Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Review - Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller
Publisher: Summerside Press
Pub. Date: July 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1609360023
Pages: 320
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Sometimes a few things will slip past a blogger; with me that would be not reading a book that has been sitting on my desk for several weeks. On Sunday, I noticed I had a review scheduled for today, so I picked up Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio. My intentions were to do a "speed read" of the book, but I was instantly engulfed into the story by the second chapter, leading me to read about three-fourths of novel by that same night.

Love Finds You is the name of a series of books form Summerside Press, which each book being written by a different author and the book settings are set in different towns. Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio was first published in 2010, but it is being re-released to tie-in with the made-for-TV adaption that will air on Up on Sunday June 1, 2014.

Most Christian romances (and I have read plenty of them) centers on a female main character with a male romantic interest being the second main character, but here it is reversed with Joe Matthews taking centered stage. He is traveling in Ohio with his young son, Bobby, in a pickup to escape their painful past. After his wallet is stolen and his truck breaks down, they encounter an Amish man, Eli, who kindly drops them off at a farmhouse.

The farmhouse is owned by the Troyer sisters ( Bertha, Lydia and Anna). Despite their advancing years, they are determined to open up their home as a Inn again, taking in a few guests in the extra bedrooms and leaving the two cabins for travelers. Typically, they would charge fifty-dollars for a room, but since Joe and Bobby were down on their luck, the sisters let them stay for free for the night. Eventually, they come to an agreement that Joe will do odd jobs to get the place up and running again in exchange for food, shelter and a little extra cash.

The Troyer sisters' non-Amish niece, Rachel, is a police officer and she is suspecting Joe is up to no good, but as she spends more time keeping an eye out on him, she starts to have romantic feelings for Joe.

Just as Joe is starring to fall in love with Sugarcreek and Rachel, his past catches up with him, leading him to confront his estranged father and brother, and finally solving the mystery of who murdered his wife, Grace.

Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio is a character driven story that is beautifully written by Serana B. Miller. Though I have heard of the author's name before, I don't think I have read any of other titles by her. Coincidentally, after reading this book, I skimmed through my to-be-read piles and noticed I have her newest book, Fearless Hope. I can proudly say that my book marker has been placed inside the book with my intentions of reading it this week. Overall, I loved reading Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio and I recommend the books to others.

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

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About Author:

Prior to writing novels, Serena Miller wrote for many periodicals, including Woman's World, Guideposts, Billy Graham's Decision Magazine, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.

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