Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review-Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Upon a Spring Breeze
By:  Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Zondervan

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Bess Weaver at the age of twenty found out just how quickly life can change.  One moment she is preparing stew for her beloved Caleb and contemplating the birth of their first child, when suddenly a tragic accident thrusts her into widowhood and a season of doubt.  As she struggles to deal with Gott’s will and build a new life for her son, Joshua, without her husband, she finds herself working at an Englisch bed and breakfast, but the advances of the owners son, is not acceptable to the Amish community.  The community rally’s around her to show her she must stay true to her faith and surrender to God’s plan.

Aidan Graber, Caleb’s dearest friend, finds himself guilt-ridden because he feels responsible for Caleb’s death…If he hadn’t sent Caleb to the store…he might still be alive.   Aidan has also had feelings for Bess longer than he can remember.  As Caleb lay dying in his arms, he promised him he would look after Bess and his child…but will Bess let him?

Although this is the first book I have read by Kelly Irvin, it won’t be my last.  By the end of the first page, I knew it would be hard for me to put the book down. Irvin weaves a story showing faith put to the test in seemingly unsurmountable situations.  She also shows that these situations can happen to anyone…even the seasoned Christian.  As I read Bess’ story, my heart ached because of the despair she felt in not being able to understand and accept her husband’s death as God’s will.  She knew from her teaching it was sinful to doubt, but her heart was broken.  Also from the standpoint of a new mother, she didn’t think because she was Amish that she was supposed to admit to depression.  She didn’t think Plain people suffered from it.  Even though her journey was difficult, with friends and family to support her, she was able to realize that God was patiently waiting for her to accept his love, grace and belief that His plan for her future was best.  This book is filled with love, forgiveness, acceptance and grace.   As you read it…just keep the tissues handy.  It will definitely tug at your heart strings.

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