Saturday, November 12, 2011

"The Healing"
(Kentucky Brothers)
Wanda E. Brunstetter

“The Healing” (Kentucky Brothers) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

This book is second in a series of the Kentucky Brothers.  This book picks up where The Journey (Kentucky Brothers) left off.  I read this book as a stand alone book, not reading the first book and had no problem picking up however the first book left off and how this second book picks up.  It is very easily read as a stand alone.  There are many references to the first book which helps tremendously. 
This book starts off in Paradise, Pennsylvania, with our main character named Samuel has just lost his wife, Elsie, and their unborn baby in an accident inside their own home.  Elsie fell down a staircase and died.  Samuel cannot get over the grief of her death.  It is so bad he goes into a very deep depression.  His only hope he can see is to move to his brother, Titus’ house in Kentucky.  His family in Pennsylvania gives him a little heat as the only family he has in Kentucky is his brother, Titus.  This is where Titus will live until he can find his own place, only problem is he has four children that will need to move in with them all.  Titus has a 3 bedroom home, which is not very large for everyone.  Titus and Suzanne are not married yet.  When Samuel arrives, he finds a woman by the name of Esther is more than willing to watch his children for him while he goes out to work.  Esther falls in love with Samuel’s children, and even starts to fall in love with Samuel.  Will Samuel fall in love with Esther when all he can still focus on is his dead wife, Elsie?  In the meantime, an Englischer, Bonnie hires Samuel to work on an old farmhouse of her grandparents she wants to refurnish into a Bed and Breakfast.  Esther starts to wonder if Samuel is falling in love with her, as he is over at his house so much.  Hmmm?  Just who will Samuel fall in love with, or will his deep depression prevent him from ever overcoming Elsie’s and his unborn child’s death?
I think this book was easy to second guess what would happen next.  Brunstetter does throw a loop in the book, but it wasn’t till it was towards the end.  The loop went too quickly and was predictable.  You will have to read for yourself and see if you agree with me!  It is a worthwhile read for Amish Fiction, as it was still very enjoyable.  It is always nice to escape into these books and get away from it all back to the Simple Life.
I received this book for “FREE” from Barbour Books, through NetGalley, through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read and write a review about this book.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Author:

 From Amazon:
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 50 books with more than 5 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture… Read more 

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***One quick note here!  You may be thinking I’ve had a LOT of Amish Fiction reviews lately!  I have!  I belong to the 2011 Amish Reading Challeng!  You can find it here: which is hosted by “Reviews by Molly”!  You can still join in!  We must read 15 or MORE Amish books for the year 2011!  I have to see where I am now and how many more I will have to read before the end of the year.  I do have 4 more from NetGalley I have to finish up, so be prepared for MORE!  At least 4, anyway, regardless of how many I have or have not read by the end of the year!  Any of you belong to this?  Send me an email at laurieisreading at gmail dot com if you are and talk to me!  See you soon! Hey - guess what book I just got from NetGalley?  "An AmishWedding" by Beth Wiseman!  I was SO hoping NetGalley had this book, and they do!!  I'm SO happy!  I'll be back in the future with 'this' review!  Thanks for reading!


  1. Thank you for the review. I do love Amish fiction. I appreciate that even though you saw some things coming you can still describe it as enjoyable. This definitely will help me in my own purchasing decision. :)

  2. I have read some of Wanda's books and found them a bit predictable but enjoyable. I notice that she always has a lot of accidents and mishaps in her stories. Thanks for sharing an insightful review with your blog readers.


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