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The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love   Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.   Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently pro The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love   Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.   Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving him to care for five young nephews who openly dislike Wilma, she has second thoughts of starting with a ready-made family and decides to call off the wedding. Can anything be done to restore the relationship, or will Israel seek another wife?   Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love?   Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter Alma Wengerd is a young widow who leaves her home in Kentucky to stay with friends in Pennsylvania. Soon she is speeding into a renewed romance with Elias Kurtz and raising the brows of the older church members. When Alma is waylaid by some unexpected news, could putting her happiness with Elias on hold be her only option?


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The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love   Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.   Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently pro The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love   Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.   Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving him to care for five young nephews who openly dislike Wilma, she has second thoughts of starting with a ready-made family and decides to call off the wedding. Can anything be done to restore the relationship, or will Israel seek another wife?   Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love?   Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter Alma Wengerd is a young widow who leaves her home in Kentucky to stay with friends in Pennsylvania. Soon she is speeding into a renewed romance with Elias Kurtz and raising the brows of the older church members. When Alma is waylaid by some unexpected news, could putting her happiness with Elias on hold be her only option?

30 review for The Return to the Big Valley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Three very nice Amish Romance novellas written by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter. Each novella drew me in completely. The characters in each story had their own challenges . All had unpredictable twists and turns that kept me turning pages eager to see how the endings would turn out. These stories were well written and captivating to this reader. Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter This novella tugged at my heart. An Amish couple planning to be married have to put the Three very nice Amish Romance novellas written by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter. Each novella drew me in completely. The characters in each story had their own challenges . All had unpredictable twists and turns that kept me turning pages eager to see how the endings would turn out. These stories were well written and captivating to this reader. Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter This novella tugged at my heart. An Amish couple planning to be married have to put their wedding plans on hold when the boyfriend quite suddenly becomes a guardian to five rowdy and defiant nephews. The death of both parents made them orphans and their Uncle Isreal Zook is the only one who can take them in and give them a home. Because Wilma is Isreals fiance she feels she must watch the boys while Isreal works. The boys are disobedient and outright rude to Wilma. Try as she might she can do nothing to win the boys over. They just don't seem to like Wilma and claim they never will like her. If Wilma agrees to go ahead and marry Isreal what kind of life would she have trying to be a mother to five ungrateful boys? Is this how she wants to spend the rest of her life? Martha's Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Martha Yoder is somewhat of a tomboy. She's not into quilting or sewing or even cooking. She'd rather go hunting or fishing with her Dad any day than take part in a women's work frolic. Because of this Martha doesn't believe she will ever find an Amish man who would want to marry her. Then along comes Glen Swarey who is Amish but has one foot out in the English world. The two meet and Glen finds himself smitten with Martha. She loves the Amish faith but Glen wants to become a fireman. He's not really into going to church and is considered leaving the Amish for the English world. Glen and Martha court and have strong feelings for each other. But when Glen voices his opinion about jumping the fence Martha must decide if this is what she wants or should she stop seeing Glen? Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter Alma Wingerd suddenly becomes a widow when her husband Michael dies from a fall. She wants to make changes in her life so a month after her husband's death she travels to Big Valley Pennsylvania to stay with friends. Alma had grown up in this community until her teenage years when her family moved to Kentucky to care for her aging grandparents. She plans to help her friend Leila Troyer in her card shop. There she meets an old friend she had known in school. Secretly Elais Kurtz and Alma had feelings for each other in their school years. They had never told each other how they felt for fear of rejection. Now after all these years they find they still have those same feelings for each other and this time they voice those feelings with each other. The problem is that Alma is a widow in grieving and she shouldn't be having these feelings for Elais when her late husband has only been dead for a month. Her Amish acquaintances would look down on her because it is expected that a widow should grieve her late husband for at least a year. Alma wrestles with feelings of guilt and wonders if she should return to Kentucky where she can separate herself from Elais. I recommend this book to readers of Amish Fiction and fans of the writers. This book is a sequel to The Bridges of Big Valley. I read The Return to Big Valley out of order and still enjoyed the book. I feel that it can be read as a stand alone . I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you! A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Normally, I love anything written by the Brunstetters. I am a huge fan of their books. The Return to the Big Valley missed the mark for me. Every single main character annoyed me. If they weren’t overbearing, they were incredibly selfish people. I loved The Brides of the Big Valley, but the sequel is a miss for me. Thank you to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Return to the Big Valley contains three Amish tales by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. The stories are Wilma’s Wish, Martha’s Miracle, and Alma’s Acceptance. We are taken back to Big Valley, Pennsylvania which we visited in The Brides of Big Valley. Each story can be read as a standalone. I thought the stories were well-written with good life lessons. There is good dialogue and pacing as well. Each story gives us a different look at Amish life. They are heartwar Return to the Big Valley contains three Amish tales by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. The stories are Wilma’s Wish, Martha’s Miracle, and Alma’s Acceptance. We are taken back to Big Valley, Pennsylvania which we visited in The Brides of Big Valley. Each story can be read as a standalone. I thought the stories were well-written with good life lessons. There is good dialogue and pacing as well. Each story gives us a different look at Amish life. They are heartwarming and realistic stories. I could understand Wilma’s hesitancy at suddenly becoming a mother to five mischievous boys who were making life difficult. It was definitely a situation where a person needed to step back and re-evaluate the situation. Martha Yoder is a unique Amish woman. She prefers to be outdoors, and Martha enjoys hunting and fishing. It is hard to find an Amish man who will accept her (who does not want her to change). I liked that we get to see an Amish woman in a non-traditional role. Alma becomes a widow after a year of marriage. Her friend suggests she visit her in Big Valley where she reunites with an old friend and someone she had developed feelings for as a teen. She wonders if it is too soon to find love again. I enjoyed all three tales that deal with grief, caring parents, romantic tension, relationship obstacles, love, and humor. We get to enjoy everyday life in the community. I appreciated the epilogues that nicely wrapped up each novella. Return to the Big Valley has three sweet Amish tales that are a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a collection of 3 novellas. I enjoyed that they were each pretty full novels and that I could fully invest in the characters and the stories. The first novella was about Israel and Martha and this one was my favorite. It was such a sweet story and I loved the way that Israel and Martha cared for the 5 boys in the midst of such a hard time. The next story was about Martha and Glenn. Martha was a little different because she enjoyed hunting and fishing. I liked that Glenn was interested in This is a collection of 3 novellas. I enjoyed that they were each pretty full novels and that I could fully invest in the characters and the stories. The first novella was about Israel and Martha and this one was my favorite. It was such a sweet story and I loved the way that Israel and Martha cared for the 5 boys in the midst of such a hard time. The next story was about Martha and Glenn. Martha was a little different because she enjoyed hunting and fishing. I liked that Glenn was interested in her for who she was. The last story was about Alma and was probably my least favorite. She went to live with her friends after the loss of her husband. I did not really enjoy her character because everything has to be her way. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Fallon

    A collection of stories by Wanda, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter. What a wonderful opportunity to share their love of writing as well as for the Amish. The three stories demonstrates how GOD works in your life. HE is there during good times and bad. The three stories were: Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter Martha's Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter The three main characters in each story must make a critical decision that will change their lives but the A collection of stories by Wanda, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter. What a wonderful opportunity to share their love of writing as well as for the Amish. The three stories demonstrates how GOD works in your life. HE is there during good times and bad. The three stories were: Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter Martha's Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter The three main characters in each story must make a critical decision that will change their lives but their families as well. These decisions can not be made without prayer. When you need to make a decision in life do you include prayer? This is a step that is the most important but frequently not done. GOD listens. He guides our steps. I am never disappointed when I am reading a book by any Brunstetter. I am excited for Richelle as her story shows that she has a great future ahead of her. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    Return to the Big Valley is a compilation of three stories by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter. Each were stand alone although they took place in the same community. I loved all three stories and finished this book in recored time. I honestly could not put it down once I started. All three stories were well written and the characters were easy to love. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish or Inspirational fiction. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and ne Return to the Big Valley is a compilation of three stories by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter. Each were stand alone although they took place in the same community. I loved all three stories and finished this book in recored time. I honestly could not put it down once I started. All three stories were well written and the characters were easy to love. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish or Inspirational fiction. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Allen

    The Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter will be released, June 1, 2021, by Barbour Publishing, Inc. This is a delightful collection of three stories in which three different women have to deal with romance in three very different ways. Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the story of Israel Zook and Wilma Hostetler. Israel and Wilma are planning to wed when Israel's sister is killed and he has to take custody of his five nephews. Will W The Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter will be released, June 1, 2021, by Barbour Publishing, Inc. This is a delightful collection of three stories in which three different women have to deal with romance in three very different ways. Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the story of Israel Zook and Wilma Hostetler. Israel and Wilma are planning to wed when Israel's sister is killed and he has to take custody of his five nephews. Will Wilma be able to adjust to this ready-made family? Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter is Martha Yoder's story. She is nothing like a normal Amish woman who, cooks, sews, and cleans for her family. Martha likes the outdoors. She would rather hunt or fish than anything. Glen Swarey seems to be a perfect match until Martha learns that Glen may not intend to stay Amish. Decisions have to be made. Will they or won't they be a couple? Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter is not your typical Amish romance. Alma Wengerd is a young widow who moved away from Big Valley several years ago and returns after her husband's untimely death. Her childhood best friend is Elias Kurtz, and he still lives in Big Valley. Can their friendship turn into more? These authors have given us a 5-star, must-read collection of stories. Thank you, Barbour Publishing, Inc. for allowing me to read an ARC of this book through NetGalley. The opinions stated here are my own and I was not required to give a positive review. #TheReturntotheBigValley #NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This edition of three novellas by authors who all have the same last name, Brunstetter, is a sweet, relaxing read that showcases the manner that Amish folks live on a daily basis. The stories are not interconnected and can each be read as stand-alone novellas. I believe my most enjoyable story of the three is that by Richelle Brunstetter who is a new author for me. I found the main character, Alma, an interesting individual who as a young widow handles her grief in unexpected ways. For readers who This edition of three novellas by authors who all have the same last name, Brunstetter, is a sweet, relaxing read that showcases the manner that Amish folks live on a daily basis. The stories are not interconnected and can each be read as stand-alone novellas. I believe my most enjoyable story of the three is that by Richelle Brunstetter who is a new author for me. I found the main character, Alma, an interesting individual who as a young widow handles her grief in unexpected ways. For readers who enjoy stories about modern day folks who live their lives and faith more in line with people who lived in the 1700s, stories about the Amish most likely will be enjoyable. The Amish, though each community is somewhat different in their rules governing their way of life, shun the use of electricity, phones, cars and trucks. Their dress is distinct and sets them apart. They speak an old language, Pennsylvania Dutch, though they also speak English. Stories about the Amish have words in Pennsylvania Dutch scattered through out which tends to lend authenticity. It does, though, sometimes confuse the reader. The lead author in this set of three stories, Wanda E. Brunstetter, has been a much sought after author in the Christian fiction world of publishing for her gentle, lovely reads about the Amish. I recommend this set of novellas as completely clean, gentle reads about flawed individuals facing storms of life and making life-changing decisions. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This book will be especially appealing to fans of Amish fiction. Authors Wanda E. Brunstetter,  Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter have each written a sweet, inspiring story that is set in one of the three distinct Amish districts that make up the Pennsylvania area known as The Big Valley. Each novella has an intriguing plot with unique characters, and all three of them stress the importance of strong family ties, faith in God, and the ability to fully trust in His Plan for your life. Wan This book will be especially appealing to fans of Amish fiction. Authors Wanda E. Brunstetter,  Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter have each written a sweet, inspiring story that is set in one of the three distinct Amish districts that make up the Pennsylvania area known as The Big Valley. Each novella has an intriguing plot with unique characters, and all three of them stress the importance of strong family ties, faith in God, and the ability to fully trust in His Plan for your life. Wanda Brunstetter is certainly the veteran in this group of authors, and I do consider her story to be better defined, but Jean and Richelle Brunstetter definitely add their own unmistakable talents. Return to the Big Valley is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance and Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own opinions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    I am so happy that I had the chance to read The Return To The Big Valley. More specifically, Wanda Brunstetter’s Wilma’s Wish. Once again, Brunstetter has managed to create a beautiful, heart warming story that instantly captured me and made me fall in love with her characters! Wanda Brunstetter takes us once again to the heart of the Amish country. She vividly portrays her characters and their homes, bringing them to life for the reader. You truly get to know Wilma, Israel, and the rascally neph I am so happy that I had the chance to read The Return To The Big Valley. More specifically, Wanda Brunstetter’s Wilma’s Wish. Once again, Brunstetter has managed to create a beautiful, heart warming story that instantly captured me and made me fall in love with her characters! Wanda Brunstetter takes us once again to the heart of the Amish country. She vividly portrays her characters and their homes, bringing them to life for the reader. You truly get to know Wilma, Israel, and the rascally nephews and become a part of their family. It was such a fun time! That one was my favorite of the novellas, though, certainly, the others are beautifully written and filled with heart stealing characters, as well. This is one of my favorite Amish collections this year and I am looking forward to recommending this 4 star to read to all of my family and friends! Well done, ladies! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Return to the Big Valley gave way to three romance stories by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter in unique Amish communities with their buggies being a specific color instead of the usual black. The characters and decisions they faced were relatable in some ways but some were to unsettling. Each tale is easy to read and not connected to any of the other characters. Wilma’s Wish found Wilma reconsidering her upcoming wedding to Israel. She cared for him but his five energentic nephews to care fo Return to the Big Valley gave way to three romance stories by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter in unique Amish communities with their buggies being a specific color instead of the usual black. The characters and decisions they faced were relatable in some ways but some were to unsettling. Each tale is easy to read and not connected to any of the other characters. Wilma’s Wish found Wilma reconsidering her upcoming wedding to Israel. She cared for him but his five energentic nephews to care for caused undue strain. It was interesting to see how the author brought a second chance at romance through the boys. Martha and Glen’s story in Martha’s Miracle involved more of the English world. Glen was fascinated with being a firefighter but Martha couldn’t leave her Amish faith. Alma’s Acceptance found her back in her original Amish community and reconnecting with her first love Elias. The doubts and timing seemed wrong to be so attracted to him after years of separation. Thank you to NetGalley for an early ARC and Barbour Publishers for a copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Heartwarming stories filled with family and love. I enjoyed each story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

    This book contain three stories each of which is unique and a sweet read taking place in Amish communities in the Pennsylvania hills. Each story is by a different author and all are enjoyable and make for a very entertaining book. I have enjoyed all of the Brunstetter stories, either from well-known author Wanda and her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Their writing style is somewhat similar and so the stories blend well together as a book. I enjoyed the book very much and although there is a p This book contain three stories each of which is unique and a sweet read taking place in Amish communities in the Pennsylvania hills. Each story is by a different author and all are enjoyable and make for a very entertaining book. I have enjoyed all of the Brunstetter stories, either from well-known author Wanda and her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Their writing style is somewhat similar and so the stories blend well together as a book. I enjoyed the book very much and although there is a previous book, which I have already read, it can be read as a stand-alone book. These Amish stories are about three different young women, each unique in their own way who have felt sorrows in previous relationships. I received a copy of this book by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. All thoughts are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    The Return to the Big Valley is a collection of three romances written by three generations of Brunstetters, Wanda, her daughter-in-law, Jean, and Wanda's granddaughter, Richelle. Having read The Brides of the Big Valley collection I was looking forward to reading these novellas and was not disappointed. The Brunstetter authors have put together an interesting and contemporary look at the Amish with this journey back to the Big Valley, Pennsylvania Amish Community. Each of the main characters is The Return to the Big Valley is a collection of three romances written by three generations of Brunstetters, Wanda, her daughter-in-law, Jean, and Wanda's granddaughter, Richelle. Having read The Brides of the Big Valley collection I was looking forward to reading these novellas and was not disappointed. The Brunstetter authors have put together an interesting and contemporary look at the Amish with this journey back to the Big Valley, Pennsylvania Amish Community. Each of the main characters is challenged in her faith as she seeks to do God's will in her life in regard to love and marriage. The stories are well-written with strong, lovable characters, good dialogue, twists to the plot, and a little humor amidst the romantic tension. Readers will quickly be caught up in the lives of each of the characters and their stories, hoping for things to turn out satisfactorily. The stories touch on a variety of life issues regarding love and marriage, including unexpected death, ready-made families, and non-traditional role expectations. I enjoyed reading about how each of the couples was able to overcome the obstacles in their relationships to find the happy-ever-after ending we readers like to see. I am looking forward to reading more from these authors and readers who enjoy Amish romance will not want to miss The Return to the Big Valley. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    First, let me say that although these stories take place in the Big Valley, where we first went through The Brides of Big Valley, each story is a standalone. All three Brunstetter authors wrote a story based in the yellow top community. I find it interesting, because so often we think all Amish communities are alike, but we learn here they aren’t. As well as unique communities, the characters in all three stories are also unique. An overnight mother of five. A woman who prefers hunting over quilt First, let me say that although these stories take place in the Big Valley, where we first went through The Brides of Big Valley, each story is a standalone. All three Brunstetter authors wrote a story based in the yellow top community. I find it interesting, because so often we think all Amish communities are alike, but we learn here they aren’t. As well as unique communities, the characters in all three stories are also unique. An overnight mother of five. A woman who prefers hunting over quilting. A widow who is acting OCD as she deals with her pain. Well developed characters who grow as they trust God, I enjoyed seeing their maturing process. What I noticed in this set of novellas is that all three authors have a similar writing style. Maybe a bit stiff for my preference but still well written. If you enjoy Amish fiction I recommend Return to the Big Valley. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Three novels in one about 3 different women with completely different circumstances. Love and faith are like that. It challenges our faith and gives a reader a behind the scenes on what faith looks like in different circumstances. Sometimes you see yourself and other times a longing of faith in community. I always enjoy a good Amish romance from the Brunstetter family. A special thank you to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Penmouse

    The Return to the Big Valley is your standard Amish genre fare. The stories are clean, wholesome and enjoyable to read if you like this type of writing. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    3 Amish women who have faced disappointments and have gone on to thrive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sally Mander

    RETURN TO THE BIG VALLEY: Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter Martha's Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter One thing that all readers of Amish fiction know is that any book that is written by a Brunstetter is going to be wonderful! This is a delightful collaboration by Wanda, her daughter-in-law Jean, and Wanda's granddaughter Richelle. Each of these three women has a unique take on living the wholesome Amish life. You won't be disappointed with this book. Highly reco RETURN TO THE BIG VALLEY: Wilma's Wish by Wanda Brunstetter Martha's Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter One thing that all readers of Amish fiction know is that any book that is written by a Brunstetter is going to be wonderful! This is a delightful collaboration by Wanda, her daughter-in-law Jean, and Wanda's granddaughter Richelle. Each of these three women has a unique take on living the wholesome Amish life. You won't be disappointed with this book. Highly recommend. Wilma wishes to be Israel Zook's wife more than anything, but when events beyond either of their's control occur, Wilma feels forced to make a difficult decision. Martha knows deep in her heart and soul that she is meant to remain in the Amish faith and community. She is considered a "tomboy" type of girl, which is unusual in the Amish community. She can cook and clean, she'd just rather be off in the great outdoors, appreciating what God has designed for us to enjoy. Alma is a newly widowed young woman who is suffering greatly after her beloved Michael was taken unexpectedly from her. A friend offers a place for her to come and visit to try to get her mind off of her loss. Deeply faith-oriented, things that don't seem to have much focus in today's world, but loved, all the same. #BarbourPublishing #barbourbooks #barbour was so kind to provide the complimentary copy of #returntothebigvalley I was under no obligation to post a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie McKee

    I've read other novella collections, as well as stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter, and I've always enjoyed them. I love collections like this, as the stories are quick reads and easy to fit into a busy day. This was no exception. Each story stands on its own and features a young Amish couple facing difficult decisions, Their struggles (including relationship and lifestyle choices) are relatable. I enjoyed the first story ("Wilma's Wish") the most. I had the hardest time connecting with the characte I've read other novella collections, as well as stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter, and I've always enjoyed them. I love collections like this, as the stories are quick reads and easy to fit into a busy day. This was no exception. Each story stands on its own and features a young Amish couple facing difficult decisions, Their struggles (including relationship and lifestyle choices) are relatable. I enjoyed the first story ("Wilma's Wish") the most. I had the hardest time connecting with the characters in the final story ("Alma's Acceptance"). There is a prior book, but they don't have to be read in order to be enjoyed. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    The Return to the Big Valley is a well written collection of three Amish novellas I enjoyed each selection. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter,Jean Brunstetter,Richelle Brunstetter The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance. Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter,Jean Brunstetter,Richelle Brunstetter The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance. Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving him to care for five young nephews who openly dislike Wilma, she has second thoughts of starting with a ready-made family and decides to call off the wedding. Can anything be done to restore the relationship, or will Israel seek another wife? Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love? Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter Alma Wengerd is a young widow who leaves her home in Kentucky to stay with friends in Pennsylvania. Soon she is speeding into a renewed romance with Elias Kurtz and raising the brows of the older church members. When Alma is waylaid by some unexpected news, could putting her happiness with Elias on hold be her only option? Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter This is Wilma Hostetler and Israel Zook's story. Reedsville, Pennsylvania Whew! I can’t believe how warm it is already this morning.” Wilma Hostetler fanned her face with one of the quilted pot holders she’d brought to her friend Deanna Yoder’s quilt shop, along with several other items she had recently made. For the past year, Wilma had been bringing quilted items here on consignment. Trying to keep up with demand kept her busy at home. “You’re right about the heat,” Deanna agreed. “And here it is only the last week of May. Just wait till summer hits and we have days with high humidity to go along with the sweltering heat.” Wilma placed several table runners on a shelf. “I am thankful for all the trees in my parents’ yard that shade our home. Without those, as well as the cross-draft we get through our open windows, it would feel much worse.” Lykens, Pennsylvania Israel sat on the front porch of his sister’s home, waiting for the boys to come out of the house and trying to sort through his disconcerting thoughts. He didn’t know how he had survived the ordeal of his sister’s funeral or the several days after that, but for the sake of the boys, he’d managed to pull himself together and somehow muddled through. Israel had been here for three weeks and would be taking the children home with him as soon as his driver arrived to pick them up. The boys, especially Mark, age twelve, and Ethan, who was ten, had made it clear that they didn’t want to go and continued to say they could live in their parents’ home and take care of their younger brothers, Josh, Nate, and Micah. They obviously had no concept of how impossible that would be, and Israel had grown tired of trying to reason with them. Last night he’d gathered his sister’s sons together and told the older ones to pack their suitcases, while he assisted the younger boys with theirs. Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love? This is Martha Yoder and Glen Swarey's story. It was the first week of May and Martha Yoder's life had become busier than ever. She flung back the sheets to make the bed in one of the guest rooms at the bed and breakfast her parents owned. How long will the Robertsons be staying here? Glen Swarey sat at one of the tables eating his lunch while looking over at a pretty young lady sitting with his friend Lori. He'd attended the firehouse barbecue benefit today and his friend Kevin Presley had joined him. Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter This is Alma Wengerd and Elias Kurtz's story. Nearly four weeks had passed since the graveside service and with the help of her family Alma had moved her possessions back to her childhood home. Keeping busy helped Alma avoid thinking about her great loss. While Alma appreciated the help of her parents and younger sister Makenzie it made her life more difficult in some ways. Elias Alma bolted to him. Oh my goodness . I can't believe it. Embracing Elias brought back so many memories with him and her eyes prickled with tears. I highly recommend. Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter,Jean Brunstetter,Richelle Brunstetter is a wonderful well written 5 star book. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Itkin

    Ms. Brunstetter along with other members of her family has written a delightful collection of three short stories. Wilma's Wish Wilma and Israel Zook have been courting for the last year and now with less than six months till their wedding, she can hardly wait. When Israel gets a call that his sister has died leaving five boys between the ages of three to twelve he has no choice but to go and get them. When he brings them home he realizes he must be responsible for them as they are his family. Wilm Ms. Brunstetter along with other members of her family has written a delightful collection of three short stories. Wilma's Wish Wilma and Israel Zook have been courting for the last year and now with less than six months till their wedding, she can hardly wait. When Israel gets a call that his sister has died leaving five boys between the ages of three to twelve he has no choice but to go and get them. When he brings them home he realizes he must be responsible for them as they are his family. Wilma although shocked had offered to help till he could find someone to watch the boys. The boys resent her and are afraid they might be looking at their new mother. When Wilma realizes after a few weeks, it is not going to work with this "ready-made family" she breaks up with Israel and calls off the wedding. Both Wilma and Israel are unhappy but as of now Israel must protect the boys and that is his number one priority. As fate steps in something cause Wilma to try and help the boys once again on a temporary basis. This time things seem to be different and she wonders if she made a mistake calling off the wedding. Martha's Miracle Martha Yoder is certainly not like any of the other Amish women love to hunt and fish and be outdoors. She enjoys spending time outside rather than quilting or things that most Amish women do. Although she has dated before none of the gentlemen are looking for a wife who is interested in things other than the house, cooking, and family. Glen Swarey meets her at the local firehouse barbecue benefit. They seem to hit it off and enjoy the outdoors and each other's company. After a short time he asks to court her and she agrees. She is not happy about him working in the Fire Department as it is a dangerous job and he also wants her to leave the Amish faith and join the English. After much thought and with a heavy heart, Martha breaks it off and says she does not want to become English and will remain Amish and stick with her faith. Both are not happy about the decision but that seems what is best. Several weeks later an unfortunate accident occurs and Glen has to rethink his life, values, and his faith. Will he give up the thought of being English and possibly have another chance with Martha? That is a decision they both will have to make. Alma's Acceptance Alma has become a widow after being married less than one year. She loved Michael and is having a hard time adjusting to life without him. Her friend Leila who she met with her husband on vacation suggests she come back to visit in Pennsylvania where the family was from. Alma was not happy when her parents had to move to be with her sick grandparents in Kentucky. Her parents agree it might be just the change she needs and encourage her to go. After some thought, she agrees. While staying with the Troyer's she meets up with Elias an old friend. She had known him since they were children and as she got older she had developed feelings for him. Since he never seemed interested in her in the same way, so when they moved to Kentucky she forgot about him. Now it seems when she sees him again, both of them have changed as he is interested in her and she is feeling the same, more than just friends. They are together for a few weeks and want to court her. Although she realizes she feels the same she is not sure it is a good idea as it is not even a year since her husband has passed. Elias is willing to wait but they decide to leave it up to the church. Life seems to be going well until she gets some unexpected news which changes everything and she breaks up with Elias. Will they be able to work

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    There are three wonderful stories within this book about forgiveness, pride, acceptance and following God’s plan for your life. Each story touches in subjects that we can all relate to. The authors fill us with hope as we visit Amish country. WILMA’S WISH Getting married should be an exciting time but for Wilma not so much. She has her hands full trying to take care of her fiancé’s five nephews while he is at work. The tragedy of losing their mother has really affected the boys. I could understan There are three wonderful stories within this book about forgiveness, pride, acceptance and following God’s plan for your life. Each story touches in subjects that we can all relate to. The authors fill us with hope as we visit Amish country. WILMA’S WISH Getting married should be an exciting time but for Wilma not so much. She has her hands full trying to take care of her fiancé’s five nephews while he is at work. The tragedy of losing their mother has really affected the boys. I could understand the pain they were going through. Poor Wilma may be in over her head as the boys become unruly and disrespectful. I loved reading how Wilma began to examine her heart and wonder if she had made the right decision. Israel loved her and she had walked away when he needed her the most. The author does a great job of illustrating pride in this beautiful story filled with family, love and forgiveness. MARTHA’S MIRACLE I really liked Martha and her zest for life. She loved hunting and fishing which was a bit unusual for an Amish woman. She works hard at her parents B&B but still tries to find time to sketch and be outdoors. Glen is a nice character who hopes to be a fireman someday. As Martha and Glen start dating little differences start to pull them apart. Glen isn’t interested in church and thinks maybe he wants to be English. Poor Martha knows that she can’t be with someone who isn’t equally yoked to her. Glen is a little prideful and doesn’t think he needs to pray about his situation but God always has a way to get our attention. The story centers around a theme of finding God and trusting Him. I like how Martha never wavered in her faith and continued to pray for Glen. In the midst of a tragedy Glen finds himself asking God for help. You could feel his burdens lifting and it was a nice part of the story to witness his transformation. Martha is someone I would like to be friends with. She has such a giving heart and her faith is steadfast. ALMA’S ACCEPTANCE Alma was hard to like at first. I know she is going through a difficult time after the loss of her husband but her attitude is horrible. She is very critical of others and corrects their mistakes without being kind. How would you feel if someone came to your home and pointed out the dust? I would be quite upset and feel embarrassed. Maybe staying with her friend for awhile will help her let her emotions out about her loss. People handle grief in different ways and Alma has decided to bottle it up and pretend she is fine. Seeing her old friend Elias again brings Alma something to be happy about. He seems to bring her out of her shell but she still holds back her feelings somewhat. I felt bad that many people were not happy with their relationship. After all Alma’s husband hasn’t been dead for very long. Are they rushing things? Has Alma really grieved for her husband? I loved the unexpected surprise the author throws into the story that Alma must face. God always has a plan for us and this story is a great example of trusting God. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    The Return to the Big Valley, is a trilogy by the best selling authors, in Amish genre, Wanda Brundstetter, her daughter, Jean Brunstetter and granddaughter, Richelle Brunstetter. All in one family, they each have very different writing styles and the more you read of their writings, the more you will appreciate each style. I have read many of their books/stories and really like the way each of them can turn a story into an endearing tale of human nature, human failings and humanity restored. Wi The Return to the Big Valley, is a trilogy by the best selling authors, in Amish genre, Wanda Brundstetter, her daughter, Jean Brunstetter and granddaughter, Richelle Brunstetter. All in one family, they each have very different writing styles and the more you read of their writings, the more you will appreciate each style. I have read many of their books/stories and really like the way each of them can turn a story into an endearing tale of human nature, human failings and humanity restored. Wilma's Wish will make you ponder on the fate of Wilma and her fiancee, Isreal. Isreal suddenly becomes the guardian of his 5 nephew and the trials begin for both him and Wilma. Pushed to the point of cancelling the wedding, Wilma doesn't seem to be coping well with taking care of these boys, as Isreal works. Who knows if this relationship can be saved and in all honesty, does Wilma want to save it? Martha's Miracle, is the second story, in this triple novella. Martha is her father's "son".....in loving what any Amish boy would love.....hunting, fishing, outside work, etc. Doesn't lend itself well to finding a husband for what mans wants a woman who can out fish or out hunt him?? But, along comes a man, Glen, who is teetering on leaving the faith and he has caught Martha's attention. But he has a car and is training to be a fireman....will the differences outweigh the likes....tough decisions to be made. Alma's Acceptance, the third novella, is written by the youngest Brunstetter....Richelle. Here is the story of Alma Wengerd who is a young widow. She has a friend in Belleville, PA, Leila Troyer, who asks Alma to come and stay with her and maybe start to heal from her loss. Alma seems to have a bit of OCD. She even packed all her cleaning supplies to take to Leila's and when she arrives, she starts not only to clean but to rearrange the house!! Alma seems to have a strange way of dealing with grief.....much to Leila's dismay!! Out of Alma's memories of years ago, comes a friend she once knew and cared about. Elias is still living in the same community and is pleasantly surprised to see Alma. Elias accepts Alma's quarks and foibles.. BUT, Alma has not been widowed long enough to start courting again and now the elders of the church are going to get involved. Sit back, grab a good refreshment, light a candle and enjoy the happenings in Big Valley....I did!!*I received a complimentary copy of The Return to the Big Valley through the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My positive review is not required.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Keren Herrera-Lyles

    As always I enjoy reading Amish stories, and Mrs. Wanda doesn't disappoint. In this second book of the Big Valley, we are introduced to three stories. One is Wilma's Wish. Where Wilma is all of a sudden presented to 5 full of energy boys that are the nephews of her sweetheart. But when things start going down, she decides to break her courtship with Israel. With her heart broken and still full of love for him, she tries to still help out only to find that with patience, love and a little of imagi As always I enjoy reading Amish stories, and Mrs. Wanda doesn't disappoint. In this second book of the Big Valley, we are introduced to three stories. One is Wilma's Wish. Where Wilma is all of a sudden presented to 5 full of energy boys that are the nephews of her sweetheart. But when things start going down, she decides to break her courtship with Israel. With her heart broken and still full of love for him, she tries to still help out only to find that with patience, love and a little of imagination her wish of being Israel fra will come true. It shows us to always pray and never lose hope in the one you love. In the second story, we are introduced to Martha's. She reminds me so much in a way of my sister when younger. Martha is out spoken, my sister quiet, but like a tomboy, like Martha. But Martha always unsure if she will meet someone like her or that likes how she is, keeps hoping in her heart to find that someone although she sets to be alone. But when a Amish boy enthusiastic about adventure meets her, they click. She keeps telling everyone they are friends, but her heart grows for him. But when an unexpected event happens Glen finds out that he is better to stay in a slow pace and join the church, something that brings hope for Martha and her miracle of someone like her to be her husband can come to a reality. The third story, Alma's Acceptance, shows us that sometimes what we think is best for us is truly not so. When she goes back to the Big Valley after her husband's passing, Alma struggles to feel better and leave her sadness behind. While keeping busy and cleaning everything insight. But when she sees her childhood friend again, both of them become attached again. And their hidden feelings for each other spark once again. But with the recent passing of her husband, everyone questions her. Eli, wants to be there for her, her friend and future husband. But when Alma finds out something, she pushes Eli away and feelings that that is best. And that Eli would just accept her because of being a good friend. But is when Eli speaks his heart to her that she realizes, that sometimes what we think is best for everyone, is sometimes not the best thing at all. I loved these three stories. They each had a message that tugged to me. I received an copy of the book for my honest thought. All comments here are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nyla

    Return to the Big Valley is a delightful collection of three novellas written in by the three Brunstetter authors, matriarch Wanda E Brunstetter, daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter, and granddaughter Richelle Brunstetter. These three gifted authors have joined together to each submit a novella for the Return to Big Valley book. It is simply wonderful. Wanda begins the series with Wilma's Wish. It was my favorite of the three stories although all three are great. This is the story of Wilma. Her fian Return to the Big Valley is a delightful collection of three novellas written in by the three Brunstetter authors, matriarch Wanda E Brunstetter, daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter, and granddaughter Richelle Brunstetter. These three gifted authors have joined together to each submit a novella for the Return to Big Valley book. It is simply wonderful. Wanda begins the series with Wilma's Wish. It was my favorite of the three stories although all three are great. This is the story of Wilma. Her fiancé receives tragic news and ends up with custody of his five young nephews. With tears, difficulty, and determination Wilma decides to care for the rowdy boys. This is filled with emotion and upheaval. My heart went out to Wilma, Israel, and the hurting boys. The characters are relatable and authentic. Wanda has a smooth style of writing that settles into a nice rhythm. I also learn an Amish word or two as she sprinkles them throughout her story. Novella two is Martha's Miracle written by Jean Brunstetter. This is a different story because Martha is not the typical Amish woman. Instead of being interested in things most Amish women are, Martha is more of an outdoors sportswoman. Hunting and fishing interest her more than work frolics and quilting. When a young man becomes interested in Martha, she must evaluate if he is the correct one for her. Alma's Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter closes the book. Alma’s husband has died, leaving her to return to her childhood community. After moving back to Big Valley, she happens to reconnect with an old friend she hadn't seen since her family moved to Kentucky when she was a young teen. She learns that he has never forgotten Alma, had a relationship with any other woman, or married anyone. This story has a twist that requires bishops from both communities conferring to put their heads together. I definitely recommend this collection of three novellas. I give it a combined rating of 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the stories and that each one had a recipe at the conclusion. A copy was provided by the author but these are my own words.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Wilma’sWish: Wilma and Israel are planning to marry and Wilma has already bought the material to make her wedding dress. Israel gets a call that his sister has passed away. He goes to where his sister lived and decides he is the one to raise her five sons, so he brings them home with him. Wilma tells him she will care for them while he works. After a while with them not listening to her and with them being so mean she decides that since they don’t like her she can’t marry Israel. Even though she Wilma’sWish: Wilma and Israel are planning to marry and Wilma has already bought the material to make her wedding dress. Israel gets a call that his sister has passed away. He goes to where his sister lived and decides he is the one to raise her five sons, so he brings them home with him. Wilma tells him she will care for them while he works. After a while with them not listening to her and with them being so mean she decides that since they don’t like her she can’t marry Israel. Even though she loves him very much she decides this is for the best. When all five boys get sick and she decides to go care for them so Israel can work. Will their illness bring Wilma and Israel back together or show them they are better being apart? Martha’s Miracle: Martha is a tomboy and she loves to fish and hunt. This makes it a problem for Martha to find a boyfriend. But Martha isn’t about to change for anyone. But Martha meets Glen and he likes that Martha loves to fish and hunt as he does also. They are the perfect match except Glen loves his car and he is leaning to live as the English does. But Martha wants to remain Amish so she breaks it off with Glen. Glen drives upon an accident and it makes him come to terms with a few things. Will this accident bring them back together or show them it is meant for them to be apart? Alma’s Acceptance: When Alma looses her husband in a terrible accident her dear friend back in Alma’s hometown asks her to come and stay with her for a visit. Her friend hopes this visit will help Alma in the grieving process. Alma soons run into her old friend Elias. They start get reacquainted and they realize they still have feelings for one another but they fear the church won’t allow them to court. They decide it is best to go meet with the bishops and hopefully get their approval. The bishops allow them to court but they must wait one year to marry. Soon after Alma starts having health issues and goes to the doctor. The doctor gives Alma some shocking news. Will this news tear them apart or will they overcome and stay together. One thing all these stories have in common is someone in all three stories has to learn to trust in the Lord.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Duell-Moore

    Do three women find love against a lot of obstacles? Wilma’sWish Wilma makes things and takes them to her friend’ s shop to be sold. She looking forward to her marriage to Israel Zook. He’s also looking forward to marring Wilma. He gets the news that his sister has died and left her five boys motherless. He sees it as his duty to go see to the boys and settle her affairs. And, find homes for the boys. He ends up bringing them back with but didn’t tell Wilma first. The cause her a lot of grief by ac Do three women find love against a lot of obstacles? Wilma’sWish Wilma makes things and takes them to her friend’ s shop to be sold. She looking forward to her marriage to Israel Zook. He’s also looking forward to marring Wilma. He gets the news that his sister has died and left her five boys motherless. He sees it as his duty to go see to the boys and settle her affairs. And, find homes for the boys. He ends up bringing them back with but didn’t tell Wilma first. The cause her a lot of grief by acting up while they are in her care. They don’t like her and they make it clear that they don’t. She finally has enough, quits and calls off the engagement. Does Wilma and Israel ever marry? What about the boys behavior? Martha’s Miracle Martha wasn’t one to do girly things, like cook and quilt. She’d rather be fishing or hunting. While she’s with a friend she meets, Glen. He is intrigued with her. He has no interest in church and is thinking about leaving the faith. He wants to be a fireman, not work in the family store. They start courting but she calls it off when she finds out he’s seriously thinking of going English. Does he decide to go English? Did he and Martha get back together? Alma’sAcceptance Alma has lost her husband to fall from the roof of their house. She keeps doing things to keep herself busy. Then, friend invites her stay with her family for as long as she needs. She takes her up on it and meets an old childhood friend, Elias, she had feelings for before she moved at 16. While at friend’s she cleans and rearranges things. She even brought her own cleaning supplies. She and Elias want to have a courtship but everyone is against it. They think it’s too soon after her husband’s death. They are determined to be together until Alma finds out about some news. She calls the courtship off and goes home to her parents. Do they get back together? Do they continue thier courtship from afar?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    The Return to the Big Valley by Wanda Brunstetter is an emotion-filled story of two young Amish adults living in Reedsville, Pennsylvania, who have some life-changing decisions to make. Wilma Hostetler enjoys quilting and sells many of her creations on consignment in a quilt shop owned by her friend, Deanna Yoder. Wilma has been engaged to marry Israel Zook whom she loves deeply and is anxious to marry. Wilma looks forward to the time when she will have her own home to manage and when she and Isr The Return to the Big Valley by Wanda Brunstetter is an emotion-filled story of two young Amish adults living in Reedsville, Pennsylvania, who have some life-changing decisions to make. Wilma Hostetler enjoys quilting and sells many of her creations on consignment in a quilt shop owned by her friend, Deanna Yoder. Wilma has been engaged to marry Israel Zook whom she loves deeply and is anxious to marry. Wilma looks forward to the time when she will have her own home to manage and when she and Israel have their own family. Israel Zook feels there isn’t another woman in the world to be his wife except for Wilma Hostetler whom he loves and is anxious for their wedding date to arrive. Israel works for a construction company in Belleville and hires a driver to take him to and from work each day. One day at work, Israel receives a life-changing message. His widowed sister, Kathryn, has been kicked in the head by a horse and has died. Kathryn has left 5 young sons, ranging in age from 3 to 12, with no one to care for them. Israel accepts the responsibility of taking in the 5 young boys to raise and care for in his own home. Wilma agrees to watch the boys while Israel is at work, but sparks fly between the undisciplined and disobedient boys and Wilma. In her exasperation and fatigue, Wilma tells Israel she can no longer care for the boys; and she sadly calls off the wedding to Israel. Can Israel and Wilma resolve this situation? What will happen to Israel’s young nephews? What will Wilma’s family and friends encourage her to do? I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it, as I am sure other readers will enjoy it too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

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