February 27, 2017

Winter Reads: Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron

Adingdon Press; 288 pages; $14.99; Buy Link; Blog Tour

If you live in the Midwest, it doesn't currently feel like winter, but we're still technically in a winter month; therefore, I'm still including this review as a "Winter Reads" post.

Home to Paradise is the third installment in the Coming Home series by author Barbara Cameron, and as you can see from the cover art, it's an Amish-romance story, which is one of my favorite genres to read.

The novel centers on Rose Anna Zook, a young woman who has always wanted to marry the third Stoltzfus brother, John. However, her dreams of marrying him become in jeopardy when John refuses to leave his Rumschpringe years behind him. He's enjoying living in the Englisch world and has no plans of returning to the Amish community.

Home to Paradise Barbara Cameron

Final Thoughts:  I have read many Amish fiction titles over the years, so maybe my expectations for this novel were a little high, but I hate to say that I was a little disappointed with it. While the plot was interesting for the most part, I thought the characters were one-dimensional and they could have been written with more depth. The first few chapters were a little difficult for me to read as I just couldn't connect with any of the characters, though I eventually got interested with the plot and continued reading it until it was finished.

Overall, Home to Paradise is a sappy Amish-romance that I neither liked or hated. If the characters were better written, I might have liked the novel a little bit more. This is just my opinion, maybe other readers will be able to connect with the characters.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author: Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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