Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Book Review: The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer

About the Book: Book One in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series

Every year, 30-40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love.  Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

My Thoughts:  This book delves deep into the very personal subject of death and dealing with the hurt and loss that goes with it.  Very few people deal with grief in a healthy way throughout the entirety of the journey and this book deals with one of the ways we can staunch our grief instead of working through it.  

The budding relationship between Jathan and Sarah is also filled with more depth than you'd first expect as they each need to deal with their differing expectations and hopes, as well as differences in their family values and faith - even though they both come from similar backgrounds.

The story was very well written and I look forward to reading more books from this series!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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