Tuesday, December 12, 2017




Seeds of Hope (Gilead, November 2017)
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows–and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
Barbara Cameron


Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.


I remember when I was younger and had this huge crush on a guy in our school. We lived in the same neighborhood and our families knew each other. He was such a nice guy and we became boyfriend and girlfriend. Through the years we continued to date but one day , he told me his family was moving across town. My heart was shattered. I knew our lives were going in different directions. I hoped that some day we would get back together, but it never happened. We lost touch and I sometimes wonder what happened to him. 

This story reminds me so much of me when I was in love as a teen. Miriam was very easy to relate to. She has been in love with Mark since they were teens as well. Her hopes of a future with him faded when she knew that they couldn’t be together. Being with an Englisher is not allowed in her community. I loved how she still visited Mark’s granddad and took care of him. Her dedication to teaching was so evident by her compassion for the children she taught. It’s funny, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up as well. The author has created a beautiful story of two people who grew apart but never forgot each other. 

Mark is a very driven person and successful as an attorney. I liked how he gave everything he had to defend his clients. He still keeps in touch with his granddad who he cares deeply for. When he receives a letter to come home to his granddad’s farm, he takes off to see if everything is ok. It was so heartwarming to read how excited Mark’s grandfather was to have him home. As Mark stays at the farm, he slowly begins to feel a stirring inside. Has he missed bring Amish? Will he rekindle his relationship with Miriam? 

The story warms your heart and gives hope to those who seek answers to their future. I loved how the characters trusted God and turned to Him when they needed help. The scriptures throughout the book are perfect for the story. A farmer plants seeds with hope that it will grow and produce. What seeds have been planted in your life? 

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

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