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    THE HOPE JAR

    THE HOPE JAR by Wanda Brunstetter Delightful beginning to a new series "The Prayer Jars" book 1 We meet Sara, having lost her mother at a young age, and the memories of going thru her personal boxes. Still hadn’t found the Bible her mother mentioned before dying, a letter inside for her, why didn’t she tell me instead. A name on back of the letter, she could write them, and see if she could visit, her mother’s parents. Michelle down and out and wondering where money would come from. She could go visit her foster parents. The new boyfriend had a temper, and that reminded her of parents, before being removed from them.Waiting to buy a bus ticket, an older couple mistake her as the sender of the letter, would she go home to them. They were Amish knowing they wouldn’t be asking a lot of questions, and give her some time of what to do next. A home she never had, and didn’t want to leave, until knowing the real Sara would be coming. Could she leave, or would they want two young girls to stay, and except the warmth and love of this older couple. A touching story, of a home , and love these two girls needed in their lives. Given ARC by Net Galley and Barbour for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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    The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

    The Hope Jar #1 The Prayer Jars by Wanda E. Brunstetter My favorite characters in this story are the grandparents, Willis and Mary Ruth Lapp. They welcomed their “granddaughter” into their home, lives and hearts with open arms. I dreaded the time they would learn the truth about the young woman staying with them. I was rather disappointed that almost the whole book revolved around the lies and deceit of the young woman and hoped to see more of the “hope” from the hope jar incorporated more into the story-line. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/Barbour publishing (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
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    Great beginning to new series by a favorite author

    The Hope Jar by much-loved author Wanda Brunstetter is the first book in her new series, The Prayer Jars. If the rest of the books in the series are as good as the first, this reader can't wait to read the next one. I loved the characters --strong, resilient, and realistic with a depth to their emotions, strengths, and foibles that readers will connect well with. Mary Ruth and Willis Lapp, trusting and compassionate. Michelle, deceitful and yet with a difficult life to contend with. Sara, grieving and desperate to find the family she never knew existed. The Hope Jar is a beautifully captivating story of an unexpected family, mistaken identity, loss, finding faith, and a little romance too. When I was getting close to the end of the book I wondered how the author was going to resolve some of the issues and relationships in the few pages I had left to read. Well, she didn't. She left a bit of a cliffhanger and I have to wait to read The Forgiving Jar! You won't want to miss this sweet Amish romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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    The Hope Jar

    Enjoyable story. The characters blended throughout the story, different worlds and beliefs yet kindness and forgiveness.
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    There's always hope!

    Wanda E Brunstetter did a VERY good job with this book. I couldn't put it down. Michelle Taylor is virtually homeless, she runs away from an abusive relationship and is waiting at the bus station to purchase a bus ticket to Anywhere else. She is mistakenly identified as an Amish couple's long lost, unknown granddaughter, Sara Murray. Having no one else to turn to and nowhere to go, she lets them assume she's their relative. Willis and Mary Ruth Lapp are Amish. Their only child, a daughter named Rhoda, ran away from home when she was a teenager and never returned to them. One day, they get a letter from Sara Murray, claiming to be the grandchild they've never known. They were saddened to learn that their daughter Rhoda has passed away, but excited about meeting their granddaughter. After Michelle arrives, she begins to take on small chores to help out the Lapp's, also so she can learn more about becoming Amish. She finds a jar in the cellar that has all sorts of messages in it. There's prayers and questions (for God). Michelle hasn't been introduced to God or Jesus in her life, living in the foster system. She starts wondering who left the jar full of hopes, and why. Ezekiel and Brad are young Christian men whom Michelle encounters in her new life, living with the Lapps. She decides that she could love either one of them. It's a charming story, it was never answered who wrote the notes in the hope jars. Or, who is Sara's father. Maybe it will be answered in the next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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