From the Heart
Series: Heartfelt Romance #2
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date April 25, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Kentucky Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Can they give first love a second chance?
Kathy Yoder left her Amish community ten years ago and became a successful travel guide writer, which took her to exotic places around the globe. Her personal life includes a man back home who adores her and wants more than friendship, and a career she could only have dreamed of as an Amish teen. Everything seems great until a phone call comes out of the blue. The sister she hasn’t spoken to for years leaves a message telling her their father has died. The call comes too late, and Kathy missed the service—and it appears, her sister doesn’t intend to forgive her for that, or for leaving all those years ago.
Isaac Mast has never forgotten his first love, Katrina Yoder. When she comes back to settle her dad's affairs, he’s reminded of his life before Katrina left the Amish community. However, a lot has changed. He married, had a daughter, lost his wife, and his life moved on. He’s committed to his Amish community, but Katrina is an Englischer, with both feet firmly planted in the modern world.
When a revelation about Isaac comes to light, Kathy decides to take things into her own hands. Will her decision destroy even the friendship they once had, or possibly bring them together?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
In From the Heart, a story that is Amish and still is not, Miralee Ferrell explores the courage it often takes to return home.
Kathy was treated like a prodigal returning, yet without the love of the father to welcome her – just the resentment of her older sister, Miriam. And Kathy wasn’t even really a prodigal! I appreciated Kathy’s kindness towards Miriam and her husband, despite their cold and unkind attitude towards her.
Kathy’s faith had grown after she left her Amish family and home, and she had developed a strong relationship with the Lord. And yet, as with the seed that fell among the thorns, the cares of this life had distracted her from the things she knew were important.
I would have liked to see Kathy’s return to the Lord expounded on more than it was and yet the story was intended to be a lighthearted romance of the Hallmark movie type. (And in fact, it has been made into a movie!)
I enjoyed the way From the Heart didn’t feel overly Amish (for lack of a better way to phrase it!) and yet showed many aspects of their lives. Readers who are not necessarily Amish fiction fans but enjoy good Christian romance that has depth to the characters and their struggles will enjoy this along with those who do particularly enjoy the genre.