Struggling to find common ground in their marriage, Jeff and Rhonda Davis move to Walnut Creek when the perfect house opens up. Desiring to get back the love that once burned bright, they hope spending quality time in an ideal town will be the solution. When Jeff meets Orley and Lois Troyer in their Amish-owned antique store, it's as if God orchestrated the perfect couple to befriend them.
This was a heart-warming story of lasting friendships, relationship restoration, and a return to a faith both Jeff and Rhonda had years before. I enjoyed the mentorship Orley and Lois extended, and the demonstration of what a Godly marriage looks like. In spite of past heartaches and trials for both couples, I really like the wisdom Lois shared with Rhonda: “I had to be willing to accept life with its conditions and on its terms not my own...I decided that my life was a gift from God and was not dependent on any of the things I had once thought were the source of happiness. It's about being able to accept the bitter and sweet parts of life.” ~pg 238
Wanda Brunstetter has a way of creating characters you come to care about and a gentle faith to guide them. I think the epilogue was my favorite part! Watching God work in Jeff and Rhonda's heart to bond them closer together and find their way back to each other was the highlight for me. Fans of Brunstetter will hopefully enjoy this as much as I did! I love that it's her first contemporary and a great start to a new series.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *
Book 1 in the Creektown Discoveries Series from NYT Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter
An Antique Store Becomes a Place of Healing for Broken Hearts
Welcome to Walnut Creek, Ohio, where Orley and Lois Troyer own an antique store they call “Memory Keepers.” Though knowledgeable in antiques and their repair, their real talent is in mentoring folks who are hurting and don’t even know it. Enter Jeff, a restaurateur, and Rhonda, a hotel manager, who recently moved to Amish country for the slow pace, but the change of scenery puts even more stress on their already strained marriage. Will an antique sled be the last straw, or will it lead to unexpected revelations and the fulfillment of dreams?