Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Time to Heal - Barbara Cameron

Summary from Good Reads: Christopher Matlock is a weary and wounded ex-soldier who just wants some peace in his life, but then he meets Hannah Bontrager, a gentle, pacifist Amish woman who turns his world upside down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm, Christopher finally finds peace in this simple community helping with the crops. He expects resistance from the Amish but is appalled when he and Hannah experience threats. When he discovers who his enemy is, he realizes he must stay and reveal a secret that could take away everything.

Christopher Matlock heads to Paradise, PA with hopes to speak with Jenny Bontrager.  He met her in the veteran's hospital when she was recovering from surgery in the last book.  Once Chris arrives, he starts helping out on the family farm during harvest.  He falls in love with the tight family bonds, the community, the way of living and even with Hannah.  Some unusual things start happening on the farm and he begins to question if his past has caught up with him.  Will he stay in Paradise or leave to save the family from any future danger?

I really enjoyed getting back in touch with these characters.  I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book after reading A Time To Love.  This books focused on Hannah as she began to wonder if she would ever marry.  Although Chris is an Englisher, they have a special connection.  I really enjoyed seeing Hannah grow and the decisions she makes along the way.

I love this series!  Barbara Cameron is a wonderful author who has a strong character development.  Her writing style makes you feel like you are there and part of the family.  I am looking forward to reading the third book of this series as soon as it is available!

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