Friday, July 17, 2015

Made with Love (The Pinecraft Pie Shop #1) by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore

Title: Made with Love (The Pinecraft Pie Shop #1)
Author: Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Lovina Miller should be thrilled. Pinecraft, Florida, has everything a young Amish woman could ask for: sun, sand, volleyball games, and evening singings in the park. But Pinecraft lacks the one thing Lovina desperately wants – a pie shop of her own. She longs for a place to gather with the community and serve the treat she loves.

     A young carpenter named Noah Yoder strolls into her life and offers a way to make her dream come true. But before Noah and Lovina can build a shop – and a life – together, they must each face heartaches from the past. Is their new love stronger than their regrets?

     Find inspiration, romance, and authentic Amish recipes for everyone’s favorite food – pie!

My review:

     This is a very sweet Amish novel!

     I really enjoyed meeting Lovina Miller, Noah Yoder and all of the rest of the characters in this book. Both Lovina and Noah are incredibly well developed and they each have many layers to their personalities. Lovina seemed to be a very simple and easy to understand woman at the beginning. Later in the book though, we are shown some memories of comments that wounded her many years ago, that have still been affecting her. Noah, on the other hand, in introduced along with a glimpse into his past and the baggage that he carries from it, from very early on in the story. More details about it are slowly revealed throughout the story though.

     I am already looking forward to the other books that will be written in this series. There are so many secondary characters, including Lovina’s four sisters that I would like to see a story with them in the spotlight. They have so much potential for development.

     There were a number of subjects that were explored as Lovina, Noah, and others learned more about God. Some of them include: second chances, God’s love and acceptance, and trusting God. I feel that this book not only entertained me but it also challenged me to grow in my own relationship with God.

     Added on to the end of each chapter is a wonderful recipe for something that was eaten during that chapter. If I wasn’t concerned about all the calories I would be tempted to try a number of them.

     I am recommending this wonderful book and giving it a 5 star rating.

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