Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Simple Change - Fiction, Historical

A Simple Change
Home to Amana Series
By Judith Miller

Jancey Rhoder loves teaching the young orphans at the Kansas City Charity Home, where she donates her time each day.  Her evenings are spent helping her father care for her terminally ill mother.  Jancey is shocked when her parents suddenly announce their intention to move back to the Amana colonies in Iowa where they were raised.  She must decide if she will leave the city, the children, and her steady beau to begin a totally different way of life.  The desire to be with her mother during the late stages of her illness secures her decision to leave her childhood home and begin anew.  While Jancey anticipated many changes in her way of life, she never planned on losing her heart to a young man in the colonies.  But, when her Kansas City beau shows up determined to win her back and take her home, Jancey must decide where her heart and future lie – will she leave for the familiar life she had, or stay and live the simple life of the Amana colonies?

I have really enjoyed the Judith Miller books I have read previously, and this one was no exception. I have not read the first of Miller’s “Home to Amana” series, but I was not lost reading this book.  It seems the stories are independent reads.  The storyline is well developed and easy to follow.  The turns and twists of the book keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.  I like how the authors depicts Jancey as having previously trusted God, but she still struggles to depend on Him for her needs, and wait on His timing for her life.  It is a battle with which many Christians can identify.  Overall I give this book and A – an interesting and enjoyable Christian fiction read. 

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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