About the Book
Book: Trusting Her Amish Heart
Author: Cathy Liggett
Genre: Amish Inspirational Romance
Release date: August 1, 2022
Her heart may learn to love again…
But can it trust?
Running from betrayal, Leah Zook finds purpose caring for the older owner of an Amish horse farm. But when he’s injured and his estranged son returns home looking for redemption, Leah’s resolve is tested. The mysterious Zach Graber has all the power to fix the run-down farm— and Leah’s locked-down heart. But together will they be strong enough to withstand his secret…and hers?
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About the Author
ACFW award-winning author Cathy Liggett is an Ohio girl who never dreamed writing would take her across the world and to Amish country, too. But she’s learned God’s plans for our lives are often more creative than the ones we imagine for ourselves. That includes meeting her husband at a high school reunion and marrying three months later–forty years ago. Together, they enjoy visiting kids and grandkids, and spoiling their pup Chaz. Visit her: www.cathyliggett.com
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Trust. It’s a small word with huge implications, isn’t it?
When I think of trust, the first thing that comes to mind is our dog Chaz. We – or rather she – rescued us when she was a little over one year old. At the time she first came into our home the poor pup was too scared to even sleep. She’d start to doze off, then jerk and open her eyes, looking all around trying her utmost to stay on guard. Now, at 13 years old, our furry gal has cushy dog beds in every room in the house. Which makes perfect sense since she undoubtedly rules our roost. It’s been our joy to be able to spoil her all these years. But I have to say, Chaz isn’t the only one who has had trust issues.
While penning Leah and Zach’s story, I was so happy because it took me back to Sugarcreek, and not just in spirit or through sweet memories. As it happened, my critique partners (and dear friends) decided Ohio Amish country would be the perfect spot for a writing retreat. How could I disagree?
In the four days we spent in a rustic cabin we got ideas flushed out and chapters written too. But we also laughed, shared, celebrated, and ate more snacks and sweets than we should have.
I’m telling you this because coming home I thought how the chance to know and share with these special women may have never happened. Many years ago, I almost didn’t say ‘yes’ to their invitation to join their critique group. I’d been working in a creative field but writing a book was something new, and they were so far ahead of me. Can I tell you that as I sit typing this, that I’m so thankful I shared my writing and myself with them?
As just noted, like Leah and Zach, I know it’s not always easy to open up and to trust. But, also like the two of them, I’ve learned when I do trust God and the special people (and pups) He sends into my life, those relationships can be beyond rewarding.
Oh! And lastly – if you’re in the mood for something sweet like the characters in this book, here’s the recipe for the “Chocolate Chip Cake” they all raved about. It’s quick, easy and delicious. Trust me!
Chocolate Chip Cake
1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
½ cup oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package vanilla instant pudding
6 oz. package of chocolate chips
4 oz. bar of Baker’s German Chocolate grated
3 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
Floured tube pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan and line bottom with wax paper.
Set aside 3 Tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar. Mix everything else together except for chocolate.
After mixed, fold in all chocolate chips and ¾ of the grated German chocolate.
Add to pan and bake for 1 hour (a little prior to 1 hour, check for doneness).
Mix the remaining ¼ of the grated German chocolate with the 3 Tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar. Sprinkle this chocolate sugar mixture on top of cake. Bake 3-4 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and cool thoroughly. Remove from pan.
This has been a nice story that examines relationships. I especially liked learning more about Zach and why he left home so suddenly. When he returns several years later to help his dad out he wants to mend their relationship. We slowly see why he left and how his dad is slow to forgive him. I really enjoyed watching these two interact with each other. It reminds me of the story from the Bible about the prodigal son. However the father in this story isn’t as welcoming as the one in the Bible. The author illustrates how pride can interfere and cause tension when a relationship has been damaged.
Leah is a very giving person. All her life she has cared for others and never once complained. The hurt she experienced from her ex-fiancé has caused her to be cautious of building a new relationship. I cheered for Leah as she began to open up a little to Zach and how she encouraged him to not give up on his reconciliation with his dad. She is very compassionate and shows grace to others. Will she learn to trust again after something that hurt her deeply?
When secrets between Zach and Leah start to be exposed the author shows us how important it is to be honest with others. I liked how these two discover that they have been afraid of allowing each other into their lives for fear of rejection. With Zach’s secret it affects his father in a big way. How will he explain to his dad what he wants to do with the farm? Will it cause them to drift further apart? Leah admits that her eye sight is becoming a problem and is afraid to tell Zach for fear he won’t want to be around her. What a great example the author has given us. We need to learn to swallow our pride and let others into our lives. When we learn to trust others we can begin to allow God to help us. As we turn away from people, we allow division to separate us from others as well as God.
This has been a good book to learn about trust and forgiveness. The relationships between father and son are repairable if they forgive each other and begin to see how important family is. Leah has a journey that will find her on a road to trusting God to heal her eyesight. “The Lord does provide healing in many ways, doesn’t He? If we’re open to it, that is.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Cathy, the chocolate chip cake sounds delicious and Trusting Her Amish Heart sounds like a wonderful book to read! Thanks for sharing them with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Have a sunshiny day!
Thank you for sharing a recipe! I’m writing it down to try!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a wonderful book! And that recipe sounds delicious.ReplyDelete
I enjoy Amish fiction, and this story sounds wonderful with all the faith lessons.ReplyDelete
I hope everyone is having an excellent week!ReplyDelete
I would love to read this book with my bestie!ReplyDelete
Who is your favorite author?ReplyDelete
What is your favorite holiday? (Also, thank you to Texas Bookaholic for having a beautiful blog that is easy to navigate)ReplyDelete
I would like to see how things play out for the characters. And I hope for a HEAReplyDelete
Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend?ReplyDelete