If you lost someone so close to you that just thinking about them makes breathing painful, how would you cope? Would you keep your memories close to your heart, sealed away in a jar, never sharing them? Well, this is exactly what Sarah Shelter has been doing. Storing away her memories of her very best friend Patty, who tragically drowned. Sarah may be still grieving hard but her heart does soar when she is baking her delicious cupcakes. Creating beautiful cupcakes is her passion, which brings some joy and happiness to our sad heroine. At her age she would have thought she and Patty would each be married and starting families. Instead, she has the painful reminder that she could not save her best friend. Every year bachelors from all over come to Montana for hunting and possibly to find a bride. Jathan Schrock has traveled from Ohio to sort through his life. It will do his soul some good….hunting, freedom and time to figure out where he his life is going. When he lays eyes on Sarah he knows she is something special but senses a deep sadness about her. A grieving young woman and a man trying to find his way are brought together by a hiking trip gone awry…..each one will be deeply impacted by the other and their lives will never be the same…..
The Memory Jar is such an endearing, heartfelt story. How one chooses to deal with grief can either make or break them. Sarah holds the memories of Patty so closely guarded that she can’t see the joy that it will bring her to talk freely about their friendship. To keep one’s grief suppressed can be stifling and Tricia writes the emotional turmoil that Sarah is experiencing beautifully. Yes…I cried! I love the idea of a memory jar. This would be a great project to help someone express their love for a lost loved one. Trinkets and little objects that remind them of special times….a perfect way to keep the memories close by. Waiting for you to open them and set them free….
This book was provided to me from Zondervan via NetGalley for review purposes.
The Heart’s Journey by Barbara Cameron is the second book in the Stitches in Time series. Naomi is to be married and should be elated but she is filled with dread. John her fiancé has turned into quite the control freak. He is constantly checking up in her and has even forcefully grabbed her arm during an argument. Naomi is at a breaking point unsure if she should marry John. On a whim she decides to accompany her grandmother to Pinecraft, Florida. This news does not sit well with John especially when he finds out that Nick, their English driver, will be taking them to Florida. Naomi believes this trip will give her chance to clear her mind and reevaluate her relationship with John. During the long trip, Nick and Naomi begin to realize that their friendship may be more than they are willing to admit. Where will Naomi’s heart lead her and will she listen……
You are pulled right into the story from page one and your fingers will be crossed hoping Naomi will make the right decision. I like how this book deals with real issues that can happen to anyone. Barbara does a great job making the reader feel connected to Naomi and you feel how hard she is struggling with her decision to marry John. She often makes excuses for him in hopes that he will change. Nine times out of ten they don’t. Simply put John is a big bully who will really get under your skin! Pinecraft is on my lists of “places I want to go” so I was delighted that a majority of the book takes place there. I really would love to open my door and pick an orange for breakfast! Overall this book is a great read that deals with a heavy subject matter but doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed with the topic. The Heart’s Journey is filled with wonderful characters, romance and a compelling storyline…..what’s not to like?
This book was provided to me from Abingdon Press via NetGalley for review.
My day started out bright and early today. I went to Miller’s Dutch Kitch’n where I divulged in a heaping helping of sausage gravy and biscuits accompanied by a potato cake. And don’t forget the steaming hot cup of coffee that was practically good because it was freezing this morning! I rarely sleep in, which makes me feel as though I have accomplished a lot during my day. We returned home with time on our hands and I was able to review three books. Fist pump for me!
The afternoon proved to be just as tasty as my morning. There is a new Amish community near my house that has really taken off, so we decided to take a cruise and try out a bulk food store called Mill’s. Boy I am glad we did! I bought a pumpkin, tomatoes, licorice, chips, and a pound of ham all for nine dollars. Now that’s a bargain. I am pretty sure we are going to be repeat customers. My husband was very impressed with their prices, especially since he got his favorite kind of ham at such a low price. Two dollars and twenty-three cents! They sell items that they have made and also Walnut Creek merchandise. Such a neat little store. A family was out in their yard, and it looked like they might be getting ready for a barbecue or least it smelled that way. Maybe it was one last summer shindig before the snow puppies start to fly. Along the way I couldn’t help but notice how peaceful the area is. It’s very rural which is a plus because Holmes County can get extremely busy! Peace and quiet: Isn’t that what we all would like?