Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter [Review & Giveaway] published by Shiloh an imprint of Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 9781624167485
Softcover $15.99

My thoughts:  It has been awhile since I read one of Wanda Brunstetter's books. Her books are always gentle reads, clean, and filled with heart warming Christian tenets that aid in straightening out lives of flawed characters.

The two feminine protagonists, Michelle and Sara, have lived prior to the opening pages of The Forgiving Jar lives vastly different from the Amish whose community they have now embedded themselves. They are lying, deceitful, spiteful, and a host of other unpleasant characteristics that really made me dislike them. 

As they go about living within the confines of the grandparent's Amish home and associating in church, work, and social events with the Amish they see and envy the peace that these dear folks have.

There are sweet romances in the story and there are times of sorrow. The need for and act of forgiveness are uppermost in this read. Ms. Brunstetter has penned another story that her followers will love.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. 

About the book: What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)

About the author: New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at

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