Friday, February 25, 2011
Seek Me with all your Heart by Beth Wiseman
Seek Me with all your Heart is a tender story of finding promise in the land of Canaan...Canaan, Colorado. Several Amish families have left their friends and loved ones behind to start over in a new settlement but will they truly find hope, peace and promise in the new land?
Emily Detweiler has suffered a personal tragedy....one that has shook her to the core of what she believes, even believes about God. Her family has moved to Colorado to start over and to hopefully help Emily on her journey of healing and renewal.
David Stoltzfus's family moved to Colorado but he doesn't know why. However, David has his own issues that he is working through and he believes he is only in Colorado temporarily. David is a carry-over character from Wiseman's early series, Daughters of the Promise. If you have read this series, it is nice to have a character you can follow into her new series.
Like any good romance story, Emily and David meet and a relationship is formed. Wiseman treats their relationship and its many "real" issues very well and with great sensitivity. Emily's fears about marriage are valid and the way that Wiseman has David and Emily handle their concerns are very believable.
But Emily and David are not the only characters in this book that are noteworthy. David's Aunt Katie and Uncle Ivan are a great addtion to the story as well as the character of Martha. Wiseman does an excellent job of weaving all of their lives into the main storyline so that you feel as if you are living amongst them in the town of Canaan.
Seek Me with all your Heart is the best book by Wiseman so far! The saddest part is that you will have to wait until Fall 2011 for the next book in the series!
In exchange for my fair and honest review, I was provided a free copy of the book by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All opinions are my own.