Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

I found this book a very enjoyable read.  Emma is a young dedicated Amish woman who has seen more than her share of heart ache.  Her father is dead and her mother has just died of cancer when the story begins.  She lives with her elderly grandmother whom she loves very much.  To add to her heartache and confusion, her one true love, an Amish man named Adam, has left the church and Emma behind.  Emma is hurt and even resentful at the hand life has dealt her.

As she tries to grieve, Emma’s life is further complicated by Adam’s return and her sister, with whom she has a rocky relationship, is pushing to turn her grandfather’s beloved workshop into a fabric/yarn store.  As if all this is not enough, her sister’s brother-in-law, Mark King moves to the area with shady plans. I felt the book was well written.  I found myself getting caught up in Emma’s anguish and confusion.  There was just too much to deal with too quickly.  The author did a wonderful job of portraying all the emotions that Emma was facing.

The Grandmother’s steadfastness and loving guidance was reassuring in such a tumultuous time in both her and Emma’s life.  I reminded me of the wisdom and patience of the aged gleaned only from a life time of experience. 

Emma was a great example of standing firm in your faith in spite of your world being turned upside down.  I love the step by step journey of Emma from unforgiveness toward others and God to putting all her trust in Him.   I saw how when we hurt we often reject those that can comfort and help us.  The ending was quite a surprise! 

Another part I enjoyed was the Amish words used throughout the book and the glossary that gave the definitions.  It not only made the story and the characters come to life, but it was also very interesting.  I also appreciated the purity with which the book was written, even the romantic parts.  A book I would recommend!

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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