Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Series: Middlefield Family(Book 1)
Summery: The book opens with Emma grieving her mother who just died of cancer. She has been taking care of her and now must worry about paying the bills and putting food on the table for her and her Grandma. She does not have the best relationship with her sister which adds to the tension. Her sister Clara is married and has kids of her own but her husband has been out of work and money is tight for them as well. Carla comes up with the idea to start a fabric store in her grandpa’s old workshop. This leads to more tension as Emma does not want to do this.
Adam left the Amish a few years ago and is banned. He returns home for a visit because he receives a letter from Emma’s grandma telling him his mom needs him. Even though he only plans to visit he finds himself drawn not only to Emma but also to the Amish ways that he once wanted to leave behind. Enter in a cousin of Clara’s husbands who is a questionable character your soon drawn into this family’s story.
I enjoyed the first book of this new series and I found myself with a lot of questions as it drew to a close and I hope some things get answered in later books. I really liked Emma. I felt sorry for her after her mom died and she is not sure how she is going to keep the family going with out a income. The tension between her and Clara was interesting and I found myself hoping they would work things out and become closer. Clara also was feeling distanced from her husband and the book deals with that. There is some suspense in this book as well but it felt kind of flat. I wonder if this story line will be addressed in later books as well. It left me with a lot of questions and not a lot of answer’s. Another thing that kind of surprised me was how minor Adam’s banning seemed to be in this book. Over all though this is a good book and I really like the authors writing style. This family felt so real and I could feel the pain and worry right alone with them. I am interested to see if the next book picked up from here or if it will be an all new story line.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.