Ive read quite a few Amish books by Kathleen Fuller and WRITTEN IN LOVE is exactly why I love her stories! WRITTEN IN LOVE is the first book in the Amish Letters series. After reading WRITTEN IN LOVE I will read every book Kathleen Fuller has written. I instantly felt like I was sitting in Birch Creek, Ohio helping Phoebe try and figure out what direction her life was heading to. WRITTEN IN LOVE is filled with just as much hope as it is with uncertain feelings. My emotions were all over the place while reading and I was even holding my breath at some parts that I was afraid to keep going. How much more heartache and grief could Phoebe put up with?
WRITTEN IN LOVE is filled with struggling with the choices we have to make and once you start reading, it will be impossible to put down. Phoebe receives a letter addressed to someone else. Instead of throwing it out, she mails it back to it’s sender. Jalon responds back to her and their friendship begins through letters. Keep the tissues close by because this will be one heck of an emotional journey. Phoebe is a young woman with a child and lives with an aunt who is very strict. Will Phoebe ever find her place in the world and be happy once again? Kathleen Fuller does a wonderful job of teaching the reader what Phoebe is going through. Kathleen Fuller normally writes Amish Fiction, but let me tell you, she really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author.
“‘Dear Mr. Chupp’ – with those three words, a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.” (back cover) WRITTEN IN LOVE is filled with likable and relatable characters that will find their way into the reader’s heart. Kathleen has a way of grabbing your heart and just squeezing it until you swear it is going to burst. Then she hands it back to you, slightly bruised but still in tact. How an author can do that is beyond me, but I love when it happens. WRITTEN IN LOVE is going to stay in my heart for a long time to come. My heart is still aching for Phoebe after all she went through when her world came crashing down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
When real life isn’t as ideal as the picture painted in letters, can two young people set aside the images they created and learn to love each other’s true selves?
Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. As he sees other members of his close-knit Amish community marry and start families, he thinks he may be ready to follow that same path. Remembering a girl he grew up with, Phoebe Bontrager, who moved to Indiana a few years ago, he writes her a letter, striking up a pen pal relationship. But when he invites her to visit him in Birch Creek, Ohio, she resists.
Phoebe has kept her relationship with Jalon a secret, knowing her parents wouldn’t approve of the man with a troubled past. When her mother plays matchmaker, Phoebe sneaks away to Birch Creek and stays with her older brother Asa and his new wife, Abigail. As Phoebe and Jalon spend more time together, they discover they have misrepresented themselves in their letters and begin to worry that maybe their relationship was not meant to be. In order to reach past the perfect images they created in their letters, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could imagine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.
Kathleen Fuller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently lives in Geneva, Ohio. Fuller has been married to James for 21 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) She started writing in 2000, and published her first short story a year later. Fuller has a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A few of her favorite things: her relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did we mention chocolate?
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