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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sewn with Joy

Joy is one of the five daughters of the Millers of Pinecraft in Sarasota, FL. She wants nothing more than to be a wife and mother and to live her simple life. She believes this will happen when Matthew Slagel, the bishop's son, but one night, a truck comes rumbling down her street in the middle of the night and stops in front of her house. She is the only one in her house awake, so she goes downstairs to see if she can help them find what they are looking for. It just so happens that the truck holds set materials and the producer for a new tv show that's being shot about the Amish.

The bishop preaches against getting involved with the television people, but Joy can't let them make fools of themselves, nor can she let them go on without telling them about the freedom they will find in God. She gets pulled into the production by correcting some mistakes in costume, making costumes for the characters, and befriending the lead actress.

I appreciated the way the authors, Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore, handled the "be in the world, not of the world" conundrum. Even though the bishop really wanted his people to stay away from the show production, Joy felt like she had to show them God as He really is. Her mindset came between her and Matthew, found friends in unlikely places, and strengthened her family. While she made money as a consultant to the show, she gave that money to her parents so that her father could afford some very expensive medical treatments.

I also love that recipes and sewing hints were included throughout the book. It's a treasure trove of hidden gems, and even Lovina's pies and Hope's garden make an appearance in the book. Sewn with Joy will delight Amish fiction readers, and I can't wait to see how things work out for Faith and Grace.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a piece of Lovina's Orange Cream Pie for dessert.

My thanks to Harvest House for allowing me to read and review this book.

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