Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard

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In this new series set in the beloved Oklahoma Amish community of Wells Landing, three generations of women challenge themselves and each other to make a fresh start in faith, family—and love.

Jenna Burkhart is tired of being “special” and hearing about what she can't do. Even though she suffered a head injury in a childhood swimming accident, she wants a life of her own just like any Amish woman. But now that she, her mamm, and her mammi have moved to Wells Landing, she's having a hard time fitting in. . . . Until she meets Buddy Miller, a boy just like her, who gives her the confidence to reach for the impossible . . .

Like Jenna, Buddy is used to being the boy no one expects much from, the one people see as “different.” Still, being around Jenna’s lively, kind-hearted ways makes him strive ever-harder to become the self-sufficient Amish man she deserves. But in the face of family disapproval and their own fears, will Jenna and Buddy's courage be enough to give them a forever happiness together? 


Love is all around. Yes indeed it is. God's love for each and every one of us. No matter how or what happened to us in life.
I think for starters Charlotte was way too hard on Jenna. I felt that she was extremely overprotective and I'm feeling like calling Charlotte all kinds of names. Gertie too lol
Yes as I read I started to understand Charlotte but still her being too hard on Jenna was over rated. I didn't like how she kept telling Jenna that she was special.
Thank goodness for Nadine. She's my heroin. I love how she tells Charlotte to lay off Jenna. "She has enough trouble without you staying on her all the time."
( This would make a great meme).
Another one I didn't like was when Buddy's dad kept saying you understand? I think it's because of the way people say it like we're dumb or something. People use that word with me all the time. I have to remind them not to say that word.
Jenna is a sweetheart. I really loved her. I applauded her because the more her mother said no the more she dug her heals in. Kind of like me when I was growing up.
I liked Buddy well enough but I loved sweet Jenna more.
God's plan. I think I like that very much.
If God wants two people like Buddy and Jenna to be together then who's to say they can't? Oh we can try and stop it but if it's meant to be then no one should interfere.
Buddy and Jenna are human too. They have a right to be happy just like anyone else.
I think that's why I didn't like the story. Gertie and Charlotte interfered way too much like Nadine said. And that's why I loved and cheered for Nadine.
I still strongly recommend this book because Lillard is a magnificent storyteller. The story is realistic in some ways and others no quite so.
I was NOT required to write a review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 


I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

Amy LillardI live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies--(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940's movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's

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