I am almost certain that I have read almost every book by Barbara Cameron. I always look for her new books because they get better and better with each new one she writes. If I were asked what one thing always sets her books apart form many, I would say the cover of her books. Every cover for her books is simply beautiful and makes me want to read it immediately.
Home to Paradise is the third book in her series, The Coming Home series. I related to Rose Anna Zook very quickly. She helps in a women’s shelter and has a heart from the women and children that she helps. She is passionate about them and cares deeply for them and for their futures. She also feels very deeply for someone else, except for that person isn’t sure he wants to remain in the Amish community. What she feels was once a certain thing now seems like a wish with not a lot of hope of coming true.
John has abuse in his past and doesn’t see his father or the Amish community the same way others see it. As his future seems a little uncertain, he begins to trust his boss. His boss helps him open up and offers up some different things for John to consider. One of the options is choosing to not walk away completely. I like that we get to watch the very real struggle of John as he tries to wrestle with his past and try to determine his future.
PTSD and abuse are both huge things many deal with in our society today. Sadly, these are also things that also get swept under the table and aren’t talked about. I appreciate that these two issues are brought into a fiction book. Sometimes fiction books help readers see their situation through different eyes as they read about characters who have suffered the same things they have. I hope this book encourages those readers and they realize there is no shame in their story at all.
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About the book:
Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community-especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
About the Author:
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
I received this book free from Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group.