Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstter



A Brand-New 3-Book Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?


Wanda is a talented author. I love all of her books and the messages that she weaves into her stories! They have the message that there can be hope, healing and love. 

I really don't know what to say about this book. 
I want to be honest but I don't want to hurt any feelings. It seems like that is all I do anymore. 
That being said, I felt like Mary Ruth and Willis did. Wondering what I did wrong.
I am too trusting! I am like the Lapps in so many ways! I felt like I was reading about myself through this book!

I loved Mary Ruth and Willis!! I felt like they were my own grandparents and as I read more into the story my heart hurt for them. Once your trust is broken it is hard to learn to trust again 

I didn't really like Michelle even though I understood the things she did. Some people would do anything! I didn't like the things she did because then it made it harder for the real Sara.

I also liked how Elijah answered Michelle's questions. I feel like I learned quite a bit about the Amish myself. Wanda even answered some of my questions!

Will Sara be able to find her way and earn her grandparents' trust again? I'd like to think so which is why I can't wait to read Sara's story in book #2!

I can't wait for y'all to read this book to see what y'all think!!

I received a complementary copy from the publisher. No compensations were received
This is my honest opinion!


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

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