I also found the series as a whole to be a bit predictable, with it ending as I had thought, and hoped it would.  As in the other books in the series, this one is very respectful of the Amish faith, yet allows for Marianna to explore her beliefs as well.  I loved watching Marianna come to realize where her heart really was and to see her life and the lives of those around her, fall into place.  

I recommend this book, as well as the others, to anyone who enjoys love stories or Amish fiction.

About the author
Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

More info: Living Inspired and

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes.  My opinion is my own and was not influenced by anyone else.


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