Monday, October 17, 2011

Book Review: The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

Eli Detweiler and Katie Ann Stoltzfus are at two very different stages in their lives even though they are around the same age. Eli has six children that he has spent several years raising by himself since the death of his wife; Katie Ann has recently become a mother. Eli has had many years to grieve the death of his wife; Katie Ann’s husband had an affair with another woman and died shortly after that relationship started, making her a widow. Eli and Katie Ann struggle with what they feel for each other in their hearts and they try to create boundaries to keep their relationship from getting serious because they seem to both be on different paths in their lives.

I was totally absorbed in this story about Eli and Katie Ann. It was hard to tell throughout the story whether or not Eli and Katie Ann would be able to stick with the boundaries they created to keep their relationship at the friendship level.

It is rare to see a man who doesn’t get married immediately or soon after the death or break-up of a spouse. That kind of a man likes to grieve over his loss of love for awhile instead of trying to immediately find another love, which might not even end up being true love if it’s rushed. A man like that has a different kind of a heart, which Beth Wiseman illustrated beautifully through Eli’s character in this novel. Katie Ann’s character showed a loving-kindness that many people would not be able to express if they had gone through some of the same things that she had gone through. God could have only been working in and through her for her to be able to do the things that she did for people, even people that hurt her.

This is a good read. I recommend it to anybody who likes to read Amish novels.

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