“Seeds of Hope” by Barbara Cameron

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Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since they were teenagers. She knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney – an “Englischer” – and Miriam loves her quiet way of life in her Amish community. But when Mark unexpectedly shows up in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Miriam realizes it’s going to get a lot harder to hide her feelings.

Even though Mark always loved visiting his grandfather’s farm as a boy, he’s convinced the Amish life is not for him. But when he suddenly finds himself out of a job and without direction, Mark heads back to the farm just in time to help with the harvest. Coming for a visit and coming to stay, however, are two very different things.

Everything changes when Mark sees that Miriam, the girl he remembers from his youth, has grown into the kind of faith-filled woman he wants in his future. Could life in this simple world be right for Mark after all? Has Miriam finally found her happily ever after? True love sprouts from seeds of hope.

Seeds of Hope is a sweet story of deep and lasting love – between family, between friends, and between neighbors.  I love the way that Cameron portrays the relationships between this Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania.
Just like in real life, there’s a variety of relationships here, and I like the way that Cameron wove them together.  It made for a fun story, and bringing in these people serve not only as great examples of model behavior but also an avenue for introducing interesting subplots.
I can’t say that Seeds of Hope is unpredictable; really, how many possible endings are there for a romance taking place in an Amish community, really?  That doesn’t make the path to the ultimate ending any less interesting, though, because you can feel the drama and heartache that the journey causes.  There are lessons to be learned and fun to be had, and I enjoyed the ride.
I’ve read several of Cameron’s books, but I think that Seeds of Hope is the best one yet.
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I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

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