Author: Kelly Long
Series: A Patch of Heaven #1
Publication Date: 2010
**Thanks to BookSneeze for providing this book in exchange for a review. The opinions are expressed are my own.**
This book looked like a light summer read and it was just that. This Amish book has a clean and sweet romance and deals with the theme of what it means to forgive.
Amish novels are well-known for showing what it means to live a life of simplicity. Main character, Sarah, is a gardener who collects and grows heirloom seeds. She also learns how to quilt and these interests are incorporated throughout the story. Information abofut these interests is what fascinated me with the story and I would love to now read nonfiction about heirloom gardening.
I had a few disappointments with this story, however. Kelly's novel deals with the theme of forgiveness. Sarah learns to forgive a young man who struggles with bitterness. Matthew's family was shunned because of his father's abusive behavior towards his mother. In retaliation, Matthew commits arson against Sarah's family since her father was involved in the decision of the shunning. He finds Sarah alone and plans to attack her, but she instead shares God's love with him. It was beautiful that Sarah shared God's love with Matthew, however, I found this scene to be a bit unbelievable. I do believe in repentance and God's forgiveness, however I believe it is often a process over time. This scene was a bit to quick to be believed.
Sarah's Garden had a twist I haven't typically seen in Amish novels. I don't like to spoil novels for those who plan to read them. When I finished this novel I couldn't help but hope it had ended a different way. I think there is something beautiful to the Amish life of simplicity and I still enjoy reading about it, but I also think we tend to idealize the Amish culture a bit too much.
I'm glad I gave this book a read simply because I enjoyed learning about heirloom gardening so much. I think this book may have begun interest in a new hobby for me.
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