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Monday, August 17, 2015

Change of Heart

I read a really sweet book called Change of Heart by Molly Jebber. Becca Yost has been stood up at the altar of her wedding and needs a change of scenery, so she goes to visit her sister in Massillon, Ohio. Her sister has left the Amish world to be married to the love of her life, but she was widowed early and has opened a seamstress shop for sewing new clothes and mending others. While visiting her sister, Becca, too decides to leave the Amish world to stay with her sister and work with the local doctor Matt Carrington.

While this is not the average Amish novel, the faith and values are still there. But at the same time, Molly has included class elitism and snobbery in the story as well. Matt's mother is not at all accepting of Becca and tries every trick known to overbearing mothers to break them up, including offering Becca money, and trying to shame her in public. When circumstances conspire to put Becca and Matt's mother in the same stage, Becca chooses to try olive branch after olive branch to get Matt's mother to accept her. It is through some very trying events that Matt's mother begins to see how charming and brave Becca is.

Like I said before, this isn't your normal Amish novel and only the second one I've read where the heroine leaves the church to live outside the community. Molly does follow the romance novel formula where boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. But it still rates four strong stars.

My thanks to Kensington books for allowing me to read and review this book.

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